A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 11, 1976

Roger Kahn is a man of highly varied passions. He loves to read Wallace Stevens and Thomas Hardy. He loves hearing Heifetz play Sibelius' D-minor Violin Concerto. He grew up listening to Sir John Gielgud recite Shakespeare on brittle 78-r.p.m. records and in the '40s saw Paul Robeson's towering Othello. He has a passion for all these pleasures—and sports as well.

"Othello is always going to strangle Desdemona," Kahn says "But sport is unpredictable and real. The pain is real, and the tears are real tears." Kahn, author of the bestselling The Boys of Summer, an affectionate look back...