Books: Antic Imposter

THE BOGEY MAN by George Plimpton. 306 pages. Harper & Row. $5.95.

In a New Yorker cartoon, a horrified patient looks up from the operating table and asks the masked doctor, "How do I know you're not George Plimpton?" How, indeed? The author of Paper Lion and Out of My League has played as a bumbling quarterback for the Detroit Lions and performed as an inexpert pitcher in Yankee Stadium.

The tall lanky editor of the Paris Review has also offered up his body for three boxing rounds against Archie Moore, suffered humiliation across the...

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