By Gerald Eskenazi
A SportswriterвЂ™s existence is a revealing examine the folk and occasions that have been a part of the historical past of activities from a standpoint often unavailable to the general public. EskenaziвЂ™s within tales of activities should not consistently flattering, yet they're continuously a laugh, touching, and revealing. This unique quantity may be loved via a person with an curiosity in reporting, activities, or simply an excellent tale.
''Jerry Eskenazi is a consummate professional-an sincere and honorable guy in a box the place these components are too frequently ignored. He hasn't ever forgotten the significance of getting a feeling of equity, a feeling of humor, and a real ardour for his occupation. Jerry continually understood that it's the video games, and the athletes who compete, that make humans are looking to learn the activities web page. He has earned an elite point of belief from his readers and the activities figures he covers, simply because he writes what he sees. He is aware what he is doing, and he prepares for every project in a fashion that monitors his appreciation and recognize for athletic festival and the personalities involved.'' -Bill Parcells, Head trainer, Dallas Cowboys
''From the distinction days of Joe Namath, to the Rangers' quest for a Stanley Cup, to the whacky international of boxing, Jerry Eskenazi has captured those very good moments. it is a nice learn by way of a ultimate reporter.''-Marv Albert, voice of the hot York Knicks and NBA on TNT
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Invariably, conversation always got around to how sinister outside forces were screwing him. This time, he was somewhat muted. He suggested that he had made enough money so that his children’s children would never have to want anything again, which would be so different from his own childhood. We picked this up and spent a nostalgic hour talking about his childhood and his dreams, and he answered all our questions thoughtfully, even gladly, it seemed to me. Then he signaled it was over. One of his last statements was about his teenage petty crimes, and how he had been the child of a single mother.
This we did. I think it was a Buick. We were parked on Seventh Avenue and he pulled out—without signaling, and almost was clipped by a passing car. We went about a block or two and he remarked on the traffic and how people weaved in and out erratically. Then we came to a red light. Breedlove calmly made a right turn, and it seemed all the horns in New York were turned on him. ” he said. “You can’t make a turn on red in New York City,” I explained. I got my story. Now, I was enjoying meeting General Chuck Yeager, sixty-five years old.
Size and strength hardly mattered any more—if you wanted to be a soccer or lacrosse player, or a fencer. These didn’t help you get into the school. What counted was the average. You either had a high enough high school average to get in, or you took an admissions test that, combined with the high school grade, had to be fairly high. There were no mitigating circumstances—not being a legacy, not money, 42 A Sportswriter’s Life not the ability to play the bassoon or carry a football. —who knew, just knew, that at the big-time athletic schools the rules were bent.
A Sportswriter's Life: From the Desk of a New York Times Reporter by Gerald Eskenazi