By Gerald Eskenazi
A SportswriterвЂ™s lifestyles is a revealing examine the folks and occasions that have been a part of the background of activities from a standpoint frequently unavailable to the general public. EskenaziвЂ™s within tales of activities usually are not regularly flattering, yet they're regularly a laugh, touching, and revealing. This enjoyable quantity could be loved by means of someone with an curiosity in reporting, activities, or simply a superb tale.
''Jerry Eskenazi is a consummate professional-an sincere and honorable guy in a box the place these parts are too frequently neglected. He hasn't ever forgotten the significance of getting a feeling of equity, a feeling of humor, and a real ardour for his career. Jerry constantly 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 understands what he is doing, and he prepares for every project in a manner that monitors his appreciation and recognize for athletic pageant 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 global of boxing, Jerry Eskenazi has captured those fantastic moments. it is a nice learn via a preferable reporter.''-Marv Albert, voice of the recent York Knicks and NBA on TNT
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It happens all the time to athletes, every place they go. I have seen flight attendants ask Patrick Ewing for an autograph. I have seen the captain leave the cockpit to talk to Billy Martin. Everyone wants to get close to a celebrity. Here’s one very important thing about sportswriting—most of the time you’re under deadline. You have to ask and talk and establish 34 Tricks of the Trade 35 something between the two of you, and you have to do it while the athlete may feel shitty. He is tired, perhaps, or he has just lost, or he is in pain.
What was Jimmy the Greek, whose regular gig was on CBS giving odds on football games, doing explaining history? The answer surprises some people. It was Super Bowl week, and the Redskins were led by the first black quarterback to get to the big game. , television announcer—who happened to be black—was out in the field asking celebrities about the significance of the game. —to a cozy place, indoors. To Duke Zeibert’s restaurant, a hangout for politicians and newspapermen—Harry 20 A Sportswriter’s Life Truman and J.
He was leading the cheers. Some years later, after he had forestalled his professional basketball career to study at Oxford, I happened to cover his first pro game as a New York Knick. He had just arrived from his stint as a Rhodes Scholar. I saw the back of a very big man watching from the sidelines. Unmistakably, it was Wilt Chamberlain. ” Wilt was affable. He patted me on the rump, said, “Hiya, Jerry,” as if he knew me. “He’s going to have to handle the pressure,” said the world’s most famous basketball player.