The Only Game in Town

Sportswriting from The New Yorker

Publisher: Modern Library

For more than eighty years, The New Yorker has been home to some of the toughest, wisest, funniest, and most moving sportswriting around. The Only Game in Town is a classic collection from a magazine with a deep bench, including such authors as Roger Angell, John Updike, Don DeLillo, and John McPhee. Hall of Famer Ring Lardner is here, bemoaning the lowering of standards for baseball achievement—in 1930. John Cheever pens a story about a boy’s troubled relationship with his father and the national pastime. From Lance Armstrong to bullfighter Sidney Franklin, from the Chinese Olympics to the U.S. Open, the greatest plays and players, past and present, are all covered in The Only Game in Town. At The New Yorker, it’s not whether you win or lose—it’s how you write about the game.

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PART ONE

FROM THE BLEACHERS

THE WEB OF THE GAME

ROGER ANGELL


An afternoon in mid-May, and we are waiting for the game to begin. We are in shadow, and the sunlit field before us is a thick, springy green —an old diamond, beautifully kept up. The grass continues beyond the low chain-...
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“An absolute grand slam for sports fans or anyone who loves great nonfiction storytelling . . . Readers are in the hands of masters.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
 
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“There are many revelations in these pages.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“A treasure chest of great writers.”—San Antonio Express-News
 
“Terrific . . . a splendid array.”—The Plain Dealer