From the mouth of babes…

A quote from George Plimpton, by way of The Best American Sportwriting of the Century, about his 9-yr old daughter:

She had brought along some good-luck tokens she showed me — a stuffed koala bear in a miniature straw basket suspended by a ribbon from her neck. …”I hope he’s the right one,” she said. “I have another one, which looks exactly the same, who is bad luck.”

“How do you tell them apart?” I asked.

“If I have really bad luck,” she explained, “I know I’ve got the wrong one with me.”

“Perhaps you could throw that one away,” I suggested.

“It’s better not to,” she replied. “In case the other is really bad luck.”

To paraphrase David Halberstam, the editor of the collection, the best “sports writing ” is just good writing that happens to be about sports.

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