Category Archives: Sports

The Forward Press

They are laughing a lot at the Young Larch Country Club in Pine Plains, a small town in Millerton County, at the foot of the Berkshires. At the bar, a paunchy man in a blue Lacoste tee shirt held his … Continue reading

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THE SULKS

“Die! Die!” he shouted. Screaming from defeat, he had almost sailed into the bay when the fan belt broke coming over the bridge at 90mph. A churning sea would have come up at him with death in its foam. “Did … Continue reading

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THE OLDEN DAYS

In 1952, Irving Raskin, a theatrical agent and a scratch golfer with a gambler’s nerves of steel, was accused of a grave breach of the rules of amateur golf: He had represented himself as an amateur when in fact he … Continue reading

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THE CLARITY OF CONFUSION

I’ll be darned. I just learned that a 20th- century song writer, Jack Lawrence, wrote a song that I loved, called Linda. He wrote it for five-year old Linda Eastman (daughter of Lawrence’s attorney), who was Paul McCartney’s first wife. … Continue reading

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THE SLUGGISH BACKWATER OF WOMEN’S GOLF

Barely a month after she won three consecutive major golf tournaments in 1998, there was hardly a ripple of interest beyond the sports pages in 22-year old South Korean Se Ri Pak’s powerful debut victories (Who? You ask. My point … Continue reading

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NARROW EYES, MEAN MOUTHS

Exasperated in traffic? Why not calm your mind by reflecting on Joan of Arc, a silent movie masterpiece made in 1928. In Joan of Arc, the emphasis on the faces insists that these very people did what they did. Dreyer … Continue reading

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A GREAT BIG SECRET

A GREAT BIG SECRET “How’d you play, Ethel?” This happened on the ninth green, where he often sat to pass the time. The familiar pink porkpie hat was on her head and she wore the same bright and vacant smile. … Continue reading

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