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George Plimpton
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George Plimpton was one of my favorite authors. He was a pioneer in modern sports writing. He put the "hands" on hands on. He went out and did what so many of us wish we could have done...he jumped in with both feet. He pitched to Willie Mays. He sparred with Archie Moore. He took snaps in a game with NFL players.

I was fortunate enough to read three of his classic works dealing with sports. "Out Of My League" on his foray into baseball. "Shadow Box" on his dealings with the sage Archie Moore and boxing itself. Last but not least his most noted sports work, "Paper Lion" . This was made into an entertaining movie with Alan Alda portraying Plimpton. A must see for football fans.

I believe that too little was said about Mr. Plimpton when he passed on a few years back. He was an intelligent and well versed individual who wrote about a variety of subjects other then sports. I urge you to look up some of his books and essays at your local library.
 

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I remember George very well.As a kid I remember when he would have a show about his latest sports gig.I remember when he spent time with the Baltimore Colts for 69-70 season. This was Don McCafferty's team that eventually went to the super bowl. He worked for weeks in practice to get a special set of downs and did not do so well as I recall,but of course the story was all about what it takes to prepare and play in the N.F.L.

He was a good man no doubt!!!!
 
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