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Sportswriting History 101

Posted by Charles P. Pierce  August 19, 2010 01:20 PM

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In response to This Blog's post on the cultural impact of Bobby Thomson's 1951 home run, Commenter Judy1956 points us to a post from the good folks at Deadspin that reprints Red Smith's account of the event. Deadspin refers to the beginning of this column as the "greatest lede ever written."

This Blog begs to differ.

The greatest lede ever written is the one with which John Lardner began his account of the murder of former boxing champion Stanley Ketchel:

 "Stanley Ketchel was 24 years old when he was fatally shot in the back by the common law husband of the lady who was cooking his breakfast."

You live for those moments.


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Glad to oblige.
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