By Gerald Eskenazi
A SportswriterвЂ™s existence is a revealing examine the folk and occasions that have been a part of the historical past of activities from a viewpoint often unavailable to the general public. EskenaziвЂ™s within tales of activities should not continuously flattering, yet they're regularly fun, touching, and revealing. This pleasing quantity should be loved via somebody with an curiosity in reporting, activities, or simply a great tale.
''Jerry Eskenazi is a consummate professional-an sincere and honorable guy in a box the place these components are too usually ignored. He hasn't ever forgotten the significance of getting a feeling of equity, a feeling of humor, and a real ardour for his occupation. Jerry continuously understood that it's the video games, and the athletes who compete, that make humans are looking to learn the activities web page. He has earned an elite point of belief from his readers and the activities figures he covers, simply because he writes what he sees. He is aware what he is doing, and he prepares for every task in a manner that monitors his appreciation and appreciate for athletic pageant and the personalities involved.'' -Bill Parcells, Head trainer, Dallas Cowboys
''From the honor days of Joe Namath, to the Rangers' quest for a Stanley Cup, to the whacky global of boxing, Jerry Eskenazi has captured those magnificent moments. it is a nice learn via a most popular reporter.''-Marv Albert, voice of the hot York Knicks and NBA on TNT
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I had known Mike since the 1950s at City College of New York, and I always thought of him as the best newspaperman around. He could edit. He could write heads. He could write deft stories with an inviting lead and a wiseass sense of humor. Oh, a lot of the people he wrote about detested him. ” De la Hoya’s people tried to bar him from a news conference. ” And Mike would laugh in King’s face when there was an obvious outrageous lie. But Mike was a good friend, very helpful, and a welcome companion in this strange new world of boxing.
An interview with Joe Louis, 1970. his true center? Was he the exuberant young man who one day decided to drive us all by bus up to the Catskills to shill for a fight he was going to be broadcasting? This was in 1965, he was the champ, and he was recuperating from a hernia operation, which kept him sidelined. Two leading contenders, Floyd Patterson and George Chuvalo, were going to meet in an elimination bout to face him. We were all headed for Chuvalo’s training camp. About forty of us boarded the media bus from Midtown, along with the driver.
But it was easier for him because of a simple fact I was to learn later on: when you write about a superstar while they are young, before they have the great success, you are a part of their formative years in a way. You were there before the crowd was. Dave had been close to Joe before the Super Bowl. Joe’s winning the Super Bowl punctuated their relationship, put the exclamation point on it. Now to meet this famous person. Before a practice, Joe was standing on the sidelines. The simpler 1970s was a time when we could actually mingle with the players on the practice field at the Jets’ camp.