Gods at Play by Tom Callahan audiobook

Gods at Play: An Eyewitness Account of Great Moments in American Sports

By Tom Callahan
Read by Danny Campbell

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A beautifully observed narrative of American sport: character, grit, tragedy, unremarked heroism, and, always, the illuminating story behind the story. As a columnist for Time magazine, among many other publications, Tom Callahan witnessed an extraordinary number of defining moments in American sport across four decades. He takes us from Roberto Clemente clinching his 3,000th, and final, regular-season hit in Pittsburgh; to ringside for the Muhammad Ali–George Foreman fight in Zaire; and to Arthur Ashe announcing, at a news conference, that he'd tested positive for HIV. There are also little-known private moments: Joe Morgan whispering thank you to a virtually blind Jackie Robinson on the field at the 1972 World Series, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar saying he was more interested in being a good man than in being the greatest basketball player. Brimming with colorful vignettes and enlivened by Callahan's eye for detail, Gods at Play offers surprising portraits of the most celebrated names in sports. Roger Rosenblatt calls Callahan "the most complete sportswriter in America. He knows the most and writes the best."

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A beautifully observed narrative of American sport: character, grit, tragedy, unremarked heroism, and, always, the illuminating story behind the story.

As a columnist for Time magazine, among many other publications, Tom Callahan witnessed an extraordinary number of defining moments in American sport across four decades. He takes us from Roberto Clemente clinching his 3,000th, and final, regular-season hit in Pittsburgh; to ringside for the Muhammad Ali–George Foreman fight in Zaire; and to Arthur Ashe announcing, at a news conference, that he'd tested positive for HIV. There are also little-known private moments: Joe Morgan whispering thank you to a virtually blind Jackie Robinson on the field at the 1972 World Series, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar saying he was more interested in being a good man than in being the greatest basketball player.

Brimming with colorful vignettes and enlivened by Callahan's eye for detail, Gods at Play offers surprising portraits of the most celebrated names in sports. Roger Rosenblatt calls Callahan "the most complete sportswriter in America. He knows the most and writes the best."

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The best sports book on the market is Gods at Play by Tom Callahan. Buy it, read it, and thank me later.” Dan Shaughnessy, New York Times bestselling author
“Delivered by Danny Campbell…this is a fun, revelatory listen told with perfect pitch. While emotions might have gotten the better of a lesser narrator, Campbell keeps Callahan’s words at the forefront. Get reacquainted with some of sports’ biggest legends by listening to Gods at Play.” AudioFile
“Sports fans will find a smooth and pleasant ride on this trip back in time.” Kirkus Reviews
“Callahan’s seamless mixture of tales from his own career and wisdom gleaned from the athletes he covered makes for a strong offering all-around…Both a paean to sports writing’s glory days and a lyrical reminder that athletes have rich lives away from the stadium lights.” Publishers Weekly
While emotions might have gotten the better of a lesser narrator, Campbell keeps Callahan's words at the forefront. Get reacquainted with some of sports' biggest legends by listening to GODS AT PLAY. AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Tom Callahan

Author Bio: Tom Callahan

Tom Callahan, a former senior writer at Time magazine and sports columnist at the Washington Post, is the author of nine books, including The GM and the New York Times bestseller Johnny U.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Sports & Recreation
Runtime: 9.01
Audience: Adult
Language: English