More memorable ledes…
This, perhaps the most famous of them, comes from Grantland Rice:
Outlined against a blue, gray October sky the Four Horsemen rode again.
Dick Young on the Brooklyn Dodgers choking:
The tree that grows in Brooklyn is an apple tree and the apples are in the throats of the Dodgers.
Joe Trimble on Don Larson’s Perfecto:
The imperfect man pitched the perfect game.
The million-to-one shot came in. Hell froze over. A month of Sundays hit the calendar. Don Larsen today pitched a no-hit, no-run, no-man-reach-first game in a World Series.
Roger Kahn, after the Yankees won Game Seven of the 1952 Serious:
Every year is next year for the Yankees.
Barbara Long on the second Ali-Liston fight:
I loved the minute of it.
Bob Considine on Louis-Schemling:
Listen to this, buddy, for it comes from a guy whose palms are still wet, whose throat is still dry, and whose jaw is still agape from the utter shock of watching Joe Louis knock out Max Schmeling.
Tom Keegan on the Mets collapsing during the 1998 season:
If Bobby Valentine knew his team one day would disgrace baseball as badly as it did last night at Turner Field he never would have invented the game in the first place.
It was only a moment, sliding past the eyes like the sudden shifting of light and shadow, but long years from now, it will remain a pure and moving glimpse of hard reality, and if Muhammad Ali could have turned his eyes upon himself, what first and final truth would he have seen? He had been led up the winding, red-carpeted staircase by Imelda Marcos, the First Lady of the Philippines, as the guest of honor at the Malacañang Palace. Soft music drifted in from the terrace as the beautiful Imelda guided the massive and still heavyweight champion of the world to the long buffet ornamented by huge candelabra. The two whispered, and then she stopped and filled his plate, and as he waited the candles threw an eerie light across the face of a man who only a few hours before had survived the ultimate inquisition of himself and his art.
Tomorrow…WC Heinz on Bummy Davis.