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Good as Gold

To celebrate our 10th anniversary I’m proud to announce a new feature called “The Banter Gold Standard.”

Three times a week we’ll reprint classic magazine and newspaper stories that you can’t find on-line. In the coming months you’ll be treated to gems from the likes of Pete Dexter, Luc Sante, Gary Cartwright, Grover Lewis, Charlie Pierce, Paul Solotaroff, Richard Ben Cramer, W.C. Heinz, John Lardner, Dan Jenkins, Pat Jordan, Peter Richmond, John Ed Bradley, Leigh Montville, Ira Berkow, Larry Merchant, Bill Nack, Richard Hoffer, Tom Boswell, Tony Kornheiser, Arnold Hano, Joe Flaherty, and Rich Cohen. And that’s just for starters.

The first piece will be up shortly.

In the meantime, dig these links to reprints we’ve already posted round here:


Richard Ben Cramer

The Ballad of Johnny France

Serious Business (Yankee Stadium)


Pete Dexter

Dying for Art’s Sake (LeRoy Neiman)

No Trespassing (Jim Brown)

The Apprenticeship of Randall Cobb (Tex Cobb)

Two for Toozday (John Matuszak)

LeeRoy, He Ain’t Here No More (LeeRoy Yarbrough)

The Old Man and the River (Norman Maclean)


W.C. Heinz

One Throw (Short Story)

The Happiest Hooligan of them All (Pepper Martin)

Death of a Racehorse

Speaking of Sports (Howard Cosell)

Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe the Next Day (Jeremy Vernon)



Pat Jordan

Trouble in Paradise (Steve and Cyndy Garvey)

Breaking the Wall (Burt Reynolds)

Bad (Rorion Gracie)

The Curious Childhood of an 11-Year Old Beauty Queen

The Horse Lovers (TV movie of the week)

Inside Marilyn Chambers

A Different Drummer

Running Cars

The Haircut

Dad’s Last Visit


George Kimball

Opening Day at Fenway Park

Fighting and Drinking with the Rats at Yankee Stadium


Carlo Rotella

Bedtime Story (Marvin Hagler)


John Schulian

One Night Only (Levon Helm)

My Ears are Bent (Joseph Mitchell)

No Regrets: A Hard-Boiled Life (James Crumley)

The Professional (George Kimball)

Jack Mann (An Appreciation by John Schulian, Tom Callahan, and Dave McKenna)

Bet a Million (Vic Ziegel)


Robert Ward

Reggie Jackson in No-Man’s Land 

[Photo Via: Creative Flourishes]


1 Shaun P.   ~  Nov 7, 2012 12:12 pm

Alllllllllright! Now THIS is a PARTAY!

AB, one day you'll be known as a journalist/sports historian's best friend (if you aren't already). I've read all of the above and loved every one - even those about boxing, which I've never watched and never cared about, but man, what writing. I can't wait to see what other "lost" gems you've got to share with us!

2 Chyll Will   ~  Nov 7, 2012 3:38 pm

I like the series name, bring it on!

I remember my introduction on Bronx Banter, but I don't remember the year. My, how so much has changed since then. But that's great; I love the progression. I miss some of the regulars from yesteryear (we can say that now, right?), and I luv the guys and gals who are hear today. And I encourage anyone lurking to feel free and post; we don't bite (well, not much...) free root beers on RI! >;)

3 bags   ~  Nov 8, 2012 5:54 am

Hey hey. Ten years. Congrats.I think I've been lurking around for maybe nine of them. Life has changed a lot since I found this place. Love the new feature, Alex. Great stuff.

4 bags   ~  Nov 8, 2012 6:11 am

Just read the Carlo Rotella story. Lovely little thing. Oh, by the way, currently reading Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys. Loving it. Tried Telegraph Avenue and gave up halfway through. But Chabon can write. Man, can he ever write.

5 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 8, 2012 9:39 am

4) Interesting that you didn't like the new one but you are digging "Wonder Boys." I've never read it but would like to.

6 bags   ~  Nov 12, 2012 5:29 am

All of his books have a sense of humor but Telegraph Avenue is the first one that feels light to me. The others are more soulful, somehow.

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