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BGS 2012: Gold Rush

Posted By Alex Belth On December 26, 2012 @ 11:06 am In 1: Featured,4: Gold,Banter Gold Standard,Creative Process,Sportswriting | Comments Disabled

Bronx Banter turned ten in November and to celebrate I thought it’d be cool to reprint a few classic articles. I figured we’d run five pieces but one thing led to another and now we’ve got a series cooking with three feature stories each week. The idea is to present great magazine and newspaper writing that you can’t find on-line.

In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a complete listing of what we’ve got so far. And we’re going to keep this moving in 2013. Already, we’ve got gems lined up from the likes of Richard Price, Jack Mann, Larry Merchant, Richard Hoffer, Diane K. Shah, Tom Junod, Rich Cohen, John Schulian, Paul Solotaroff, Leigh Montville, Dan Jenkins, Gary Cartwright, Tom Boswell, Pat Jordan, Ira Berkow, and Tony Kornheiser.

The Banter Gold Standard:

“The End of Lenny Bruce” by Dick Schaap [2]

“The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis” by Richard Ben Cramer [3]

“Furry’s Blues” by Stanley Booth [4]

The Boxing Gym” [5]

“The Impression” [6]

“Seven Scenes from the life of a Quiet Champion” [7]
by Pete Dexter

“The Best-Kept Secret in American Journalism is Murray Kempton” by David Owen [8]

Jimmy Cannon and Murray Kempton on Don Larsen and Sal Maglie [9]

“The Life and Loves of the Real McCoy” by John Lardner [10]

“L.T. and the Home Team” by John Ed Bradley [11]

“Sympathy for the Devi”l by Joe Flaherty [12]

“North Hollywood Forty” by Peter Gent [13]

“The Clear Line” by Luc Sante [14]

“Thieves of Time” by Charlie Pierce [15]

“The Killing of Gus Hasford” by Grover Lewis: [16]

“Brownsville Bum” by W.C. Heinz [17]

“Quitting the Paper” by Paul Hemphill [18]

And while you are digging through the archives, check out this compilation of previous Banter Reprints:

Richard Ben Cramer

The Ballad of Johnny France [19]

Serious Business [20] (Yankee Stadium)


Pete Dexter

Dying for Art’s Sake [21] (LeRoy Neiman)

No Trespassing [22] (Jim Brown)

The Apprenticeship of Randall Cobb [23] (Tex Cobb)

Two for Toozday [24] (John Matuszak)

LeeRoy, He Ain’t Here No More [25] (LeeRoy Yarbrough)

The Old Man and the River [26] (Norman Maclean)


W.C. Heinz

One Throw [27] (Short Story)

The Happiest Hooligan of them All [28] (Pepper Martin)

Death of a Racehorse [29]

Speaking of Sports [30] (Howard Cosell)

Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe the Next Day (Jeremy Vernon [31])


Pat Jordan

Trouble in Paradise [32] (Steve and Cyndy Garvey)

Breaking the Wall (Burt Reynolds [33])

Bad [34] (Rorion Gracie)

The Curious Childhood of an 11-Year Old Beauty Queen [35]

The Horse Lovers [36] (TV movie of the week)

Inside Marilyn Chambers [37]

A Different Drummer [38]

Running Cars [39]

The Haircut [40]

Dad’s Last Visit [41]


George Kimball

Opening Day at Fenway Park [42]

Fighting and Drinking with the Rats at Yankee Stadium [43]


Carlo Rotella

Bedtime Story [44] (Marvin Hagler)


John Schulian

One Night Only [45] (Levon Helm)

My Ears are Bent [46] (Joseph Mitchell)

No Regrets: A Hard-Boiled Life [47] (James Crumley)

The Professional [48] (George Kimball)

Jack Mann [49] (An Appreciation by John Schulian, Tom Callahan, and Dave McKenna)

Bet a Million [50] (Vic Ziegel)


Robert Ward

Reggie Jackson in No-Man’s Land  [51]

[Photo Via: Ari Takes Pictures [52]]

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[1] Image: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/royal_standard_typewriter_keys.jpg

[2] “The End of Lenny Bruce” by Dick Schaap: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/12/21/the-banter-gold-standard-the-end-of-lenny-bruce/

[3] “The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis” by Richard Ben Cramer: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/12/19/bgs-the-strange-and-mysterious-death-of-mrs-jerry-lee-lewis/

[4] “Furry’s Blues” by Stanley Booth: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/12/17/the-banter-gold-standard-furrys-blues/

[5] “The Boxing Gym” : http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/12/14/the-banter-gold-standard-the-boxing-gym/

[6] “The Impression”: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/12/12/the-banter-gold-standard-holmes-vs-ali/

[7] “Seven Scenes from the life of a Quiet Champion”: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/12/10/the-banter-gold-standard-seven-scenes-from-the-life-of-a-quiet-champ/

[8] “The Best-Kept Secret in American Journalism is Murray Kempton” by David Owen: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/12/07/bgs-the-best-kept-secret-in-american-journalism-is-murray-kempton/

[9] Jimmy Cannon and Murray Kempton on Don Larsen and Sal Maglie: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/12/05/the-banter-gold-standard-the-barber-and-the-dim-time-guy/

[10] “The Life and Loves of the Real McCoy” by John Lardner: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/12/03/the-banter-gold-standard-the-life-and-loves-of-the-real-mccoy/

[11] “L.T. and the Home Team” by John Ed Bradley: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/11/30/the-banter-gold-standard-l-t-and-the-home-team/

[12] “Sympathy for the Devi”l by Joe Flaherty: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/11/26/the-banter-gold-standard-sympathy-for-the-devil/

[13] “North Hollywood Forty” by Peter Gent: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/11/22/the-banter-gold-standard-north-hollywood-forty/

[14] “The Clear Line” by Luc Sante: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/11/19/the-banter-gold-standard-the-clear-line/

[15] “Thieves of Time” by Charlie Pierce: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/11/16/the-banter-gold-standard-thieves-of-time/

[16] “The Killing of Gus Hasford” by Grover Lewis:: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/11/14/the-banter-gold-standard-the-killing-of-gus-hasford/

[17] “Brownsville Bum” by W.C. Heinz: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/11/12/the-banter-gold-standard-brownsville-bum/

[18] “Quitting the Paper” by Paul Hemphill: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/11/07/the-banter-gold-standard-quitting-the-paper/

[19] The Ballad of Johnny France: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/01/09/the-ballad-of-johnny-france/

[20] Serious Business: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2010/10/22/serious-business/

[21] Dying for Art’s Sake: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/06/21/in-living-color-the-pop-art-king/

[22] No Trespassing: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/09/01/no-tresspassing/

[23] The Apprenticeship of Randall Cobb: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/08/22/the-apprenticeship-of-randall-cobb/

[24] Two for Toozday: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/08/09/two-for-toozday-pete-dexter-meets-john-matuszak/

[25] LeeRoy, He Ain’t Here No More: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/08/01/leeroy-he-aint-here-no-more-2/

[26] The Old Man and the River: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/08/17/the-old-man-and-the-river/

[27] One Throw: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2010/11/16/one-throw/

[28] The Happiest Hooligan of them All: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/07/25/the-heinz-files-part-one/

[29] Death of a Racehorse: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/07/27/the-heinz-files-ii/

[30] Speaking of Sports: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/11/29/the-heinz-files-iii-speaking-of-sports/

[31] Jeremy Vernon: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/12/07/the-heinz-files-iv-make-em-laugh/

[32] Trouble in Paradise: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/03/12/trouble-in-paradise/

[33] Burt Reynolds: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2010/04/28/breaking-the-wall/

[34] Bad: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/03/06/lethal-weapon/

[35] The Curious Childhood of an 11-Year Old Beauty Queen: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/09/15/the-curious-childhood-of-an-11-year-old-beauty-queen/

[36] The Horse Lovers: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/01/03/the-horse-lovers/

[37] Inside Marilyn Chambers: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/11/15/inside-marilyn-chambers/

[38] A Different Drummer: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2009/09/02/bad-ass/

[39] Running Cars: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/09/08/running-cars/

[40] The Haircut: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/05/05/the-haircut/

[41] Dad’s Last Visit: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/12/19/dads-last-visit/

[42] Opening Day at Fenway Park: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/04/05/opening-day-at-fenway/

[43] Fighting and Drinking with the Rats at Yankee Stadium: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/12/29/fighting-and-drinking-with-the-rats-at-yankee-stadium/

[44] Bedtime Story: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/09/10/bedtime-story/

[45] One Night Only: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/04/19/one-night-only/

[46] My Ears are Bent: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/12/29/my-ears-are-bent/

[47] No Regrets: A Hard-Boiled Life: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/12/01/one-last-whiskey-dawn/

[48] The Professional: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/07/08/the-professional-2/

[49] Jack Mann: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2011/06/15/mann-oh-mann-2/

[50] Bet a Million: http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2010/07/24/bet-a-million/

[51] Reggie Jackson in No-Man’s Land : http://www.bronxbanterblog.com/2012/04/30/reggie-jackson-in-no-mans-land/

[52] Ari Takes Pictures: http://www.aribrownest.com/photos/typewriters-the-real-steampunk/

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