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TRAINJOTTING CLASSIC: Ralph Houk, A Train Ride, and the Death of the Athlete-Reporter Relationship

Former Yankee catcher/coach/manager Ralph Houk passed away yesterday at 90. A fateful train ride involving Houk forever changed the face of the modern sports page. From September 2008: There once was a time when sportswriter and athlete sat shoulder to … Continue reading

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The Train Ride That Changed the Face of Sportswriting

There once was a time when sportswriter and athlete sat shoulder to shoulder on trains and in bars. The athlete spoke his mind, and the sportswriter sent the jock talk through a pretty stringent filter, hiding the athlete’s rougher edges–usually … Continue reading

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