SCRIBE                                                    BOB RYAN
Posted:  Feb. 28, 2015

Scribe: My Journey As a SportswriterEver since he joined the sports department of the Boston Globe in 1968, sports enthusiasts have been blessed with the writing and reporting of Bob Ryan. Tony Kornheiser calls him the “quintessential American sportswriter.” For the past twenty-five years, he has also been a regular on various ESPN shows, especially The Sports Reporters, spreading his knowledge and enthusiasm for sports of all kinds. 

Born in 1946 in Trenton, New Jersey, Ryan cut his teeth going with his father to the Polo Grounds and Connie Mack Stadium, and to college basketball games at the Palestra in Philadelphia when it was the epicenter of the college game. As a young man, he became sports editor of his high school paper—and at age twenty-three, a year into his Boston Globeexperience, he was handed the Boston Celtics beat as the Bill Russell era ended and the Dave Cowens one began. His all-star career was launched. Ever since, his insight as a reporter and skills as a writer have been matched by an ability to connect with people—players, management, the reading public—probably because, at heart, he has always been as much a fan as a reporter. More than anything, Scribe reveals the people behind the stories, as only Bob Ryan can, from the NBA to eleven Olympics to his surprising favorite sport to cover—golf—and much more. It is sure to be one of the most talked-about sports books of 2014, by one of the sports world’s most admired journalists.

The book the Scribe is about the life of sports writer Bob Ryan, and how he got into becoming a sports writer and the people and athletes he met along the way. He talks about his time covering the Celtics, the Red Sox, the Olympics, and the good and the not so good. He is I must say a true Boston person because he thinks that certain Celtic teams are the greatest ever in the history of the NBA and though I may disagree that does not take away from this book. I liked the part about hockey and the short section on Bobby Orr, and I do agree with his take on college hockey back in that area is probably the best for games in a small to see so many games, plus you have the frozen four. His take on baseball was nice and how he enjoyed traveling to the games with his wife was a nice change of pace and that they bought tickets for the last three games at old Tiger Stadium to see the games together gave the book a nice personal touch. There are some other stories like that as well. He also goes into how he got into working at ESPN and how that changed his life as far as being recognized. Overall I thought this to be a good book. I got this book from net galley.  I give this 4 Stars.

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