NPR’s Littlefield to Discuss Influencial Sportswriter WC Heinz
On Saturday, August 8, at 6 p.m., Manchester Community Library and Northshire Bookstore will host Bill Littlefield, host of NPR’s Only a Game, as he presents ‘The Top of His Game: the Best Sportswriting of W. C. Heinz.’ Littlefield, editor of the acclaimed collection and great friend of Heinz, wrote the introduction. W.C. Heinz’s daughter Gayle will introduce him. The event takes place at Manchester Community Library. Heinz was one of the most influential sportswriters of the last century. He began his career as a newspaper reporter, turning freelance and becoming the first sportswriter to make his living writing for magazines. In doing so he effectively invented the long-form sports story, perfecting a style that paved the way for the new journalism of the 1960s. His profiles of the top athletes of his day still feel remarkably current, written with a freshness of perception, a gift for characterization and a finely tuned ear for dialogue.
Littlefield will present the essential Heinz: 38 columns, profiles and memoirs from the author’s personal archive. Though Heinz’s great passion was boxing – the golden era of Rocky Graziano, Floyd Patterson and Sugar Ray Robinson – his interests extended to the wide world of sports, with indelible profiles of baseball players (Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio), jockeys (George Woolf, Eddie Arcaro), hockey players, football coaches, scouts and trainers and rodeo riders. Northshire Bookstore will be on site with copies of the book for purchase. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue, at the corner of Route 7A/Main Street, Manchester Center. Space is limited at the free event. Register a northshire.com/event-list. For more information, call Cindy Waters at the Library at 802-549-4577 or the Northshire Bookstore at 802-362-2200.