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Good Bounces & Bad Lies: The Autobiography of Ben Wright

Wright, Ben;Shiels, Michael Patrick

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ISBN 10: 1886947228 / ISBN 13: 9781886947221
Edité par Sleeping Bear Press, Chelsea, MI, 1999
Etat : As New Couverture rigide
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First edition 1999, first printing, numbers line starts with 1. Signed by author on "PGA Tour Shops" bookplate, no inscription. Name of Bill Wilt on ffep. Enclosed is photo of 2 golf players. Hardcover in full cloth with DJ. Condition new, square tight and crisp book, no underlinings no highlights no bent page corners, not a reminder. DJ new, bright and shiny, no tears no chips no edgewear, Price not clipped. 8vo, 304 pages, illustrated with photographs. N° de réf. du libraire 004311

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Titre : Good Bounces & Bad Lies: The Autobiography ...

Éditeur : Sleeping Bear Press, Chelsea, MI

Date d'édition : 1999

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :As New

Etat de la jaquette : New

Signé : Signed by Author(s)

Edition : 1st Edition

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Synopsis :

The author describes his career as a golf journalist and broadcaster, and shares ancedotes concerning the professional golfers and golfing celebrities he has known

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You've got to give this to former CBS golf analyst Ben Wright: he can sure tell a story, and the further he shoves his soft-spiked foot into his mouth, the better the stories. His anecdotal autobiography flits back and forth between idolatry and wickedness, and at times his pen has no governor at all. Case in point: Wright idolized Ben Hogan. He even went AWOL from the British army in 1953 "shamelessly, though without a trace of guilt," he admits, because it was the only way he could get off base to see Hogan win the Open at Carnoustie. (It's hard to quarrel with that.) After teeing up several tales that firmly ensconce Hogan on his pedestal, Wright finally veers off this way: "These stories illustrate the kind of perfection, dedication and respect with which Gary McCord"--Wright's fellow CBS analyst, and a pretty funny guy in his own right--"was wholly unfamiliar." Fore! Wright then proceeds to launch into a tale of introducing McCord to Hogan, Hogan humiliating McCord when he finds out McCord's been on tour for 17 years and has no victories, and Wright, who clearly detests McCord, getting to gloat, "I told you so."

Wright likes to gloat; he does a lot of it in Good Bounces, and he's awfully entertaining--if somewhat small--when he does. He's also entertaining on the intricacies and personalities of CBS's golf broadcasts, and what an analyst must go through when he criticizes a player. When Wright kept chastising Peter Jacobsen's atrocious putting, Jacobsen claimed he'd exorcised those woes by mentally imaging Wright being hoisted from the TV tower by a helicopter and flown into outer space. Which is about where Wright ultimately wound up when he hooked his career into the drink with some out-of-bounds comments about women golfers, breasts, and lesbianism in 1995. He still offers a bagful of excuses for the incident that badly tarnished him, but he does treat it with appropriate seriousness and contrition. He makes no excuses, though, for the alcoholism that actually sunk him. Given the public nature of his disgrace, Good Bounces is something of a mulligan for Wright. As both raconteur and provocateur, he's made a pretty good shot of it. --Jeff Silverman

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Art, Architecture, World an American history, First editions

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