By Gerald Eskenazi
A SportswriterвЂ™s lifestyles is a revealing examine the folks and occasions that have been a part of the historical past of activities from a viewpoint frequently unavailable to the general public. EskenaziвЂ™s inside of tales of activities aren't regularly flattering, yet they're continually a laugh, touching, and revealing. This wonderful quantity should be loved via somebody with an curiosity in reporting, activities, or simply an excellent tale.
''Jerry Eskenazi is a consummate professional-an sincere and honorable guy in a box the place these components are too usually missed. He hasn't ever forgotten the significance of getting a feeling of equity, a feeling of humor, and a real ardour for his occupation. Jerry regularly understood that it's the video games, and the athletes who compete, that make humans are looking to learn the activities web page. He has earned an elite point of belief from his readers and the activities figures he covers, simply because he writes what he sees. He is aware what he is doing, and he prepares for every task in a fashion that screens his appreciation and appreciate for athletic pageant and the personalities involved.'' -Bill Parcells, Head trainer, Dallas Cowboys
''From the consideration days of Joe Namath, to the Rangers' quest for a Stanley Cup, to the whacky global of boxing, Jerry Eskenazi has captured those terrific moments. it is a nice learn by means of a premiere reporter.''-Marv Albert, voice of the hot York Knicks and NBA on TNT
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A Sportswriter's Life: From the Desk of a New York Times Reporter by Gerald Eskenazi