One of my grandfather’s closest friends was George Plimpton, who co-founded and was the editor-in-chief of the Paris Review for fifty years, and who was particularly famous for his participatory journalism. He was a sufficient sportsman (not a loose definition of ‘sufficiency’) that he would train at a pursuit for a while in order to test it out for himself on a world-class level. Thus, for instance, he pitched at the best batters in the American leagues before a World Series and afterwards wrote Out of my League (1961). On another occasion, and before the whole of socialite New York, he boxed three rounds with Archie Moore, then the light-heavyweight champion of the world, and afterwards wrote an article for Sports Illustrated (1959) and later Shadow Box (1977). He had taken his boxing coach, George Brown, at the recommendation of Ernest Hemingway.


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