Quotations From WALTER WELLESLEY (RED) SMITH


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  • In entertainment value, the Democratic clambake usually lays it over the Republican conclave like ice cream over parsnips.
    Walter Wellesley (Red) Smith (1905-1982), U.S. author, sports columnist, reporter. "Red Smith on Politics," p. 94, Harper's Bazaar (January 1972).
  • Unlike the normal pattern, I know I have grown more liberal as I've grown older. I have become more convinced that there is room for improvement in the world.
    Walter Wellesley (Red) Smith (1905-1982), U.S. author, sports columnist, reporter. A personal recollection that originally appeared in No Cheering in the Press Box by Jerome Holtzman. The Red Smith Reader, "I'd Like to Be Called a Good Reporter," Random House (1982).

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  • I think it's the real world. The people we're writing about in professional sports, they're suffering and living and dying and loving and trying to make their way through life just as the brick layers and politicians are.
    Walter Wellesley (Red) Smith (1905-1982), U.S. author, sports columnist, reporter. Quoted in Ira Berkow's column, p. 18, The New York Times (January 16, 1982).

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  • I've always had the notion that people go to spectator sports to have fun and then they grab the paper to read about it and have fun again.
    Walter Wellesley (Red) Smith (1905-1982), U.S. author, sports columnist, reporter. A personal recollection that originally appeared in No Cheering in the Press Box by Jerome Holtzman. The Red Smith Reader, "I'd Like to Be Called a Good Reporter," Random House (1982).

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  • A bibulation of sports writers, a yammer of radio announcers, a guilt of umpires, an indigence of writers.
    Walter Wellesley (Red) Smith (1905-1982), U.S. author, sports columnist, reporter. "A Bouquet for Red Smith," p. 137, Mademoiselle (May 1957).

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  • It's no accident that of all the monuments left of the Greco- Roman culture the biggest is the ballpark, the Colosseum, the Yankee Stadium of ancient times.
    Walter Wellesley (Red) Smith (1905-1982), U.S. author, sports columnist, reporter. Quoted in Ira Berkow's column, p. 18, The New York Times (January 16, 1982).

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