Tonight on the program, an appreciation of Muhammad Ali, who died last week. Charlie is joined by Bob Costas of NBC Sports; David Remnick of The New Yorker; Robert Lipsyte, author of "Free to Be Muhammad Ali”; and Ellis Cose, author and the writer-in-residence at the ACLU.
We conclude with the Reverend Jesse Jackson, discussing Ali.
Growing up, Robert Lipsyte was the smart-aleck fat kid, the bully magnet who went to the library instead of the ballpark. As the perpetual outsider, even into adulthood, Lipsyte's alienation from Jock Culture made him a rarity in the press box: the sportswriter who wasn't a sports fan. This feeling of otherness has colored Lipsyte's sports writing for fifty years, much of it spent as a columnist for the New York Times. He didn't follow particular athletes or teams; he wasn't awed by the access afforded by his press pass or his familiarity with the players in the locker room.
"Not a sports fan, but..."
"Muhammad Ali, Titan of Boxing and the 20th Century, Dies at 74" is from the June 04, 2016 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by Robert Lipsyte and narrated by Paul Ryden.