Pond Scum and Vultures: America's Sportswriters Talk about Their Glamorous Profession

Gene Wojciechowski, Author MacMillan Publishing Company $18.95 (244p) ISBN 978-0-02-630851-9
``The Toy Department'' is what most journalists disparagingly call their newspapers' sports divisions. The aim of California ex-sportswriter Wojciechowski is to condemn that condescension and establish that his former brethren are tough-minded, ethical and gifted. Their chief obstacle, he argues, may be the athletes, coaches and managers with whom sports journalists do business, a fractious, self-interested, combative constituency; yet if such hostility is bred in part by the tactics of adversarial journalists, that point is played down here. But all is not suffering and solemnity to Wojciechowski: having interviewed many sportswriters, he opens a cache of funny ``hardship'' stories to the public eye, and also examines such allied problems as the continuing second-class status of female sports scribes. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/31/1990
Release date: 11/01/1990
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