Ever since he joined the sports department of the Boston Globe in 1968, sports enthusiasts have been blessed with the writing and reporting of Bob Ryan. Tony Kornheiser calls him the "quintessential American sportswriter". For the past 25 years, he has also been a regular on various ESPN shows, especially The Sports Reporters, spreading his knowledge and enthusiasm for sports of all kinds. Born in 1946 in Trenton, New Jersey, Ryan cut his teeth going with his father to the Polo Grounds and Connie Mack Stadium, and to college basketball games at the Palestra in Philadelphia when it was the epicenter of the college game. As a young man, he became sports editor of his high school paper - and at age 23, a year into his Boston Globe experience, he was handed the Boston Celtics beat as the Bill Russell era ended and the Dave Cowens one began. His all-star career was launched. Ever since, his insight as a reporter and skills as a writer have been matched by an ability to connect with people - players, management, the reading public - probably because, at heart, he has always been as much a fan as a reporter. More than anything, Scribe reveals the people behind the stories, as only Bob Ryan can, from the NBA to 11 Olympics to his surprising favorite sport to cover - golf - and much more. It is sure to be one of the most talked about sports books of 2014, by one of the sports world’s most admired journalists.
Bob Ryan is "The Sports Gentleman"
Bob Ryan has always been a favorite writer of mine because with each column or game coverage article he was creative and demonstrated his knowledge of the game and his respect for the athletes. When he started participating in ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters,” it was fascinating attaching a face and “personality” to the man whose writing skills had enabled me to gain access to both the world’s greatest athletic events and its greatest competitors. I’ve been told it’s very difficult for a sportswriter to maintain working relationships with the athletes he or she covers when they write candid stories to interest their readership and that’s why too many sports stories are “thin” because the writer preferred his or her relationship with the athletes over developing a relationship with me. Bob Ryan was different because despite meeting many of his childhood sports heroes, he ALWAYS remained true to his craft and that dedication and professionalism taught me a great deal about how to go about “doing your job,” as New England Patriot Coach Bill Belichick might say. Not many writers EVER do this and Bob Ryan has done it for over FORTY (40) YEARS. When I heard he finally wrote an autobiography, I wasn’t sure whether to read the printed book or listen to the audiobook because I didn’t want anything Mr. Ryan was willing to share to be tarnished by a stale or boring storyteller. However, I learned Bob Ryan reads his own audiobook so I choose the verbal version. Quite interestingly, Mr. Ryan is as good a storyteller as he is a writer and therefore I could not recommend this audiobook with more passion. The tone of Mr. Ryan’s voice reveals his sincerity and even though you may have read everything he’s written, you will learn a great deal about Bob Ryan, the “Man,” when you listen to the audiobook. Bill Simmons is the current “Sports Guy” and I am a big fan of his but even Bill will admit that Bob Ryan was, and is, a HUGE influence on him. Perhaps most impressive of all I learned from the audiobook is that when a person gets the opportunity to do what he or she dreams of doing, and does it for FORTY (40) years, it most definitely shows in the work. Thank you Bob Ryan.