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Sporting lives: metaphor and myth in American sports by James W. Pipkin

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By James W. Pipkin

This primary publication to envision the 2 renowned geographical regions of activities and autobiography appears at habitual styles present in athletes' money owed in their lives and wearing stories, studying language, metaphor, and different rhetorical innovations to research activities from the interior out. Drawing at the existence tales of famous athletes, Pipkin follows avid gamers from the echoing eco-friendly of everlasting formative years to the occasionally cultlike and remoted prestige of repute, analyzing ordinary styles either within the dwelling in their lives and within the telling of them. He sheds mild on athletes' universal obsession with formative years and physique picture; explores their descriptions of being in a area; and considers the time that each one athletes dread, while their our bodies start to betray them . . . and the cheering stops.

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William Blake, Selected Poetry and Prose of Blake, 23. “The Ecchoing Green” is one of Blake’s Songs of Innocence. 010 c1 (19-43) 12/19/07 10:24 AM Page 23 “THE ECHOING GREEN” 23 ings about sports are invested with nostalgia for what memory inscribes as a time in life when the imagination has not yet been fettered, a time when the child has not yet learned the objectivity that will sunder his realistic prospects from what Freud called “oceanic” intimations and possibilities. The echoing green of childhood sports that many athletes construct in their autobiographies is a landscape of desire, a “place” within the boy or girl at play where to desire is to have.

The dark undersong of the “Say Hey Kid” registers an oblivion to care, obligation, and other demands of the adult world. ”29 Durocher also assigned an older black player, Monte Irvin, to look after Mays his rookie season and later sent him money and continued to father him even when Mays was in the army. As much as Mays may think he needed this paternalism, it also stunted him in important ways. He bought a car with his first paycheck, but he did not know how to drive it and so a friend had to chauffeur him.

William Wordsworth, The Poetical Works of Wordsworth, 355–56. ” 010 c1 (19-43) 12/19/07 10:24 AM Page 25 “THE ECHOING GREEN” 25 If Pat Jordan’s failure to reach the major leagues was “a false spring,” then successful athletes live in a world in which the calendar’s pages seem to remain stopped in a perpetual spring. The existence they construct is like the “green world” of Shakespeare’s comedies and romances, a magical place where some of the normal rules of life are suspended. ” In this green world, he explains, they experience “perpetual youth, innocence, the dream of playing a little boy’s game for the rest of their lives.

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