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THE GRANTLAND RICE STORY

 Grantland Rice Story

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Grantland Rice
The 1920's were, among other things, the Golden Age Of American Sports. The world was changing at a dizzying rate. It was the era of Jazz, Speakeasy's, and Flappers. The national mood after WWI was high, prosperity was everywhere, and the miracle of radio was entering more homes.

Grantland RiceThe sporting world was developing its first legends. Professional baseball had lost much of its glory in the 1919 Black Socks Scandal. Several of the players on the Chicago White Socks team had accepted bribes to lose games during the 1919 World Series. While the Great American Game was rocked by the scandal, a hard drinking, cigar chomping hero stepped onto the diamond named Babe Ruth. Ruth was not someone any parent would choose for a role model, but his talents on the field, especially pounding homeruns out of the park, was exciting enough to bring America back to the ball park.

Jack Dempsey was a role model. He had been the Heavy Weight Boxing Champion through the first part of the decade, but was beaten fairly by Gene Tunney in 1926. Dempsey tried to regain the title in 1927, but was beaten, not so much by Tunney, but by the "Long Count". While in retirement Dempsey was known for his benevolence. He sponsored the Ride of Champions Rodeo event in Reno, Nevada, which was won by legendary cowboy Pete Knight.

Man O' War was one of the greatest Thoroughbred racehorses of all time. After WWI he won 20 of 21 races and $249,465 in purse money. Nick named "Big Red", it was acknowledged that the only reason he hadn't won the Triple Crown was that he did not race in the Kentucky Derby, though he won the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes, and he beat the previous winner of the Triple Crown, Sir Barton.

The Grantland Ricemost famous football team of the period was Notre Dame, coached by Knute Rockne. Notre Dame's 1924 backfield featured Stuhledreher, Crowley, Miller, and Layden, "The Four Horsemen." Notre Dame went undefeated in 1924, including the Rose Bowl and the National Championship.

Although radio had been developed by the 20's, the networks were still in their infancy, and receivers were still a rarity in most homes. For fans to be able to follow sporting figures they had to read about them in newspapers. The greatest of the sportswriters was Grantland Rice. Rice was was born in Murfreesboro Tenn, the grandson of a Confederate General. After graduating from Vanderbilt he took newspaper jobs in Atlanta and Cleveland before becoming the sportswriter for the Nashville Tennessean. From there he moved in to a number of prestigious papers in the Northeast.

Rice was known for his verse almost as much as his writing style. He lacked the play-by-play style used by many sports writers of the period, but was appreciated for his descriptions of the grandeur and pageantry of sport, and his ability to raise athletes to an almost god-like status while keeping them very human.

Just before his death in 1954 Rice finished his autobiography, The Tumult and The Shouting. Jimmy Powers reads from the book in the 1955 radio series, The Grantland Rice Story, as well as interviewing some of the surviving athletes that Rice records in his book.

See also: Grantland Rice Collection

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MP3 DISK CONTENTS: [Help]
52 shows - total playtime 11 hours 36 minutes

Grantland Rice Story 550000 01 Beginning At Beginning
Grantland Rice Story 550000 02 Big Fellow Babe Ruth
Grantland Rice Story 550000 03 Man O War
Grantland Rice Story 550000 04 Jack Dempsey Man From Maumee Bay
Grantland Rice Story 550000 05 Dempseytunney Fights
Grantland Rice Story 550000 06 Great Athletespast And Present
Grantland Rice Story 550000 07 Story Of Big Bill Tilden
Grantland Rice Story 550000 08 Golf And Its Champions
Grantland Rice Story 550000 09 Incredible Man Walter Hagen
Grantland Rice Story 550000 10 Grannys Alltime Pitching Selection
Grantland Rice Story 550000 11 Story Of Jack Dempseys Early Ring Career
Grantland Rice Story 550000 12 Grannys Story Of Gene Tunney
Grantland Rice Story 550000 13 War Cloudsworld War I
Grantland Rice Story 550000 14 Bobby Jonesthe Incomparable Youth
Grantland Rice Story 550000 15 Footballs Beloved Knute Rockne
Grantland Rice Story 550000 16 Immortal Bobby Jones
Grantland Rice Story 550000 17 Babe Didrikson Zaharias
Grantland Rice Story 550000 18 Grannys Alltime Baseball Team
Grantland Rice Story 550000 19 Baseball Managers
Grantland Rice Story 550000 20 Grannys Alltime Football Team
Grantland Rice Story 550000 21 Magnificent Screwballs
Grantland Rice Story 550000 22 Fabulous Ty Cobb
Grantland Rice Story 550000 23 Footballs Famous Coaches
Grantland Rice Story 550000 24 Footballs Advance Guard
Grantland Rice Story 550000 25 Uncle Remus And Some Others
Grantland Rice Story 550000 26 My Friend Joe Louis
Grantland Rice Story 550000 27 Sport Films
Grantland Rice Story 550000 28 Sports Writers
Grantland Rice Story 550000 29 Bantam Ben Hogan
Grantland Rice Story 550000 30 Through Mists
Grantland Rice Story 550000 31 Polos Greatest
Grantland Rice Story 550000 32 Jim Thorpe
Grantland Rice Story 550000 33 Tv And Sport
Grantland Rice Story 550000 34 Knute Rockne
Grantland Rice Story 550000 35 Grannys Own Voice
Grantland Rice Story 550000 36 An Appraisal Of Game Football
Grantland Rice Story 550000 37 Turkey Hunting
Grantland Rice Story 550000 38 Man Who Hates To Lose
Grantland Rice Story 550000 39 Gene Tunney 2 Nd Installment
Grantland Rice Story 550000 40 Red Blaik Of Army
Grantland Rice Story 550000 41 Mighty Mites
Grantland Rice Story 550000 42 Writers And Pals
Grantland Rice Story 550000 43 Ed Furgols Greatest Victory
Grantland Rice Story 550000 44 Irwin S Cobb A Man Of Heart
Grantland Rice Story 550000 45 Sports Public And Ted Williams
Grantland Rice Story 550000 46 Ruths Homer
Grantland Rice Story 550000 47 Big Game
Grantland Rice Story 550000 48 What Makes A Competitor
Grantland Rice Story 550000 49 Famous Football Coaches
Grantland Rice Story 550000 50 Uncrowned Champs
Grantland Rice Story 550000 51 Granddaddy Of Blues And Some Football Memories
Grantland Rice Story 550000 52 Memorable Tributes To Granny Rice

 


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