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The Grantland Rice Story

one of the most important media figures during the golden age of sports known for his descriptive style of sports news broadcasting.

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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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    52 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 11 hours, 36 min
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      52 shows - total playtime 11 hours 36 minutes
      1. Grantland Rice Story 55 01 Beginning At Beginning.mp3
      2. Grantland Rice Story 55 02 Big Fellow Babe Ruth.mp3
      3. Grantland Rice Story 55 03 Man O War.mp3
      4. Grantland Rice Story 55 04 Jack Dempsey Man From Maumee Bay.mp3
      5. Grantland Rice Story 55 05 Dempseytunney Fights.mp3
      6. Grantland Rice Story 55 06 Great Athletespast And Present.mp3
      7. Grantland Rice Story 55 07 Story Of Big Bill Tilden.mp3
      8. Grantland Rice Story 55 08 Golf And Its Champions.mp3
      9. Grantland Rice Story 55 09 Incredible Man Walter Hagen.mp3
      10. Grantland Rice Story 55 10 Grannys Alltime Pitching Selectn.mp3
      11. Grantland Rice Story 55 11 Jack Dempseys Early Ring Career.mp3
      12. Grantland Rice Story 55 12 Grannys Story Of Gene Tunney.mp3
      13. Grantland Rice Story 55 13 War Cloudsworld War I.mp3
      14. Grantland Rice Story 55 14 Bobby Jonesthe Incomparable Youth.mp3
      15. Grantland Rice Story 55 15 Footballs Beloved Knute Rockne.mp3
      16. Grantland Rice Story 55 16 Immortal Bobby Jones.mp3
      17. Grantland Rice Story 55 17 Babe Didrikson Zaharias.mp3
      18. Grantland Rice Story 55 18 Grannys Alltime Baseball Team.mp3
      19. Grantland Rice Story 55 19 Baseball Managers.mp3
      20. Grantland Rice Story 55 20 Grannys Alltime Football Team.mp3
      21. Grantland Rice Story 55 21 Magnificent Screwballs.mp3
      22. Grantland Rice Story 55 22 Fabulous Ty Cobb.mp3
      23. Grantland Rice Story 55 23 Footballs Famous Coaches.mp3
      24. Grantland Rice Story 55 24 Footballs Advance Guard.mp3
      25. Grantland Rice Story 55 25 Uncle Remus And Some Others.mp3
      26. Grantland Rice Story 55 26 My Friend Joe Louis.mp3
      27. Grantland Rice Story 55 27 Sport Films.mp3
      28. Grantland Rice Story 55 28 Sports Writers.mp3
      29. Grantland Rice Story 55 29 Bantam Ben Hogan.mp3
      30. Grantland Rice Story 55 30 Through Mists.mp3
      31. Grantland Rice Story 55 31 Polos Greatest.mp3
      32. Grantland Rice Story 55 32 Jim Thorpe.mp3
      33. Grantland Rice Story 55 33 Tv And Sport.mp3
      34. Grantland Rice Story 55 34 Knute Rockne.mp3
      35. Grantland Rice Story 55 35 Grannys Own Voice.mp3
      36. Grantland Rice Story 55 36 An Appraisal Of Game Football.mp3
      37. Grantland Rice Story 55 37 Turkey Hunting.mp3
      38. Grantland Rice Story 55 38 Man Who Hates To Lose.mp3
      39. Grantland Rice Story 55 39 Gene Tunney 2 Nd Installment.mp3
      40. Grantland Rice Story 55 40 Red Blaik Of Army.mp3
      41. Grantland Rice Story 55 41 Mighty Mites.mp3
      42. Grantland Rice Story 55 42 Writers And Pals.mp3
      43. Grantland Rice Story 55 43 Ed Furgols Greatest Victory.mp3
      44. Grantland Rice Story 55 44 Irwin S Cobb A Man Of Heart.mp3
      45. Grantland Rice Story 55 45 Sports Public And Ted Williams.mp3
      46. Grantland Rice Story 55 46 Ruths Homer.mp3
      47. Grantland Rice Story 55 47 Big Game.mp3
      48. Grantland Rice Story 55 48 What Makes A Competitor.mp3
      49. Grantland Rice Story 55 49 Famous Football Coaches.mp3
      50. Grantland Rice Story 55 50 Uncrowned Champs.mp3
      51. Grantland Rice Story 55 51 Granddaddy Blues-Football Memory.mp3
      52. Grantland Rice Story 55 52 Memorable Tributes To Granny Rice.mp3
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    52 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 11 hours, 36 min
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      52 shows - total playtime 11 hours 36 minutes
      1. Grantland Rice Story 55 01 Beginning At Beginning.mp3
      2. Grantland Rice Story 55 02 Big Fellow Babe Ruth.mp3
      3. Grantland Rice Story 55 03 Man O War.mp3
      4. Grantland Rice Story 55 04 Jack Dempsey Man From Maumee Bay.mp3
      5. Grantland Rice Story 55 05 Dempseytunney Fights.mp3
      6. Grantland Rice Story 55 06 Great Athletespast And Present.mp3
      7. Grantland Rice Story 55 07 Story Of Big Bill Tilden.mp3
      8. Grantland Rice Story 55 08 Golf And Its Champions.mp3
      9. Grantland Rice Story 55 09 Incredible Man Walter Hagen.mp3
      10. Grantland Rice Story 55 10 Grannys Alltime Pitching Selectn.mp3
      11. Grantland Rice Story 55 11 Jack Dempseys Early Ring Career.mp3
      12. Grantland Rice Story 55 12 Grannys Story Of Gene Tunney.mp3
      13. Grantland Rice Story 55 13 War Cloudsworld War I.mp3
      14. Grantland Rice Story 55 14 Bobby Jonesthe Incomparable Youth.mp3
      15. Grantland Rice Story 55 15 Footballs Beloved Knute Rockne.mp3
      16. Grantland Rice Story 55 16 Immortal Bobby Jones.mp3
      17. Grantland Rice Story 55 17 Babe Didrikson Zaharias.mp3
      18. Grantland Rice Story 55 18 Grannys Alltime Baseball Team.mp3
      19. Grantland Rice Story 55 19 Baseball Managers.mp3
      20. Grantland Rice Story 55 20 Grannys Alltime Football Team.mp3
      21. Grantland Rice Story 55 21 Magnificent Screwballs.mp3
      22. Grantland Rice Story 55 22 Fabulous Ty Cobb.mp3
      23. Grantland Rice Story 55 23 Footballs Famous Coaches.mp3
      24. Grantland Rice Story 55 24 Footballs Advance Guard.mp3
      25. Grantland Rice Story 55 25 Uncle Remus And Some Others.mp3
      26. Grantland Rice Story 55 26 My Friend Joe Louis.mp3
      27. Grantland Rice Story 55 27 Sport Films.mp3
      28. Grantland Rice Story 55 28 Sports Writers.mp3
      29. Grantland Rice Story 55 29 Bantam Ben Hogan.mp3
      30. Grantland Rice Story 55 30 Through Mists.mp3
      31. Grantland Rice Story 55 31 Polos Greatest.mp3
      32. Grantland Rice Story 55 32 Jim Thorpe.mp3
      33. Grantland Rice Story 55 33 Tv And Sport.mp3
      34. Grantland Rice Story 55 34 Knute Rockne.mp3
      35. Grantland Rice Story 55 35 Grannys Own Voice.mp3
      36. Grantland Rice Story 55 36 An Appraisal Of Game Football.mp3
      37. Grantland Rice Story 55 37 Turkey Hunting.mp3
      38. Grantland Rice Story 55 38 Man Who Hates To Lose.mp3
      39. Grantland Rice Story 55 39 Gene Tunney 2 Nd Installment.mp3
      40. Grantland Rice Story 55 40 Red Blaik Of Army.mp3
      41. Grantland Rice Story 55 41 Mighty Mites.mp3
      42. Grantland Rice Story 55 42 Writers And Pals.mp3
      43. Grantland Rice Story 55 43 Ed Furgols Greatest Victory.mp3
      44. Grantland Rice Story 55 44 Irwin S Cobb A Man Of Heart.mp3
      45. Grantland Rice Story 55 45 Sports Public And Ted Williams.mp3
      46. Grantland Rice Story 55 46 Ruths Homer.mp3
      47. Grantland Rice Story 55 47 Big Game.mp3
      48. Grantland Rice Story 55 48 What Makes A Competitor.mp3
      49. Grantland Rice Story 55 49 Famous Football Coaches.mp3
      50. Grantland Rice Story 55 50 Uncrowned Champs.mp3
      51. Grantland Rice Story 55 51 Granddaddy Blues-Football Memory.mp3
      52. Grantland Rice Story 55 52 Memorable Tributes To Granny Rice.mp3
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    52 recordings on 11 Audio CDs
    total playtime 11 hours, 36 min

    Disc A001

    1. Grantland Rice Story 55 01 Beginning At Beginning
    2. Grantland Rice Story 55 02 Big Fellow Babe Ruth
    3. Grantland Rice Story 55 03 Man O War
    4. Grantland Rice Story 55 04 Jack Dempsey Man From Maumee Bay
    5. Grantland Rice Story 55 05 Dempseytunney Fights

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    Disc A002

    1. Grantland Rice Story 55 06 Great Athletespast And Present
    2. Grantland Rice Story 55 07 Story Of Big Bill Tilden
    3. Grantland Rice Story 55 08 Golf And Its Champions
    4. Grantland Rice Story 55 09 Incredible Man Walter Hagen
    5. Grantland Rice Story 55 10 Grannys Alltime Pitching Selectn

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    Disc A003

    1. Grantland Rice Story 55 11 Jack Dempseys Early Ring Career
    2. Grantland Rice Story 55 12 Grannys Story Of Gene Tunney
    3. Grantland Rice Story 55 13 War Cloudsworld War I
    4. Grantland Rice Story 55 14 Bobby Jonesthe Incomparable Youth
    5. Grantland Rice Story 55 15 Footballs Beloved Knute Rockne

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    Disc A004

    1. Grantland Rice Story 55 16 Immortal Bobby Jones
    2. Grantland Rice Story 55 17 Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    3. Grantland Rice Story 55 18 Grannys Alltime Baseball Team
    4. Grantland Rice Story 55 19 Baseball Managers
    5. Grantland Rice Story 55 20 Grannys Alltime Football Team

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    Disc A005

    1. Grantland Rice Story 55 21 Magnificent Screwballs
    2. Grantland Rice Story 55 22 Fabulous Ty Cobb
    3. Grantland Rice Story 55 23 Footballs Famous Coaches
    4. Grantland Rice Story 55 24 Footballs Advance Guard
    5. Grantland Rice Story 55 25 Uncle Remus And Some Others

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    Disc A006

    1. Grantland Rice Story 55 26 My Friend Joe Louis
    2. Grantland Rice Story 55 27 Sport Films
    3. Grantland Rice Story 55 28 Sports Writers
    4. Grantland Rice Story 55 29 Bantam Ben Hogan
    5. Grantland Rice Story 55 30 Through Mists

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    Disc A007

    1. Grantland Rice Story 55 31 Polos Greatest
    2. Grantland Rice Story 55 32 Jim Thorpe
    3. Grantland Rice Story 55 33 Tv And Sport
    4. Grantland Rice Story 55 34 Knute Rockne
    5. Grantland Rice Story 55 35 Grannys Own Voice

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    Disc A008

    1. Grantland Rice Story 55 36 An Appraisal Of Game Football
    2. Grantland Rice Story 55 37 Turkey Hunting
    3. Grantland Rice Story 55 38 Man Who Hates To Lose
    4. Grantland Rice Story 55 39 Gene Tunney 2 Nd Installment
    5. Grantland Rice Story 55 40 Red Blaik Of Army

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    Disc A009

    1. Grantland Rice Story 55 41 Mighty Mites
    2. Grantland Rice Story 55 42 Writers And Pals
    3. Grantland Rice Story 55 43 Ed Furgols Greatest Victory
    4. Grantland Rice Story 55 44 Irwin S Cobb A Man Of Heart
    5. Grantland Rice Story 55 45 Sports Public And Ted Williams

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    Disc A010

    1. Grantland Rice Story 55 46 Ruths Homer
    2. Grantland Rice Story 55 47 Big Game
    3. Grantland Rice Story 55 48 What Makes A Competitor
    4. Grantland Rice Story 55 49 Famous Football Coaches
    5. Grantland Rice Story 55 50 Uncrowned Champs

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    Disc A011

    1. Grantland Rice Story 55 51 Granddaddy Blues-Football Memory
    2. Grantland Rice Story 55 52 Memorable Tributes To Granny Rice

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