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The Grantland Rice Story

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

Grantland Rice Story

13 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 2 hours, 53 min)
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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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    One of the greatest sportswriters and storytellers ever, author of "For when the One Great Scorer comes / To write against your name, / He marks not that you won or lost / But how you played the game." This collection from Otr Cat was one of the most enjoyable purchases I have made from them (among many). It's essentially reading from Rice's memoir "The Tumult and the Shouting" (some excisions). and it's terrific. Rice knew everyone and everything about everyone in the sports world, college and pro and animal, and he spun perfect little stories about them. Highly recommended.

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      13 shows - total playtime 2 hours 53 minutes
      1. Grantland Rice Story 55 01 Beginning At Beginning.mp3
      2. Grantland Rice Story 55 06 Great Athletespast And Present.mp3
      3. Grantland Rice Story 55 12 Grannys Story Of Gene Tunney.mp3
      4. Grantland Rice Story 55 16 Immortal Bobby Jones.mp3
      5. Grantland Rice Story 55 19 Baseball Managers.mp3
      6. Grantland Rice Story 55 24 Footballs Advance Guard.mp3
      7. Grantland Rice Story 55 25 Uncle Remus And Some Others.mp3
      8. Grantland Rice Story 55 28 Sports Writers.mp3
      9. Grantland Rice Story 55 30 Through Mists.mp3
      10. Grantland Rice Story 55 31 Polos Greatest.mp3
      11. Grantland Rice Story 55 35 Grannys Own Voice.mp3
      12. Grantland Rice Story 55 47 Big Game.mp3
      13. Grantland Rice Story 55 49 Famous Football Coaches.mp3
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      13 shows - total playtime 2 hours 53 minutes
      1. Grantland Rice Story 55 01 Beginning At Beginning.mp3
      2. Grantland Rice Story 55 06 Great Athletespast And Present.mp3
      3. Grantland Rice Story 55 12 Grannys Story Of Gene Tunney.mp3
      4. Grantland Rice Story 55 16 Immortal Bobby Jones.mp3
      5. Grantland Rice Story 55 19 Baseball Managers.mp3
      6. Grantland Rice Story 55 24 Footballs Advance Guard.mp3
      7. Grantland Rice Story 55 25 Uncle Remus And Some Others.mp3
      8. Grantland Rice Story 55 28 Sports Writers.mp3
      9. Grantland Rice Story 55 30 Through Mists.mp3
      10. Grantland Rice Story 55 31 Polos Greatest.mp3
      11. Grantland Rice Story 55 35 Grannys Own Voice.mp3
      12. Grantland Rice Story 55 47 Big Game.mp3
      13. Grantland Rice Story 55 49 Famous Football Coaches.mp3
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    13 recordings on 3 Audio CDs. Total playtime 2 hours, 53 min
    13 recordings on 3 Audio CDs
    total playtime 2 hours, 53 min

    Grantland Rice Story Disc A001

    1. Grantland Rice Story 55 01 Beginning At Beginning
    2. Grantland Rice Story 55 06 Great Athletespast And Present
    3. Grantland Rice Story 55 12 Grannys Story Of Gene Tunney
    4. Grantland Rice Story 55 16 Immortal Bobby Jones
    5. Grantland Rice Story 55 19 Baseball Managers

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    Grantland Rice Story Disc A002

    1. Grantland Rice Story 55 24 Footballs Advance Guard
    2. Grantland Rice Story 55 25 Uncle Remus And Some Others
    3. Grantland Rice Story 55 28 Sports Writers
    4. Grantland Rice Story 55 30 Through Mists
    5. Grantland Rice Story 55 31 Polos Greatest

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    Grantland Rice Story Disc A003

    1. Grantland Rice Story 55 35 Grannys Own Voice
    2. Grantland Rice Story 55 47 Big Game
    3. Grantland Rice Story 55 49 Famous Football Coaches

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