Born: March, 18, 1927 Birthplace:
New York City
"He was the only honest thing in the country at the time."
— George Plimpton, about racehorse Secretariat in 1973.
April 1, 1985:
George Plimpton wrote a fake story for a Sports Illustrated April Fools joke. It was about a Mets rookie pitcher called
Sid Finch who had a 168 mph fastball. The piece included faked photographs and quotes from actual Mets who were in on the joke.
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- The Best of Plimpton
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- Out of My League
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- Sake : A Drinker's Guide
- Truman Capote: In Which Various Friends, Enemies, Acquaintances,
and Detractors Recall His Turbulent Career
- The Writer's Chapbook: A Compendium of Fact, Opinion, Wit, and
Advice from the Twentieth Century's Preeminent Writers
- The X Factor: A Quest for Excellence
- Collector's Recollections
"I think Truman (Capote) was
essentially a very sad person. His stories suggested that, and I think a lot of his bravado, so evident in the later years, was a
desperate attempt to hide that fact."
— George Plimpton
When We Were Kings (1996)
Fireworks! The Magic of Pyrotechnics (1995)
Little Man Tate (1991)
Easy Wheels (1989)
A Fool and His Money (1989)
Religion, Inc. (1989)
If Ever I See You Again (1978)
Beyond the Law (1968)
"The pitcher is the
happiest with his arm idle. He prefers to dawdle in the present, knowing as soon as he gets on the mound and starts his windup, he
delivers himself to the uncertainty of the future."
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