A Front-Row Seat with the Sportswriters Who Sat There
Sit down with host Todd Jones and other sportswriters who knew the greatest athletes and coaches, and experienced first-hand some of the biggest sports moments in the past 50 years. They’ll share stories behind the stories -- some they’ve only told to each other.
What was it like inside the old Boston Garden? To smell Red Auerbach’s victory cigar? To see firsthand Bird’s Celtics and Magic’s Lakers battle for basketball supremacy? Bob Ryan knows as well as anyone, and he puts you there when the NBA was a fledgling pro sport in the late ‘60s, and takes you all the way through its growth into a world game. He shares behind-the-scenes details from his illustrious career of more than four decades at the Boston Globe. He’s known as “the quintessential American sportswriter” for good reason. Few can match the sporting events – hoops and so much more – that Bob has chronicled, and done so with indomitable enthusiasm. You can still hear it in his voice. Listen to Bob, and you’ll feel as if you’re courtside with him, seeing Havlicek run, Cowens roar, and Jordan fly.
Bob Ryan is one of the best-known and respected sports journalists of the past half century. He began writing for the Boston Globe in 1968 and still contributes an occasional column for that paper despite retiring from daily work in 2012. He has been a regular guest on ESPN shows such as “Pardon The Interruption” since first appearing on “The Sports Reporters” in 1989. And he’s still cranking his monthly column for Basketball Times, as he has since 1976.
Ryan became an NBA expert as a beat writer covering the Celtics for 13 years on three separate occasions throughout three decades. Later, he served as one of the Globe’s general sports columnists. Ryan covered 21 NBA Finals, 29 Final Fours, 11 Olympics (six Summer, five Winter); 11 World Series, 11 Super Bowls, five BCS championship games, eight US Open championships, six British Opens, four Ryder Cups, three Masters, and two PGAs. He also covered the World Basketball Championships in Toronto, Athens, Indianapolis and Tokyo, many major college football bowl games and numerous baseball playoff series.
Ryan was the 2015 APSE Red Smith Award winner, presented by the Associated Press Sports Editors to a person who has made “major contributions to sports journalism.” That same year, he received the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing. He’s a four-time winner of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s National Sportswriter of the Year award, and the AP awarded him “National Sportswriter of the Year.” Ryan has received the Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism and the Curt Gowdy Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame. He’s a member of the National Sports Writers and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, and he has been enshrined in the Halls of Fame for the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and New England Basketball.
You can read about Ryan’s career in his book, “Scribe: My Life in Sports.”
He is also the author of many other books, including:
· “Drive: The Story of My Life, By Larry Bird with Bob Ryan
· “Forty-Eight Minutes: A Night in the Life of the NBA”
· “The Four Seasons, Wait Till I Make the Show: Baseball in the Minor Leagues”
· “The Boston Celtics: The History, Legends, and Images of America’s Most Celebrated Team”
· “Cousy on the Celtic Mystique”
· “The Rivals: The New York Yankees vs. The Boston Red Sox – An Inside History”
· “The Road to the Super Bowl”
Read his latest columns for the Boston Globe: https://www.bostonglobe.com/about/staff-list/contributor/bob-ryan/
Check out Ryan’s top columns from throughout his career at the Boston Globe: https://www3.bostonglobe.com/sports/specials/bob-ryan-retirement/?arc404=true
Grantland feature story about Ryan: https://grantland.com/features/the-commissioner-bob-ryan-nba-career-boston-celtics-boston-globe-larry-bird-new-book-scribe/
Ryan can be heard on The Sports Reporters Podcast along with Mitch Albom and Mike Lupica:
You can also hear him on Bob Ryan’s Boston Podcast: https://bobryanbostonpodcast.libsyn.com/
Come on back on May 12 when we are getting more great stories from Dennis Dodd!
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