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The Fastest Kid on the Block
The Marty Glickman Story

Marty Glickman with Stan Isaacs

Paper $19.95    |    978-0-8156-0574-4    |    1999

"The legendary athlete and broadcasting pioneer recounts with great emotion the triumphs and setbacks of nearly seven decades in the sporting world. As the title of this engaging memoir suggests, Glickman discovered at an early age that he could indeed run faster than the other children in his neighborhood. And then, more sadly, he discovered that ability alone would not always be enough. This was made painfully evident when Glickman and Sam Stoller, the only Jews on the 1936 American Olympic track and field team, were dropped at the last minute by team coaches and officials (most notably Avery Brundage, head of the US Olympic Committee and an acknowledged Nazi sympathizer) from the 400-meter relay....
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"The Fastest Kid on the Block is an entertaining and lively insider’s account of the early years of sports broadcasting."—New York History

"In The Fastest Kid on the Block Marty Glickman treats the reader to an insider’s view of the sports world, garnered from his experience spanning well over five decades. At the heart of this sports autobiography is the notorious incident at the 1936 ‘Nazi Olympics’ in Berlin. Glickman and Sam Stroller were dropped from the 400-meter relay team because they were Jews. Glickman gives us revelatory insight into how that decision was implemented. He also recounts his football days at Syracuse University and then his amazing sports broadcasting career. The Fastest Kid on the Block is a ‘window in time’ biography by a man who pulls no punches, either with himself, the sports industry, or the reader."—Midwest Book Review (This text refers to the Hardcover edition.)

  The Fastest Kid on the Block: The Marty Glickman Story

  Marty Glickman was a standout football player and sprinter at Syracuse University who earned a place on the 1936 Olympic track team. He was the first former athlete to carve out a career as a sports broadcaster. Glickman was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, the Sportscasters Hall of Fame, and the New York Sports Hall of Fame. Stan Isaacs, a long-time feature and sports media columnist for Newsday, now writes a column for ESPN Zone. He won a National Headliners Award and has appeared in Sports Illustrated, the Nation, and the New York Times. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and a former fellow at Stanford University.

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