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Jonathan Yardley
August 14, 1978
It would be difficult to overestimate the influence on contemporary sportswriting of Jimmy Cannon, who died five years ago at the age of 64. Though there is plenty to dislike in his writing style, there can be no question that he ranks with Ring Lardner and Red Smith among writers who changed the face of the sports page. That is reason enough to take note of a posthumous collection of his columns, Nobody Asked Me, But...(Holt, Rinehart and Winston, $10.95), edited by his brothers, Jack and Tom Cannon.
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August 14, 1978

For Better And For Worse, Jimmy Cannon Influenced Sportswriting

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Unfortunately, that's what a lot of the Cannon imitators picked up on; part of his legacy is that too many sportswriters try too hard to transform the world of games into a Greek tragedy. The role of tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold is boring; it's too bad Cannon gave it legitimacy in sports journalism. But imitators are usually far less interesting than their models; for all his flaws, Jimmy Cannon was almost always interesting, and this collection is an appropriate tribute to his career.

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