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FRANK GRAHAM JR.'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY: FATHER AND SON, BUTTS AND BRYANT
Roger Kahn
November 16, 1981
Frank Graham Jr.'s memoir of his own life, his father's extraordinary career and the most expensive libel action in the history of sports journalism is a deceptively complicated book. In A Farewell to Heroes (The Viking Press, $15.95), Graham writes with apparent ease and beguiling literacy. Here is a man who has read the classics, who knows which base is second and who isn't afraid to use a polysyllable. (He destroys the boobs who stretched baseball from its classic 154-game season to the current 162 with a single word: Procrustean.)
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November 16, 1981

Frank Graham Jr.'s Autobiography: Father And Son, Butts And Bryant

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In A Farewell to Heroes, Graham doesn't capture the climate of the 1963 Post as well as he captures other things. It strikes me that the Butts-Bryant affair probably is a book unto itself, calling now, as it did then, for hard, extended reporting. I don't mean to carp. This is a moving reminiscence; indeed, a delight. And if Graham and I see the Butts-Bryant matter differently, I fall back on H.G. Wells's words to an Irish author: "The world is wide and there is room in it for both of us to be wrong."

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