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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Murray Chass: A GOOSE, A TURKEY AND A TALE OF FICTION

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Before he became a two-fisted crime columnist, [Mike] McAlary was a sports writer with the New York Post. Sports writers from other newspapers who covered events with him were often mystified seeing managers, coaches and players saying things in the Post that they hadn’t heard the day or night before.

The best story I remember about McAlary’s style of sports fiction was a comment he attributed to a Detroit Tigers player after a 1983 game. It was captured in a Post headline in large type: WILSON: GOOSE IS A TURKEY

Glenn Wilson had hit a ninth-inning home run against Goose Gossage, sealing a Tigers’ victory, and supposedly is what Wilson told McAlary after the game. [sic] The only problem was Wilson said he never said such a thing.

In fact, Wilson panicked when he saw the headline. Gossage threw as hard as any pitcher, harder than most, and Wilson was terrified that Gossage would see the headline and throw at his head the next time they faced each other.

The minute Wilson got to the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium that day he wrote a note telling Gossage he never said that and had a clubhouse attendant deliver it to the Yankees’ clubhouse.

Wilson survived.

bobm Posted: July 04, 2012 at 12:15 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: fiction, newspapers, tigers, yankees

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   1. Tripon Posted: July 04, 2012 at 01:40 AM (#4172908)
Wait, the 'source' is a headline? WTF
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: July 04, 2012 at 02:29 AM (#4172911)
That item makes his Piazza speculation look positively quaint: McAlary's penchant for fabricating quotes didn't just anger Glenn Wilson, it led to another guy killing himself. McAlary was too busy still being dead to refute Murray's charge.

   3. AndrewJ Posted: July 04, 2012 at 08:11 AM (#4172928)
McAlary was a fellow graduate of my alma mater, Syracuse. I'm not certain I should be proud of that.
   4. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: July 04, 2012 at 08:20 AM (#4172930)
A GOOSE, A TURKEY, AND A TALE OF FICTION WALK INTO A BAR...
   5. Russ Posted: July 04, 2012 at 09:42 AM (#4172948)
The goose says to the bartender, "Give me a shot of Wild Turkey." and the bartender serves him one.

The turkey says to the bartender, "Give me a shot of Grey Goose" and the bartender serves him one.

The tale of fiction says to the bartender, "Give me a shot of both" and the bartender gives him both shots and the tale of fiction downs them both.

Bartender says, "That will be $16, $4 for each shot."

The tale of fiction said, "Sorry, my drinking was purely the pretense of an illocutionary act, not an act itself."


   6. Flynn Posted: July 04, 2012 at 09:52 AM (#4172952)
McAlary was a great writer in mould of his fellow Irishmen Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hammill: you'll get the truth...if it suits the story.

I believe he broke the Abner Louima story, so he wasn't all bad.
   7. Gamingboy Posted: July 04, 2012 at 10:25 AM (#4172963)
... MISTER PRESIDENT!
   8. thok Posted: July 04, 2012 at 07:45 PM (#4173186)
A GOOSE, A TURKEY, AND A TALE OF FICTION WALK INTO A BAR...


And with proper preparation, the bartender found his dinner for the next couple of weeks: Turgoovel.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 04, 2012 at 08:28 PM (#4173197)
Some score settling here? Seems like quite a stretch even for Chass.
   10. Gonfalon B. Posted: July 04, 2012 at 08:46 PM (#4173202)
McAlary was a great writer in mould of his fellow Irishmen Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hammill: you'll get the truth...if it suits the story.

What? You mean there isn't an old one-eyed gangster who runs all crime in New York, and lives in an empty candy store with a murderous pet wolf? Breslin, you bastard!
   11. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: July 04, 2012 at 09:01 PM (#4173210)
Bunnies bite Breslin! Breslin bleeds badly!
   12. DKDC Posted: July 04, 2012 at 11:52 PM (#4173314)
But not the hippopotamus.

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