Plimpton! The Professional Amateur

August 18, 2014 4:14 AM

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Plimpton! The Professional Amateur

How many of us have ever wanted to play a professional baseball or football, box in the ring with a champ, or perform in a world-renowned symphony orchestra? Many, to be sure. But how many have had the guts or the chance to actually do it? And how many have done it while remaining an amateur? George Plimpton may be one of the rare few.

He pitched for a major league All-Star team, played for the Detroit Lions, the Boston Bruins, and Boston Celtics, boxed against Archie Moore, played percussion in the New York Philharmonic, and much more, all while explaining to us directly what these experiences are actually like. In his writing, h...

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