A Farewell to Arms, Legs, and Jockstraps

A Farewell to Arms, Legs, and Jockstraps

A Sportswriter's Memoir
Diane K. Shah
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-1-68435-115-2
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Strike fast, strike hard—whether it's scoring a homerun or front-page news, Diane K. Shah, former sports columnist, knows how to grab the best story.

In her memoir A Farewell to Arms, Legs, and Jockstraps, follow Diane's escapades, from interviews with a tipsy Mickey Mantle, to sneaking into off-limits Republican galas, dining with Frank Sinatra, flying a plane with Dennis Quaid, and countless other adventures where she wields her tape recorder and a tireless drive for more.

From skirting KGB agents while covering the Cold War Olympics to hunting down the three mechanical sharks starring in Jaws, Diane's experiences are filled with real heart and a tongue-in-cheek attitude. An insightful look into the difficulties of navigating a male-dominated profession, A Farewell to Arms, Legs, and Jockstraps offers rich retellings and behind-the-scenes details of stories of a trail-blazing career and the prejudices facing female sportswriters during the 60s and 70s.

Author Bio

Diane K. Shah is a former journalist and the first female sports columnist for a major daily newspaper. During her career she has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, GQ, Playboy, and Esquire. She is the author of four mystery novels and author (with Daryl Gates) of Chief: My Life in the LAPD, a New York Times bestseller, and Relentless, photographer Neil Leifer's memoir. She lives in New York City.

Reviews

""Impossibly elegant, and the most fun ever. The only thing better than reading Diane K. Shah's memoir was, I suppose, living it.""

 (Sally Jenkins, columnist and feature writer, The Washington Post)

""Diane Shah was a boots-on-the-ground female sports reporter in the Cro-Magnon 1970s and brings it all back in this hilarious, well-crafted book. We get Mickey Mantle, Larry Bird, even Cary Grant. I didn't want it to end. Hoping she writes Volume Two ASAP.""

 (Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe sports columnist and New York Times bestselling author.)

"Even those of us working in Hollywood followed Diane's sports columns. Her clarity of vision, deft touch, and entertaining writing style always guaranteed the most enjoyable read. A Farewell to Arms, Legs and Jockstraps collects the best of her anecdotes and stories from throughout her distinguished career."

 (Peter Guber, Owner Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Dodgers, LAFC)

"Diane's memoir is just like her columns – smart, funny, enlightening - just like her. Until reading it, I never really knew all the challenges she dealt with. She broke ground but never acted like it. I was lucky to work with the first female sports columnist in the country."

 (Ken Gurnick, LA Dodgers correspondent for MLB.com)

"For young journalists, (particularly women) this is how their paths were blazed.  For the rest of us, an insight into how one of the great writers of her generation uniquely saw the world she covered with her gift of the written word."

 (Charley Steiner, Radio Voice/ Los Angeles Dodgers.)

"Former sportswriter Shah hilariously chronicles her experiences in the good old boys' world of sports reporting beginning in the late 1960s with the National Observer....Eventually, Shah became "just one of the guys" while blazing a trail for female sports reporters. Shah's earnest and witty memoir serves as an astute look into the world of sports journalism."

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments



1. Call Me "Tolerated"


2. Can't Hire a Girl for That!


3. I Didn't Fall Far from the Tree


4. This Was My . . . Hero?


5. Pots, Pans and Me


6. Taming the Green Monster


7. Back at the Ranch


8. My Seven-Dollar Formal Gown


9. Where Is That Damn Shark?


10. Ladies Home Journal, Miss?


11. A Hat and a Purple Note Card


12. "I Am My Arm"


13. Moving On


14. Into the Woods with Butch Cassidy


15. If I Ever See That Girl Again, I'll Spit in Her Face


16. I Wanna Make It Whichoo


17. Mickey Mantle (Again)


18. The Her-Ex


19. What Does a Columnist Do Again?


20. Hey, Kareem! I'm Talking to You!


21. Lunch with the Ladies


22. Georgia Out of Her Mind


23. Dueling with The New York Times


24. The Rednecks Come Calling


25. "What on Earth Is the Matter with the Men in This Town?"


26. Inside Enemy Territory


27. Angels in the Locker Room


28. "I Don't Need This Fucking Job"


29. Marcus, Slow Down!


30. Pass-Rushing Houseplants?


31. I Always Feel That . . . Somebody's Watching Me


32. The Accidental Invitation


33. Up Yours, Steve!


34. The Bully of Baseball


35. Breaking and Entering


36. Coach Fashionista


37. A Word about David Letterman


38. Wherefore Art?


39. The Dreaded Balcony


40. And Then I Was Gone


41. The Man Every Man Wants To Be


42. Quick! Hide Your Hand!


43. The Enigma


44. How to Fly an Airplane: Step 1<


45. Newman Again, Really?


46. Lose Your Gun, Chief!


47. The KGB and Me


48. The Moscow Police and Me


49. Some Things Don't Change, Part I


50. Some Things Don't Change, Part II


51. Some Things Don't Change, Part III