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By Robert Lipsyte

A long-time activities columnist for the 'New York occasions' combines own tales with the occasions he has coated, discussing how 'Jock tradition' has permeated enterprise, politics, and family members existence, and the way its definitions became the normal to degree worth

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One of them punched Mantle in the jaw. It was shocking for the time. Recreational violence had not yet become commonplace in American sports. The Yankees went off on a road trip on which Mantle was observed drinking his meals, which was not uncommon. But his jaw was swollen. The Times’ regular Yankees beat writer would never have troubled the twenty-eight-year-old center fielder by actually asking him what had happened, so the following Friday night, after the Yankees returned to the Stadium, an expendable twenty-two-year-old was dispatched from night rewrite.

It was some weeks later in Travel that I was drawn to the blue cover of The Royal Road to Romance, by the adventure travel writer Richard Halliburton. ), who disappeared at sea at thirty-nine. In rereading Halliburton recently, I realized he could be accused of being an imperialist and Orientalist, condescending toward women and indigenous folk, not to mention an extreme tall-tale teller, but when I was twelve, when it mattered, his energy and enthusiasm lifted my spirit. This was no writer you could keep at the bottom of your masculinity chart.

As we were taught to believe in the fifties, most women had no consequential professional futures; they might become teachers or even writers, but they would never get to do genuine men’s work such as fly fighter planes, build bridges, kill bad guys, throw touchdowns. Fags wouldn’t get that chance either. That wasn’t merely schoolyard talk. A book published in 1939, You and Heredity, by Amram Scheinfeld, had a chart that measured masculinity by your line of work. The top of the chart drummed with test pilots, engineers, explorers, pro athletes.

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