Today’s quote comes from the legendary Dick Schaap. In his autobiography — Dick Schaap as told to Dick Schaap: 50 Years of Headlines, Deadlines and Punches — he wrote:
“I wanted to be a sportswriter because I loved sports and I could not hit the curve ball, the jump shot, or the opposing ball carrier.” – Dick Schaap
After Schaap’s death in 2001 famed journalist David Halberstam wrote: Dick was dramatically different. He was not just talented but sensitive, and he had something which would serve him well for the rest of his career — the gift of instant friendship. He reached out to a generation of young black athletes, some talented, some not-so-talented, at a time when few other reporters were doing it, and he brought to his reporting a sense of what it was like to be different.