Roger Kahn — American Writer born on October 31, 1927,

Roger Kahn is an American author, best known for his 1972 baseball book The Boys of Summer... (wikipedia)

Horse racing is animated roulette.
Tennis and golf are best played, not watched.
Boxing is smoky halls and kidneys battered until they bleed.
Football is violence and cold weather and sex and college rye.
You may glory in a team triumphant... But you fall in love with a team in defeat.