Sportswriter Robert Lipsyte to Speak at Yogi Berra Museum, 7/16

Robert Lipsyte, veteran sportswriter for the New York Times and Emmy-winning host of the erstwhile public affairs show The Eleventh Hour, will speak about his half-century of covering sports at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center on the campus of Montclair State University on Saturday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m.

Lipsyte’s talk will be followed by a signing of his memoir, An Accidental Sportswriter (Harper Collins, 2011).

As a green 21-year-old sports reporter on the baseball beat, Lipsyte covered the New York Mets’ first spring training camp in 1962. In 1964, he was assigned to professional boxing, after his coverage of Cassius Clay’s (Muhammad Ali) upset win over Sonny Liston in their heavyweight championship fight.

The author of many novels and non-fiction books, including 1978’s Free to be Muhammad Ali, the 73-year-old journalist is also known for his young adult novels. His book, The Contender, – about a Harlem high school dropout—has been required reading in many American school systems for more than 30 years.

An Accidental Sportswriter will be available for purchase at the newly renovated Museum and Learning Center, which is on the Montclair State campus adjacent to Yogi Berra Stadium.

The talk is free for Montclair State students/faculty/staff.  Admission for members of the public is $6 for adults; $4 for students.

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