Dark, Dank, and Dismal / Wade H. Mosby Boys’ Life v51 #10, October 1961--
A Time for Triumph / Talmage Powell --
Dirtiest Game of the Year / Booton Herndon The Saturday Evening Post v225 #16, October 18, 1952.
Three stories, for three widely divergent markets, by three writers who eventually became, at least, far better known for their crime fiction than their sports fiction. For William Campbell Gault, that might not've been his first choice for career path, as he was one of the most widely-respected of sports fiction writers at mid-century...his story in this book was taken from the September 1950 issue of the pulp magazine Fifteen Sports Stories...as the sports pulps dwindled (with this issue, the magazine began running a reprinted piece or several in each number), no digest or other sports-fiction magazines came in to take up their markets, and the presence of sports fiction became somewhat less frequent in the men's and general-interest magazines, Gault began writing, voluminously, sports novels for the burgeoning Baby Boom YA market...while also keeping a hand in with crime fiction, one of his most popular series characters being an ex-pro football player, Brock Callahan.
Edited by Alden H. Norton. Reprints from this issue onwards. Details supplied by Richard Fidczuk.
- 18 · A Man Rides Back · Jack Goodall · ss; illustrated by Arthur Sarnoff
- 23 · Bigfoot · Gardner Soule · ss; illustrated by Milton Glaser
- 24 · Bobcat on the Run · Peter Churchward · ss; illustrated by Denver Gillen
- 29 · The Fullback from Liechtenstein · Jack Ritchie · ss; illustrated by Tracy Sugarman
- 52 · Secrets of the Deep · Hugh Wilson · ss; illustrated by Denver Gillen