CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 21, 2009 — Tom Cushman, a Southeast Missouri State University alumnus and 40-plus year sportswriter for the Philadelphia Daily News and the San Diego Union-Tribune, has authored a new book, Muhammad Ali and the Greatest Heavyweight Generation published by the Southeast Missouri State University Press. At 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, he will give a talk and sign books in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall.
Cushman is the winner of the Nat Fleischman Journalism Award (the first writer outside New York to win it), and he followed such boxers as Ali, George Foreman, Sonny Liston, Gerry Cooney, Ron Stander, Larry Holmes and others around the globe. He has been lauded by the New York Times’ Dave Anderson, among others, for his writing.
His book contains the background and backyard stories of the fighters, from their rags to their richesᾰand sometimes back to rags. He tells the truth about Don King and others who sullied the sport, and he was one reporter who stood up against Blinky Palermo (of Frank Carbo’s mob) when he tried to infiltrate the boxing scene.
The book is endorsed on the cover by George Foreman, Bobby Knight, Fast Eddie Schuyler and others. The introduction is written by Bill Conlin, voice of the Phillies. The book contains 16 pages of photographs, including several previously unpublished photos from private collections. This event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the University Press at (573) 651-2044.