RIP Dan Jenkins

A titan among sportswriters. Semi-Tough and Dead Solid Perfect were two of my favorite sports novels.

I hadn’t seen anything from him in a long time but I can remember when he seemed to always be on TV commenting on something. One of the early multi-media type guys.

We lost DeFord last year. Now Jenkins.

They also belonged to an an era when Sports Illustrated was an institution in and of itself.

Feels like an era closing.

“My father made me laugh, and now I have a problem.”

Sally Jenkins – a tremendous sportswriter on her own accord – on her father.

What a great quote this is:

Missouri’s Dan Devine looked like a man who just learned that his disease was incurable. He was leaning against a table in the silent gloom of his locker room, a towel around his neck, a paper cup of water in his hand, whip-dog tired, and his large brown eyes fixed vacantly on a lot of things that could have happened.

Talk about a bygone era:

“The first thing they gave me at ‘Sports Illustrated’ was a first-class air card. ‘And oh, by the way, there’s the petty cash drawer,’ they told me. ‘Take a few thousand dollars for expenses.’” – Dan Jenkins

Yeah. We shan’t see the likes of that ever again.