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“Dream Street” by Mike Lupica
Card picked: Jack of Diamonds
From: Murder on the Ropes edited by Otto Penzler
Thoughts: Back in ’59, Vinny Tavernese was the winner in one of the most famous boxing matches of all time when Augusta “Dream Street” Stone forfeited the match between the fourteenth and fifteenth rounds. Despite quitting, things play out well for Dream Street. Being the Beauty to Vinny’s Beast, he goes on to have a small film career before disappearing from the public eye. Life doesn’t treat Vinny as well. Injuries from boxing are catching up to him and he’s worried about how many things that he forgets. But one question nags at him: Why, so close to the end of the match, did Dream Street forfeit? Had he been paid to take a dive? Had there been some injury that no one knew about?
“Dream Street” is a well-written story, strong on characterization though low on plot. If I were more of a sports person, I might have recognized the name Mike Lupica; he’s a rather prominent sport journalist. I wonder if the match between Mike Tyson and Andrew Golota was inspiration for this story. Golota informed his corner that he would not continue between the second and third rounds, much to the chagrin of Tyson and the crowd. (And all my knowledge of this is based on a Google search.)
About the Author: Mike Lupica, in addition to a sports commentator for the New York Daily News and ESPN, has also written a couple of biographies and quite a few sports novels for youngsters.