The late Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter Stan Hochman was known for his many zingers, such as “Harry Litwack, the stoic Temple coach, stalks the sidelines like a blind man at a nudist colony.” As a reporter, he was more interested in how athletes felt, what their values were, how they lived their lives, or what made them tick than he was about how many runs they scored or punches they landed.
In Stan Hochman Unfiltered, his wife Gloria collects nearly 100 of his best columns from the Daily News about baseball, horse racing, boxing, football, hockey, and basketball (both college and pro), as well as food, films, and even Liz Taylor. Each section is introduced by a friend or colleague, including Garry Maddox, Bernie Parent, Larry Merchant, and Ray Didinger, among others.
Hochman penned a candid, cantankerous column about whether Pete Rose belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame; wrote a graphic account of the Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fight of the century; and skewered Norman “Bottom Line” Braman, the one-time owner of the Eagles. He also wrote human-interest stories, including features about the importance of kids with special needs playing sports.
In addition to being a beloved writer, Hochman was also known for his stint on WIP’s radio as the Grand Imperial Poobah, where he would settle callers’ most pressing debates. Hochman long earned the respect and admiration of his subjects, peers, and readers throughout his career, and Stan Hochman Unfiltered is a testament to his enduring legacy.
About the Author
Gloria Hochman is an award-winning author, journalist, broadcaster, and popular public speaker. She is the author of the New York Times best seller A Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic-Depressive Illness, co-authored with Patty Duke; Heart Bypass: What Every Patient Must Know; and Adult Children of Divorce: Breaking the Cycle and Finding Fulfillment in Love, Marriage and Family, co-authored with Edward Beal. She is also the editor of The Age for Change: Baby Boomers Defy the Rules of Aging. Hochman is the Director of Communications for the National Adoption Center. She and Stan Hochman were married for fifty-four years.