I've tried not to exaggerate the glory of athletes. I'd rather, if I could, preserve a sense of proportion, to write about them as excellent ballplayers, first-rate players. But I'm sure I have contributed to false values—as Stanley Woodward said, "Godding up those ballplayers." The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.
Samuel Beckett (1906–1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. A personal recollection that originally appeared in No Cheering in the Press Box by Jerome Holtzman. First published in 1938. The narrator, in Murphy, p. 1, Grove Press (1959).