Marty Glickman was an inspiration to millions. He made the Jewish community of New York incredibly proud when he was chosen as a member of the U.S. track and field team alongside Jesse Owens for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He was dropped at the last minute, likely at the behest of the president of the U.S. Olympic Committee, who was looking to curry favor with Hitler. Despite this disappointment, Glickman went on to be named a football All-American at Syracuse University. Too small to play professionally, he channeled his passion for sports into broadcasting. Millions of New Yorkers depended on Glickman, the voice of the Knicks and Giants, to bring them as close to the game as if they were there in person. He coined the term “swish” and made “top of the key” and “baseline” part of the basketball lexicon. As Larry King put it, “He was television on the radio.” Featuring interviews with Bob Costas, Bill Bradley and Marv Albert, this documentary brilliantly captures Glickman’s life as an athlete, a pioneering sports broadcaster and as a passionate advocate of sports as a means of transcending divisions created by race class and religion. If you loved The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, this movie is for you.
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