The tarpon: A tribute

More than six decades ago, fishing's "silver king" and baseball's "splendid splinter" came of age in their respective arenas.

Updated: September 25, 2001, 9:24 PM ET
By Curt Gowdy | Co-host of ESPN2's
CITGO In Search of Flywater

Hi, this is Curt Gowdy — here to pay my respects to two of the great athletes of all time: the best baseball hitter, Ted Williams, and the most spectacular saltwater gamefish to be caught on a flyrod: the tarpon. More than six decades ago, these two came of age in their respective arenas.

A flyfisherman will replay a fight with a tarpon over and over in the theater of his mind for years.

As a third-year left fielder for the Boston Red ...

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The tarpon: A tribute