At age 70, the late writer and former boxing "cut man" F.X. Toole published his first book, a collection of short stories about boxing called Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner, to critical praise. We rebroadcast a Sept. 26, 2000, interview with Toole.
Film critic David Edelstein reviews Million Dollar Baby, a boxing tale directed by Clint Eastwood, who also stars in the movie, alongside Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. The film has won critical acclaim and is now up for seven Oscars, including best picture.