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Publisher Comments:

Living up to its series' reputation for quality is this 11th anniversary collection of features and profiles culled from a variety of publications that goes well beyond America's sports pages.

Synopsis:

Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

Each year, The Best American Sports Writing, well established as the premier sports anthology, offers a winning combination of fascinating topics and top-notch writers. This year, Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly assembles an all-star lineup sure to captivate fans of sports and great writing. From baseball to bullfighting, from horse racing to school-bus racing, this collection has something for everyone. Reilly has chosen columnists and feature writers, household names and talented unknowns, and most importantly, pieces that delve behind the statistics, examining the people and emotions that make the game.

About the Author

'Glenn Stout has been the series editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception and has written three illustrated biographies with Richard A. Johnson: Ted Williams: A Portrait in Words and Pictures, Joe DiMaggio: An Illustrated Life, and Jackie Robinson: Between the Baselines. He is a columnist for Boston Baseball, and the acclaimed author of Red Sox Century, Yankees Century, and The Dodgers. His work has appeared in many regional and national magazines and newspapers.Rick Reilly is the author of Sports Illustrated\'s \"Life or Reilly,\" a weekly column. He has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year six times and won the New York Newspaper Guild\'s Page One Award for best magazine story. He has written several books, including the best-selling autobiography of the Oklahoma linebacker Brian Bosworth; his most recent book is The Life of Reilly.'

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword x Introduction by Rick Reilly xv

Bill Plaschke. Her Blue Haven 1 from The Los Angeles Times

Frank Deford. Almost a Hero 10 from Sports Illustrated

Eugene Robinson. The Cuban Ali 23 from The Washington Post Magazine

Bob Norman. Backyard Bloodbath 39 from New Times Broward–Palm Beach

Juliet Macur. “Please Let Me Die” 58 from The Dallas Morning News

William Nack. A Name on the Wall 77 from Sports Illustrated

Mark Kram, Jr. Joes Gift 93 from The Philadelphia Daily News

Karl Taro Greenfeld. Blind to Failure 106 from Time

Michael Leahy. Transition Game 116 from The Washington Post

Mike Lupica. Recalling Brothers Bravest Hour 124 from The New York Daily News

Mike Bianchi. Nightmare Is Real for Mourners 128 from The Orlando Sentinel

Gene Wojciechowski. Last Call 130 from ESPN.com

Adam Schefter. Seeing the Light 133 from The Denver Post

Rick Telander. Making Their Points 138 from The Chicago Sun-Times

Art Thiel. No Angst in All-Star Ichiro 141 from The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Scott Ostler. Dont Go All Rasheed About This 146 from The San Francisco Chronicle

Steve Hummer. We All Have Some Inner Daly, but Most of Us Suppress It 149 from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Steve Rushin. Cold Comfort 151 from Sports Illustrated

Dan Neil. Big Night in Bithlo 154 from Car and Driver

Dan Le Batard. Detour 159 from ESPN: The Magazine

Peter Richmond. Flesh and Blood 169 from GQ

Gary Smith. Higher Education 182 from Sports Illustrated

Elizabeth Gilbert. Near Death in the Afternoon 203 from GQ

Tom Scocca. Blood Sport 219 from Baltimore City Paper

Steve Friedman. “Its Gonna Suck to Be You” 223 from Outside

Skip Hollandsworth. The Killing of Alydar 237 from Texas Monthly

Joshua Harris Prager. Giants 1951 Comeback Wasnt All It Seemed 259 from The Wall Street Journal

Jeanne Marie Laskas. The Enlightened Man 271 from Esquire

Biographical Notes 287 Notable Sports Writing of 2001 291

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618086283
Editor:
Reilly, Rick
Foreword:
Stout, Glenn
Foreword by:
Stout, Glenn
Foreword:
Stout, Glenn
Editor:
Reilly, Rick
Editor:
Reilly, Rick; Stout, Glenn
Author:
Stout, Glenn
Author:
Reilly, Rick
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Sports literature.
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Sports -- United States.
Subject:
Sports literature - United States
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports Writing
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2002
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Best American Sports Writing
Series Volume:
EDO-SO-2001-4
Publication Date:
October 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.14x5.46x.85 in. .81 lbs.

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Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.

Each year, The Best American Sports Writing, well established as the premier sports anthology, offers a winning combination of fascinating topics and top-notch writers. This year, Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly assembles an all-star lineup sure to captivate fans of sports and great writing. From baseball to bullfighting, from horse racing to school-bus racing, this collection has something for everyone. Reilly has chosen columnists and feature writers, household names and talented unknowns, and most importantly, pieces that delve behind the statistics, examining the people and emotions that make the game.

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