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The Best American Sports Writing (Best American Sports Writing)

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Bears, Bulls, Cubs, Sox, Blackhawks—there’s no city like Chicago when it comes to sports. Generation after generation, Chicagoans pass down their almost religious allegiances to teams, stadiums, and players and their never-say-die attitude, along with the stories of the city’s best (and worst) sports moments. And every one of those moments—every come-from-behind victory or crushing defeat—has been chronicled by Chicago’s unparalleled sportswriters.

In From Black Sox to Three-Peats, veteran Chicago sports columnist Ron Rapoportassembles one hundred of the best columns and articles from the Tribune, Sun-Times, Daily News, Defender, and other papers to tell the unforgettable story of a century of Chicago sports. From Ring Lardner to Rick Telander, Westbrook Pegler to Bob Verdi, Mike Royko to Hugh Fullerton , Melissa Isaacson to Brent Musburger, and on and on, this collection reminds us that Chicago sports fans have enjoyed a wealth of talent not just on the field, but in the press box as well. Through their stories we relive the betrayal of the Black Sox, the cocksure power of the ’85 Bears, the assassin’s efficiency of Jordan’s Bulls, the Blackhawks’ stunning reclamation of the Stanley Cup, the Cubs’ century of futility—all as seen in the moment, described and interpreted on the spot by some of the most talented columnists ever to grace a sports page.

Sports are the most ephemeral of news events: once you know the outcome, the drama is gone. But every once in a while, there are those games, those teams, those players that make it into something more—and great writers can transform those fleeting moments into lasting stories that become part of the very identity of a city. From Black Sox to Three-Peats is Chicago history at its most exciting and celebratory. No sports fan should be without it.

Review:

"'Sports journalism is in the middle of an identity crisis,' writes Leavy (The Last Boy) in the 21st edition of this leading sports anthology. That explains the diverse range of material here, which includes stories about a Canadian hockey school that teaches young players how to fight, the evolution of the Madden NFL video game, as well as reporting about USA Swimming's sex scandal, and a posthumous profile of transgendered Los Angeles Times sports reporter Mike Penner/Christine Daniels. These 29 selections represent the changing face of sports journalism in an era when the Internet instantly delivers scores and highlights, and requires writers to dig deeper for relevant stories. 'Long-form sports stories are flourishing in new soil,' according to Leavy, who has chosen lengthy pieces from the ESPN and Deadspin web sites. Some stories are only peripherally related to sports, such as Sterry Butcher's 'Gentling Cheatgrass' about the art of taming a mustang, Wright Thompson's masterful intertwining of Franklin Lobos's dual life as an aging Chilean soccer star and one of 33 trapped miners in 'Above and Beyond,' and 'Fetch Daddy a Drink,' P.J. O'Rourke's ode to hunting dogs. Despite some duds, sports writing is alive and well. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

A collection of the year's best sportswriting

Synopsis:

The Best American Series(R)

First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected--and most popular--of its kind.

The Best American Sports Writing 2011 includes

Paul Solotaroff, Sally Jenkins, Wells Tower, John McPhee, David Dobbs, Wright Thompson, P. J. O'Rourke, Selena Roberts, and others

Synopsis:

The Best American Series®

First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the countrys finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volumes series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.

The Best American Sports Writing 2011 includes

Paul Solotaroff, Sally Jenkins, Wells Tower, John McPhee, David Dobbs, Wright Thompson,

P. J. ORourke, Selena Roberts, and others

About the Author

GLENN STOUT is the author ofYoung Woman and the Sea,Red Sox Century, Yankees Century, The Dodgers,andThe Cubs.He has been the editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception.

 

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword xi Introduction by Mike Lupica xvii

Gary Smith. Running for Their Lives 1 from Sports Illustrated

Bill Plaschke. Phat Chants 20 from The Los Angeles Times

Mark Zeigler. Fatal Errors 26 from The San Diego Union-Tribune

Michael Lewis. The Eli Experiment 41 from The New York Times Magazine

Mark Fainaru-Wada. Dreams, Steroids, Death — A Ballplayers Downfall 62 from The San Francisco Chronicle

Pam Belluck. How to Catch Fish in Vermont 74 from The New York Times

Thomas McGuane. Seeing Snook 78 from Sports Illustrated

Ira Berkow. Making Contact 88 from Chicago Magazine

Sean Flynn. The Memorial 97 from Golf Magazine

David Shields. The Wound and the Bow 102 from The Believer

Richard Sandomir. Five-Second Delay Cant Mute Old Voice 116 from The New York Times

Pat Jordan. The Lion in Late, Late Autumn 119 from The New York Times Magazine

David Dibenedetto. The Biggest Fish Story Ever Told 129 from Mens Journal

Andrew Miller. Field of Broken Dreams 140 from The Pitch

John Brant. Duel in the Sun 152 from Runners World

Mark Kram, Jr. A Lethal Catch 169 from The Philadelphia Daily News

Linda Robertson. “A Great Day for Arab Women” 178 from The Miami Herald Steve Coll. Barrage of Bullets Drowned Out Cries of Comrades 181 from The Washington Post

L. Jon Wertheim. Outside Looking In 199 from Sports Illustrated

Wright Thompson. A Man Who Made Good 214 from The Kansas City Star

Travis Haney. More Than Skin Deep 224 from The Anderson Independent-Mail

Michael Hall. The Duke of Dunbar 232 from Texas Monthly

Michael Bamberger. The Pride of Peabody 247 from Sports Illustrated

Chris Jones. The Man in the Ice 264 from Esquire

Kevin Van Valkenburg. Raynas Second Season 273 from The Baltimore Sun

Katy Vine. Alive and Kicking 305 from Texas Monthly

Michael Rosenberg. Why We Must Listen 313 from The Detroit Free Press

Tom Verducci. Sportsmen of the Year 326 from Sports Illustrated

Bill Reynolds. Spectacular — but Sad 343 from The Providence Journal

Biographical Notes 349 Notable Sports Writing of 2004 354 Contents ix

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547336961
Author:
Leavy, Jane
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Author:
Rapoport, Ron
Author:
Lupica, Mike
Author:
Montville, Leigh
Author:
Lewis, Michael
Author:
Gammons, Peter
Author:
Nack, William
Author:
Stout, Glenn
Author:
Maraniss, David
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports Writing
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Best American Series (R)
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.2 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Sports journalism is in the middle of an identity crisis,' writes Leavy (The Last Boy) in the 21st edition of this leading sports anthology. That explains the diverse range of material here, which includes stories about a Canadian hockey school that teaches young players how to fight, the evolution of the Madden NFL video game, as well as reporting about USA Swimming's sex scandal, and a posthumous profile of transgendered Los Angeles Times sports reporter Mike Penner/Christine Daniels. These 29 selections represent the changing face of sports journalism in an era when the Internet instantly delivers scores and highlights, and requires writers to dig deeper for relevant stories. 'Long-form sports stories are flourishing in new soil,' according to Leavy, who has chosen lengthy pieces from the ESPN and Deadspin web sites. Some stories are only peripherally related to sports, such as Sterry Butcher's 'Gentling Cheatgrass' about the art of taming a mustang, Wright Thompson's masterful intertwining of Franklin Lobos's dual life as an aging Chilean soccer star and one of 33 trapped miners in 'Above and Beyond,' and 'Fetch Daddy a Drink,' P.J. O'Rourke's ode to hunting dogs. Despite some duds, sports writing is alive and well. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,

A collection of the year's best sportswriting

"Synopsis" by , The Best American Series(R)

First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected--and most popular--of its kind.

The Best American Sports Writing 2011 includes

Paul Solotaroff, Sally Jenkins, Wells Tower, John McPhee, David Dobbs, Wright Thompson, P. J. O'Rourke, Selena Roberts, and others

"Synopsis" by , The Best American Series®

First, Best, and Best-Selling

The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the countrys finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volumes series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular—of its kind.

The Best American Sports Writing 2011 includes

Paul Solotaroff, Sally Jenkins, Wells Tower, John McPhee, David Dobbs, Wright Thompson,

P. J. ORourke, Selena Roberts, and others

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