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The Best American Sports Writing 2004 (Best American Sports Writing)

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Publisher Comments:

“On any given day, sports will offer us stories — the most human stories — in richer supply, and more reliably, than any other branch of endeavor . . . When someone does write how it was, or how it is, it thrills us with the same exultation that we feel when a fellow being excels on the field, the court, the course, or the track . . . I dont think its stretching things to say that the writers in this book show, in their field, the same sort of hyper-acuity that athletic heroes show in their games.” — from the introduction by Richard Ben Cramer

Not just for readers of the sports pages, these selections bring together the finest writing on sports from the past year. Richard Ben Cramer assembles a fascinating look at the sporting world, showcasing the triumphs and heartaches of human endeavor and covering all aspects of sport.

Lynne Cox chronicles her extraordinary swim in the Arctic Ocean. Gary Smith provides rare insight into the complexities of Mia Hamm. Michael Leahy details the final days of the Michael Jordan Wizards. Susan Orlean takes the definition of sport in a different direction with an insiders look at the World Taxidermy Championships. Greg Couch and Lisa Olson both offer a glimpse of sports underbelly as a professional baseball team scalps its own tickets and as women single-mindedly pursue million-dollar athletes. Carlton Stowers follows a six-man high school football team as they strive for success, and Michael Hall chronicles a mans escape from death and his journey of renewal through running.

With Cramer at the helm, this years selections embrace the world of sports in all its drama, humanity, and excitement.

Synopsis:

Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the countrys 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 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.

“Cracker-jack writing from some of the countrys best-known sports journalists.” — Publishers Weekly

With Richard Ben Cramer at the helm, this years selections embrace the world of sports in all its drama, humanity, and excitement, from swimming the Arctic Ocean to high school football. Todays foremost journalists shed light on Mia Hamm, Amare Stoudemire, and on sports underbelly as a professional baseball team scalps its own tickets and as women single-mindedly pursue million-dollar athletes. We witness the World Taxidermy Championships, the final days of the Michael Jordan Wizards, and much more.

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.Richard Ben Cramer is a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and the author of the best-selling Joe DiMaggio, What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?, What It Takes, and most recently How Israel Lost.'

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction by Richard Ben Cramer xix

joe posnanski. Dusting Off Home 1 from The Kansas City Star

susan orlean. Lifelike 12 from The New Yorker

steve friedman. The Race of Truth 21 from Bicycling

lynne cox. Swimming to Antarctica 37 from The New Yorker

robert draper. Beauty in the Beast 54 from GQ

gary smith. The Secret Life of Mia Hamm 62 from Sports Illustrated

paul solotaroff. Growing Up Mantle 86 from Mens Journal

peter hessler. Home and Away 98 from The New Yorker

michael leahy. All the Kings Men: Why the Team That Jordan Built Fell to Pieces 119 from The Washington Post Magazine

peter de jonge. The Leap of His Life 142 from The New York Times Magazine

lisa olson. Making a Play for Players 162 from The New York Daily News

carlton stowers. Friday Night Lite 167 from The Dallas Observer

charles p. pierce. Black Sunday 178 from Sports Illustrated

greg couch. A Runaway Win Cubs Fans Wont Appreciate 186 from The Chicago Sun-Times

bob ryan. Misery Has More Company 190 from The Boston Globe

ira berkow. An Unconventional Tradition of Success 193 from The New York Times

mitch albom. Trying to Find Yourself in the Toughest Times 198 from The Detroit Free Press

stephen rodrick. A Long Strange Trip 201 from Runners World

tommy craggs. Fishing the Mainstream 214 from SF Weekly

guy martin. Getting Slammed 227 from Field & Stream

william nack. “No, Not Again!” 234 from ESPN.com

joan ryan. Galarraga Steals Base, Stops Time 240 from The San Francisco Chronicle

rick telander. Playing Against the Clock 243 from Sports Illustrated

andy meisler. The Fright Stuff 260 from The Los Angeles Times Magazine

michael hall. Running for His Life 272 from Texas Monthly

bill plaschke. At Ease, at Last 286 from The Los Angeles Times

Biographical Notes 293

Notable Sports Writing of 2003 297

Product Details

ISBN:
9780618251346
Editor:
Stout, Glenn
Editor:
Cramer, Richard Ben
Editor:
Cramer, Richard Ben; Stout, Glenn
Editor:
Stout, Glenn
Editor:
Cramer, Richard Ben
Author:
Stout, Glenn
Author:
Cramer, Richard Ben
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Sports -- United States.
Subject:
Sports literature - United States
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports Writing
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2004
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Best American Sports Writing
Publication Date:
October 2004
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.46x5.78x1.09 in. 1.07 lbs.

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Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the countrys 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 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.

“Cracker-jack writing from some of the countrys best-known sports journalists.” — Publishers Weekly

With Richard Ben Cramer at the helm, this years selections embrace the world of sports in all its drama, humanity, and excitement, from swimming the Arctic Ocean to high school football. Todays foremost journalists shed light on Mia Hamm, Amare Stoudemire, and on sports underbelly as a professional baseball team scalps its own tickets and as women single-mindedly pursue million-dollar athletes. We witness the World Taxidermy Championships, the final days of the Michael Jordan Wizards, and much more.

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