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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
Mike Lupica, one of the best-known and most widely read sports columnists
in the United States, assembles another extraordinary year of writing on
sports. Offering fresh insight into the sporting world, The Best American Sports Writing 2005 continues the series" tradition as "an ongoing centerpiece for all sports collections" (Booklist).
Contributors include Michael Lewis, Gary Smith, Bill Plaschke, Michael Bamberger, Pat Jordan, Michael Leahy, and others.
The Best American series has been the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction since 1915. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the very 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 2005 includes
Michael Lewis Gary Smith Steve Coll Tom Verducci Ira Berkow Bill Plaschke Linda Robertson Michael Bamberger L. Jon Wertheim Thomas McGuane John Brant Pat Jordan David DiBenedetto and others
Mike Lupica, guest editor, has been a columnist for the New York Daily News since 1977 and is the best-selling author of numerous books, including, most recently, Travel Team, a number one New York Times bestseller.
Lupica, one of the best-known and most widely read sports columnists in the United States, assembles another extraordinary year of writing on sports. Contributors include Michael Lewis, Gary Smith, Bill Plaschke, Michael Bamberger, Pat Jordan, Michael Leahy, and others.
Well established as the premier sports anthology,The Best American Sports Writingbrings togther the finest writing on sports to appear in the past year. Edited by the award-winning Jane Leavy, author ofSandy CoufaxandThe Lost Boy, the pieces in this volume embrace the world of sports in all its drama, humanity and excitement.
A collection of the year's best sportswriting
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.MIKE LUPICA has been a columnist for the New York Daily News since 1977 and is the best-selling author of numerous books, including most recently Travel Team.'
Table of 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