Best American Sports Writing 2003

ISBN-10: 0618251324
ISBN-13: 9780618251322
Edition: 2003
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Book details

List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/10/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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. Buzz Bissinger selects the very best writing on a vast variety of competitive endeavors, from baseball to weightlifting, skating to demolition derby. Herein today's foremost journalists -- among them Gary Smith, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill Plaschke, and Rebecca Mead -- throw revealing light on a pantheon of stars: Shaquille O'Neal, Bobby Fischer, Mike Tyson, the San Diego Chicken, and more.

Glenn Stout has been the series editor of "The Best American Sports Writing" since its inception & has written three illustrated biographies with Richard A. Johnson: "Ted Williams," "Joe DiMaggio," & "Jackie Robinson." He lives in Uxbridge, Massachusetts.

Award-winning writer Buzz Bissinger graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. He has worked for many newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, and he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting in 1987 for a series on the Philadelphia Court System. He has written for magazines including Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine, and Vanity Fair, for which he has been a contributing editor since 1996. Bissinger also co-produced and wrote for the ABC television drama NYPD Blue and published the nonfiction books Friday Night Lights, A Prayer for the City and Three Nights in August.

Foreword
Introduction
Lucky Jim 1 from GQ
Fowled Away 18 from The Los Angeles Times
The Ball 28 from Sports Illustrated
Baseball Without Metaphor 50 from The New York Times Magazine
The Lone Wolf 69 from Sports Illustrated
Bobby Fischer's Pathetic Endgame 87 from The Atlantic Monthly Alexander Wolff with
When the Terror Began 111 from Sports Illustrated
Power Pact 133 from The Dallas Morning News
End of the Run 144 from Outside
Veteran Finds Greens Peace 155 from The Los Angeles Times
Good Karma, Bad Golf 162 from
Servant of the Cause 166 from Los Angeles
A Man-Child in Lotusland 184 from The New Yorker
Playing for Jud 204 from Witness
Race a Memorable First for Seventeenth Man 217 from The Seattle Times
Appetite for Destruction 222 from Phoenix New Times
Life Is a Contact Sport 235 from The New York Times Magazine
Rulon Gardner Wants a Third Helping 247 from
Gambling Man 258 from The Washington Post
"I Want to Kill Him" 274 from The Philadelphia Daily News
Out of Control 282 from ESPN: The Magazine
My Dad, the Bookie 293 from
The Birds at Oriole Park 302 from Washingtonian
His Role on Team Is Beyond Words 308 from The Akron Beacon
Of Sound and Ice 315 from The Washington Post Book World Biographical
Notes 321 Notable Sports Writing of 2002 325

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