Classic Wiley (Great American Sportswriter Series)

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When Ralph Wiley, a columnist for ESPN.com and a former writer for Sports Illustrated, passed away on June 13, 2004, he left behind a rich legacy of written work. This volume brings together Wiley’s best columns from ESPN.com, feature stories from Sports Illustrated, his Parting Shots from the ESPN television show The Sports Reporters, and excerpts from his books and screenplays.

Wiley’s death sparked an ...

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When Ralph Wiley, a columnist for ESPN.com and a former writer for Sports Illustrated, passed away on June 13, 2004, he left behind a rich legacy of written work. This volume brings together Wiley’s best columns from ESPN.com, feature stories from Sports Illustrated, his Parting Shots from the ESPN television show The Sports Reporters, and excerpts from his books and screenplays.

Wiley’s death sparked an outpouring of accolades from colleagues, friends, and sports figures, and this book is a celebration of his indomitable spirit and his extraordinary skill as a journalist.

Whether musing about what lessons can still be learned from baseball legend Jackie Robinson, recalling an exchange with Pistons coach Larry Brown, questioning the public’s enduring fascination with Mike Tyson, recounting how a visit to the Kansas City Chiefs’ home turf brought back childhood memories, or simply communicating his love of the game, Wiley had a unique and engaging style that made him not just a chronicler of American sports but of American life. As Spike Lee said in an interview shortly after Wiley’s death, He had a great voice. Ralph was much more than a sports writer. He was a social critic.

Like the sports figures he wrote about, Ralph Wiley was larger than life. His passion for sports and for the written word was legendary, and this collection will ensure that his contribution to journalism is always remembered.

Ralph Wiley was a weekly columnist for Page 2 on ESPN.com and a regular contributor to other ESPN productions. One of the original NFL Insiders on NBC, he also wrote articles for Sports Illustrated, Premiere, GQ, National Geographic, and many national newspapers. His books include Serenity: A Boxing Memoir and Why Black People Tend To Shout. He co-authored Born to Play with Eric Davis, Growing Up King with Dexter Scott King and the children of Martin Luther King Jr., and, with filmmaker Spike Lee, By Any Means Necessary: The Trials and Tribulations of the Making of Malcolm X and Best Seat in the House. Ralph Wiley passed away on June 13, 2004, from heart failure at the age of 52.

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Larry Moffi
To anyone unfamiliar with Wiley's work, this collection will be an invaluable introduction to a writer not merely worth reading but worth learning from. To those who revered the man and his work, Classic Wiley is a bittersweet reminder of all that he offered of himself in his time.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933060019
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/22/2005
  • Series: Great American Sportswriter
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.97 (d)

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Ralph Wiley was a weekly columnist for "Page 2" on ESPN.com and a regular contributor to other ESPN productions. One of the original NFL Insiders on NBC, he also wrote articles for Sports Illustrated, Premiere, GQ, National Geographic, and many national newspapers. His books include Serenity: A Boxing Memoir and Why Black People Tend To Shout. He co-authored Born to Play with Eric Davis, Growing Up King with Dexter Scott King and the children of Martin Luther King Jr., and, with filmmaker Spike Lee, By Any Means Necessary: TheTrials and Tribulations of the Making of Malcolm X and Best Seat in the House. Ralph Wiley passed away on June 13, 2004, from heart failure at the age of 52.
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