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The Best American Sports Writing 1993

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Now in its sixth year and well established as the premier sports anthology, The Best American Sports Writing brings together the finest sportswriting of the past year. Selected from more than 350 American and Canadian newspaper and magazines, the 1996 collection features a wide varity of sports and sports figures in 30 delightfully intriguing pieces.
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Overview

Now in its sixth year and well established as the premier sports anthology, The Best American Sports Writing brings together the finest sportswriting of the past year. Selected from more than 350 American and Canadian newspaper and magazines, the 1996 collection features a wide varity of sports and sports figures in 30 delightfully intriguing pieces.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This collection proves again that some of the best current American journalism is on the sports pages. The book contradicts Deford's assertion that sports writers should be held to a higher standard of craftsmanship because ``sports is rarely significant in the grand scheme of things. . . . '' For example, the battle over Islamic fundamentalism is at the heart of Kenny Moore's profile of Algeria's track stars Noureddine Morceli and Hassiba Boulmerka, a woman who must run in shorts, much to the outrage of the clerics. Mitch Albom takes an example of random gunplay on a basketball court and, through his fine reporting, elevates it to the level of tragedy. There's also a hilarious piece by Roy Blount Jr., detailing his humiliating experiences at a race-car driving school. Dave Barry brings a pleasantly irreverent spin to the over-covered joys of small-town minor-league baseball and Donna Tartt offers some insight into class struggle in high school in her reminiscence of her days as a cheerleader. Finally, if it proves nothing else, this volume reaffirms the excellence of the staff of Sports Illustrated ; the magazine is represented by four of the strongest articles in the book. Deford is an SI alum and a sports columnist for National Public Radio. (Nov.)
Kirkus Reviews
The sixth entry in this consistently excellent annual series is compiled by Feinstein (see below) with admirable results.

As cable sports programming from ESPN and its imitators has come to dominate the airwaves, print sports journalists have had to work harder than ever to find stories that aren't already overexposed; it is undoubtedly a mark of such a shift in focus that nearly all of this year's offerings come from magazines rather than newspapers—places where a writer can produce longer and more complex stories. "If there is a common thread to the stories I have chosen," Feinstein says in his introduction, "it is that they all involve some very good reporting." Of course, reporting this good is helped by the longer lead time magazine writing allows. As usual, there are plenty of stars and superstars in the collection: Tom Junod on Grant Hill, Tom Verducci on the downfall of former Mets stars Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden, Peter DeJonge on the burgeoning rivalry between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. But some of the best work in the book deals with people whose names mean little or nothing to the average sports fan. Rick Reilly offers a moving portrait of two devoted brothers, Shaun and Dion Stephenson, talented high school football players who wanted to serve their country and who fought in the Gulf War. Only one returned. Joel Reese traces the long, hard fall from grace of former Cowboys wide receiver Golden Richards, a victim of alcohol and underachieving. Tom Farrey goes behind the high walls of a prison to limn the world of penitentiary basketball.

When they say "the best," they're not kidding. A must for sports fans and for fans of excellent journalism of any kind.

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Meet the Author

Frank Deford
Frank Deford
Frank Deford is a six-time National Sportswriter of the Year, senior writer for Sports Illustrated, commentator on NPR's Morning Edition, correspondent for HBO's RealSports with Bryant Gumbel and the author of 14 books. He has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters and has been awarded both an Emmy and a Peabody. Deford resides in Connecticut with his wife, Carol.


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