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J. R. Moehringer, a Pulitzer Prize–winning feature writer and the author of The Tender Bar, has selected the best in sports writing from the past year. Chosen from more than 350 national, regional, and specialty publications and, increasingly, the top sports blogs, this collection showcases those journalists who are at the top of their game.
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The Best American Sports Writing 2013

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J. R. Moehringer, a Pulitzer Prize–winning feature writer and the author of The Tender Bar, has selected the best in sports writing from the past year. Chosen from more than 350 national, regional, and specialty publications and, increasingly, the top sports blogs, this collection showcases those journalists who are at the top of their game.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“Sports are a theater of loss, of struggle and despair, of real pain and real blood and primal disappointment, which is why the best sports writing seems to reach back, back like a discus thrower, to touch the ancient myths,” writes guest editor Moehringer (The Tender Bar) in his introduction to the 23rd edition of this reliably fine series. Highlights include Jason Schwartz’s thoroughly researched and nimbly written account of Curt Schilling’s dedicated but disastrous venture into making video games (“End Game”); Allison Glock’s haunting piece on the doomed love story between two women who were high school basketball stars in Wisconsin (“At the Corner of Love and Basketball”); and PW’s senior editor of digital media Jonathan Segura’s gutsy essay, “The Game of His Life,” which Moehringer singles out for its “lush and wanton profanity.” A few of the selections cover the same thematic ground—high school athletes dying young, scandalized runners—and some readers may be aggravated that their favorite sports are given short shrift or ignored entirely. The variety of writing, which includes everything from autobiography to reporting to profiles, and its quality atone for any shortcomings. The emotional richness of the pieces selected by Moehringer and Stout (who has been series editor from the start) defines this frequently riveting collection. (Oct.)
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"The emotional richness of the pieces selected by Moehringer and Stout defines this frequently riveting collection." -- Publishers Weekly

"Excellent . . . A no-brainer pickup for the sports collection." -- Booklist

"An affirmation of the strong state of American sportswriting." -- Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
For more than two decades, this series has provided annual roundups of some of the best American writing about sports, broadly and generously defined, from the previous calendar year. The 2013 edition continues this tradition. Series editor Stout (Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year, 2011, etc.), who every year does the bulk of the culling of entries, and Pulitzer Prize winner Moehringer (Sutton, 2012, etc.), who edits this year's edition from Stout's initial selections, have done a credible job of pulling together a selection that, if not actually representing all of the best sportswriting of the last year, at least serves as a reasonable representation of the healthy state of writing about the games and pastimes that so occupy millions of Americans. Occasionally, the editors confuse a great story (the thing being written about) with the execution (the writing itself) and, in at least one occasion, allow an author's reputation to outstrip their judgment about the quality of that writer's contribution. Although professional athletes and famous coaches appear--in the form of the dysfunctions of the Kansas City Chiefs, the lies of Lance Armstrong and Urban Meyer's return to college football as the Ohio State coach--the best of the entries focus on high school athletes, competitors in individual sports and obscure activities away from the glare of the media. Tragedies feature prominently. This year's edition also serves as a reminder of the healthy state of long-form writing in magazines, newspapers and on the Internet. Stout includes a listing of "Notable Sports Writing of 2012," most of which will be available to readers with Internet access. Once again, the series captures the zeitgeist on writing about sports ranging from bullfighting to football, bowling to basketball, with sports almost always being incidental to the human interest beneath the surface. An affirmation of the strong state of American sportswriting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547884578
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/8/2013
  • Series: Best American Sports Writing Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 235,275
  • File size: 895 KB

Meet the Author

J. R. Moehringer

GLENN STOUT is the author of Young Woman and the Sea and Fenway 1912.

J.R. MOEHRINGER won a Pulitzer in 2000 for his feature writing and is the author of the much-beloved memoir The Tender Bar.


J. R. Moehringer has an old-fashioned flair for infusing potentially hard-boiled subject matter with humanity and pathos. This gift was first evident in "Resurrecting the Champ," an article which originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times Magazine. The article detailed Moehringer's attempts to track down former boxing champ "Battlin'" Bob Satterfield. However, percolating just beneath the surface of this "where-are-they-now" sports story was an issue much closer to Moehringer's heart: the gnawing need to locate the father that abandoned him as a boy. The resulting story not only became a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, but it also gained the attention and accolades of everyone from Chris Jones of Esquire to Katie Couric of The Today Show.

With the publication of Moehringer's first book, it is clear that his journey remains ongoing. The Tender Bar is a memoir that finds Moehringer digging deeper into his own past with yet another decidedly masculine backdrop, the local tavern. Moehringer writes about Dickens Bar in Manhasset, Long Island, with a rhapsodic affection that conjures a setting more akin to a family living room than a haven for drunken carousing and televised ball games. He portrays the various barflies as colorful fountains of homespun wisdom, reserving a special fondness for Steve, the owner of Dickens who provided a sanctuary for the drunks in Moehringer's neighborhood. In fact, in the wake of the meltdown at Three-Mile Island in 1979, several patrons even called Steve to find out if they could use the airtight basement of Dickens as a makeshift fallout shelter.

Moehringer found his own sanctuary at Dickens at a young age, long before he could even utilize the pub for its intended purpose. Instead, he found a home where the various rummies served as stand-ins for his absent father, who is merely a phantom-like presence in the book. He speaks of his disc jockey dad as a disembodied voice over the radio, and young Moehringer spent many hours with a radio pressed against his ear in a futile attempt to connect with the father that left him. However, at Dickens, Moehringer found a group of men who welcomed the boy into their world and supplied him with their own brand of woozy fathering. Colorful characters with names like Colt and Joey D. (not to mention Moehringer's own Uncle Charlie) guided him through his young life, functioning as the various components of the male role model he so desperately needed.

As Moehringer grew older and faced challenges that he never dreamed of as a boy, Dickens would continue to serve its chief function for him as a refuge with a built-in ramshackle family. The Tender Bar is no mere sugar-coated tale of drunks with hearts-of-gold, though, and the sweetness is often underlined with the bitter realities of both bar life and modern life. The story's climax set on September 11th, 2001, plants the fantasy world at Dickens firmly and tragically back into Earth.

The complexity and pure readability of The Tender Bar certainly has not escaped critics, whom are already hailing this memoir as "funny, vivid, and clever" (The Washington Post) and recognizing that "listening to Moehringer's soothing voice is like basking in the glow of a barroom storyteller-not the one who shouts to be heard over the din, but the one whose story is good enough to make everyone keep it down." (Publisher's Weekly).

Moehringer has assuredly survived the ups and downs of his unconventional upbringing, winning the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2000, and continuing to work as a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. With the highly praised publication of The Tender Bar he may very well find himself playing a role for his own readers not unlike that of his boozy benefactors back at Dickens: a storyteller with a gift for making the world seem a little less lonely.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Moehringer:

"I have a weakness for really bad TV. The badder, the better. Particularly reality TV."

"I care way too much how the Mets are going to do this year."

"Some years ago I started taking cello lessons. Learning to play had been a dream for years. But my job, and my book, and my utter lack of talent, sidetracked me. This year I'll take up my cello again, not only to unwind but to better understand the rigors and rewards of ‘practice.' Maybe if I publicly declare my goal, here and now, I'll feel added pressure to stay with it this time...."

"I'm blessed by friends. The ancient philosophers thought friendship the cornerstone of happiness, so I never miss an opportunity to give thanks for the people who make me laugh, kick me in the pants, and steer me clear of the jagged rocks with their sage advice. Without Sloan and Roger Barnett, Jim Newton, Emily Nunn, Amy Wallace, Bill Husted, et al., The Tender Bar wouldn't exist and my life would be many shades dimmer. To know me is to love them."

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    1. Hometown:
      Denver, Colorado
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 7, 1964
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., Yale College, 1986
    2. Website:

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