The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan

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A highly-entertaining collection of sports journalism from a forty-year veteran.

For decades, Pat Jordan has been one of the best sports writers in America. This engrossing book compiles twenty-six features from throughout his career, among them his most famous magazine pieces and a small selection of previously unpublished gems.

Included is an exciting selection of ...
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A highly-entertaining collection of sports journalism from a forty-year veteran.

For decades, Pat Jordan has been one of the best sports writers in America. This engrossing book compiles twenty-six features from throughout his career, among them his most famous magazine pieces and a small selection of previously unpublished gems.

Included is an exciting selection of Jordan's profiles of sports legends such as Wilt Chamberlain, Tom Seaver, Greg Louganis, Venus and Serena Williams—each one frank, insightful, and salty—as well as an extraordinary sampling of the pieces with which Jordan made his name: those about athletes who are obscure, unsuccessful, or have fallen from grace. Whether writing about the marginal, the famous, or the infamous, Jordan displays a hard-boiled, highly literate prose and a capacity to convey how the idiosyncratic mindsets of athletes lead to success or failure.

The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan covers a variety of mainstream sports and some less athletic (but equally competitive) pastimes like poker, pool, and child beauty pageants. A Q&A with Jordan gives intriguing behind-the-scenes scoops on select stories. Fun, revealing, and very readable, this book represents the best work from a standout in his field.

Highlights from The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan:
"Trouble in Paradise": L.A. Dodger all-star (and presumed future-U.S. Senator) Steve Garvey takes a hit to his public image—from his unsatisfied wife.
"Roger Clemens Refuses to Grow Up": The greatest pitcher of his generation is really just a big baby.
"The Outcast": O. J. Simpson stars as O. J. Simpson andhas a thing for Jennifer Love Hewitt.
"Of Memory, Death, and the Automobile": Phil Hill, Renaissance Formula 1 racecar driver, obsesses over his obsessions.
"Renée's Retreat": Transsexual tennis pro Renée Richards reflects on her life on both the women's and men's tours.
"Duquesne, PA": In a down-and-out factory town, high school football provides the only escape.
"Is this Man the Future of Poker?": Poker phenom David Williams beats the odds, but can't bluff his girlfriend.
"The Noble Turtle": A wannabe actor can't escape his boxing past. His name? Sylvester Stallone.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892553396
  • Publisher: Persea Books
  • Publication date: 4/13/2008
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 9.38 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Jordan is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, and has published innumerable articles on sports and other subjects in The Atlantic, GQ, Esquire, Los Angeles Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, and elsewhere. He is author of a number of nonfiction books, including A False Spring, named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 100 Best Sports Books of All Time. He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Alex Belth is the author of Stepping Up: The Story of Curt Flood and His Fight for Baseball Players' Rights (Persea, 2006) and a columnist for He lives in the Bronx, New York.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     ix
Author's Note     xiii
Roger Clemens Refuses to Grow Up     5
Breakers West Where the Kissing Never Stops   Venus Williams   Serena Williams     17
The Fanciest Diver   Greg Louganis     35
Trouble in Paradise   Steve Garvey   Cyndi Garvey     52
The Magician   Efren Reyes     79
Wilt in Winter   Wilt Chamberlain     95
The Italian Prince   Alberto Tomba     108
How the Boston Bruins Flaunt Their Muscles     116
Conversations with the Dinosaur   Carlton Fisk     126
The Two Faces of Prime Time   Deion Sanders     142
King Rat   Whitey Herzog     151
The Noble Turtle   Sylvester Stallone     170
Of Memory, Death, and the Automobile   Phil Hill     187
The Best of Friends   Tom Seaver   Pat Jordan     229
No Joy in Sorrento: A Baseball Myth Strikes Out   Gregory "Toe" Nash     249
The Pork   Frank Viera     266
Is This Man the Future of Poker?   David Williams     289
War of the Roses   Pete Rose, Jr.     305
Duquesne, PA   High School Football     321
Thin Mountain Air   Steve Carlton     339
A Ridiculous Will   Bobby Hurley     353
Renee's Retreat   Renee Richards     366
The Curious Childhood of an Eleven-Year-Old Beauty Queen   Blaire Ashley Pancake     376
The Outcast   O. J. Simpson     383
The Fan   Frank Klein     410
A Mound of Troubles   Rick Ankiel     424
Q & A with Pat Jordan     435

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