The Day A Shit-Talking Reggie Jackson Tore Apart The Yankees

This story was originally published in the June, 1977 issue of Sport. It also appears in the collection Renegades. It is republished here with permission, and includes a postscript from the author. » 3/25/15 3:20pm Wednesday 3:20pm

The Slow Destruction Of Pete Reiser, The Greatest Player Who Never Was

The following piece was originally published in the March, 1958 issue of True, and is excerpted from The Top of His Game, a collection of W.C. Heinz's best sportswriting. It is reprinted here with permission from Gayl Heinz. » 3/12/15 11:34am 3/12/15 11:34am

When Muhammad Ali Was A Has-Been

The following is excerpted from Writers' Fighters and Other Sweet Scientists, a compilation of boxing columns by John Schulian, who wrote for the Chicago Daily News and Chicago Sun-Times. The excerpt contains 12 columns about Muhammad Ali that were written during the twilight of the champion's career, and is… » 3/09/15 3:18pm 3/09/15 3:18pm

"It's Okay If You're A Machine": Inside Hubie Brown's Brutal Philosophy

This piece was originally published in the Dec. 9, 1979 issue of the Atlanta Journal & Constitution Magazine. It is reprinted here with permission, and is followed by an afterward from the author. » 3/02/15 2:18pm 3/02/15 2:18pm

Idol Makers: How Steve And Ed Sabol Turned NFL Films Into An Empire

Originally published in the Sept. 1996 issue of Philadelphia Magazine, and reprinted here with the author's permission. » 2/12/15 3:20pm 2/12/15 3:20pm

Buster Douglas Shocked The World, And Then He Got Fat And Happy

25 years ago today, Buster Douglas shocked the world and knocked out Mike Tyson, becoming the heavyweight champion of the world. This profile appeared in Sports Illustrated three years later, after Douglas had lost his title to Evander Holyfield. It has been reprinted here with the author's permission. » 2/11/15 1:30pm 2/11/15 1:30pm

The Ex-Con Who Turned His Life Around, And The NBA Star Who Killed Him

"That Joke Has Everything": David Letterman, Before Late Night

In December 1981, a month before Late Night With David Letterman debuted on NBC, Peter W. Kaplan profiled the young comedian, and heir-apparent to Johnny Carson, for Esquire. The story is reprinted here with permission. » 12/18/14 11:19am 12/18/14 11:19am

My Life In The Locker Room: A Female Sportswriter Remembers The Dicks

Originally published June 4, 1992, in the Dallas Observer. Reprinted here with permission from the author, who has also provided an afterword about the response to her story. » 11/24/14 1:42pm 11/24/14 1:42pm

The Fight: Patterson Vs. Liston

Originally published in the February 1963 issue of Nugget, "The Fight: Patterson vs. Liston" also appears in At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing, edited by George Kimball and John Schulian and published in hardcover, paperback, and as an e-book by The Library of America. You can also find it in the recent… » 10/23/14 7:48am 10/23/14 7:48am

An NFL Safety's Zen Quest For The Perfect Hit

The Fall Of Kevin Mackey, The NCAA Tournament's Junkie Cinderella

Originally published in the December 1992 edition of GQ. Reprinted with the author's permission. Annotations from the author (as told to Alex Belth) appear throughout the story. » 4/07/14 3:01pm 4/07/14 3:01pm

The Unnatural Shooting Of A Baseball Player By A Silly Teenage Honey

Excerpted from Eddie and the Gun Girl, a Kindle Single about the shooting of Eddie Waitkus, the real-life event that's best known as the fictional pivot of Bernard Malamud's The Natural. Annotations by the author appear throughout. » 4/02/14 2:00pm 4/02/14 2:00pm

Magic Act: The Making Of Earvin Johnson, AIDS Saint

Originally published in the February 1993 issue of GQ. Annotations by the author appear throughout. For more, check out E. Jean Carroll's story about NBA groupies, published in 1992 as "Love in the Time of Magic." » 3/03/14 10:23am 3/03/14 10:23am

Why We Get Stupid And Shitfaced On New Year's Eve: A Cultural History

Swee'pea And The Shark: The Struggle For The Soul Of A Playground Hero

Cracking Up With Charlie Barnett, The Legendary Street Comic

Originally published in the Village Voice (date unknown). Anthologized in the author's collection of reportage, No Success Like Failure. For a sort of companion to this, check out Solotaroff's dispatch from an Andrew Dice Clay show in 1989. The author's afterword is here. » 11/22/13 11:20am 11/22/13 11:20am