The Things He Found In People: Don Shula And The Secrets Of Talent

"I Haven't Had Any Affairs Yet," Said The All-Star's Wife, "But ..."

When Pat Jordan went to do a story on Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey and his wife, Cyndy, for Inside Sports in 1980, he never expected trouble. After the story appeared, the Garveys sued Jordan and the magazine, and though the suit was eventually settled—and though the Garveys would soon be divorced—Jordan for a… » 4/18/14 2:55pm 4/18/14 2:55pm

Best Ever: The Making Of "What Do You Think Of Ted Williams Now?"

The Better Man: How Sugar Ray Leonard Handled Fear And Marvin Hagler

Originally published in the May 17, 1987, edition of The Washington Post Magazine. Republished here with the author's permission. His postscript follows. For more on Hagler-Leonard, check out Grantland's oral history. » 9/13/13 11:45am 9/13/13 11:45am

How Dr. J Blackified Pro Ball, Found Himself, And Stayed Eternally Cool

Originally published in Esquire in February 1985 and anthologized in Teenage Hipster in the Modern World, a stellar collection of Mark Jacobson's non-fiction. Reprinted here with the author's permission. » 6/10/13 2:53pm 6/10/13 2:53pm

My Dinner With Ali

Adapted from the original, which was published in 1989 in the Louisville Courier-Journal Magazine. Footnotes from the author (as told to Tommy Craggs) are included throughout the story, and a postscript from Glenn Stout, editor of Houghton Mifflin's Best American Sports Writing series, follows. The story is the basis… » 6/07/13 3:40pm 6/07/13 3:40pm

Thin Air: In The Mountains With Steve Carlton, Armed Conspiracist

Originally published as "Thin Mountain Air" in the April 1994 issue of Philadelphia Magazine. The story appears in The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan published by Persea books. A postscript with thoughts from both the author and editor follows.
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