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 2:05pm 4/02/14 2:05pm

The Masters Its Ownself

Dan Jenkins's His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir was published last week, which is as good an excuse as any to go spelunking through the back pages of one of our finest and funniest sportswriters. Here's a classic from the April 1985 issue of Golf Digest, anthologized in Jenkins's Fairways and Greens. Reprinted here with… » 3/12/14 3:19pm 3/12/14 3:19pm

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 11:04am 3/03/14 11:04am

For One Great Ballplayer, Philadelphia Was A Perpetual Traffic Jam

Originally published in January 1970 in Jock magazine. The author, Bill Conlin, died on Thursday. He was 79. Conlin was a legend in his native city who wrote elegantly and hilariously about Philadelphia sports in the days before he allowed himself to become a grouchy old fud. He spent the last decade of his career in a … » 1/10/14 5:28pm 1/10/14 5:28pm

Anatomy Of A Con: How The Public Was Scammed To Build Candlestick Park

While everyone's free to be as nostalgic as they like about Candlestick Park now that it's probably seen the end of its useful life, it's worth remembering that it wasn't only a miserable place to watch a game, but also a forerunner of the modern public financing con. The piece below, which originally ran in the San… » 12/24/13 2:52pm 12/24/13 2:52pm

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 11:27am 11/22/13 11:27am

Off-Broadway Joe: The Song And Dance Of A Playboy Nearing Middle Age

Originally published in the July 1981 issue of Inside Sports. Reprinted here with the author's permission. For more on Namath, check out this reprint of a frank Playboy interview from 1969. » 10/24/13 3:49pm 10/24/13 3:49pm

Eric Nesterenko And The Examined Life: A Hockey Intellectual Reflects

Excerpted from From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sports Writing (University of Chicago Press), edited by Ron Rapoport and featuring stories from the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Daily News, and the Chicago Defender, among other papers. It's an excellent collection, and… » 9/18/13 2:29pm 9/18/13 2:29pm

The Called Shot Heard Round The World

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Excerpted from From Black Sox to Three-Peats: A Century of Chicago's Best Sports Writing (University of Chicago Press), edited by Ron Rapoport and featuring stories from the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Daily News, and the Chicago Defender, among other papers. It's an excellent collection, and… » 9/16/13 4:44pm 9/16/13 4:44pm