How To Handle A Repo: Chapter 1 Of Elmore Leonard's Unknown Man No. 89

Elmore Leonard had been writing for 22 years when his agent, the legendary H.N. Swanson, told him to read George V. Higgins's seminal crime novel about the Boston underworld, The Friends of Eddie Coyle. This was in 1972; Leonard was 46. He'd worked in advertising and written westerns—stories and novels—and he'd also… » 9/16/14 2:58pm Yesterday 2:58pm

"Will You Be The Best There Ever Was?" Asked The Naked Woman With A Gun

In April, we brought you the real-life story of Eddie Waitkus, the ballplayer who was shot by a teenage girl. That incident is best known in its fictionalized form, in Bernard Malamud's The Natural, which we've excerpted below from the just-released collection Bernard Malamud: Novels and Stories of the 1940s & 50s. » 7/15/14 12:48pm 7/15/14 12:48pm

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… » 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