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 10:10am 10/23/14 10:10am

Pain And Violence As A Way Of Life: Muhammad Ali-George Chuvalo II

Leonard Gardner is the author of one of the finest sports novels ever written, Fat City , a masterpiece of the terse style that is, in the words of Denis Johnson, "so precisely written and giving such value to its words that I felt I could almost read it with my fingers, like Braille." Gardner also wrote the… » 10/01/14 9:50am 10/01/14 9:50am

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 9/16/14 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