A Day In The Life Of The Most Reckless Ballplayer In History

Yesterday, we republished W.C. Heinz's 1958 profile of Pete Reiser, a ballplayer whose talent could have carried him to the Hall of Fame, but whose penchant for pushing his constantly battered body beyond any reasonable limits undercut his career. At one point in the profile, Heinz details a period in which Reiser… » 3/13/15 12:31pm 3/13/15 12:31pm

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

How One Of America's Greatest Sportswriters Disappeared

It was almost endearing how an ink-smudged, deadline-addicted newspaper editor of yore would squint through the smoke from his cigarette and ask a bright young man why the hell he wanted to write sports. An editor like that was usually about as sensitive as a bolt cutter, but he couldn't resist the urge to protect… » 3/11/15 2:13pm 3/11/15 2:13pm

Here's The Race Result From "Death Of A Racehorse"

W.C. Heinz's "Death of a Racehorse" owes none of its fame to nostalgia. Written in one hour, in one draft, on a manual typewriter, on deadline, the 1949 classic is hailed by many in the industry as quite possibly the perfect story. Jeff MacGregor called it "the Gettysburg Address sportswriting. A run of words so… » 8/12/13 4:45pm 8/12/13 4:45pm

Memphis Kid And The Horrible Truth About Prize Fighting

W.C. Heinz was one of the great American journalists. A war correspondent, columnist, features writer, biographer, and novelist, he excelled in every form he tried. » 8/02/13 1:15pm 8/02/13 1:15pm

Stories That Don't Suck: Death On The Track, Ebert's Silence, NASCAR's…

Every week, I'll excerpt a handful of stories — old and new, sports and otherwise, relevant and merely sublime — that I urge you to read for one reason or another. Send any suggestions to craggs@deadspin.com. » 2/13/10 6:10pm 2/13/10 6:10pm

Breaking: Buzz Bissinger Says Provocative Thing On Television

Watch as the ol' shit-pisser, speaking with Matt Lauer, deems Tiger a narcissist for doing pull-ups in front of Annie Leibovitz. Then he calls Lee Trevino a drunk. Just like W.C. Heinz used to do! [Courtesy Gawker.TV] » 1/05/10 4:25pm 1/05/10 4:25pm

Bissinger Continues His Moneyball Trolling

Buzz Bissinger, shit-pissing author of Three Nights as Tony La Russa's Sock Puppet, is back on his battered old Moneyball hobbyhorse, firing off angry fallacies left and right. [TNR, of all places] » 10/20/09 5:30pm 10/20/09 5:30pm