Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind. Each year, The Best American Sports Writing, well established as the premier sports anthology, offers a winning combination of fascinating topics and top-notch writers. This year, Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly assembles an all-star lineup sure to captivate fans of sports and great writing. From baseball to bullfighting, from horse racing to school-bus racing, this collection has something for everyone. Reilly has chosen columnists and feature writers, household names and talented unknowns, and most importantly, pieces that delve behind the statistics, examining the people and emotions that make the game.
GLENN STOUT is a freelance writer, author, and editorial consultant and has served as series editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception. He is the author of Young Woman and the Sea and Fenway 1912, and has collaborated with Richard Johnson on Red Sox Century, Yankees Century, The Cubs, and The Dodgers. Stout has lived in and around Boston for 20 years, and currently lives in Vermont.
Rick Reilly has been named National Sportswriter of the Year eleven times and is the winner of the 2009 Damon Runyon Award for Outstanding Contributions to Journalism. His other books include Shanks for Nothing and Who's Your Caddy? He lives in Denver and Hermosa Beach, California, with his wife and a putter he's not currently speaking to.
"A great tradition continues with another outstanding collection." Booklist, ALA "Twenty-eight stories, no duds in the bunch and a few to reread after a dog and a beer." Kirkus Reviews