The Best American Sports Writing 2001

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The Best American Sports Writing 2001

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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 hundreds of pieces from dozens 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.
Well established as the foremost anthology of its kind, THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING brings together the finest writing on sports to appear in the past year. For this edition, sports maven Bud Collins has gathered a collection that goes beyond the scores to the people and emotions behind the game. Over the past ten years the series has garnered rave reviews for its top-notch writing and diversity of subjects. This year's anniversary collection upholds that tradition by presenting high-quality writing on fascinating and surprising topics, from baseball to boxing, from hockey to horse shows. Chosen from more than 350 national, regional, and specialty publications, the pieces here embrace the world of sports in all its drama, humanity, and excitement.

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The Best American Sports Writing 2001 presents a wide-ranging survey of notable writing that extends well beyond traditional stick and ball sports. Editor Bud Collins has deftly chosen articles that represent the spectrum of adventurous and competitive activities we define as sports. From football to fishing, surfing to soccer, nearly all of America's favorite pastimes and leisure activities are represented.

While this collection includes profiles of sports celebrities, such as Tiger Woods, Cal Ripken Jr., and Dale Earnhardt Jr., what makes the book noteworthy are the profiles of lesser-known athletes: Garrett Burnett, a hockey "enforcer"; George Freeth, a pioneer surfer; or Louis Zamperini, a star high school miler whose true tests arose during World War II. With the popular sports represented early on, the choices extend in both subject matter and style: racial profiling in New Jersey and the shattered dreams of hopeful basketball players; mountain climbers in Kyrgyzstan taken hostage; the sociology of losing; rediscovering joy in fishing; why a sportswriter hangs it up; a soccer mom's thoughts on her child's first goal.

As Collins notes in the foreword, "As I read these stories each year, I find myself caring about someone, something, or some sport I know little about and couldn't have imagined ever wanting to know more about." Whether it's a profile of a horsewoman with a seemingly dual existence, or a piece describing what it's like to dive for loot on a sunken liner 200 feet down in a nasty stretch of water, The Best American Sports Writing 2001 offers superb tales of humankind's drive to win, conquer, or at least survive. --Michael Ferch

About the Author:

GLENN STOUT is the author of Young Woman and the Sea and Fenway 1912.

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