Title: The Best American Sports Writing 2001
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Trade Paperback
Book Condition: Near Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Printing.
First printing, full number line. Glenn Stout, series editor. Inscribed, signed, and dated in black marker by the author on the half-title page: "For my Creator. / Read on! / Bud Collins / 15/11/01." Book is tight, square, and unmarked. Spine and wraps are uncreased. Mylar-protected. Bookseller Inventory # 000599
Synopsis: For almost fifty years, Bud Collins has ranked as one of America?s premier sports journalists, best known for his tennis commentary on NBC and his sports column in the Boston Globe. From surfing to golf, baseball to bodybuilding, Collins?s selections for this tenth anniversary edition celebrate sports of all stripes, in pieces by H. G. Bissinger, Charles P. Pierce, Jim Harrison, Rick Reilly, and others.
Review: 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
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