The Best American Sports Writing 2020

The Best American Sports Writing 2020


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The latest addition to the acclaimed series showcasing the best sports writing from the past year.

For over twenty-five years, The Best American Sports Writing has built a solid reputation by showcasing the greatest sports journalism of the previous year, culled from hundreds of national, regional, and specialty print and digital publications. Each year, the series editor and guest editor curate a truly exceptional collection. The only shared traits among all these diverse styles, voices, and stories are the extraordinarily high caliber of writing, and the pure passion they tap into that can only come from sports.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358196990
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 11/03/2020
Series: Best American Series
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 29,220
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

JACKIE MACMULLAN is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Basketball: A Love Story and When the Game Was Ours. She has been a writer for the Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated, and

GLENN STOUT, series editor, is the author of Young Woman and the Sea and Fenway 1912. He has been the editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception in 1991.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Introduction xviii

For People Suffering from Alzheimer's and Dementia, Baseball Brings Back Fun Memories Bill Plaschke 1

From The Los Angeles Times

The Believer Davy Rothbart 5

From The California Sunday Magazine

As the Border Bled, Juarez Watched the Game It Waited Nine Years For Roberto José Andrade Franco 15

From Deadspin

Which Way, Richmond'? Which Way, America? Kurt Streeter 27

From The New York Times

Shooting a Tiger Bryan Burrough 32

From Vanity Fair

Chaos at the Top of the World Joshua Hammer 51

From GQ

The Symptoms Nick Paumgarten 66

From The New Yorker

The Grandmaster Diet Aishwarya Kumar 76


Gritty All Day Long Mark Gozonsky 82

From The Sun

Did Venus Williams Ever Get Her Due? Elizabeth Weil 88

From The New York Times Magazine

Champion Moves Chloé Cooper Jones 106

From Racquet

He Told a Kid to Slide. Then He Got Sued. Steve Politi 123


The Astros Stole Signs Electronically in 2017-Part of a Much Broader Issue for Major League Baseball Ken Rosenthal Evan Drellich 134

From The Athletic

Disqualified Tim Layden 141

From Sports Illustrated

How NBA Executive Jeff David Stole $13 Million from the Sacramento Kings Kevin Arnovitz 147


The Bicycle Thief Steven Leckart 164

From Chicago Magazine in partnership with Epic Magazine

Fumbled Recovery Chris Ballard 189

From Sports Illustrated

Patriot Act May Jeong 205

From Vanity Fair

Mike Kessler Mark Fainaru-Wada. 44 Years. 41

Allegations. Now the Past Is Catching Up. 222

From ESPN, com

The Exiled and the Devil's Sideshow John Griswold 248

From The Common Reader

Olympic Cyclist Catlin Was Driven to the End Kent Babb 258

From The Washington Post

What It's Like to Die from Heatstroke Amy Ragsdale Peter Stark 274

From Outside

The Champion Who Picked a Date to Die Andrew Keh 287

From The New York Times

A Second Chance Emily Giambalvo 297

From The Washington Post

Whatever Happened to Villanova Basketball Star Shelly Pennefather? "So I Made This Deal with God." Elizabeth Merrill 305


Contributors' Notes 321

Notable Sports Writing of 2019 327

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