The Best American Series®
First, Best, and Best-Selling
The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind.
The Best American Sports Writing 2012 includes
PAUL SOLOTAROFF JEANNE MARIE LASKAS WELLS TOWER WRIGHT THOMPSON S. L. PRICE DAVE SHEININ JON MOOALLEM and others
In his introduction to the latest edition of this series, sports media personality Wilbon yearns for the days when "the sportswriter was a pretty indispensible character" and laments that "now anyone who can text or Tweet can be a sportswriter." Perhaps that's why, among the 20 pieces of evidence presented here suggesting that long-form sportswriting is alive and well, Wilbon includes "The Two-Fisted, One-Eyed Misadventures of Sportswriting's Last Badass," Alex Belth's colorful Deadspin.com profile of the late old-school boxing writer George Kimball, who didn't want to die without having written something of worth. A dark undercurrent flows through most of these stories (of which only two originally appeared online), with frequent themes of murder, corruption, and falls from grace. No fewer than three including posthumous profiles of NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard and NFL safety Dave Duerson focus on the well-publicized effects of concussions. More revealing are John Brant's piece for Runner's World, in which famous marathoner Frank Shorter shares excruciating details about how his father, a popular physician, abused him; Michael Mooney's D Magazine profile of Texas Rangers' manager Ron Washington, who prefers his anonymity; and Jon Mooallem's short history of the high five for ESPN: The Magazine.