S.L. Price

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S.L. Price’s mesmerizing prose has graced the pages of Sports Illustrated since 1994. Of Price’s work, The New York Times said, “The seasoned reporter … is a master of the new journalism developed by Hunter Thompson, Gay Talese and Price's personal paragon, Pete Hamill. Whenever he writes about sports–or about the craft of writing–he hits it over the fence."

Price has covered a variety of subject matters during his time at SI. He cites pieces on the Aliquippa, Pa. High football team, late minor league baseball coach Mike Coolbaugh, tennis great Pancho Gonzalez and the board game Scrabble as his most memorable SI stories. In December 2007 he wrote about playing one-on-one basketball with then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina—where he covered Michael Jordan — Price has received multiple honors for his journalism, including two Associated Press Sports Editors awards, two National Headliner awards and awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Women's Sports Foundation. Price’s work, including his Aliquippa, Coolbaugh, and Gonzalez pieces, has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing anthology on eight occasions.

Currently at work on a book about Aliquippa, he is the author of Pitching Around Fidel: A Journey into the Heart of Cuban Sports(2000), which was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Award; Far Afield: A Sportswriting Odyssey (The Lyons Press 2007); and Heart of the Game: Life, Death and Mercy in Minor League America (Harper Collins 2009). Esquire magazine tagged Far Afield as “one of the year's five best reads” while the Chicago Tribune called the book “a masterpiece.” Price wrote the book while living in France for 15 months during 2003 and 2004, a journey that took him to the cricket fields of Pakistan and the gut-busting hills of Mont Ventoux among other exotic locales.

Before SI, Price was an award-winning columnist and feature writer for The Miami Herald and a columnist and NBA beat writer for The Sacramento Bee. Asked about his favorite sport to cover, Price says, “Anything people are passionate about.”

Born in Stamford, Ct., Price lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Fran, a journalist, sons Charlie and Jack, and daughter, Addie. Of his wife, Price says she is “smarter, funnier, more gifted and kinder than I am.”