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S.L. Price

S.L. Price

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 a high school football team in Aliquippa, Penn., late minor league baseball coach Mike Coolbaugh and tennis great Pancho Gonzalez among his most memorable SI stories.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina, Price has received multiple honors, 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 has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing anthology on eight occasions.

Price 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.” 

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. 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.”

All S.L. Price Stories

July 07, 2003

Youth Movement

Maria Sharapova was the latest 16-year-old to take Wimbledon by storm. But where will she be in a few years?

April 03, 2000

Tunnel Vision

Tiger Woods has pared down his life so that he can focus—and he's dominating the game like no player before him

July 12, 2004

Splendor on the Grass

In two memorable Wimbledon finals that pumped new life into tennis, teenage wonder Maria Sharapova and racket wizard Roger Federer conquered America's best

Sept. 15, 1997

Venus Envy

Martina Hingis and Patrick Rafter reigned at the U.S. Open, but the play of Venus Williams was the bigger story, much to her peers' dismay

Sept. 20, 1999

Father Knew Best

With her galvanizing win at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams proved Dad right—he predicted that she, not older sister Venus, would be the better player—but may have created family tension

Dec. 08, 1997

Whatever Happened To The White Athlete?

By S.L. Price SPECIAL REPORTING BY Grace Cornelius

Unsure Of His Place In A Sports World Dominated By Blacks Who Are Hungrier, Harder-Working And Perhaps Physiologically Superior, The Young White Male Is Dropping Out Of The Athletic Mainstream To Pursue Success Elsewhere

May 31, 1999

Who's Your Daddy?

Call Richard Williams what you want—bizarre, deceitful or, perhaps, mad—but be sure of one thing: He has brilliantly guided the careers and lives of his daughters Venus and Serena, the hottest players in tennis

Oct. 07, 1996

The Face of Uncertainty

The St. Louis Rams aren't yet sure what prized rookie running back Lawrence Phillips will amount to, but four games into his NFL career he is a liability on the field and a potential embarrassment off it

July 26, 2010

Update

On paper the affair ended as another Native American loss: The Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team, ranked fourth in the world (SI, July 19), never ...

April 04, 2016

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

YOU CAN'T SAY Austinites didn't try. They all came out for Jordan Spieth at last week's 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play—worshipful kids, beaming ...

Dec. 21, 2015

SERENA WILLIAMS

REAL LIFE? For Serena Williams that's the easy part now. That's how it works when you zoom—beyond tennis, beyond $74 million in prize ...

Dec. 01, 2014

MISSISSIPPI

THE BULLDOGS AND THE REBELS HAVE NEVER BEEN THIS GOOD AT THE SAME TIME. THEIR SURPRISING SURGE HAS TURNED THE ...

April 21, 2014

BOSTON

Start at the finish. Isn't that what any marathon is about? The relief in the faces, that exhausted joy? I'm running Boston (or New York or London ...

Sept. 10, 2007

Tennis

Backsliding Is the Russian revolution over? At the U.S. Open, that country's most gifted players continued to disappoint IT'S NOW OFFICIAL: ...

Aug. 24, 2015

BRIAN CASHMAN

SINCE BEING PROMOTED AT 30, THE YANKEES' GM HAS THRIVED FOR NEARLY TWO DECADES IN THE CAULDRON OF THE BRONX.

Sept. 14, 2015

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING COMMISSIONER

When a judge vacated Roger Goodell's suspension of Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady for his role in Deflategate, it marked yet another ...

Dec. 07, 2009

Urban Meyer

The Florida coach is alternately a hard-ass and a softy, cocky and calculating, smug and sentimental. But there's no inconsistency in his football program, which is, as usual, on track for a national title.

Sept. 14, 1998

Inside Tennis

She has yet to win a tournament. She has yet to crack the Top 5. But when the U.S. Open began last week, no player was more gawked