Gary Smith has won four National Magazine Awards—the highest honor a magazine writer can earn—and his stories have appeared in the annual Best American Sportswriting anthologies 13 times, the most by any writer. The late David Halberstam selected Smith’s 1996 profile of Tiger Woods for the Best American Sportswriting of the Century.
Slate Magazine called Smith “not only the best sportswriter in America, he's the best magazine writer in America.” A 2006 survey of Associated Press sports editors selected him as the country’s top sportswriter. Two books have been published featuring his collected works: Beyond the Game: The Collected Sportswriting of Gary Smith and Going Deep: 20 Classic Sports Stories.
Smith began writing for SI in 1982. Before that he wrote for the Wilmington News-Journal, the Philadelphia Daily News, New York’s Daily News and Inside Sports. His writing has also appeared in Rolling Stone, LIFE, Esquire and the Washington Post Sunday Magazine.
A Lewes, Del., native and one of nine children in his family, Smith graduated from La Salle University with a degree in English.
All Gary Smith Stories
All along, Magic Johnson insisted he wasn't coming back. Was he kidding us, his family—or himself?
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Couples: Fred Couples is the only green jacket winner never tohave missed a cut in the Masters. Where Eagles Dare: A family of bald eagles ...
Bad Tiger Tales: John Feinstein's new book is titled The FirstComing and subtitled Tiger Woods: Master or Martyr? Do we needto read further to ...
FAME: There will be no additions to the World Golf Hall ofFame this year. Lloyd Mangrum and Greg Norman came the closestto being elected.
The Unexpected Hero
Former Broncos back Floyd Little and ardent fan Tom Mackie each helped the other fulfill his lifelong dream
Blindsided by History
Fifty years ago segregationists trying to keep black students out of Little Rock Central High, inadvertently broke up one of the country's greatest football dynasties
Gene Upshaw: 1945—2008
The Hall of Fame guard's sudden death from pancreatic cancer stunned friends and adversaries and left a huge void at the NFL Players Association, which he led for 25 years
Let the Games Begin
How Magic Johnson stole the show at the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
The Wheels Of Life
Over the past 33 years, Dick Hoyt has pushed, pulled and carried his disabled son, Rick, through more than 1,000 road races and triathlons, including 28 Boston Marathons. But as time bears down on them, how much longer can they keep it up?
Frank Hall, American Hero
In February 2012 a beloved football assistant faced down a killer in the midst of a school shooting. His courage that day saved lives and earned him the undying gratitude of his community. But while he and the town were changed forever, the culture of gun violence was not. Do you remember Chardon, Ohio?
The Power of One
At age 17 Bonnie Richardson won the Texas state track team championship all by herself. Then she did it again
Hiding in Plain Sight
Miami's exhaustive search for a football coach ended with a man who'd been there all along: assistant Randy Shannon, a loner with a mysterious, tragic past
Ready For The Next Wave
Kelly Slater is winning world titles again—a record nine and counting—and planning to bring his sport to the masses. But before he could do that, the uneasy rider had to solve the nagging mystery of why he surfed
After Newtown: Change Has Gotta Come
Thirty-two years, one month and six days ago, I decided I was done living in 850- word boxes like this one. I'd grow claws, if that's what it took.
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