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Gary Smith

Gary Smith

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.

Top Stories

All Gary Smith Stories

Feb. 12, 1996

True Lies

All along, Magic Johnson insisted he wasn't coming back. Was he kidding us, his family—or himself?

May 26, 1997

BOTTOM LINES

COMPILED BY Gary B. Smith

U.S. OPENS ON TV: There will be 27 hours of coverage fromCongressional next month. The women will get 14 hours at PumpkinRidge.

April 20, 1998

Bottom Lines

Compiled By Gary B. Smith Edited by Kevin Cook

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 ...

April 06, 1998

Bottom Lines

Compiled By Gary B. Smith Edited by Kevin Cook

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 ...

Feb. 02, 1998

Bottom Lines

Compiled By Gary B. Smith

FAME: There will be no additions to the World Golf Hall ofFame this year. Lloyd Mangrum and Greg Norman came the closestto being elected.

July 26, 2010

The Unexpected Hero

Former Broncos back Floyd Little and ardent fan Tom Mackie each helped the other fulfill his lifelong dream

April 09, 2007

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

Sept. 01, 2008

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

Aug. 03, 1992

Let the Games Begin

How Magic Johnson stole the show at the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

April 18, 2011

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?

June 24, 2013

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?

Sept. 28, 2009

The Power of One

At age 17 Bonnie Richardson won the Texas state track team championship all by herself. Then she did it again

Aug. 10, 2009

A Gift from Africa

How can the Pirates make Gift Ngoepe feel at home?

Sept. 10, 2007

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

May 04, 2009

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

Dec. 31, 2012

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.

April 21, 1997

BACKSPIN ANOTHER TAKE ON THE HEADLINES

TIGER THINKS 59 IS POSSIBLE AT AUGUSTAWhere has he been? Norman had that on the back nine last year. GOLDEN BEAR STOCK ...

March 03, 1997

BACKSPIN ANOTHER TAKE ON THE HEADLINES

TIM FINCHEM'S PRIORITY: MAKING THE TOUR LOOK MORE LIKE THE RESTOF THE COUNTRY O.K., but let's not put Craig Stadler in a tank ...