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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

Sep 12, 2011

ACES IN QUEENS

After years of waiting in vain for the next big thing, U.S. fans were finally given something to cheer about at the Open

Mar 09, 2009

A Cure for the Beltway Blues

Their teams are awash in scandal and excess, but D.C. fans have reason to believe

Jul 01, 2013

The Noise From Brazil

The country's World Cup dry run has been dominated by mass demonstrations—the latest instance of sports providing a stage for protest

Jul 23, 2012

Roger, All That

How peculiar it once seemed that Roger Federer insisted that he was still one of the sport's giants—how peculiar now that we didn't believe him

Aug 24, 2009

Three Lives, Two Hits, One Happy Ending

Fate chose Marc Buoniconti to be the one left a quadriplegic, but he became the force behind a research center that has saved or improved the lives of other spinal-cord victims. He also brought peace of mind to Henry Mull and Herman Jacobs

Feb 17, 2014

MOMENT OF TRUTH

DEFENSIVE END MICHAEL SAM WANTED THE TEAM THAT DRAFTS HIM TO HAVE NO DOUBTS ABOUT HIS SEXUALITY. NOW HE IS POISED TO BECOME THE LEAGUE'S FIRST OPENLY GAY PLAYER. HIS MISSOURI TEAMMATES ACCEPTED HIM. WILL THE PROS?

Jul 26, 2010

Update

Nov 10, 2014

Do Ask, Do Tell

Max Lenox was born to a crack-addicted black mother and raised by two white gay fathers. How did he end up a much-admired captain of the Army basketball team? It's an American family story

Jun 06, 2011

No. 1 Problem

Early exits from the French Open showed that the top-ranked women just aren't what they used to be

Jan 14, 2013

The Force of His Nature

Retirement near, image rehabilitation seemingly complete, Ray Lewis remains most compelling for the pure intensity he brought to the field

Dec 08, 2008

The Truth Revealed

Forget the clashes with coaches, the bad-boy labels and the stabbing—Boston's championship wiped all that away. But there's still something bothering the Celtics' Paul Pierce

Mar 01, 2010

SONG OF THE SNOW LEOPARD

The slalom racer from Ghana, the luger from India: They do not care for your mocking tone (though they will tolerate, grudgingly, your utter lack of faith in their medal chances)

Jul 02, 2012

Ringing Moment On Centre Court

With tennis reveling in its greatest era, the Olympics competition at Wimbledon figures to be a smash

Jun 17, 2013

DWYANE WADE'S KNEE HAS A COLD

ALREADY EMBROILED IN A SENSATIONAL DIVORCE, MIAMI'S SHOOTING GUARD IS BATTLING A BUM KNEE AND FIGHTING TO BE MORE THAN A THIRD WHEEL. THE HEAT'S TITLE CHANCES, AND ITS DYNASTIC FUTURE, HANG ON HIM GETTING RIGHT, FAST

Jul 13, 2009

Steve McNair 1973--2009

Indomitable on the field, the former Pro Bowl quarterback met a violent end