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
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Vamp CounselorsYoung players are pushed to show more than their A game The scene was like something out of a cheesy movie about ...
It's the moment hockey's Next One was made for: a chance at a gold medal on Canadian ice—with losing not an option. Now Sidney Crosby ...
COMING UNSTRUNGMartina Hingis's game and personal life are suddenly in turmoil Not long ago--has it been only three weeks?--Martina ...
AS THE WORLD'S TOP PLAYER PREPARES TO DEFEND HER U.S. OPEN TITLE, THE TENNIS WORLD WONDERS IF HER WIMBLEDON MELTDOWN WAS A SIGN OF HER FINAL FADE. OR IS A LITTLE CONTROVERSY EXACTLY WHAT THIS FEROCIOUS COMPETITOR NEEDS TO KEEP GOING?
Steve McNair 1973--2009
Indomitable on the field, the former Pro Bowl quarterback met a violent end
THE OUTRAGE OPEN
Before Samantha Stosur and Novak Djokovic won the U.S. Open singles titles, rain and schedule changes pushed players to the breaking point ...
WHAT WE LOST
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Agassi's End Game
Suffered The most extraordinary loss of his career, Andre Agassi. Returning to the scene of his greatest triumph, the 34-year-old, eight-time ...
Judge Ye Not
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What Just Happened?
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TRUTH Or CONSEQUENCES
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Home Court Disadvantage
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Tennis, No One?
Poor tennis. As always, the Olympic tournament played out on the periphery of the Games, overshadowed by sports more minor, outshone by ...
Faster, Stronger, Richer
A staggering sum of life-changing bonuses helped spur China to the top of the gold medal count