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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 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

Jan. 09, 1995

Ghost Busters

If you're Tom Osborne looking to win your first national title, who you gonna call? Tommie Frazier

Sept. 18, 2000

Strokes of Genius Marat Safin's star soared at the U.S. Open, while Venus Williams showed she's in a galaxy of her own

You heard it before you saw it. Just 10 minutes before matchtime, the sound cut through the air again and again, loud enoughto be heard in ...

March 30, 1998

What Price Freedom? The four latest Cuban players to defect risked their lives at sea and abandoned their families to anguish back home

For 12 days the rumors flew. The men were dead. They were lost atsea. They had been picked up by a freighter. They had washedashore in the ...

Sept. 17, 2001

American Revolution The battle for supremacy in the women's game seemed over after the Williams sisters dominated the U.S. Open as never before

Could it get any worse? Everything had already been taken fromJennifer Capriati last Friday: Her will, her legs, her forehand.Did she have to ...