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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

April 04, 2016

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

YOU CAN'T SAY Austinites didn't try. They all came out for Jordan Spieth at last week's 2016 WGC-Dell Match Play—worshipful kids, beaming ...

Sept. 10, 2001

Inside Tennis

Vamp CounselorsYoung players are pushed to show more than their A game The scene was like something out of a cheesy movie about ...

May 22, 2006

Hanging Garden

Have the Knicks' owner and Isiah Thomas decided Larry Brown must go?

Feb. 08, 2010

DESTINY'S CHILD

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 ...

July 05, 1999

Inside Tennis

COMING UNSTRUNGMartina Hingis's game and personal life are suddenly in turmoil Not long ago--has it been only three weeks?--Martina ...

July 06, 1998

Inside Tennis

By S.L Price

"It would be a horrific change," Andre Agassi declared last week, voicing the opinion of most ATP tour players, and so another idea for making ...

Aug. 25, 2014

Serena NOW

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?

July 13, 2009

Steve McNair 1973--2009

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

Sept. 19, 2011

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 ...

Dec. 09, 2013

WHAT WE LOST

THE NIGHT before, he had been so excited. Someone had said that wrestling was the off-season sport of choice for football players who ...

Aug. 06, 2012

She's the Greatest

For Kim Rhode, the result—a fifth straight Games with a medal—was routine. Her path to London was anything but IT WAS like the old days at ...

May 31, 2004

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 ...

Jan. 28, 2013

What Just Happened?

LAST WEEK'S DUELING REVELATIONS TOLD US SOMETHING ABOUT THE STORIES WE LISTEN TO—AND THE ONES WE NEED TO HEAR

April 12, 2010

TRUTH Or CONSEQUENCES

AFTER MONTHS OF RELENTLESS SCANDAL, TIGER WOODS RETURNS TO THE MASTERS TO TEST HIS GAME AND TRY TO ANSWER ...

July 05, 2004

Home Court Disadvantage

With his win over Mark Philippoussis on Monday, 29-year-old Tim Henman sent the English rite of masochism known as Henmania into ...

Jan. 28, 2008

Big Game Hunter

WITNESS THE American man. Once we slew mastodons with sticks, sailed fearsome oceans on a flat earth, crossed continents alone and ...

Sept. 10, 2007

A Billion-Dollar Racket

Betting on tennis is now a big business—just ask the fixers

June 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