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
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
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
A Cure for the Beltway Blues
Their teams are awash in scandal and excess, but D.C. fans have reason to believe
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
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?
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
No. 1 Problem
Early exits from the French Open showed that the top-ranked women just aren't what they used to be
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
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
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
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)
Ringing Moment On Centre Court
With tennis reveling in its greatest era, the Olympics competition at Wimbledon figures to be a smash
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