Best American Sports Writing reviews

I decided to become a sports journalist around the age of 26. Once I knew that was the career I wanted, I decided to start familiarizing myself with the sports writers who came before me.

I bought The Best American Sports Writing of the Century about a year before starting journalism school at Boston University. Imagining journalism school to be like college, with hours of reading every night, I figured this book would give me a leg up before my first semester.

I was half-right — I only read one essay from this collection as homework. But a guest speaker in my sports journalism class called this book “the Bible of sports journalism,” and my sports journalism teacher, whom I deeply respected and wanted to emulate, said he owned it and had read it several times. A couple of my other BU teachers also mentioned the series from time to time, and my familiarity with the series no doubt helped my relationship with them.

I finished and reviewed The Best American Sports Writing of the Century in January 2010, and I didn’t review another volume of the series for a year. But once I realized I enjoyed writing occasional book reviews, I set a goal for myself to own, read and review every single volume. As I write new reviews, I’ll publish each one to Goose’s Gabs.

Which volumes I review will depend solely on which ones I happen to get ahold of, and there will likely never be a method to my madness. But if you want to get my take on any previous volumes, this page will act as a portal to the entire series.

Enjoy!

The Best American Sports Writing of the Century

The Best American Sports Writing 1991

The Best American Sports Writing 1992

The Best American Sports Writing 1993

The Best American Sports Writing 1994

The Best American Sports Writing 1995

The Best American Sports Writing 1996

The Best American Sports Writing 1997

The Best American Sports Writing 1998

The Best American Sports Writing 1999

The Best American Sports Writing 2000

The Best American Sports Writing 2001

The Best American Sports Writing 2002

The Best American Sports Writing 2003

The Best American Sports Writing 2004

The Best American Sports Writing 2005

The Best American Sports Writing 2006

The Best American Sports Writing 2007

The Best American Sports Writing 2008

The Best American Sports Writing 2009

The Best American Sports Writing 2010

The Best American Sports Writing 2011

The Best American Sports Writing 2012

The Best American Sports Writing 2013

The Best American Sports Writing 2014

The Best American Sports Writing 2015

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