BOOKS: The best sports writing of the year offers more than game by game | Books & Literature


This certainly proves the caliber of writing included in this year’s book, which also features such articles as “The Confederate Flag Has Finally Gone to NASCAR Races, and I won’t miss it for a second” by Ryan McGee, published premiered in ESPN, June 10, 2020; “Their son’s heart saved his life. So He Rode 1,426 Miles to Meet Them ”by AC Shilton, first published in Bicycling, January 24, 2020; and “This Woman Surfed the Biggest Wave of the Year” by Maggie Mertens, first published in The Atlantic, September 12, 2020.

But as time-consuming as reading – and often re-reading stories – either, Stout also found time to write, edit, or write over 100 books, such as his 2009 “Young Woman and the Sea: How” Gertrude Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Changed the World “, now adapted for theatrical release, and her latest,” Tiger Girl and the Candy Kid: America’s Original Gangster Couple, “a true detective story about a jazz-age couple in the Bonnie and Clyde, only with a more compelling storyline and, according to Stout and the photos I’ve seen, much more beautiful. There’s also “Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Stadium, a Championship Season and the Outstanding First Year for Fenway” and “The Complete History of Chicago Cubs Baseball”.

Interestingly, although Stout played a variety of sports, he studied poetry at Bard’s College and worked at the Boston Public Library after graduation. Perhaps this is one of the reasons he views sports writing as literature, rejecting the stories he has given to read once he begins to lose interest (a sign, he told one of his writing teachers, indicating that the writer had also lost interest or did not know what to say) or finds the author indulging in tropes, these overused or cliché themes that lack originality .


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