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In his new book, Sports Illustrated senior writer S.L. Price, who graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1983, digs deep to report on Aliquippa’s intertwined history of steel and football. (read more)
S.L. PRICE, a Senior Writer at Sports Illustrated since 1994, has written four books—including the just-released Playing Through The Whistle: Steel, Football and an American Town, a biography of Aliquippa, Pa. 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.”
Along with his more than three dozen cover stories for SI, Price has also written for Vanity Fair, the New York Times, TIME, and The Oxford American. Assignments have propelled him all across the U.S. and Canada, as well as to Colombia, Argentina, Liberia, Cuba, Jamaica, Kenya, France, Pakistan, Brazil, Australia, Greece, Japan, Korea, and China. He has covered ten Olympic Games, two World Cups, and countless Grand Slam tennis championships, interviewed Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and played Barack Obama one-on-one in an Iowa YMCA. He has also written about competitive Scrabble, Hurricane Andrew, an Italian soccer riot, the 1989 Bay Area earthquake, and the enduring importance of the movie, Diner.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina—where he covered Michael Jordan’s sophomore year—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.