I’ve spent an ungodly amount of my life either playing sports or watching them. Although a broader curiosity about life, and a disinclination to interview cliché-addled athletes in crowded locker rooms, prevented me from making sports writing a career, I’ve indulged from time to time in personal sports-related essays. The most ambitious of these efforts is an article for sbnation.com titled “Mortal Gods,” about Al Rosen, a great Jewish ballplayer of the 1950s whose relationship to me, though not familial, has been almost spiritual over the years.
Also included here are “The Daughter You Have,” an essay I contributed to the anthology Fathers & Daughters & Sports; a rare short story, “Mamzer,” based on the early days of professional basketball, adapted from my screenplay Cagers; and a trio of shorter, nostalgic pieces about my hometown teams.
“Mortal Gods” (sbnation.com, 9/2012)
“Fond Memories of Football at Wrigley” (espn.com, 10/12/10)
“In the Inner Game, You Really Can Win for Losing” (New York Times, 8/21/01)
“The Daughter You Have” (from Fathers & Daughters & Sports, ESPN Books, 2010)
“Mamzer” (from Murder at the Foul Line: Original Tales of Hoop Dreams and Deaths from Today’s Great Writers, Mysterious Press, 2006)