Category Archives: sports journalism

Before there was Bouton there was Brosnan

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m posting recent links about sports history, books, culture and the arts that I haven’t mentioned here before. If you have any suggestions on great sports reads you’d like to bring to my attention, contact me at wendygparker@gmail.com. Enjoy!
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Saying farewell to the baseball game story

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism.
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For those who read about last night’s game in this morning’s paper, the following sentence from the Associated Press explaining its new baseball game story format must [...]

Sports longform and soccer: An ideal match

TweetAs the World Cup got started a couple weeks ago I laid out a rambling summary of how various media outlets — including more traditional ones — were jumping on the soccer bandwagon.
What I didn’t do was get into was how the new longform sports sites have excelled in covering the sport all along. We’re [...]

The paradox of sports journalists online

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism.
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When I first got the hang of Twitter — and discovered how much of a magnificent time vampire it can be — I also noticed something else [...]

Backtracking 2013: Longform sports hits its stride

Tweet‘Tis the season for year-end “Listicles,” “Bests Of,” etc., that try to come off as more authoritative than they really are. If you read enough of these pieces, you’ll find that there’s a certain “must read” herd mentality to them.
This week I’m referencing a few of my favorite links from the past year in [...]

‘Time is short, don’t waste it:’ A tribute to Dr. Z

TweetI haven’t been enamored with the rebranding of NFL Films to suit the here-and-now programming needs of the NFL Network.
But “A Football Life” has been a refreshing NFL Films-produced series profiling leading coaches and players, some with a more recent historical perspective.
And just recently, NFL Films has gone back in time with a wonderful short film [...]

Midweek books: The essential Ring Lardner collection

TweetLast week the Library of America released its long-awaited “Ring Lardner: Stories & Other Writings,” and I’m hopeful this may spur a revival about a writer who’s been dead for 80 years.
This volume — edited by Ian Frazier, writer, humorist and contributor to The New Yorker — comes in at a whopping 974 pages, and [...]

Labor Day Weekend Special: Late summer sports reads

TweetInstead of my usual Monday Sports History File post, I’m offering up this collection of outstanding stories from the last week or so that dovetail with the sports book/history/culture theme of this blog. I really do appreciate the labor of these writers.
I’ll be back with another Midweek Books post on Wednesday, and it’s about a [...]

Weekend arts and culture: A life in sports letters

TweetA sportswriter with a gargantuan influence on his profession was momentously honored this week, but the chances are you haven’t heard a thing about it.
But you probably have heard about a sportswriter with a gargantuan ego and penchant for self-aggrandizement who is returning to a former employer he has been publicly trashing for years.
While Frank [...]

Sportswriters and numbers: An oil-and-vinegar reprise

TweetI concluded yesterday’s post with an observation that old media and new media seem hopelessly divided on the subject of steroids in sports.
The same could be said, to some degree, about the subject of analytics, especially in baseball. While a number of high-profile sports journalists (Joe Posnanski, Bill Simmons) immediately come to mind as those [...]