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About the Author

GLENN STOUT is the author of Young Woman and the Sea, Red Sox Century, Yankees Century, The Dodgers, and The Cubs. He has been the editor of The Best American Sports Writing since its inception.  His next book, Fenway 1912, is an account of Fenway Park's first season.

Product Details

  • Series: Best American
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Original edition (October 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547069715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547069715
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,764,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glenn Stout is the author, editor or ghostwriter of nearly 90 books, including the groundbreaking Boston Globe bestseller Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway's Remarkable First Year, bestsellers Red Sox Century and Yankees Century, and the critically acclaimed Nine Months at Ground Zero, The Best American Sports Writing, and Young Woman and The Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World and his own-award winning juvenile sports biography series - "Good Sports." Glenn is available to make author visits, deliver lectures on the history of Fenway Park and on all aspects of writing. He also serves as Longform Editor of SB Nation Longform, producing high quality longform sports journalism.

Born in Ohio and a graduate of Bard College, Glenn is dual citizen of the United States and Canada and lives in Vermont with his family, two cats, two dogs on Lake Champlain. Before becoming a writer Glenn did construction work, served as a security guard, a painter, and worked in libraries. Glenn invites his readers to his blog, to join his facebook page for The Best American Sports Writing, or to visit his website, Anyone interested in arranging an "author visit" should query Glenn directly at Follow Glenn @GlennStout

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on May 14, 2010
Format: Paperback
I look forward to this compilation every year, and I read it on business travel every spring. When I began the 2009 edition, however, I wasn't impressed. The guest editor is Leigh Montville, a venerated Boston writer, and his intro is atrocious. It's badly written, and its stupidly sentimental. It feels like something Montville wrote in about six minutes.

Then, I got to the stories. The first story is great -- a heroic survival tale. But the second story is terrible, and it's more than 20 pages. It just runs through a writer's impressions of the 2008 sporting year, following basically the big events and providing some "insider" commentary.

Meanwhile, Montville was contributing little comments in italics at the end of each story. None of his comments add anything to our knowledge or sensibility. Here are examples of Montville's observations: "He should do it every year." "He is the best at what he does." "No, I don't want to read a story about the medicine ball." "These kids break your heart."

Pulitzer-worthy stuff, for sure. So at that point, I put the book down, assuming that either I've tired of the series or this year was just a stinker.

But I picked it up again, and I was charmed. There's great stuff about immigrant kids in the U.S. and down-and-out youth in NYC, plus an interesting profile of the very intense Jack Nicklaus, and several deeply personal tales. In short, buy the book, and ignore the editor.
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By WDX2BB on January 7, 2015
Format: Paperback
At the beginning of "The Best American Sports Writing 2009," series editor Glenn Stout writes about how the toughest part of his job is rapidly becoming the composition of the foreword to the latest book in the series.

I know he feels. I've been reviewing this series for many years, as long as this Web site has been up in one form another. How do I come up with another way of saying, "it's another top-notch collection of the best sports stories of the year?"

The 2009 book was put together by Leigh Montville, who is known now for his biographies of such figures as Babe Ruth, Ted Williams and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Way back when, though, Montville wrote for the Boston Globe when that paper had the Murderer's Row of sports sections writers -- Will McDonough, Peter Gammons, Bob Ryan, Ray Fitzgerald, etc. Montville fit in with them nicely as a columnist, and he wrote a general-interest humor column on Sunday that often was worth the price of admission.

The format of the book remains the same. Stout collects a number of great stories, fills up a few boxes with them, and fires them off to the year's editor. Montville decided to add brief comments about each of his 24 selections at the conclusions, and it's a great move that should be repeated in future years.

More than most years, I think, the guest editor's preferences seem to come through in this case. There aren't many stories about the big events here, although Chris Jones' "The Things We Forget," a review of 2008, is one of the best stories in the whole book. Montville seems more interested in human nature, or previously unknown tales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pattyj on February 18, 2010
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As my son is a sports fan and writer, this is a perfect book for him. We purchase the new version for him every year. Thanks for quick delivery and a pristine copy of the book. It saved me a trip to the bookstore to purchase it.
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This is a book I purchase every year for my husband for Christmas, and have for the past 8 years or so. He's never been disappointed. The writing is amazing (even got me interested in an article on golf, a feat I thought would be impossible) and varied, including as many different sports as it does writing styles. I highly recommend it to all fanatics of all kinds of sports who also enjoy reading without having to go through a whole novel. It's also interesting to those of us who may have a few favorite sports but love to read!
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