An abundant collection of stories from the pages of the New York Times that transcend what we know as sportswriting. Mr. Berkow has a clear understanding of the games he reports, but he also has a sharp eye for the lives of the players, an appreciation of the larger social context, and-not least-an affinity for the well-turned phrase. Ira Berkow is among the best-a Sondheim of the sports page. -George F. Will. I follow Ira Berkow in the Times with unfailing interest. -Saul Bellow. If there's anyone doing sports who is even close, I haven't read him. -Mike Royko.
Pulitzer prize-winning author Ira Berkow has written sports and occasional features for the New York Times for more than twenty years. Among his other books are To the Hoop, Hank Greenberg, and Red: A Biography of Red Smith. He lives on Manhattan's East Side.