PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Winners

The PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing honors a nonfiction book about sports. The award is open to books of a biographical, investigative, his ...more

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The Circuit: A Tennis Odyssey

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3.77 avg rating — 245 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2019)
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Ali: A Life

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4.47 avg rating — 2,116 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2018)
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Indentured: The Rebellion A...

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3.95 avg rating — 410 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2017)
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The Secret Game: A Wartime ...

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4.25 avg rating — 386 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2016)
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Boy on Ice: The Life and De...

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4.16 avg rating — 1,293 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2015)
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League of Denial: The NFL, ...

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4.18 avg rating — 4,058 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2014)
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Like Any Normal Day: A Stor...

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3.83 avg rating — 215 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2013)
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Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, R...

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4.06 avg rating — 2,129 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2012)
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Play Their Hearts Out: A Co...

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4.22 avg rating — 4,278 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2011)
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A Terrible Splendor: Three ...

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4.02 avg rating — 441 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2010)
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nominees

Tropic of Football: The Lon...

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3.57 avg rating — 23 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Longlist (2019)
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Big Game: The NFL in Danger...

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3.66 avg rating — 1,685 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Longlist (2019)
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Godspeed: A Memoir

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3.12 avg rating — 308 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Longlist (2019)
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The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer...

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3.99 avg rating — 1,025 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Longlist (2019)
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The Away Game: The Epic Sea...

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3.85 avg rating — 372 ratings
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Never Ran, Never Will: Boyh...

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4.08 avg rating — 135 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Shortlist (2019)
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Limits of the Known

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3.89 avg rating — 227 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Shortlist (2019)
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The Big Fella: Babe Ruth an...

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3.73 avg rating — 1,113 ratings
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The Heritage: Black Athlete...

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4.41 avg rating — 570 ratings
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The Cubs Way: The Zen of Bu...

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4.48 avg rating — 2,541 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Longlist (2018)
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Iron Ambition: My Life With...

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3.94 avg rating — 384 ratings
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Off Speed: Baseball, Pitchi...

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3.82 avg rating — 228 ratings
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What Made Maddy Run: The Se...

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4.21 avg rating — 10,163 ratings
PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Longlist (2018)
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The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal...

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3.89 avg rating — 203 ratings
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Bones: Brothers, Horses, Ca...

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3.99 avg rating — 357 ratings
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City of Dreams: Dodger Stad...

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3.79 avg rating — 113 ratings
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Sting Like a Bee: Muhammad ...

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3.79 avg rating — 133 ratings
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The Arena: Inside the Tailg...

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3.99 avg rating — 198 ratings
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Fastpitch: The Untold Histo...

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3.72 avg rating — 90 ratings
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Playing Through the Whistle...

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4.18 avg rating — 427 ratings
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