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

Winners

Ali: A Life

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4.52 avg rating — 673 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2018)
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Indentured: The Rebellion A...

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3.94 avg rating — 314 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2017)
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The Secret Game: A Wartime ...

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4.19 avg rating — 265 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2016)
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Boy on Ice: The Life and De...

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4.15 avg rating — 1,002 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2015)
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League of Denial: The NFL, ...

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4.17 avg rating — 3,432 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2014)
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Like Any Normal Day: A Stor...

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3.78 avg rating — 180 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2013)
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Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, R...

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4.02 avg rating — 1,776 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2012)
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Play Their Hearts Out: A Co...

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4.21 avg rating — 3,888 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2011)
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A Terrible Splendor: Three ...

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really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 357 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2010)
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nominees

The Cubs Way: The Zen of Bu...

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4.53 avg rating — 1,616 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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3.98 avg rating — 142 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Longlist (2018)
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Off Speed: Baseball, Pitchi...

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3.86 avg rating — 155 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Longlist (2018)
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What Made Maddy Run: The Se...

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4.14 avg rating — 4,218 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 — 120 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Longlist (2018)
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Bones: Brothers, Horses, Ca...

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4.05 avg rating — 227 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Shortlist (2018)
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City of Dreams: Dodger Stad...

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3.92 avg rating — 53 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Shortlist (2018)
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Sting Like a Bee: Muhammad ...

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3.86 avg rating — 83 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Shortlist (2018)
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The Arena: Inside the Tailg...

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3.98 avg rating — 128 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Shortlist (2018)
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Fastpitch: The Untold Histo...

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3.55 avg rating — 56 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Shortlist (2017)
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Playing Through the Whistle...

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4.21 avg rating — 296 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Shortlist (2017)
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Catching the Sky

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4.29 avg rating — 87 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Shortlist (2017)
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The Last Innocents: The Col...

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4.38 avg rating — 210 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Shortlist (2017)
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Sports and Labor in the Uni...

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3.50 avg rating — 2 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Longlist (2016)
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Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty

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4.24 avg rating — 931 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Longlist (2016)
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Concussion

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4.03 avg rating — 2,768 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Longlist (2016)
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The Best Team Money Can Buy

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3.99 avg rating — 1,889 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Longlist (2016)
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The Three-Year Swim Club: T...

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3.69 avg rating — 1,107 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Longlist (2016)
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The Grind: Inside Baseball'...

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3.72 avg rating — 560 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Shortlist (2016)
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Molina: The Story of the Fa...

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4.29 avg rating — 336 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Shortlist (2016)
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The Domino Diaries: My Deca...

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3.96 avg rating — 160 ratings PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing Nominee for Shortlist (2016)
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