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Quickish. Ben Maller. Football. Betting. Edge of Sports. Baseball. Fantasy. Basketball. Column. Sports Guy Unplugged. Only A Game. SI.com - Sports Illustrated -- The Magazine - SI's Top 100 Sports Books of All Time - Sunday January 26, 2003 04:45 PM. The Top 100 Sports Books of All Time In the early 1900s editor Maxwell Perkins told anyone who would listen that Chicago sports columnist Ring Lardner was the most talented writer he knew, high praise given that Perkins' stable included Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe.
It shouldn't have come as a shock, though. Many of the country's best writers have long been fascinated with sports, and that passion shows up in their prose. After all, when done right, sportswriting transcends bats and balls to display all the traits of great literature: incision, wit, force and vision, suffused with style and substance.