The Big Announcement

Pitchers and Poets was unknown to me back in 2009, when I came across a beautiful, haunting piece of writing about a dead young pitcher and a family’s tribute on the baseball field, The Death of a Pitcher. The piece’s author, a heady young upstart named Eric Nusbaum, was taking the game of baseball in his hands like a wet glob of clay, slapping it onto the wheel and forming it into something dense and glowing, and I knew it.

Well, I wasn’t the only one to take notice. Others out there, the taste-makers of the sports writing establishment, found Nusbaum’s blip on the radar as I did. They felt the same chill when they read about Jaime Irogoyen’s passing, and about a community’s need for the game. And the taste-makers acted.

Now, I am proud as hell to announce the coolest thing ever:

Glenn Stout, series editor of The Best American Sports Writing anthology, and this year’s guest editor, Peter Gammons (!), have selected Eric Nusbaum’s piece, “The Death of a Pitcher,” to appear in this year’s edition, The Best American Sports Writing 2010.

Eric works his tail off for this blog. He works his tail off to create engaging stories, and he’s a pleasure to work with. I couldn’t be happier that he’s been picked for such a substantial collection of writers and writing. He deserves it.

The edition is available for pre-order on Amazon, releasing on September 28, 2010. Check out the entire lineup of writers and work on Stout’s blog.

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17 Responses to The Big Announcement

  1. Paul F. says:

    Awesome news! Congrats Eric!

  2. Patrick says:

    Super huge congratulations all around!

  3. beardsinc says:

    Astounding and amazing.

  4. Jonah Keri says:

    Woo! Attaboy Eric!

  5. Drew says:

    Amazing. Congrats Eric!

  6. Rob I. says:

    Whatta mitzvah! Congrats!

  7. Eric says:

    Thanks for all the mazels guys, this is a really cool day for me, obviously.

  8. Very well deserved. Congratulations.

  9. Daern says:

    Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition, Eric. It’s a wonderfully-written piece.

  10. jason says:

    Mike Sager, Wright Thompson, Jeanne Marie Laskas, Bill Plaschke, Bob Ryan and Eric Nusbaum. That’s boss.

  11. SoSG Orel says:

    Holy frijoles! Congrats!

  12. Freakin’ awesome!

  13. Joninabottle says:

    That’s terrific news! Tell Plaschke to lay off the dog penis. Let’s hit up a Dodger game!

  14. Dayn Perry says:

    Tremendous news! And much deserved.

  15. Alex Belth says:

    Hey, sorry I’m late on this but ditto, huge congrats. Great news and well deserved!

  16. Wow. Don’t know how I missed this, but congrats. This is amazing news.