THE WRITERS' ROW
DAVID HALBERSTAM | 73
He was known as a chronicler of politics and wars, but his true love was sports. Halberstam wrote seven sports books, including what many consider the best ever about the NBA, The Breaks of the Game. He died in a car accident while researching a book on the 1958 NFL Championship Game.
MARK HARRIS | 84
Most people know Bang the Drum Slowly as a film, but Harris's 1956 novel about a catcher dying of cancer was No. 14 on SI's 2002 list of the best sports books. It was one of four Harris wrote about baseball; after he died, his ashes were scattered in Mount Vernon, N.Y., on the field where he played sandlot ball.
ROY TERRELL | 83
His first piece in SI—about horse psychiatrists—ran in the magazine's second issue. Terrell's byline would continue to appear for the next two decades on stories about a wide variety of sports. As SI's managing editor from 1974 to '79, he raised the bar even higher for reporting and writing.
NORMAN MAILER | 84
Even as his reputation as a writer, thinker and political activist grew, he remained drawn to sports—especially boxing. He wrote numerous magazine stories on the subject, and his sociological exploration of the 1974 Muhammad Ali-- George Foreman bout in Zaire, The Fight, is a classic.