Tuesday, June 15, 2004

In Memory: writer Ralph Wiley, 52 

Ralph Wiley passed away at a young age, though not without an outsized influence on sports journalism. Wiley was a beat reporter in Oakland, a writer at Sports Illustrated and ESPN.com, and the author several books and screenplays including, "Serenity: A Boxing Memoir" and "Why Black People Tend to Shout".

I liked what he wrote, thought he was mischievous and knowledgeable and probably knew more than he said. In particular I read for the way he teased apart the way we watch sports and the nuances in how we often project our subtle biases onto the athletes we ceaselessly follow.
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