S. L. Price
S. L. Price, a senior writer at Sports Illustrated since 1994, has written four books—including his most recent release “Playing Through The Whistle: Steel, Football and an American Town,” a biography of Aliquippa, Pa. His other books include “Heart of the Game;” “Pitching Around Fidel,” which was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and “Far Afield.”
Along with his more than three dozen cover stories for SI, Price has also written for Vanity Fair, The New York Times, TIME and The Oxford American. Assignments have propelled him all across the U.S. and Canada, as well as to Colombia, Argentina, Liberia, Cuba, Jamaica, Kenya, France, Pakistan, Brazil, Australia, Greece, Japan, Korea, and China. He has covered 10 Olympic Games, two World Cups, and countless Grand Slam tennis championships; interviewed Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and played Barack Obama one-on-one in an Iowa YMCA. He also has written about competitive Scrabble, Hurricane Andrew, an Italian soccer riot, the 1989 Bay Area earthquake, and the enduring importance of the movie, “Diner.”
He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.
Author Website: http://www.byslprice.com/
In the early twentieth century, down the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, the Jones & Laughlin Steel Company built one of the largest mills in the world and a town to go with it. Aliquippa was a beacon and a melting pot, pulling in thousands of families from Europe and the Jim Crow south. The J&L mill, though dirty and dangerous, offered a chance at a better life. It produced the steel that built American cities and won World War II and even became something of a workers’ paradise. But then, in the 1980’s, the steel industry cratered. The mill closed. Crime rose and crack hit big.
But another industry grew in Aliquippa. The town didn’t just make steel; it made elite football players, from Mike Ditka to Ty Law to Darrelle Revis. Pro football was born in Western Pennsylvania, and few places churned out talent like Aliquippa. Despite its troubles—maybe even because of them—Aliquippa became legendary for producing football greatness. A masterpiece of narrative journalism, Playing Through the Whistle tells the remarkable story of Aliquippa and through it, the larger history of American industry, sports, and life. Like football, it will make you marvel, wince, cry, and cheer.