Leigh Montville

Leigh Montville (born July 20, 1943 in New Haven, Connecticut) is a former newspaper columnist for The Boston Globe and writer for Sports Illustrated, a sports reporter and author. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.

Montville is divorced and has two children. He lives in Medfield Massachusetts with his longtime partner Linda Finkle and their dog Wendy.


Montville was a longtime print journalist as a columnist for The Boston Globe as a senior writer with Sports Illustrated. He spent 21 years at the Globe, many of them with other legendary Globe sports writers Peter Gammons, Bob Ryan, and Will McDonough.

He has authored many books, including best-sellers such as The Big Bam, a biography of New York Yankees baseball legend Babe Ruth, and Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero, about the Hall of Fame left fielder for the Red Sox, which won the 2004 CASEY Award for best baseball book of the year.[1] He also wrote At the Altar of Speed: The Fast Life and Tragic Death of Dale Earnhardt, and Manute: The Center of Two Worlds, about former 7'7" NBA center Manute Bol.

He wrote the book Why Not Us? following the 2004 World Series won by the Red Sox after 86 years of fan suffering. Montville recounts the stories of long-suffering fans, including himself, and includes a large section from the Red Sox web site Sons of Sam Horn where fans posted their own stories.

Montville co-authored the book Dare to Dream: Connecticut Basketball's Remarkable March to the National Championship with UConn head coach Jim Calhoun. Calhoun, along with Montville, a UConn graduate, recounts his humble beginnings at Northeastern University through his move to the University of Connecticut and finally the men's program's first title in 1999.

In the 1990s, Montville provided commentary for the short-lived cable network CNN-Sports Illustrated.

His 2008 book The Mysterious Montague: A True Tale of Hollywood, Golf and Armed Robbery told the true story of John Montague, a 1930s California-based amateur called "the greatest golfer in the world" by sportswriting legend Grantland Rice, who later turned out to be a fugitive wanted for armed robbery in New York State.

Most recently, Montville wrote Sting Like a Bee: Muhammed Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971 which focuses on the cultural and political implications of Ali's refusal of service in the military.


  1. ^ Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine's CASEY Award
Bob Ryan

Robert P. Ryan (born February 21, 1946) is an American sportswriter formerly for The Boston Globe. He has been described as "the quintessential American sportswriter" and a basketball guru and is well known for his coverage of the sport including his famous stories covering the Boston Celtics in the 1970s. After graduating from Boston College, Ryan started as a sports intern for the Globe on the same day as Peter Gammons, and later worked with other Globe sports writing legends Will McDonough and Leigh Montville. Ryan announced in early 2012 his retirement from sports writing after 44 years once the 2012 Olympic Games concluded. His final column in The Boston Globe was published August 12, 2012.

Casey Award

The Casey Award has been given to the best baseball book of the year since 1983. The award was begun by Mike Shannon and W.J. Harrison, editors and co-founders of “Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine.”

Cathy Turner

Cathy Ann Turner (born April 10, 1962, in Rochester, New York) is an American short track speed skater, who won gold medals at the 1992 Winter Olympics and 1994 Winter Olympics.

Turner was the American short-track champion in 1979, but failed to make the U.S. team for the 1980 Winter Olympics. She left skating to pursue a career as a singer. She sang in bands, shows and then began writing her own songs. She became a studio singer and song writer just before returning to her sport. " After nine years away from her sports, she resumed training. She qualified for the Albertville Olympics, where she won the 500-meter short track race and was a member of the silver medal-winning 3000-meter relay team.Turner retired from competitive skating after the 1992 Games to star with the Ice Capades as a singer and skater in the "Made In America" tour, but then returned yet again for the 1994 Games. She won another gold in the 500 meters in a controversial race in which silver medalist Zhang Yanmei accused Turner of grabbing her leg as Turner passed her, however, the judges did not see it that way. Turner was disqualified from the 1000-meter race when accused of impeding a South Korean skater Kim So-hee in a heat. She took a bronze in the 3000-meter team relay. Turner then placed fifth in the 3000-meter relay at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.

Turner now lives in Parma, New York and works as a Database Administrator at Paychex Inc., a motivational speaker, and a product spokesperson. She has also been a skating commentator for ESPN. Turner holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Northern Michigan University, and is a contributor to the book Awaken The Olympian Within, among others.

ESPN College Basketball

ESPN College Basketball is a blanket title used for presentations of college basketball on ESPN and its family of networks. Its coverage focuses primarily on competition in NCAA Division I, holding broadcast rights to games from each major conference, and a number of mid-major conferences.

ESPN was the first broadcaster to provide extensive early-round coverage of NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, prior to CBS, later in partnership with Turner Sports, holding sole rights to "March Madness". The network also covers a number of early-season tournaments, conference championships, and is also the exclusive broadcaster of the National Invitation Tournament and the Women's Division I championship.

Evel Knievel

Robert Craig Knievel (October 17, 1938 – November 30, 2007), professionally known as Evel Knievel, was an American stunt performer and entertainer. Over the course of his career, he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps; in 1974, he failed an attempted canyon jump across Snake River Canyon in the Skycycle X-2, a steam-powered rocket.

Knievel was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999. He died of pulmonary disease in Clearwater, Florida, in 2007, aged 69.

Jim Pomeroy (motorcyclist)

Jim Pomeroy (November 16, 1952 – August 6, 2006) was an American professional motocross racer. He is known for being the first American competitor to win an overall victory in an FIM Motocross World Championship Grand Prix race.

Jimmy Garcia

Jimmy Garcia (October 12, 1971 – May 19, 1995) was a Colombian boxer who was best known for losing a WBC super featherweight title to Gabriel Ruelas and subsequently dying 13 days later from brain damage. The loss to Ruelas was the only stoppage loss of Garcia's career, and the former Colombian Featherweight champion's corner was criticized for not stopping the fight earlier. The Ruelas match had been Garcia's second unsuccessful title shot, having lost a unanimous decision to Genaro Hernández earlier.

John Henry Williams (baseball)

John Henry Williams (August 27, 1968 – March 6, 2004) was the only son of baseball legend Ted Williams. His mother was Ted's third wife, Dolores Wettach.

John Salley

John Thomas Salley (born May 16, 1964) is an American retired professional basketball player, and talk show host. He was the first player in NBA history to win championships with three franchises, as well as the first player (and only one of two, the other being Tim Duncan) in the NBA to win a championship in three decades.

After being drafted in the first round out of Georgia Tech in 1986, the 6'11 (2.11 m) Salley played both power forward and center for the Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls, Panathinaikos and Los Angeles Lakers. He was a long-time host of the former Fox Sports Net show The Best Damn Sports Show Period. He is a vegan activist, chef, and wellness entrepreneur.

List of Sports Illustrated writers

This is a list of writers who have worked for the American magazine Sports Illustrated.

List of University of Connecticut people

This is a list of notable alumni and faculty from the University of Connecticut

List of people from Connecticut

The following is a list of notable people born, raised, or resident in Connecticut, with place of birth or residence when known.

Notre Dame High School (West Haven, Connecticut)

Notre Dame High School (NDWH) is a private, Roman Catholic, all-male college preparatory school located in West Haven, Connecticut, a coastal suburb of New Haven, Connecticut.

Peter Gammons

Peter Gammons (born April 9, 1945) is an American sportswriter and media personality. He is a recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for outstanding baseball writing, given by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Red Smith Award

The Red Smith Award is awarded by the Associated Press Sports Editors for outstanding contributions to sports journalism. It has been awarded annually at the APSE convention since 1981. Unlike many journalism awards, it is open to both writers and editors.

The Smith Award is traditionally announced in April and the winner receives the award in June at the annual APSE convention.

The Best American Sports Writing

The Best Sports Writing is a yearly anthology of magazine articles on the subject of sports published in the United States. It was started in 1991 as part of The Best American Series published by Houghton Mifflin. Articles are chosen using the same procedure with other titles in the Best American Series; the series editor chooses about 70-100 article candidates, from which the guest editor picks 25 or so for publication; many, but not all of the remaining runner-up articles listed in the appendix. The series has been edited since its inception by Glenn Stout.

Traditionally loaded with long-form feature writing and occasionally columns, the annual book is considered a must-read by many sports writers, though the reach of its influence is debatable. Authors who have appeared in the series five or more times in its 20-year history are: Gary Smith (12 times), Charles P. Pierce (eight times), Steve Friedman (10 times), S.L. Price (nine times), William Nack (seven times), Rick Reilly (seven times), Roger Angell (six times), Pat Jordan (six times), Linda Robertson (six times), Rick Telander (six times), Mark Kram Jr. (five times), Bill Plaschke (five times), Peter Richmond (five times), Paul Solotaroff (five times). It also includes award-winning writers whose genre is not exclusively sports-writing, such as Jeanne Marie Laskas whose 2008 piece "G-L-O-R-Y!" offered a rare look at professional cheerleaders.

The series culminated in 2000's Best American Sports Writing of the Century, which featured few works from the 1990s. The guest editor for that book was David Halberstam, who also was the guest editor for the first edition of the series, in 1991.

The National Sports Daily

The National Sports Daily, simply referred to as The National, was a sports-centered newspaper published in the United States beginning on January 31, 1990. The newspaper was based in New York City, was printed in a tabloid format,

and was published Monday through Friday.

The National was an American attempt to emulate the model of several international all-sports publications, such as La Gazzetta dello Sport (Italy), L'Equipe (France), and others. The paper was founded by Mexican-American media mogul Emilio Azcárraga Milmo, who had owned Mexican television conglomerate Televisa and whose family had founded Univision. Azcárraga was also the chief financier for the paper and used the success of the international sports papers as his inspiration for founding The National.

Viva Knievel!

Viva Knievel! is a 1977 American action-adventure film directed by Gordon Douglas and starring Evel Knievel (as himself), Gene Kelly, and Lauren Hutton.

Will McDonough

William "Will" McDonough (July 6, 1935 – January 9, 2003) was an American sportswriter for The Boston Globe who also worked as an on-air football reporter for CBS and NBC.

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