Posts by Michael MacCambridge
Director’s Cut: ‘The Rabbit Hunter’ by Frank Deford
“I thought the best thing to do was not to call him up out of the blue, because he would not take the call, or slam down the phone or something like that,” Deford says. “So I wrote him a letter. I said something to the effect of, ‘Look, I know you’re pissed off at the magazine, but you and I have had nothing to do with each other. I promise you I’ll write a fair piece. I’ve never written anything negative about you before.’”
Director’s Cut: ‘Moscow Games,’ by George Plimpton
As the Sochi Games approach, a look at the journalist’s unusual reporting tour through the 1980 Olympics.
Director’s Cut: ‘Baseball Without Metaphor,’ by David Grann
The New York Times Magazine profiles one of baseball’s most controversial figures.
Director’s Cut: ‘Always Leave ‘Em Laughing,’ by Thomas Boswell
Revisiting the 1981 Inside Sports profile of one of baseball’s most legendary characters.
Director’s Cut: ‘The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,’ by Hunter S. Thompson
Revisiting one of the Good Doctor’s greatest hits.
Director’s Cut: ‘The Man. Amen.’ by Charles P. Pierce
An annotated look at the illuminating GQ piece on a 21-year-old Tiger Woods.
Director’s Cut: ‘Down Great Purple Valleys,’ by John Lardner
A look at the bombastic and abbreviated life of Stanley Ketchel, from one of America’s greatest sportswriters.
Director’s Cut: ‘The Making of a Goon,’ by Johnette Howard
An annotated version of a classic story from The National.
Director’s Cut: ‘The Disciples of St. Darrell on a Wild Weekend,’ by Dan Jenkins
An annotated look at the Sports Illustrated writer’s famous portrait of Texas football fandom.
Director’s Cut: ‘Oh, No! Not Another Boring Interview With Steve Carlton,’ by Diane K. Shah
How one columnist turned the tables.