The definitive collection from the late Ralph Wiley-pioneering journalist, acclaimed author of Why Black People Tend to Shout, and a towering voice in the world of sportswriting hen Ralph Wiley, a columnist for ESPN.com and a former writer for Sports Illustrated, passed away on June 13, 2004, he left behind a rich legacy of written work. This volume brings together Wiley's best feature stories from Sports Illustrated, columns from ESPN.com, his 'Parting Shots' from the ESPN television show The Sports Reporters, and excerpts from his books and screenplays.
Ralph Wileywas a weekly columnist for "Page 2" on ESPN.com and a regular contributor to other ESPN productions. One of the original NFL Insiders on NBC, he also wrote articles for "Sports Illustrated," "Premiere," "GQ," "National Geographic," and many national newspapers. His books include "Serenity: A Boxing Memoir" and "Why Black People Tend To Shout." He co-authored "Born to Play" with Eric Davis, "Growing Up King" with Dexter Scott King and the children of Martin Luther King Jr., and, with filmmaker Spike Lee, "By Any Means Necessary: TheTrials and Tribulations of the Making of Malcolm X "and "Best""Seat in the House." Ralph Wiley passed away on June 13, 2004, from heart failure at the age of 52.