Cerulli Award for Excellence in Sports Writing
Established in 2012 by Kurt and Mary Cerulli, the award–which comes with a $5,000 prize–honors excellence in sports writing across genres. Last year’s winner was Ben Fountain for his novel, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which also won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award.
The 2013 Winner
The winner of the 2013 Cerulli Award for Excellence in Sports Writing/Biography is Ben Bradlee Jr. for The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams (Little, Brown and Company).
In the tradition of John Updike’s famous New Yorker essay, “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu,” Bradlee, with eloquence and grace, delivers 53 years later the definitive biography of one of the greatest athletes of the game. As Ken Burns writes of Bradlee’s book, “The barnacles of sentimentality and nostalgia that beset a look backward into the ‘golden age’ of baseball suggest that we would never know about that complicated genius of the plate Ted Williams. But here he is, fully realized with all the glory and guts and all the controversial and all-too-real aspects of this human being intact. Bravo.” Meticulously researched and beautifully written, The Kid brings Ted Williams to life.