Pat Jordan (author)

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Pat Jordan
Born (1941-04-22) April 22, 1941 (age 73)
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Occupation Author and Sportswriter
Notable works A False Spring
Best American Sports Writing (7x times)
Website
www.patjordanstories.com

Pat Jordan (born April 22, 1941 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is a leading sports writer with his work included in the Best American Sports Writing anthology series seven times.[1] He is also the acclaimed author of A False Spring, a bittersweet memoir about his minor league baseball career, which is ranked #37 on Sports Illustrated's Top 100 Sports Books of All Time.[2] and Time Magazine called “one of the best and truest books about baseball, and about coming to maturity in America…”[3]

Minor league baseball player[edit]

Pat Jordan grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut where he became a highly pursued baseball prospect after going 17-4 over three seasons for the Fairfield Prep Jesuits. On July 9, 1959, after being pursued by over 15 major league baseball organizations, he signed a $36,000 bonus with the Milwaukee Braves, which at the time was reported to be the highest amount given to any new player signed by the organization. He reported to the McCook Braves of the Nebraska State League where he played alongside teammates and future major leaguers Phil Niekro and Joe Torre. He struggled in the minors for three seasons, as chronicled in his memoir, A False Spring, at which point he retired and returned home to Connecticut to pursue his writing career.[4]

Writer[edit]

Jordan is the author of eleven books and a regular contributor to a number of prominent periodicals. Jordan work has been included in Best American Sports Writing seven times, the Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Crime Writing, Best American Essays, and the Norton Anthology of World Literature.

Best American Sports Writing[edit]

The following writings of Pat Jordan have appeared in the Best American Sports Writing anthology series:[5]

  • 1993: The Wit and Wisdom of the White Rat from The Los Angeles Times Magazine[6]
  • 1995: Behind the Icy Glare from The Sporting News[7]
  • 1996: Belittled Big Men from The New York Times Magazine[8]
  • 2005: The Lion in Late, Late Autumn from The New York Times Magazine[9]
  • 2006: Card Stud from The New York Times Magazine[10]
  • 2006: The Magician from The Atlantic Monthly[11]
  • 2010: Chasing Jose from Deadspin.com[12][13]

Best American Mystery Stories[edit]

The following writings of Pat Jordan have appeared in the Best American Mystery Stories anthology series:

  • 1997: The Mark from Playboy, July 1996
  • 1998: Beyond Dog from Playboy, August 1997

Best American Crime Writing[edit]

The following writings of Pat Jordan have appeared in the Best American Crime Writing anthology series:

  • 2002: The Outcast: Conversations with O.J. Simpson from The New Yorker[14]
  • 2004: CSC: Crime Scene Cleanup from Playboy, July 2003

Bibliography[edit]

  1. Black Coach (1971, ISBN 978-0-396-06430-5)
  2. The Suitors of Spring (1974, ISBN 978-0-396-06711-5)
  3. A False Spring (2005, Revised Edition, ISBN 978-0-8032-7626-0)
  4. Broken Patterns (1977, ISBN 978-0-396-07387-1)
  5. Chase the Game (1979, ISBN 978-0-396-07632-2)
  6. After the Sundown (1979, ISBN 978-0-396-07773-2)
  7. The Cheat (1985, ISBN 978-0-345-32524-2)
  8. a.k.a. Sheila Doyle (2002, ISBN 978-0-7867-1026-3)
  9. a.k.a. Sheila Weinstein (2003, ISBN 978-0-7867-1191-8)
  10. A Nice Tuesday (2005, ISBN 978-0-8032-7625-3)
  11. The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan (2008, ISBN 978-0-89255-339-6)

Education[edit]

Jordan graduated from the Fairfield College Preparatory School in 1959 and received his bachelors degree in English from Fairfield University in 1965.

Personal[edit]

Jordan is married to the mother of actress Meg Ryan. They reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Index to The Best American Sports Writing 1991-2007, accessed March 2, 2011.
  2. ^ Sports Illustrated's 100 Top Sports Book of All Time, accessed March 1, 2011.
  3. ^ Peter Stoler, Books: Doubleheader, Time Magazine, accessed March 1, 2011.
  4. ^ The Week That Was for July 19, 2009, Connecticut Post (July 19, 2009), accessed March 5, 2011.
  5. ^ Index to The Best American Sports Writing 1991-2007, accessed March 2, 2011.
  6. ^ Pat Jordan, The Wit and Wisdom of the White Rat, The Los Angeles Times Magazine (May 10, 1992).
  7. ^ Pat Jordan, Behind the Icy Glare, The Sporting News (October 3, 1994).
  8. ^ Pat Jordan, Abstract: Belittled Big Men, The New York Times Magazine (December 31, 1994).
  9. ^ Pat Jordan, The Lion in Late, Late Autumn, The New York Times Magazine (August 29, 2004).
  10. ^ Pat Jordan, Card Stud, The New York Times Magazine (May 29, 2005).
  11. ^ Pat Jordan, The Magician, The Atlantic Monthly (March 2005).
  12. ^ The Best American Sports Writing in 2010, accessed March 1, 2011.
  13. ^ Pat Jordan, Chasing Jose, Deadspin.com (March 26, 2008).
  14. ^ Pat Jordan, The Outcast: Conversations with O.J. Simpson, The New Yorker (July 9, 2001).

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