Allen Barra

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Allen Barra is an American journalist and author of a number of sports books. He is a contributing editor of American Heritage magazine, and regularly writes about sports for the Wall Street Journal. He has also written for the New York Times and New York Observer, and was formerly a columnist for[1] He currently blogs on sports for the Village Voice website. He frequently contributes to Major League Baseball Radio and Daily Beast.[2][3]


Barra, born in Birmingham, Alabama, currently lives in South Orange, New Jersey.[2][4]


His 2009 book on Yogi Berra, Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee, was praised as "sturdy," "well-written," and "thorough" by the San Francisco Chronicle,[1] but the New York Times thought it too enthralled with its subject.[5] In 2010, Barra wrote "Rickwood Field: A Century in America's Oldest Ballpark".[4]


Barra was one of the few sportswriters to agree with Rush Limbaugh that Donovan McNabb was overrated because of his race.[6]

In 2009 he was the target of a widely read critique [7] at the website Deadspin, which targeted Barra's subjective adoration for Derek Jeter. Barra then responded, five years later, in an article for Salon, [8] that his argument was based on the premise that Jeter contributes in "ways that don’t necessarily show up in a box score" rather than his argument from the piece that "many observers think the primary reason [for the Yankees' success in 2009] is Mr. Jeter" rather than giving credit to the achievements of the team as a whole (six other members of the starting lineup had an OPS over 120).


  1. ^ a b "'Yogi Berra,' by Allen Barra, a definitive look". SFGate. 
  2. ^ a b "Allen Barra | Authors". Macmillan. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Barra, Allen. "Why I Write...Allen Barra". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Allen Barra". Alabama Booksmith. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
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  6. ^ "Rush was right about Donovan McNabb.". Slate Magazine. 
  7. ^ Junior. "Jesus Is The Derek Jeter Of Christianity". Deadspin. 
  8. ^ "Shut up, stats nerds and haters: You’re wrong about Derek Jeter". 

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