Dan Jenkins

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Dan Jenkins
Daniel Thomas Jenkins

(1928-12-02)December 2, 1928
DiedMarch 7, 2019(2019-03-07) (aged 90)
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
EducationTexas Christian University
OccupationAuthor, sports journalist
Years active1950s–2019
Spouse(s)June Burrage (m. 1959)
ChildrenSally Jenkins, two others

Daniel Thomas Jenkins (December 2, 1928 – March 7, 2019) was an American author and sportswriter who often wrote for Sports Illustrated.[1] He was a high-standard amateur golfer who played college golf at Texas Christian University.

Early life[edit]

Jenkins was born in 1928 and raised in Fort Worth, Texas,[2] where he attended R. L. Paschal High School and Texas Christian University (TCU), where he played on the varsity golf team.[3]


Jenkins worked for many publications including the Fort Worth Press, Dallas Times Herald, Playboy, and Sports Illustrated, where among other things he covered the 1966,[4] 1967,[5] 1969,[6] and 1971[7] versions of the college football Game of the Century. In 1985, he retired from Sports Illustrated and began writing books full-time, although he maintained a monthly column in Golf Digest magazine.[8][9]

Larry King called Jenkins "the quintessential Sports Illustrated writer" and "the best sportswriter in America." Jenkins wrote numerous works and over 500 articles for Sports Illustrated. In 1972, Jenkins wrote his first novel, Semi-Tough. His daughter Sally Jenkins is a sports columnist for The Washington Post.[1]

In December 2014, Jenkins published an article in Golf Digest titled "My (Fake) interview with Tiger; or how it plays out in my mind."[10] In the piece, which featured images of a Tiger Woods lookalike in golfing gear, Jenkins mocks Woods's reputation in an imaginary interview with the athlete. Though the piece was clearly marked as parody, the champion golfer requested an apology from the magazine. Woods stated that the piece "fails as parody, and is really more like a grudge-fueled piece of character assassination."[11]

Awards and honors[edit]


  • Jenkins, Dan (1970). The Dogged Victims of Inexorable Fate. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-671-66750-4.
  • Jenkins, Dan (1972). Semi-Tough. Atheneum. ASIN B000OL8MP0.
  • Jenkins, Dan (1973). Saturday's America. Berkley Books. ISBN 978-0425023952.
  • Jenkins, Dan (1974). Dead Solid Perfect. Atheneum. ISBN 978-0689106200.
  • Jenkins, Dan; Shrake, Edwin (1976). Limo: A Novel. Atheneum. ISBN 978-0689107344.
  • Jenkins, Dan (September 1, 1981). Baja Oklahoma. Atheneum. ISBN 978-7018982948.
  • Jenkins, Dan (October 1, 1984). Life Its Ownself. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0671460242.
  • Jenkins, Dan (October 1, 1988). Fast Copy: A Novel. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0671602062.
  • Jenkins, Dan (September 1, 1989). You Call It Sports, But I Say It's a Jungle Out There. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0671690212.
  • Jenkins, Dan (October 15, 1991). You Gotta Play Hurt. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0671683320.
  • Jenkins, Dan (September 1, 1993). Bubba Talks: Of Life, Love, Sex, Whiskey, Politics, Movies, Food, Foreigners, Teenagers, Football. Anchor. ISBN 978-0385470797.
  • Jenkins, Dan (May 1, 1994). Fairways and Greens. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0385474252.
  • Jenkins, Dan; Stout, Glenn, eds. (November 15, 1995). The Best American Sports Writing 1995. Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 978-0395700709.
  • Jenkins, Dan (September 15, 1998). Rude Behavior. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0385470001.
  • Jenkins, Dan (August 7, 2001). The Money-Whipped Steer-Job Three-Jack Give-Up Artist: A Novel. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0385497237.
  • Jenkins, Dan (May 3, 2005). Slim and None. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0385508520.
  • Jenkins, Dan (June 3, 2008). The Franchise Babe: A Novel. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0385519106.
  • Jenkins, Dan (May 5, 2009). Jenkins at the Majors: Sixty Years of the World's Best Golf Writing, from Hogan to Tiger. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0385519137.
  • Jenkins, Dan (March 4, 2014). His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir. Doubleday. ISBN 978-0385532259.
  • Jenkins, Dan (January 1, 2017). Stick a Fork in Me: A Novel. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1507201473.
  • Jenkins, Dan (November 11, 2019). The Reunion at Herb's Café. TCU Press. ISBN 978-0875657271.


  1. ^ a b Engel, Mac (March 7, 2019). "Fort Worth and sports lose a legend in the passing of the great Dan Jenkins". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  2. ^ Weber, Bruce (March 8, 2019). "Dan Jenkins, 90, Chronicler of Sports in Raucous Prose, Dies". The New York Times.
  3. ^ "2019–20 TCU Men's Golf Record Book – All-time Letterwinners" (PDF). TCU Athletics. Jenkins, Dan 1951–52
  4. ^ Jenkins, Dan (November 28, 1966). "An Upside-Down Game". Sports Illustrated.
  5. ^ Jenkins, Dan (November 27, 1967). "All The Way With O.J." Sports Illustrated.
  6. ^ Jenkins, Dan (December 15, 1969). "Texas By An Eyelash". Sports Illustrated.
  7. ^ Jenkins, Dan (December 6, 1971). "Nebraska Rides High". Sports Illustrated.
  8. ^ Blanchard, Charlie (January 13, 2020). "Dan Jenkins: A golf writer without parallel". Desert Exposure.
  9. ^ Callahan, Tom (March 8, 2019). "His Ownself: Dan Jenkins, 1928-2019". Golf Digest.
  10. ^ Jenkins, Dan (December 2014). "My (Fake) Interview With Tiger: Or how it plays out in my mind". Golf Digest.
  11. ^ Woods, Tiger (November 18, 2014). "Not True, Not Funny". theplayerstribune.com.
  12. ^ "PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award For Literary Sports Writing Winners". PEN.
  13. ^ "World Golf Hall of Fame to induct Dan Jenkins in 2012". PGA Tour. December 14, 2011.
  14. ^ "Red Smith Award Winners". Associated Press Sports Editors. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  15. ^ "Dan Jenkins receives the 2015 Old Tom Morris Award". Golf Digest. October 28, 2014.
  16. ^ "Pat Hughes Wins Ring Lardner Award For Excellence In Sports Journalism". CBS Chicago. January 31, 2017.

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