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Up Jump the Boogie

My profile of the late George Kimball appeared on Deadspin last December. I worked long and hard on that piece and was proud of the effort. And now some nice personal news I’d like to share with you…

It’s been selected to The Best American Sports Writing 2012 (Edited by Mike Wilbon).

Derek Jeter fist pump.

And this:

Ed Grimley

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1 rbj   ~  Aug 7, 2012 8:56 am

Congratulations Alex! Well done.

2 Shaun P.   ~  Aug 7, 2012 9:01 am

Alex, that's phenomenal! Congratulations!

When can we buy the paper copy?

3 Capital Yank   ~  Aug 7, 2012 9:08 am

Congrats, Alex. A well deserved selection.

4 BobbyB   ~  Aug 7, 2012 9:11 am

Alex, that's fantastic and well deserved!

5 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 7, 2012 9:15 am

Thanks guys. It's gratifying. I learned so much researching and writing that piece. It was a real education. Had so much help from friends and editors who looked at drafts and gave me notes. Can't tell you how encouraging that was.

I know you don't have any control over how a piece turns out--you can pour yourself into it and it could turn out to be a dud--but I was pleased with the result. Mostly, I could control the effort and I'm proud of all the time I spent on it. It was worth it.

The goal with this kind of story is for it to be considered for BASW. But you never know how it'll be received. The fact that it made the book, well, it's just cool as shit.

Book is out in early October: http://amzn.to/NZQglT

6 Bruce Markusen   ~  Aug 7, 2012 9:21 am

Congratulations, Alex. Great news!

7 Jon DeRosa   ~  Aug 7, 2012 9:43 am

So well deserved Alex, very psyched for you!

9 Rich Lederer   ~  Aug 7, 2012 10:14 am

Good job, Alex. Well earned. Congratulations.

10 RIYank   ~  Aug 7, 2012 10:15 am

Well, congratulations to Mike Wilbon! :-)

11 RagingTartabull   ~  Aug 7, 2012 10:18 am

well deserved, congrats!!

12 Ara Just Fair   ~  Aug 7, 2012 10:33 am

Cheers, AB!

13 Sliced Bread   ~  Aug 7, 2012 11:10 am

Way to go, Alex. That's a mighty impressive honor. That piece really was terrific.

14 thelarmis   ~  Aug 7, 2012 12:33 pm

congrats, alex! sooo happy for you!

a very well deserved honor. enjoy it!

15 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 7, 2012 1:14 pm

Thanks again, you guys.

16 Mike Fox   ~  Aug 7, 2012 7:19 pm

About fucken time! I've been saying it all along: Absolutely first rate reading...

17 Paul A   ~  Aug 7, 2012 8:46 pm

Wowee, what a thrill for you, Alex. It's a cracking piece and deserves BASP kudos. Well done. Read it and reap, guys

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