One of America’s leading writers of fiction, Ford’s books include The Sportswriter and Independence Day, which was the first novel to win both the PEN/Faulkner award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In a previous life, he was a reporter for the now defunct Inside Sports. For Esquire he recalls less illustrious days playing high school baseball. “I suppose this essay, like my writing, flourishes (if it does) by making virtues of profound vices,” says Ford. “My wife, however, who is my shooting partner, wants you to know it’s team sports where I, let’s say, prove deficient. With a shotgun, or a fly rod, I’m hardly an Oaf.” Ford recently published a memoir, Between Them: Remembering my Parents.
Richard Ford, and ‘Bear’ Bryant… see page 156