Mike Lupica was born on May 11, 1952 in Oneida, New York. His family later moved to Nashua, New Hampshire, where he graduated from Bishop Guertin High School in 1970 and subsequently from Boston College in 1974. After covering sporting events for The Boston Globe while at Boston College, Lupica covered the New York Knicks for The New York Post in 1975 when he was just 23. When he joined The New York Daily News two years later in 1977, Lupica became one of the youngest columnists ever at a New York paper.
While with The New York Daily News, Lupica has covered a variety of events including the 1985 World Series where he witnessed the infamous groundball travel between the legs of Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner. He also covered the U.S. Men’s Ice Hockey team defeating the Soviets in the legendary ‘Miracle on Ice’ game in Lake Placid at the 1980 Winter Olympics and was at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta when the bombing occurred at the Centennial Olympic Park.
Lupica has written several signature columns throughout his career including the weekly ‘Shooting from the Lip’ for The New York Daily News, which featured a traditional column that is followed up by a series of short and quick observations from the past week in sports.
He also launched a column titled ‘The Sporting Life’ in Esquire Magazine in 1987 and has published articles for various magazines, such as ESPN: The Magazine, Golf Digest, Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal, Parade, and Playboy. His columns also appear on the website, “Sports on Earth.”
He has been a rotating pundit on ESPN’s ‘The Sports Reporters’ since 1988 and has also been a recurring guest on ‘CBS Morning News’, ‘Good Morning America’, ‘Imus In The Morning’, and ‘Morning Joe’ throughout his career. Lupica hosted a daily radio show in New York from May 9, 2011 until August 21, 2015. He has also had a successful career as an author, writing more than 30 books (many for young adults), including the 2004 novel ‘Travel Team’ which went on to sell more than 500,000 copies.
Some of Lupica’s career highlights include the 2003 Jim Murray award from the National Football Foundation and being named the New York Sports Columnist of the Year by the National Association of Sportswriters and Sportscasters in 2011. His novels ‘Travel Team’, ‘Heat’, ‘Miracle on 49th Street’, and ‘Summer Ball’ have all been on the New York Times bestseller list and his mystery novel ‘Dead Air’ was nominated for the Edgar Allen Poe Award for ‘Best First Mystery’ and later became a television movie, ‘Money, Power, Murder’. He has also co-written autobiographies with Reggie Jackson and Bill Parcells.
Lupica resides with his wife and four children (three sons and one daughter) in Connecticut. He has been a Little League coach, a youth basketball coach and a soccer coach for his children.