S.L. Price was born Jan. 23, 1962, and grew up in Stamford, Connecticut. As a kid, Price played sports, but he had his heart set on being a writer more than a sportswriter.
He attended University of Connecticut-Stamford, starting out as a history major before switching his major to English. After two years at Stamford, Price transferred to North Carolina, where he worked as a sports reporter for the Daily Tarheel because the sports desk allowed him to produce the most copy. In his two years in Chapel Hill, Price had the chance to cover Michael Jordan’s sophomore year as well as the baseball team, which had numerous future MLB players on its roster.
Price’s experience covering Jordan helped him land his first job at the Sacramento Bee, where he became the newspaper’s first Sacramento Kings beat writer when the team moved there in 1985. At 23 years old, he was the youngest NBA beat reporter in the country. In Sacramento, he also spent time on the San Francisco Giants and 49ers beat.
In 1990, Price accepted a job at the Miami Herald, where he was mainly a feature writer and columnist. During his time at the Miami Herald, Price covered the 1990 World Cup, the Miami Hurricanes football team and the expansion of baseball to Miami when the Florida Marlins were created. He also took the first of his many visits to Cuba during this time, which was the inspiration for his first book, “Pitching Around Fidel.”
Four years later, Price left the Miami Herald to work as a senior writer for Sports Illustrated. At SI, Price has traveled the globe for stories. Not only has he traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada; he’s been to Colombia, Argentina, Liberia, Cuba, Jamaica, Kenya, France, Pakistan, Brazil, Australia, Greece, Japan, Korea and China. He’s also covered 10 Olympic Games, two World Cups and numerous tennis grand slams for the magazine.
Price reported from Europe for the magazine in the early 2000s, which served as the inspiration for his book, “Far Afield.” He’s also had the chance to interview presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, and played Barack Obama one-on-one during his 2008 presidential campaign.
Price has won numerous awards during his career, including two Associated Press Sports Editor Awards, two National Headliner Awards, and awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Women’s Sports Foundation. His work has been featured in The Best American Sports Writing anthology nine times.
Besides writing for SI, Price has had bylines in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, TIME magazine, The Oxford American and has written four books. His most recent book, “Playing Through The Whistle: Steel, Football and an American Town,” a biography of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, was published in 2016.
Price currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his family.