‘Miracle of Saint Anthony’: The Best Sports Books

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Considering Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports has the reputation for getting the best scoops and player access of any NBA reporter – Davis refers to him as “the NBA Guru”–readers may assume he once played professionally or even consulted for players as a former agent. But he actually started out humbly at the ‘Hartford Courant.’

“Adrian and I go way back,” Davis says fondly. “Adrian covered UConn basketball for the newspaper in Waterbury, Connecticut; at the same time, I was covering high school sports for the ‘New Haven Register.’ “

And much like an Oscar-winning actor starting out in community theater, Wojnarowski delivered a breakthrough piece of work and vaulted to the forefront of his profession. A ‘New York Times’ bestseller, ‘Miracle of Saint Anthony,’ profiles St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, and its coach Bob Hurley – one of the most successful coaches in the history of American high school sports. The book tells the story of how Hurley created a national powerhouse, despite the crappy facilities and financial limitations of a school in one of the poorest cities in the country.

“I’m kind of surprised at how many of my colleagues who I consider to be better writers than I am, don’t pursue books,” Davis says. “It’s so liberating. You’re always dealing in a world of space and deadlines. Just stretch your wings and delve deeply into something over the course of a couple of years.”

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