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Name  Pat Jordan

Role  Writer
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Born  April 22, 1941 (age 74) Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States (1941-04-22)
Occupation  Author and Sportswriter
Notable works  A False Spring Best American Sports Writing (7x times)
People also search for  Susan Jordan Duggan, Andrew Hyra, Meg Ryan, Dana Hyra, Annie Hyra, Harry Hyra
Books  A false spring, A Nice Tuesday, The suitors of spring, The Best Sports Writing of, The cheat

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Pat Jordan (born April 22, 1941 in Bridgeport, Connecticut) is a leading sports writer with his work included in the Best American Sports Writing anthology series seven times. He is also the acclaimed author of A False Spring, a bittersweet memoir about his minor league baseball career, which is ranked #37 on Sports Illustrated's Top 100 Sports Books of All Time. and Time magazine called “one of the best and truest books about baseball, and about coming to maturity in America…”


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Minor league baseball player

Pat Jordan grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut where he became a highly pursued baseball prospect after going 17-4 over three seasons (He also threw four consecutive no-hitters as a Fairfield little leaguer) for the Fairfield Prep Jesuits. On July 9, 1959, after being pursued by over 15 major league baseball organizations, he signed a $36,000 bonus with the Milwaukee Braves, which at the time was reported to be the highest amount given to any new player signed by the organization. He reported to the McCook Braves of the Nebraska State League where he played alongside teammates and future major leaguers Phil Niekro and Joe Torre. He struggled in the minors for three seasons, despite being one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the minors at that time, as chronicled in his memoir, A False Spring, at which point he retired and returned home to Connecticut to pursue his writing career.


Jordan is the author of eleven books and a regular contributor to a number of prominent periodicals. Jordan work has been included in Best American Sports Writing seven times, the Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Crime Writing, Best American Essays, and the Norton Anthology of World Literature.

Best American Sports Writing

The following writings of Pat Jordan have appeared in the Best American Sports Writing anthology series:

  • 1993: The Wit and Wisdom of the White Rat from The Los Angeles Times Magazine
  • 1995: Behind the Icy Glare from The Sporting News
  • 1996: Belittled Big Men from The New York Times Magazine
  • 2005: The Lion in Late, Late Autumn from The New York Times Magazine
  • 2006: Card Stud from The New York Times Magazine
  • 2006: The Magician from The Atlantic Monthly
  • 2010: Chasing Jose from
  • Best American Mystery Stories

    The following writings of Pat Jordan have appeared in the Best American Mystery Stories anthology series:

  • 1997: The Mark from Playboy, July 1996
  • 1998: Beyond Dog from Playboy, August 1997
  • Best American Crime Writing

    The following writings of Pat Jordan have appeared in the Best American Crime Writing anthology series:

  • 2002: The Outcast: Conversations with O.J. Simpson from The New Yorker
  • 2004: CSC: Crime Scene Cleanup from Playboy, July 2003
  • Bibliography

    1. Black Coach (1971, ISBN 978-0-396-06430-5)
    2. The Suitors of Spring (1974, ISBN 978-0-396-06711-5)
    3. A False Spring (2005, Revised Edition, ISBN 978-0-8032-7626-0)
    4. Broken Patterns (1977, ISBN 978-0-396-07387-1)
    5. Chase the Game (1979, ISBN 978-0-396-07632-2)
    6. After the Sundown (1979, ISBN 978-0-396-07773-2)
    7. The Cheat (1985, ISBN 978-0-345-32524-2)
    8. a.k.a. Sheila Doyle (2002, ISBN 978-0-7867-1026-3)
    9. a.k.a. Sheila Weinstein (2003, ISBN 978-0-7867-1191-8)
    10. A Nice Tuesday (2005, ISBN 978-0-8032-7625-3)
    11. The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan (2008, ISBN 978-0-89255-339-6)


    Jordan graduated from the Fairfield College Preparatory School in 1959 and received his bachelor's degree in English from Fairfield University in 1965.


    Jordan is married to the mother of actress Meg Ryan. They reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.


    Pat Jordan (author) Wikipedia

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