About Leigh Montville
Leigh Montville is a contributing writer for Sports on Earth and the author of eight books, mostly biographies, on subjects that range from baseball greats Ted Williams and Babe Ruth, to NASCAR champion Dale Earnhardt, 7-foot-7 basketball player Manute Bol, motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel and the Mysterious Mantague, a forgotten golfer from the '30s. A sports columnist at the Boston Globe for 21 years and a senior writer at Sports Illustrated for nine years, Montville also delivered commentaries for the CNN/SI television network and has written for a range of other publications.
In his long career, he has also interviewed Joe DiMaggio, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, O.J. Simpson, Andre The Giant and most of the famous and infamous sports names of the past 50 years. Montville has covered more than 20 Super Bowls, at least a dozen World Series, numerous big prizefights, eight Olympic Games, the Tour de France, NASCAR, the Kentucky Derby, the Indy 500 and the first Gulf War.
Among the honors he has received are a Cable Ace Award for television commentary, a National Headliners Award for local feature columns, the Casey Award for best baseball book of 2004 and best magazine article from the National Association of Black Journalists. He has appeared on radio and television shows ranging from the "Howard Stern Show" to Charlie Rose to "Mike and the Mad Dog" to "The Jim Lehrer News Hour." He has spoken at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Fenway Park in Boston and at local Barnes & Noble affiliates everywhere. In 2009, he was named to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in Salisbury, N.C.
Montville is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and lives outside Boston. He is the father of a grown son and daughter and the grandfather of two very active little boys.