For twenty-five years, 'The Best American Sports Writing'has built a solid reputation by showcasing the greatest sports journalism of the past year, culled from hundreds of national, regional, and specialty print and digital publications. Wright Thompson, many times included in this volume over the years, takes his turn at the helm by curating this exceptional collection. The only shared trait among these diverse pieces is the extraordinarily high caliber of writing, but collectively they tap into the pure passion that can only come from sports. And for all aspiring sports writers, says Thompson, these selections are both road map and compass. 'The Best American Sports Writing 2015'includes 'Don Van Natta Jr., Chris Ballard, Katie Baker, Christopher Beam, Wells Tower, Seth Wickersham, Ariel Levy' 'and others' WRIGHT THOMPSON, guest editor, started his sports writing career as a student at the University of Missouri, where he covered sports for the'Columbia Missourian.' He interned at the'Times-Picayune'in New Orleans and worked as the LSU beat writer. He then moved to the'Kansas City''Star, 'where he covered a wide variety of sports. In 2006 he joined ESPN.com and'ESPN: The Magazine'as a senior writer. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi. GLENN STOUT, series editor for'The Best American Sports Writing'since its inception, is the author of'Young Woman''and the Sea'and'Fenway 1912.'''He serves as the long-form editor for SB Nation and lives in Alburgh, Vermont.'