A prolific writer and columnist, Mike Lupica has a long list of careers in his professional resume. He is considered as one of America’s most well-known sports writer, with more than three decades in the business. Here are some interesting facts about Mike Lupica.
1. Personal Life and Education
He was born on May 11, 1953. Although his birthplace was in Oneida, New York, he spent his childhood years in Nashua, New Hampshire. Lupica went to Boston College while he had his secondary education at Bishop Guertin High School. He married Taylor Lupica in 1986 and had four children, three boys and a girl. He describes himself as a basketball coach, a serial Little League coach and a soccer coach to jis kids. Currently, he lives in Connecticut.
2. His Career
Lupica is a sportswriter, columnist, novelist, TV anchor and host. For three decades, he has written for television and magazines as well as authored books. His column, ‘The Sporting Life” in Esquire magazine was launched in 1987 and continued to have published articles in other sports magazine, from Sports Illustrated to Golf Digest. Today, he still writes for Travel + Leisure Golf. He also writes a political column, “Mondays with Mike, regularly and his favorite subjects are Rudy Giuliani, Michael Bloomberg, James Dolan and Dick Cheney, among others. As for awards, one of the recognitions he received was from the National Football Foundation in 2003, the Jim Murray Award.
3. Youngest Columnist in a New York Newspaper
Before his fame, Lupica worked as a sportswriter in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. In New York, he started his career as a columnist for the New York Post and covered the New York Knicks. He also became the youngest columnist for any New York paper, at the age of 23, for New York Daily News.
4. On Being an Author
He has written several novels; Extra Credits, Limited Partner, Red Zone, Too Far, Dead Air, Bump and Run, Wild Pitch, Travel Team, Heat, Miracle on 49th Street, Mad as Hell: How Sports Got Away from the Fans and How We Get It Back and Summer Ball, which was published in 2007 and made it to the New York Times’ bestseller list. Moreover, his novel Dead Air gave him an Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination for the Best Mystery category. This book also had a TV movie adaptation which was given the title, Money, Power, Murder. He also collaborated with Bill Parcels and Reggie Jackson for their autobiographies as well as screenwriter William Goldman in the book, Wait Till Next Year.
5. The Reason He Writes
Most of his novels are for kids. Most of his stories focus on kids playing sports and how they are able to get through the challenges that have been keeping them from doing what they want. He said that he writes for kids who are pushed too hard by their parents and talks about the importance of patience.
Mike Lupica will always be a prominent writer and author. He still continues to write, among other things. His latest book is The Only Game, which was published in February 2015.