Ben McGrath

Ben McGrath
Ben McGrath, photo by Leah Hoffmann

Ben McGrath began working at the New Yorker as a fact checker in 1999 and has been a staff writer since 2003. He has contributed more than 200 stories to “The Talk of the Town,” and his feature subjects have included the Tea Party movement, a Mafia trial, and various dispatches from the world of sports: Formula 1 and Iditarod racing, the NFL’s concussion crisis, and Kobe Bryant’s contemplation of retirement. His first feature story, which appeared in 2002, explored the new look of the Professional Bowlers Association. He has covered professional wiffle ball; superfan “Marlins Man;” baseball eccentrics Lenny Dykstra, Manny Ramirez, and R.A. Dickey; and other cultural oddities of the sporting scene such as the parade of mullets on display at the Minnesota state high school hockey tournament.

McGrath’s stories have been collected in anthologies such as The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Science Writing, Best Baseball Writing, and The Best of Technology Writing.

His first book, about an unheralded modern explorer who paddled a plastic canoe past McGrath’s house on the Hudson River and then disappeared, will be published in 2020.


selected bibliography

The Best American Sports Writing 2014
The Best American Sports Writing (2014)
The Best American Sportswriting 2012
The Best American Sports Writing (2012)
The Best American Science Writing
The Best American Science Writing (2008)
The Best of Technology Writing
The Best of Technology Writing (2007)

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online resources

“Touring Yankee Stadium with Marlins Man,” by Ben McGrath, the New Yorker, October 1, 2018
“The Wayfarer,” by Ben McGrath, the New Yorker, December 6, 2015
“Nails Never Fails: Baseball’s Most-Improbably Post-Career Success Story,” by Ben McGrath, the New Yorker, March 17, 2008

Video: McGrath discusses his article about Scott Boras, baseball agent