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Ralph Wiley (April 12, 1952 — June 13, 2004) was a sports journalist who wrote for various publications such as Sports Illustrated and espn.com's Page 2 [1] section.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Wiley attended Knoxville College from 1972—75, eventually landing his first professional journalism job at the Knoxville-Kayana Spectrum.

Upon graduation, Wiley earned a position at the Oakland Tribune, where he coined the famous phrase "Billyball" to describe the managerial style of Billy Martin. He quickly climbed up the ranks from copyboy to beat writer and eventually became a regular columnist. In 1982, he was hired by Sports Illustrated, where he wrote 28 cover stories over a nine-year period, mainly about boxing, football, and baseball.

Wiley published several books during the course of his career, including Serenity, A Boxing Memoir; Why Black People Tend To Shout; and The Trials and Tribulations of Making Malcolm X, with Spike Lee.

Additionally, Wiley wrote articles for GQ, Premiere, and National Geographic. He was a weekly contributor to espn.com's Page 2, where he wrote more than 240 columns. His presence on TV included ESPN's The Sports Reporters and regular guest appearances on SportsCenter.

In skirting the line between sports journalism and literary fiction, Wiley wrote many Page 2 articles in the third person, featuring discursive, jazz-inflected prose and dialogue conducted between himself and a fictionalized character whose identity the writer left deliberately obscure.

Wiley died of a heart attack on June 13, 2004 while watching Game 4 of the 2004 NBA Finals. Survivors included his companion, Susan Peacock of Orlando; his mother, Dorothy Brown of Washington; a son from his marriage to Holly Cypress, Colen C. "Cole" Wiley; a daughter from his marriage to Monica Valdiviez, Magdalena Valdiviez-Wiley; and a half brother, Samuel Graham of Memphis.
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Total Books: 19
Classic Wiley  A Lifetime of Punchers Players Punks  Prophets
2005 - Classic Wiley a Lifetime of Punchers Players Punks Prophets [The Great American Sportswriter Series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781933060019
ISBN-10: 1933060018
Genres: Reference, Sports & Outdoors
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Growing Up King An Intimate Memoir
2004 - Growing Up King an Intimate Memoir (Paperback)Hardcover, Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780446692373
ISBN-10: 0446692379
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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Growing Up King An Intimate Memoir
2003 - Growing Up King an Intimate Memoir (Audio Cassette)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781586212001
ISBN-10: 1586212001
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Born to Play The Eric Davis Story
2001 - Born to Play the Eric Davis Story (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780613277495
ISBN-10: 061327749X
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors
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Serenity A Boxing Memoir
2000 - Serenity a Boxing Memoir (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780803298163
ISBN-10: 0803298161
Genre: Sports & Outdoors
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Born to Play The Eric Davis Story  Life Lessons in Overcoming Adversity on and Off the Field
Born to Play
1999 - Born to Play (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780670885114
ISBN-10: 0670885118
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors
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Dark Witness
1997 - Dark Witness (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780345409744
ISBN-10: 0345409744
Genre: Nonfiction
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Dark Witness
1996 - Dark Witness (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780345400550
ISBN-10: 0345400550
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction
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What Black People Should Do Now
1994 - What Black People Should Do Now (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780345380449
ISBN-10: 0345380444
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction
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What Black People Should Do Now
1993 - What Black People Should Do Now (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780345380456
ISBN-10: 0345380452
Genres: History, Nonfiction
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By Any Means Necessary The Trials and Tribulations of the Making of Malcolm X
1992 - By Any Means Necessary the Trials and Tribulations of the Making of Malcolm X (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781562829131
ISBN-10: 1562829130
Genre: Humor & Entertainment
  • Currently 4.8/5 Stars.
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Why Black People Tend to Shout Cold Facts and Wry Views from a Black Man's World
Why Black People Tend to Shout Cold Facts and Wry Views from a Black Man's World
Serenity A Boxing Memoir
1989 - Serenity a Boxing Memoir (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780805006704
ISBN-10: 0805006702
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors
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Fife
Fife (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781851582587
ISBN-10: 1851582584
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