Sports Illustrated Writer S.L. Price Sells Baseball Book to Ecco

Sports Illustrated writer S.L. Price has signed a contract with HarperCollins imprint Ecco to write a book about Mike Coolbaugh, the minor league baseball player-turned-coach who died this summer at the age of 35 after being struck in the head by a foul ball, according to Ecco’s director of publicity. The book is based on an article Mr. Price wrote about Coolbaugh for Sports Illustrated in September.

Ecco publisher Daniel Halpern acquired world rights for the book at auction from Mr. Price’s literary agent Andrew Blauner; it is scheduled for publication in winter of 2009.

The book, titled Heart of the Game, will be Mr. Price’s second with Ecco; his first was Pitching Around Fidel, a book about sports in Cuba that came out in 1998. His latest, Far Afield, came out this past fall on Lyons Press.