Allen Barra

Allen Barra is an American journalist and author of a number of sports books. He is a contributing editor of American Heritage magazine, and regularly writes about sports for The Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic.[1] He has also written for The New York Times and The New York Observer, and was formerly a columnist for Salon.[2] He formerly blogged on sports for the Village Voice website. He frequently contributes to Major League Baseball Radio and The Daily Beast.[3][4]


Barra, born in Birmingham, Alabama, currently lives in South Orange, New Jersey.[3][5]


His 2009 book on Yogi Berra, Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee, was praised as "sturdy," "well-written," and "thorough" by the San Francisco Chronicle,[2] but The New York Times thought it too enthralled with its subject.[6] In 2010, Barra wrote "Rickwood Field: A Century in America's Oldest Ballpark".[5]


Barra was one of the few sportswriters to agree with Rush Limbaugh that Donovan McNabb was overrated because of his race.[7]

In 2009 he was the target of a widely read critique[8] at the website Deadspin, which targeted Barra's subjective adoration for Derek Jeter. Barra then responded, five years later, in an article for Salon,[9] that his argument was based on the premise that Jeter contributes in "ways that don’t necessarily show up in a box score" rather than his argument from the piece that "many observers think the primary reason [for the Yankees' success in 2009] is Mr. Jeter" rather than giving credit to the achievements of the team as a whole (six other members of the starting lineup had an OPS over 120+).[citation needed]


  1. ^ Barra, Allen. "Allen Barra". The Atlantic.
  2. ^ a b "'Yogi Berra,' by Allen Barra, a definitive look". SFGate.
  3. ^ a b "Allen Barra | Authors". Macmillan. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  4. ^ Barra, Allen. "Why I Write...Allen Barra". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Allen Barra". Alabama Booksmith. Archived from the original on 9 August 2016. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  6. ^ Mahler, Jonathan. "Book Review - 'Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee,' by Allen Barra".
  7. ^ "Rush was right about Donovan McNabb". Slate Magazine.
  8. ^ Junior. "Jesus Is The Derek Jeter Of Christianity". Deadspin.
  9. ^ "Shut up, stats nerds and haters: You're wrong about Derek Jeter".