Seven-time Eclispe Award-winning writer William Nack passed away on Friday, according to Sports Illustrated. He was 77 years old.
Nack mainly covered horse racing, and wrote several books including the classic ‘Secretariat' of 1975. He later served as an adviser for the 2010 Secretariat movie. The author also delved into subjects like Bobby Fischer, A.J. Foyt, Jackie Robinson, and Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
In 2017, Nack received the ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sportswriting.
Read more at Sports Illustrated.
Bill Nack was from an era and of a manner I'll always treasure. He had a way with words the rest of us could appreciate but not duplicate.
— Kenny Mayne (@Kenny_Mayne) April 14, 2018
So sorry to hear of the passing of Bill Nack. Bill did not just write about Secretariat, he was the Secretariat of horse racing writers. Best horse race riding who ever lived, and by a mile. Such a talented man
— Bill Finley (@BillFinley3) April 14, 2018
William Nack passed away last night. Cancer took another one. He is, in my opinion, the greatest writer in the history of @SInow for his incredible reporting, brilliant prose and versatility. It was an honor to be in his orbit. R.I.P.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) April 14, 2018
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 14, 2018
This is the kind of guy Nack was: he was incredibly encouraging and positive to those of us who came up under his wing and never could have 1% of the talent he did. This from my signed copy of his book “My Turf.” pic.twitter.com/8Ek7zSp0VW
— Jay Privman (@DRFPrivman) April 14, 2018
I would suggest to the powers that be in horse racing, that the Eclipse Awards for writing, either feature commentary or news/enterprise writing be named, “The Bill Nack Eclipse Award.” @NTRA @HorseRaceSite @ABRLive @DRFInsidePost @DRFWatchmaker @DRFPrivman @DRFGrening
— Darin Zoccali (@atTheTrack7) April 14, 2018
I spent the day hoping the news was wrong, that Bill Nack wasn't really gone. He was a mentor, loyal friend, and the writer we all want to be. Here's the last snap I got of him at Del Mar with Carolyne in the company of Derby winner Nyquist, who was suitably impressed. pic.twitter.com/4xezofYvUf
— Jay Hovdey (@JayHovdey) April 15, 2018
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