Joe Posnanski was a sports writer for the Kansas City Star for a number of years before joining Sports Illustrated. But he is so much more than a sports writer - he's a writer's writer. His prose captures the moment and the person so well I can only wish I was that good.
Read his story about Nick Charles, one of the original CNN sportscasters. Enjoy it as a reader and, if you're a writer, use it as a lesson.