Ringgold Wilmer "Ring" Lardner (American: 1885-1933) was primarily a sports columnist, but deserves inclusion here for his only novel, ''You Know Me Al'' (1916), and a number of short stories, some (but not all) of which had sports as a theme. ''You Know Me Al'' is highly recommended for those interested in {{Satire}} and BlackComedy, and a [[BeigeProse straightforward writing style]] reminiscent of, well, sports columns for example. It's probably the first critical analysis of the hero worship and myth-making which is today considered inseparable from the sports world. Creator/VirginiaWoolf, Creator/FScottFitzgerald, and Creator/ErnestHemingway were among Lardner's many admirers, so he must have been doing something right. Creator/SJPerelman admitted that Lardner should have had him arrested for stealing from his work.

Other noteworthy works are ''Gullible's Travels'' (1917; perhaps influenced by Mark Twain, Lardner apparently thought a humor writer has to have a travel book on his resume); ''Treat 'Em Rough'' (1918), in which Jack Keefe, whose letters home to "Al" made up ''You Know Me Al'', writes home from the European Front during [=WWI=]; and ''June Moon'' (1929), a comedy play about songwriters written with George S. Kaufman.