Recommended Reads - Sports Books

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24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid

by Willie Mays

“The legendary Willie Mays shares the inspirations and influences responsible for guiding him on and off the field in this reflective and inspirational memoir.”--Provided by publisher.

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Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

by James A. Miller

“Presents the history of sports channel ESPN based on interviews with nearly five hundred current and former employees, featuring announcers and analysts as well as sports stars including LeBron James, Peyton Manning, and Jeff Gordon.”-- Provided by publisher.

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The Cactus League

by Emily Nemens

“Anchored by an expert knowledge of baseball's inner workings, Emily Nemens's The Cactus League is a propulsive and deeply human debut that captures a strange desert world that is both exciting and unforgiving, where the most crucial games are the ones played off the field.”

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The Boys of Winter: Tthe Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team

by Wayne R. Coffey

“In his unintended but effective companion to Disney's 2004 movie Miracle, sportswriter Coffey details, period by period, the events of that historic game. In doing so, he also tells the individual stories, past and present, of the team and offers a sympathetic view of the Soviet side as well.”-- Booklist Review

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Swing Kings: The Inside Story of Baseball’s Home Run Revolution

by Jared Diamond

“We are in a historic era for the home run. The 2017 season saw the most homers ever, with 2016 and 2018 close behind, a shift that has transformed the way the game is played. In Swing Kings, Wall Street Journal national baseball writer Jared Diamond reveals that the secret behind this unprecedented shift isn't steroids or the stitching of the baseballs, it's the most elemental explanation of all: the swing.”

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Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams

by Robert Peterson

“Reconstructing the old Negro Leagues from contemporary sports publications, accounts of games in the black press, and through interviews with the men who actually played the game, Peterson brings to life the fascinating period that stretched from shortly after the Civil War to the signing of Jackie Robinson in 1947. We watch as the New York Black Yankees and the Philadelphia Crawfords take the field, look on as theEast-West All-Star lineups are announced, and listen as the players themselves tell of the struggle and glory that was black baseball. In addition to these vivid accounts, Peterson includes yearly Negro League standings and an all-time register of players and officials, making the book a treasuretrove of baseball information and lore.A monumental and poignant book, Only the Ball Was White reminds us that what was often considered the ‘Golden Age’ of baseball was also the era of Jim Crow. It is a book that must be read by anyone hoping not only to understand the story of baseball, but the story of America.”

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The Boys of Summer

by Roger Kahn

“This is a book about some young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s in such places as Reading, Pennsylvania; Anderson, Indiana; Plainfield, New Jersey; Woonsocket, Rhode Island; and then went on to play for one of the most exciting professional teams that the major leagues ever fielded--the Brooklyn Dodgers of the 1950s--the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson and set many other records besides. It is also a book by and about a once-young sportswriter for the Herald Tribune who grew up in the 1930s and 1940s within shouting distance of Ebbets Field, was nurtured on Joyce and Shakespeare and occasionally escaped to see his bumbling heroes play, and then had the miraculous good fortune in the 1950s to cover the Dodger team for the Tribune. Told with warmth, humor, wit, candor and love, The Boys of Summer is delightful and exhilarating.”

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Seabiscuit: An American Legend

by Laura Hillenbrand

“Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. From the author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken comes a universal underdog story about the horse who came out of nowhere to become a legend.”

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Rudy

“Although people have told Rudy all his life he's not good enough, smart enough or big enough, nothing can stop his impossible dream of playing football for Notre Dame.”

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Hoosiers

“A basketball coach with a checkered past leads him to a last-chance position with a last-chance team.”

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