Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream is a 1990 non-fiction book written by H. G. Bissinger. The book follows the story of the 1988 Permian High School Panthers football team from Odessa, Texas, as they made a run towards the Texas state championship.
Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback by George Plimpton (Harper Review 1966)(796.33). This is the book that invented “participatory journalism.” It is a classic about professional football in which a first-string writer tries out for last-team quarterback.
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game is a book by Michael Lewis, published in 2003, about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its general manager Billy Beane. Its focus is the team's analytical, evidence-based, sabermetric approach to assembling a competitive baseball team, despite Oakland's disadvantaged revenue situation.
Traveling with the miracle team, from the isolated mountain region where Castel di Sangro is located to gritty towns as well as grand cities, McGinniss introduces us to an Italy that no tourist guidebook has ever described, and comes away with a "sad, funny, desolating, and inspiring story--everything, in fact, a story should be" (Los Angeles Times).
Seabiscuit: An American Legend is a non-fiction book written by Laura Hillenbrand, published in 2001. The book is a biography of the Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit. It won the William Hill Sports Book of the Year and was adapted as a feature film in 2003.
This volume is a biography of American former professional boxer Muhammad Ali (b. 1942). Ail is generally considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. Through accounts of noteworthy admirers and close-associates, this work chronicles Ali's life and times.
David Maraniss is an associate editor at The Washington Post and the author of four critically acclaimed and bestselling books, When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi, First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton, They Marched Into Sunlight War and Peace, Vietnam and America October 1967, and Clemente The Passion and Grace of Baseballs Last Hero.
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster is a 1997 bestselling non-fiction book written by Jon Krakauer. It details the author's presence at Mount Everest during the 1996 disaster there, in which eight climbers were killed and several others were stranded by a "rogue storm".
And there is a venal, racist sports agent who wants to call all of the shots for the athletes he represents. What is strange about "Heaven Is a Playground" is how this dynamite material is defused - how the movie meanders and loses its way, drags to a halt when it should be most exciting, and goes through strange shifts in tone and style.
"The Glory Of Their Times" remains a timeless work, and can be enjoyed by more than just hard-core baseball fans. Basically the story of the early days of Major League Baseball, told by the surviving oldsters who had played it, "The Glory Of Their Times" works so well because it isn't just another opinion piece by a professional writer.
Dare to Tri is the amazing story of TV presenter Louise Minchin's journey from the BBC Breakfast sofa to representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships. This is a warmly written and wonderfully honest adventure-through-sport that will both entertain and inspire.
Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters is a 1995 nonfiction book by San Francisco Chronicle sports writer Joan Ryan detailing the difficult training regimens endured by young women in competitive sports such as gymnastics and figure skating, published by Doubleday Books.
Women in Sports: 50 Fearless Athletes Who Played to Win is a beautiful book jam-packed with excellent mini-biographies of some of the most iconic and important female athletes of history. It’s an incredible new read from Rachel Ignotofsky, with each athlete getting wonderful illustrations. This book is excellent in every day.
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The book is the story of the Hellas Verona football (soccer) team as Parks follows them through an entire 30+ game season. You meet the players, coaches, owners, and fans, and get to know more than soccer; you learn about the place that the game holds in modern Italian society.
Richard Ben Cramer's Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life is a bruising exposé of a strange man. DiMaggio was cold, domineering, suspicious, impatient, and greedy. Off the diamond he was deeply flawed, on it he was a god. DiMaggio was, in baseball parlance, a “five tool” player.
The Natural by Bernard Malamud is not the typical sports hero novel. The protagonist, Roy Hobbs, a talented baseball player being scouted by the Chicago Cubs, hits rock bottom after being shot in the stomach, possibly ending his baseball career. Fifteen years later, Roy returns to the game and joins the fictional New York Knights.
In the book "The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams" by Darcy Frey, the main characters in the book are African American High Schoolers, the setting takes place on Coney Island, Brooklyn that was once New York's playground and then turned into a ghetto.
Written in 1936 as a valediction to writing about sports it is as up to date and relevant a book as I've read on sport this twelvemonth. I love the individual essays on sportsmen I have heard of as heroes but don't know enough about to place them within twelve years of their peak; in this section I gained new heroes for myself in Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney and, most remarkable of all; Bobby Jones.
The Book of Sports, or Declaration of Sports, was issued by King James 1st in 1617. It listed sports and recreations permitted on Sundays and other ‘holy days’. By looking at this historical document the outline discusses the application of scripture to civil law and how it must be done craftily.