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Paper Lion
Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback
George Plimpton - 2016-04-26 (first published in 1966)
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The book that made a legend -- and captures America's sport in detail that's never been matched, featuring a foreword by Nicholas Dawidoff and never-before-seen content from the Plimpton Archives. George Plimpton was perhaps best known for Paper Lion, the book that set the bar for participatory sports journalism. With his characteristic wit, Plimpt...
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Michael Pollan
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Ali
A Life
Jonathan Eig - 2017-10-03
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The definitive biography of an American icon, from a New York Times best-selling author with unique access to Ali’s inner circle He was the wittiest, the prettiest, the strongest, the bravest, and, of course, the greatest (as he told us himself). Muhammad Ali was one of the twentieth century’s most fantastic figures and arguably the most famous man...
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Ball Four
The Final Pitch
Jim Bouton - 2014-04-01 (first published in 1970)
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The beloved baseball classic now available in paperback, with a new prologue by Jim Bouton When Ball Four was first published in 1970, it hit the sports world like a lightning bolt. Commissioners, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and "social leper." Commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to ...
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Seabiscuit
An American Legend
Laura Hillenbrand - 2002-03-26 (first published in 1999)
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There's an alternate cover edition hereSeabiscuit 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 wit...
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Chris Wesseling
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The Blind Side
Evolution of a Game
Michael Lewis - 2007-09-17 (first published in 2006)
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When we first meet Michael Oher, he is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read or write. He takes up football and school after a rich, white, Evangelical family plucks him from the streets. Then two great forces alter Oher: the family's love and the evolution o...
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Modern Classics Fever Pitch
Twentieth Anniversary Edition (Penguin Modern Classics)
Nick Hornby - 2012-09-25 (first published in 1992)
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The Twentieth Anniversary Edition*WINNER OF THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR* Fever Pitch is Nick Hornby's million-copy-selling, award-winnning football classic'A spanking 7-0 away win of a football book. . . inventive, honest, funny, heroic, charming' IndependentFor many people watching football is mere entertainment, to some it's more lik...
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Chris Wesseling
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Open
An Autobiography
Andre Agassi - 2010-08-10 (first published in 2009)
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#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERFar more than a superb memoir about the highest levels of professional tennis, Open is the engrossing story of a remarkable life.Andre Agassi had his life mapped out for him before he left the crib. Groomed to be a tennis champion by his moody and demanding father, by the age of twenty-two Agassi had won the first of his eight...
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The Boys of Summer
Roger Kahn - 2006-05-09 (first published in 1972)
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This is a book about young men who learned to play baseball during the 1930s and 1940s, and then went on to play for one of the most exciting major-league ball clubs ever fielded, the team that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson. It is a book by and about a sportswriter who grew up near Ebbets Field, and who had the good fortune in the 19...
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Eric Alper
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The Game
Ken Dryden - 2005-02-04 (first published in 1983)
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Widely acknowledged as the best hockey book ever written and lauded by "Sports Illustrated" as one of the Top 10 Sports Books of All Time, "The Game" is a reflective and thought-provoking look at a life in hockey. Intelligent and insightful, former Montreal Canadiens goalie and former President of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ken Dryden captures the es...
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Chris Wesseling
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Shoe Dog
A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Phil Knight - 2018-05-01 (first published in 2016)
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In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), opening up about his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing,...
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Moneyball
Michael Lewis - 2004-03-17
Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger
Among the Thugs by Bill Buford
The Fight by Norman Mailer
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict
The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith
The Sports Gene by David Epstein
Levels of the Game by John McPhee
The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam
King of the World by David Remnick
The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci
Soccer in Sun and Shadow by Eduardo Galeano
What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan
Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson
A Life Too Short by Ronald Reng
Veeck As In Wreck by Bill Veeck
String Theory by David Foster Wallace
The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffey
Game Change by Ken Dryden
Never Die Easy by Walter Payton
Players In Pigtails by Shana Corey
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold
Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella
You Know Me Al by Ring Lardner
Tallchief by Maria Tallchief