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Ball Four
The Final Pitch
Jim Bouton - Apr 01, 2014 (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 ...
Chris Wesseling
Jan 02, 2021
Some favorite sports books: The Game, Dryden The Summer Game, Angell The Breaks of the Game, Halberstam Wait Till Next Year, William Goldman Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand A Fan’s Notes, Exley The Sportswriter, Richard Ford Fever Pitch, Hornby Ball Four, Bouton Cheers 🍻      source
The Breaks of the Game
David Halberstam - Feb 17, 2009 (first published in 1981)
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"Among the best books ever written on professional basketball." The Philadelphia InquirerDavid Halberstam, best-selling author of THE FIFTIES and THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, turns his keen reporter's eye on the sport of basketball -- the players and the coaches, the long road trips, what happens on court, in front of television cameras, and off-cou...
Chris Wesseling
Jan 02, 2021
Some favorite sports books: The Game, Dryden The Summer Game, Angell The Breaks of the Game, Halberstam Wait Till Next Year, William Goldman Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand A Fan’s Notes, Exley The Sportswriter, Richard Ford Fever Pitch, Hornby Ball Four, Bouton Cheers 🍻      source
The Game
Ken Dryden - Feb 04, 2005 (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...
Chris Wesseling
Jan 02, 2021
Some favorite sports books: The Game, Dryden The Summer Game, Angell The Breaks of the Game, Halberstam Wait Till Next Year, William Goldman Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand A Fan’s Notes, Exley The Sportswriter, Richard Ford Fever Pitch, Hornby Ball Four, Bouton Cheers 🍻      source
The Summer Game
Roger Angell - Mar 01, 2004 (first published in 1972)
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The Summer Game, Roger Angell’s first book on the sport, changed baseball writing forever. Thoughtful, funny, appreciative of the elegance of the game and the passions invested by players and fans, it goes beyond the usual sports reporter’s beat to examine baseball’s complex place in our American psyche. Between the miseries of the 1962 expansion M...
Chris Wesseling
Jan 02, 2021
Some favorite sports books: The Game, Dryden The Summer Game, Angell The Breaks of the Game, Halberstam Wait Till Next Year, William Goldman Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand A Fan’s Notes, Exley The Sportswriter, Richard Ford Fever Pitch, Hornby Ball Four, Bouton Cheers 🍻      source
Seabiscuit
An American Legend
Laura Hillenbrand - Mar 26, 2002 (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...
Chris Wesseling
Jan 02, 2021
Some favorite sports books: The Game, Dryden The Summer Game, Angell The Breaks of the Game, Halberstam Wait Till Next Year, William Goldman Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand A Fan’s Notes, Exley The Sportswriter, Richard Ford Fever Pitch, Hornby Ball Four, Bouton Cheers 🍻      source
Fever Pitch
Nick Hornby - Mar 01, 1998 (first published in 1992)
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In America, it is soccer. But in Great Britain, it is the real football. No pads, no prayers, no prisoners. And that's before the players even take the field.Nick Hornby has been a football fan since the moment he was conceived. Call it predestiny. Or call it preschool. Fever Pitch is his tribute to a lifelong obsession. Part autobiography, part co...
Chris Wesseling
Jan 02, 2021
Some favorite sports books: The Game, Dryden The Summer Game, Angell The Breaks of the Game, Halberstam Wait Till Next Year, William Goldman Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand A Fan’s Notes, Exley The Sportswriter, Richard Ford Fever Pitch, Hornby Ball Four, Bouton Cheers 🍻      source
The Sportswriter
Bascombe Trilogy (1)
Richard Ford - Jun 13, 1995 (first published in 1986)
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As a sportswriter, Frank Bascombe makes his living studying people--men, mostly--who live entirely within themselves. This is a condition that Frank himself aspires to. But at thirty-eight, he suffers from incurable dreaminess, occasional pounding of the heart, and the not-too-distant losses of a career, a son, and a marriage. In the course of the ...
Chris Wesseling
Jan 02, 2021
Some favorite sports books: The Game, Dryden The Summer Game, Angell The Breaks of the Game, Halberstam Wait Till Next Year, William Goldman Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand A Fan’s Notes, Exley The Sportswriter, Richard Ford Fever Pitch, Hornby Ball Four, Bouton Cheers 🍻      source
A Fan's Notes
Frederick Exley - Aug 12, 1988 (first published in 1968)
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This fictional memoir, the first of an autobiographical trilogy, traces a self professed failure's nightmarish decent into the underside of American life and his resurrection to the wisdom that emerges from despair....
Chris Wesseling
Jan 02, 2021
Some favorite sports books: The Game, Dryden The Summer Game, Angell The Breaks of the Game, Halberstam Wait Till Next Year, William Goldman Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand A Fan’s Notes, Exley The Sportswriter, Richard Ford Fever Pitch, Hornby Ball Four, Bouton Cheers 🍻      source
Travels with Charley in Search of America
John Steinbeck - Jan 31, 1980 (first published in 1962)
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A quest across America, from the northernmost tip of Maine to Californias Monterey PeninsulaTo hear the speech of the real America, to smell the grass and the trees, to see the colors and the lightthese were John Steinbeck's goals as he set out, at the age of fifty-eight, to rediscover the country he had been writing about for so many years.With Ch...
Chris Wesseling
Nov 07, 2020
@ajbart One of the great writers ever produced by America sets off to learn about himself and his country with one last epic adventure while he’s still fit enough to pull it off. What a great book 🌼      source
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How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man
Mary L. Trump - Jul 14, 2020
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In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald’s only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world’s health, economic security, and social fabri...
Chris Wesseling
Aug 11, 2020
@LeeDeline1 I’ve been reading the Mary Trump book. It’s pretty good, about what you’d expect.      source
The Tender Bar
A Memoir
J. R. Moehringer - Aug 01, 2006 (first published in 2005)
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In the grand tradition of landmark memoirs - a classic American story of self-invention and escape, of the fierce love between a single mother and an only son, it's also a moving portrait of one boy's struggle to become a man, and an unforgettable depiction of how men remain, at heart, lost boys.J.R. Moehringer grew up captivated by a voice. It was...
Chris Wesseling
Jul 12, 2020
@JeffGold81 I read the Puig one when it came out. I planned to give it another look. Recently re-read the A-Rod piece. @JRMoehringer is one of my favorites going back to his book The Tender Bar. I think I like the Satterfield longform even more.      source
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