Sports books

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  1. Armenian_Jedi Force Ghost

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    Anyone have any recommendations? I haven't read too many. Just a biography on Bart Starr and just finished My Team by Larry Dierker.


    So, you guys got any favorites?
  2. Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One

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  3. Armenian_Jedi Force Ghost

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    Yeah, sorry, that was my bad. I forgot to mention that I was only talking about sports that matter.
  4. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

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  5. Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One

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    I know. That's why I didn't mention an MMA book. :)
  6. Armenian_Jedi Force Ghost

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    Are we really gonna do this right now? lol
  7. Boba_Fett_2001 Chosen One

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  8. Armenian_Jedi Force Ghost

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  9. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    "Ball Four" by Jim Bouton. The first of the 'tell-all' sports books.
  10. Armenian_Jedi Force Ghost

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    I forgot about Moneyball. Read that one last year, it was actually really good.
  11. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    I've read that one. Also it's funny.
  12. LAJ_FETT Tech Admin and Collecting/Games Mod

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    It's an oldie, but I remember reading and enjoying The Summer Game by Roger Angell.
    And I agree on Ball Four - I liked that one as well.
  13. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    There's Jon Krakauker's book on Pat Tillman, though I have not yet read it.
  14. rechedelphar Force Ghost

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    Pete Sampras: A Champions Mind
  15. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    I've actually never really gotten into reading sports books. Tons of other stuff, but not many sports ones. I have read Coach K's books, and enjoyed them (they're as much about life as they are about basketball), but that's really about it.
  16. New_York_Jedi Force Ghost

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    I mainly read sports books that deal with Boston sports, but you may still like The Rivalry, which talks about the Russel-Chamberlain rivalry.

    Also, This is one of the most unique, interesting basketball books ever. And it has some of the coolest illustrations.



    edit: You're a Suns fan, so Seven Seconds or Less should be right in your wheelhouse. Its pretty good. I can't believe I didn't immediately think of it...
  17. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    "Venus Envy" has a great title, but alas, it's about woman's tennis.
  18. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    "The Game of Our Lives" by Peter Gzowski.
  19. yankee8255 Force Ghost

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    Summer of 49 by David Halberstam, one of the best sports books ever written. Admittedly, it helps to be a Yankee or Red Sox fan, but it's still a must read fro anyone who loves baseball.

    Oh, I think you'll like the ending of The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty: The Game, the Team, and the Cost of Greatness by Buster Olney.
  20. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    I have read that, and it's a good one.
  21. Reynar_Tedros Force Ghost

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    "The Yankee Years" by Joe Torre and Tom Verducci is a great chronicle of the Yankees late-90s dynasty and post-2000 downfall under Torre.
  22. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    "The Game" by Ken Dryden
  23. Zaz Jedi Grand Master

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    "A Good Walk Spoiled" by John Feinstein
  24. BaronFel88 Jedi Grand Master

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    Larry Dierker wrote a book?!

    I just started cracking Sports Guy's 'Book of Basketball,' and you should too.
  25. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    Just read a fantastic book by jockey Jerry Bailey called Against the Odds: Riding for my Life.

    In it he details a massive struggle with alcoholism and his journey to becoming one of the greatest jockeys to grace the sport. It is relatively cheap used so if you have any interest in the horse racing industry at all I suggest reading it.

    I got chills when he described Cigar's races.
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