Good sports book for my tastes?

Good sports book for my tastes?

Some of my favorite books are
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Kesey)
1984 (Orwell)
A Clockwork Orange (Burgess)
IT (King)
Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas (Thompson)
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Adams)

What are some SPORTS books that would be recommended to me?

Question posted by: Phil D


Based on your literary preferences, here are a few sports books that you might enjoy:

  1. “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown – This non-fiction book tells the inspiring story of the University of Washington rowing team and their journey to the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
  2. “Friday Night Lights” by H.G. Bissinger – A gripping account of the high-stakes world of Texas high school football, exploring themes of social, cultural, and economic dynamics in a small town.
  3. “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” by Michael Lewis – This book explores the groundbreaking strategy used by the Oakland Athletics, which focuses on the importance of sabermetrics and data analysis in the sport of baseball.
  4. “The Fight” by Norman Mailer – A captivating account of the famous 1974 heavyweight championship boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman, known as the “Rumble in the Jungle.”
  5. “Open: An Autobiography” by Andre Agassi – A candid and introspective memoir by one of the greatest tennis players of all time, Andre Agassi, detailing his life and career.

These books, while centered around sports, also delve into themes such as human perseverance, social dynamics, and the power of the human spirit, which may resonate with you based on your favorite books.


  • LJ K

    Roger Angell wrote a great book on baseball; can’t recall the title. Let’s see…
    I was thinking of Game Time.
    There are six or seven books listed at the link above, which you can follow if you like, and see that most (if not all) are collections of terrific essays from the New Yorker.
    He’s a very sports good writer, easy-going (except when very excited by his subject) and often humorous.

  • Persiphone_Hellecat

    There is a great sports book out called Murderer’s Row – short stories by famous writers involving murder and baseball.

    There are tons of great sports bios for every sport.

    You may be too old for them but Mike Lupica who is a NY sports reporter writes a lot of fiction.

    You also might like Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series by Eliot Asinof.

    Also the new editon of Ball Four by Jim Bouton or The Bronx Zoo by Sparky Lyle. Both hilarious books about the NY Yankees of the 70’s.

    But by far the best is Shoeless Joe by WP Kinsella – the basis for Field of Dreams. An absolutely outstanding work.