Category Archives: sports books

New January sports books: Wooden, Beckham and athletes’ minds

TweetA good variety of newly published sports books will be out this month, and here’s a quick look at some of the leading titles.
• John Wooden: A Coach’s Life, by Seth Davis — Davis, of Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports, went in-depth with a 608-page full-scale biography of the late UCLA basketball legend that’s broken [...]

The rise of literary sportswriting, on two shores

TweetI love this piece from Simon Kuper about the rise of contemporary sporting literature in Britain, written last month as the 25th William Hill Sports Book of the Year winner was to be named.
Kuper’s a former winner of the award. His “Football Against the Enemy,” published in 1994, was essential reading for this American grasping [...]

Midweek books: A sports-related book on the banned list

TweetFour parents are what I have altogether, not unlike a whole lot of other kids. But quite unlike a whole lot of other kids, there ain’t a hetero among ‘em. My dad’s divorced and remarried, and my mom’s divorced and remarried, so my mathematical account of my family suggests simply another confused teenager from a [...]

Midweek books: The essential Ring Lardner collection

TweetLast week the Library of America released its long-awaited “Ring Lardner: Stories & Other Writings,” and I’m hopeful this may spur a revival about a writer who’s been dead for 80 years.
This volume — edited by Ian Frazier, writer, humorist and contributor to The New Yorker — comes in at a whopping 974 pages, and [...]

Midweek books: Soul-searching and college football, con’t

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
A new season of college football typically brings a wave of new books about what’s wrong with the game, and what might be done about it.
This season is no different, and already a few [...]

Midweek books: Rich boys, poor boys and their boats

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
When the first words one reads about a new book are that it’s “the kind of nonfiction book that reads like a novel,” I hold my breath and prepare my skeptic’s brain.
It’s an easy copy-and-paste [...]

Midweek books: Quantifying the beautiful game

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
With the English Premier League starting this weekend and a fat new American television contract switching over to NBC, spectator soccer has never been in stronger shape on these shores.
The rise of that phenomenon is [...]

Midweek books: The science of sports feats

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
David Epstein’s “The Sports Gene” has generated a lot of attention well before its publication, and if the early reviews are any indication, it will be talked-about for quite a while.
The Sports Illustrated senior [...]

Midweek books: American Pastimes and the pastime

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight a few noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
All this week at The Stacks, Deadspin’s new classic sportswriting blog, Alex Belth is featuring the work of Red Smith in honor of the recent release of “American Pastimes: [...]

Midweek books: Baseball summer reading list

TweetOn Wednesday I highlight a few noteworthy new sports books, with links to reviews, interviews and other information about the subject and/or author.
The official start of summer in America has arrived with the Memorial Day holiday weekend, which is a good time to finally plow into a growing stack of mostly new baseball [...]