It’s time to highlight my favorite sports books of all-time. There will be a mix of fiction and non-fiction thrown in. Please feel free to comment on your favorites below.
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game By: Michael Lewis
- What can I say about Moneyball? Well before it was a movie, it was a book. Not only did it follow one of my favorite general managers, but also one of my favorite Major League teams. I loved Michael Lewis’ writing style. He really captured the essence of who Billy Beane is, and what he stands for.
- The Natural By: Bernard Malamud
- This one was a fun one for me, because I saw the movie way before I ever read the book. Boy was I surprised by the outcome. I don’t want to give anything away, but if you’ve never read this great classic, I highly recommend you do. You won’t soon forget it.
- Clearing the Bases By: Mike Schmidt & Glen Waggoner
- Michael Jack Schmidt is one of my favorite ball players. Even though I was born toward the end of his career, I grew up hearing about his baseball prowess. In this autobiography, Schmidt takes a hard look at himself and a look at the game as it stood at the time of publication. I appreciated his candor, and found myself even more in love with him after I finished.
- Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia By: David L. Cook
- Again… another book turned into a movie. I had the privilege of reading this before it became a movie. Even though the movie was shall we say, dry, the book was not. It holds your attention like any well written tale should and draws you in, making you care for the protagonists throughout.
- The Habit of Rivers By: Ted Leeson
- I know… some may not consider fishing a sport, but I do. Especially the great sport of fly fishing. Ted Leeson takes you on a journey through the Northwest. This book is riddled with humor, sensitivity, and of course fishing.
- A River Runs Through It By: Norman Maclean
- Again, I saw the movie before I ever read the book. I mean, how could you not, it’s one of the best stories ever told. The movie was great, but the book: even better. This novella takes you on a ride. You feel like you’re actually there with the author experiencing everything along the way. I loved this book! There’s probably a pretty good reason why it’s won so many awards.
- Quiet Strength By: Tony Dungy
- Who doesn’t love Tony Dungy? He’s a man of God, a wonderful person, and an excellent coach. I wished I would’ve had the honor to play for a man of his integrity at the highest level. Nowadays sports are inundated with coaches who can’t say five words without dropping the f bomb. The man’s a genius. I’m so happy for him that he was able to lead his Colts to victory in the Super Bowl.
- Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf By: Ben Hogan
- Whether you are just starting in the sport, or have been playing for years. This book will teach you something. It is absolutely timeless. The lessons I learned from this book lowered my handicap by four strokes, no joke. Anyone can go out and hack it up on the course, but if you want to get serious about the game, check this out, you will not regret it.
- Beyond belief: Finding strength to Come Back By: Josh Hamilton
- Who doesn’t love Josh Hamilton’s redemption story? The thing you may not know about Mr. Hamilton is what he has had to go through to get to where he is today. This book paint’s the picture for you. I could not believe everything he has had to battle, and I’m sure still continues to battle for that matter. I want to applaud him for fighting to overcome his demons. Keep battling Josh, and God Bless.
There you have it folks! I’d love to hear your thoughts on your favorite sports books. I’m sure your selections are a bit different, but hey, they should be.
If you look close enough you can get a taste of my writing style by looking at the picture above. 🙂