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I’m a big reader of sports books. It probably has something to do with me being a bit of a bookworm – I’ve always got at least one book on the go. And over the years, and mostly on this blog, I’ve written reviews for a bunch of them.

Here’s a handy list of my reviews, although sports book pieces generally show up elsewhere now.

Open – John Feinstein

Summer of 49 – David Halberstam

Wait Till Next Year – Mike Lupica and William Goldman

Pistol – Mark Kriegel

A look at the top 10 sports books of 2000-2009

Pucks and Pages: A NHL Playoffs Reading List (Toronto Review of Books)

Sports Guy – Charles P. Pierce (TRB)

A bunch of my reviews can also be seen at The Good Point. Here’s all the ones to date (May 2013):

What I talk about when I talk about running – Haruki Murakami

From Gretzky to Lemieux: The Story of the 1987 Canada Cup

And a longer, revised piece on Haberstam’s Summer of ’49

Those Guys Have All the Fun – James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales

Luckiest Man – Jonathan Eig

Coach: The Pat Burns Story – Rosie DiManno

Red and Me – Bill Russell

Levels of the Game – John McPhee

Dream Team – Jack McCallum

Rome 1960 – David Maraniss

Veeck As In Wreck – Bill Veeck

The Art of Fielding – Chad Harbach

The Glory of Their Times – Lawrence Ritter

The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty – Buster Olney

The Sweet Science – AJ Liebling

I’ve also got an ongoing attempt to read and review all 100 of Sports Illustrated’s best sports books of the 20th century. As I progress through the list, I’ll add them below.

#100: Little Girls in Pretty Boxes – Joan Ryan

#99: The Miracle of Castel di Sangro – Joe McGinness

#57: The Glory of Their Times – Lawrence Ritter (see above)

#33: Veeck as in Wreck – Bill Veeck (see above)

#16: Levels of the Game – John McPhee (see above)

#5: You Know Me, Al – Ring Lardner

#1: The Sweet Science – AJ Liebling (see above)

Written by M.

May 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm

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