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The Best Sports Books of the Decade

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The 2000’s were a pretty good time for sports books.

In the late 90’s, there was a real kick in detailed biographies of sports legends – I personally blame David Maraniss – which resulted in some really great books in the early part of the decade. But as the 2000’s progressed, the trend shifted towards bloggers putting out collections; some (like Will Leitch’s book God Save the Fan) were better then others, but it seemed that the majority of books coming out were reflective in nature, written as a┬áresponse┬áto something rather then an interest.

For example, look at all the books that came out in the wake of the 2004 World Series. And look at all the ones that hold up only five years later (only Bill Simmons’ collection of columns and a quickie reissue of Golenbeck’s Fenway come to mind).

Still, there was a lot of good reading. My personal top 10 follows. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by M.

December 16, 2009 at 9:57 pm