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Sports Books

Fall is a busy time of year in the world of professional sports. Major league baseball playoffs begin, pro football heats up and hockey and basketball start their seasons. To get yourself ready, why not pick up a book about your favorite sport or athlete. In addition to the sports and recreation departments of the big booksellers, you can find publishers that specialize in the genre:

  • Sports Publishing Inc.
    Concentrates on popular titles about your favorite teams and personalities. Current releases include "The San Antonio Spurs: The 1999 NBA Champions" and "Tales from the Yankees Dugout: A Collection of the Greatest Yankee Stories Ever Told."

  • Sportspages
    This London-based online bookstore is a great source for titles on sports not as popular in America, like football (soccer), rugby and cricket.

    Learning about Sports

    There are many great how-to manuals written by coaches and players for aspiring athletes.

  • Syskos Sports Books and Videos
    Carries more than 1,000 instructional titles for athletes at all levels.

  • Basketball Fundamentals
    Basketball great Oscar Robertson's book, "The Art of Basketball", shows boys and girls of all ages how they can master the fundamentals of the game.

  • Golf Guidance
    Instructional golf titles always sell well, and Dave Pelz, a well-respected researcher and expert on the science of golf, has written several top sellers. His most recent title is "Dave Pelz's Short Game Bible."

  • First Base Sports
    If you are not athletically inclined but enjoy watching sports and want to learn more, visit First Base Sports. Through its collection of instructional spectator guidebooks, this company aims to "teach the world about sports."

    New this Fall

  • Vince Lombardi Bio
    One biography sure to be a hot seller is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Maraniss' profile of lengendary football coach Vince Lombardi. "When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi" is available from Simon & Schuster Trade.

  • A Century of Sports
    The jam-packed ESPN SportsCentury is a companion to the year-long programming special airing on the cable sports network. This book makes a great gift or coffee table accessory.

  • Bird Watching
    Another hot seller is "Bird Watching : On Playing and Coaching the Game I Love," by Larry Bird and Jackie MacMullan. The basketball great provides anecdotes from his role as a player and a coach.

  • Football Bible
    "Total Football II : The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League," edited by Bob Carroll, has received rave reviews. This 1,664-page mammoth contains everything you want to know about the game, including complete statistics and guest essays.

  • Bradley Chronicles
    In the interest of timeliness, publishers Farrar, Straus and Giroux have released a new edition of John McPhee's classic profile of presidential candidate Bill Bradley. "A Sense of Where You Are'" chronicles Bradley's 1965 season as the All-American basketball captain at Princeton.


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