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
Champions" and "Tales from the Yankees Dugout: A Collection of the
Greatest Yankee Stories Ever Told."
This London-based online bookstore is a great source for titles on
sports not as popular in America, like football (soccer), rugby and
Learning about Sports
There are many great how-to manuals written by coaches and players
for aspiring athletes.
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
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
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
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.
"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.
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.