Sports Fever 2010
Fiction and nonfiction about sports, selected by Jennifer Adams. Summaries from ContentCafe. December 2010.
- Third and Long: a novel
by Bob Katz
A dying midwest factory town is uplifted when a former Notre Dame football star is hired as the local plant manager. Soon, he is offered not just the job of saving Made Right clothing, but the far more daunting task of saving the town. As it turns out, this may be the one challenge for which his checkered career has prepared him.
- Unseen Academicals: a novel of Discworld
by Terry Pratchett
The wizards of Unseen University in the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed forever.
- Rough & Tumble
by Mark Bavaro
Follows the story of football player Dominic Fucillo, a deeply religious athlete who struggles with rage, a complicated love life, and devastating injuries that give way to scandal when he is nearly beaten to death for his unethical nightlife activities.
- Blockade Billy
by Stephen King
A retired coach recounts the story of "Blockade Billy" Blakely, known for his skills as a catcher and also as a formidable batter, the only player to have his record erased from baseball history, and his time with the New Jersey Titans.
- The End of Baseball: a novel
by Peter Schilling, Jr.
After returning from Gaudalcanal in 1944 with a missing leg and no money, Bill Veeck manages to hustle his way into buying the Philadelphia Athletics and recruites players from the Negro Leagues to create the greatest team in baseball history.
- Just Too Good to Be True
by E. Lynn Harris
A senior in college, Brady Bledsoe, a talented football player with his eye on a professional career and a contender for the Heisman trophy, becomes the target of sports agents and a beautiful cheerleader out to gain a piece of his lucrative future.
- The Foursome
by Troon McAllister
Tired of hustling for money, golf pro Eddie Caminetti targets the souls of four successful businessmen and golf junkies who have been lured to Swithen Bairn, a secret golf course in which arrogant sinners soon find their cherished dreams transformed into a nightmare.
- Red Zone
by Mike Lupica
A sequel to Bump and Run finds New York Hawks co-owner Jack Molloy taking a break abroad after his notorious brothers sell their half of the team to a fractious businessman, who quickly alienates everyone affiliated with the team and causes the departure of the general manager before Molloy enlists outside help.
- The New Yorker Book of Baseball Cartoons
edited by Robert Mankoff with Michael Crawford
Compiles one hundred cartoons about America's "national pastime" that have appeared in "The New Yorker" over the past eight decades.
- The Blind Side: evolution of a game
by Michael Lewis
Follows one young man from his impoverished childhood with a crack-addicted mother, through his discovery of the sport of football, to his rise to become one of the most successful, highly-paid players in the NFL.
- The Boys of Winter:
the untold story of a coach, a dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team
by Wayne Coffey
Looks back at one of the greatest moments of twentieth-century sports history, the victory of the U.S. hockey team over the Soviet Union, assessing the meaning of the triumph and the paths of the players and coaches on both sides since 1980.
- The Baseball Codes:
beanballs, sign stealing, and bench-clearing brawls: the unwritten rules of America's pastime
by Jason Turbow with Michael Duca
A behind-the-scenes analysis of professional baseball's hidden rules reveals the impact of unwritten codes of conduct, retaliatory behaviors, and cheating, providing examples as committed by such figures as Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays and Don Drysdale.
- Bloody Confused!:
a clueless American sportswriter seeks solace in English soccer
by Chuck Culpepper
A jaded American sportswriter describes his move to Britain and his immersion in the confusing world of English soccer, focusing on the Portsmouth team throughout their 2006-2007 season and their enthusiastic, fanatical followers.
- Strokes of Genius:
Federer, Nadal, and the greatest match ever played
by L. Jon Wertheim
An account of the 2008 Wimbledon men's final describes Rafael Nadal's ultimate triumph over five-time champion Roger Federer and the ways in which the competition reflected optimal applications of skill, sportsmanship, and athletic science.
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