Sports Fever 2011
Nonfiction about sports, with an emphasis on new titles, selected by Dylan Gaffney. November 2011.
- Iron War: Dave Scott, Mark Allen & the greatest race ever run
By: Matt Fitzgerald
The 1989 Ironman® World Championship was the greatest race ever. In a spectacular duel that become known as the Iron War, the world's two strongest athletes raced side by side at world-record pace for a grueling 139 miles.
- Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, A Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year
By: Glenn Stout
A centennial tribute to the beloved ballpark shares the behind-the-scenes story of its tumultuous origins and first year, sharing coverage of such topics as the unorthodox blueprint that belies the park's notorious quirks, the construction contributions of local citizens and the history-making World Series battle between the Red Sox and the Giants.
- Distant Corners: American Soccer’s History of Missed Opportunities and Lost Causes
By: David Wangerin
Traces the history of soccer in the United States, looking at both the professional and college levels, as well as how the sport has risen and fallen in popularity over the years.
- Major Taylor: The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World
By: Andrew Ritchie
The first African-American sportsman outside boxing to become internationally famous, Taylor's life story is one of the most fascinating stories ever told about any athlete--white or black.
- Duel in the Sun: Alberto Salazar, Dick Beardsley and America’s Greatest Marathon
By : John Brant
An account of the 1982 Boston Marathon traces the dramatic competition between its top two contenders and how their triumphs gave way to battles with depression and painkiller addiction.
- Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu: John Updike on Ted Williams
By : John Updike
On September 28, 1960, a day that will live forever in the hearts of fans, Red Sox slugger Ted Williams stepped up to the plate for his last at-bat in Fenway Park. Seizing the occasion, he belted a solo home run- a storybook ending to a storied career. More than just a matchless account of that fabled final game, Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu is a brilliant evocation of Williams' competitive spirit.
- Soccernomics: why England loses, why Germany and Brazil win, and why the US, Japan, Australia, Turkey and even Iraq are destined to become the kings of the world's most popular sport
By: Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski
- Bike Snob: Systematically and Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling
By: Eben Weiss
Bike Snob treats readers to a laugh-out-loud rant and rave about the world of bikes, its history and hallmarks and its wide range of bizarre practitioners.
- When the Game Was Ours
By: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson with Jackie MacMullan
With intimate, fly-on-the-wall detail, "When the Game Was Ours" transports readers to an electric era of basketball and reveals for the first time the inner workings of two players--Larry Bird and Earvin "Magic" Johnson--dead set on besting one another.
- The Downhill Lie: A Hacker’s Return to a Ruinous Sport
By: Carl Hiaasen
Hiaasen’s chronicle of his shaky return to this bedeviling pastime and the ensuing demolition of his self-esteem—culminating with the savage 45-hole tournament — will have you rolling with laughter.
- Chasing Dean: Surfing America’s Hurricane States
By: Tom Anderson
Two childhood friends from small-town Wales meet in Miami for a summer road trip they've always dreamed of—to chase the swell of a hurricane all the way up the East Coast in search of once-in-a-lifetime surf.
- Basketball Junkie: A Memoir
By: Chris Herren and Bill Reynolds
At basketball-crazy Durfee High in Fall River, Massachusetts, junior guard Chris Herren carried his family’s and the city’s dreams on his skinny frame. College ball led to the Pros, to a family and to heroin. Chris Herren tells how he nearly lost everything, and how he found a way back to life.
- Six weeks in Saratoga: how three-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra beat the boys and became horse of the year
By: Brendan O’Meara
The inside story of how a three-year-old filly captured the hearts of racing fans and cemented her bid to be named Horse of the Year.
- The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football
By: John J. Miller
In its infancy during the late nineteenth century, the game of football was still a rough and dangerous work in progress. Objecting to the sport’s brutality, a movement tried to abolish the game. President Theodore Roosevelt helped to save the game that would become America’s most popular sport.
- Ghost Wave: The Discovery of Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth
By: Chris Dixon
Rumors and warnings about Cortes Bank abound, but among big wave surfers, this legendary rock is famous for one simple (and massive) reason: this is the home of the biggest rideable wave on the face of the earth.
Compiled by: Dylan Gaffney. Forbes Library. Summaries from ContentCafe. Images from Google Images. November 2011.
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