Sportswriters worth reading

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Jim Murray : The Last of the Best
1.  Jim Murray : The Last of the Best by Jim Murray
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  "L.A. Times columns from erudite, witty, big-hearted writer.  Also The Great Ones."
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The Sweet Science
2.  The Sweet Science by A. J. Liebling
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  "Classic boxing essays from The New Yorker. Also A Neutral Corner."
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The Life of Reilly: The Best of Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly
3.  The Life of Reilly: The Best of Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly by Rick Reilly
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  "Sports Illustrated rants & raves. Humorous, thought-provoking."
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Batting Cleanup Bill Conlin (Baseball In America)
4.  Batting Cleanup Bill Conlin (Baseball In America) by Kevin Kerrane
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  "Philadelphia News columnist has covered all sports since the 60s."
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New York Giants: An Informal History of a Great Baseball Club (Writing Baseball)
5.  New York Giants: An Informal History of a Great Baseball Club (Writing Baseball) by Frank Graham
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  "Red Smith called Graham "the greatest sports columnist of his time". Look for his Informal Histories of the Yankees and Dodgers."
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A Kind of Grace: A Treasury of Sportswriting by Women
6.  A Kind of Grace: A Treasury of Sportswriting by Women by Ron Rapoport
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  "73 sports articles by women from 1970s to 1990s."
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Sports of the Times: The Arthur Daley years
7.  Sports of the Times: The Arthur Daley years by Arthur Daley
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  "1959 book of NY Times columns from a giant. Seek it out."
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Keepers: Radio Stories from "Only A Game" & Elsewhere
8.  Keepers: Radio Stories from "Only A Game" & Elsewhere by Bill Littlefield
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  "Pieces written for WBUR and NPR center on New England and Red Sox."
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You Call It Sports, but I Say It's a Jungle Out There
9.  You Call It Sports, but I Say It's a Jungle Out There by Dan Jenkins
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  "Jenkins (Semi-Tough, Life Its Ownself) writes fine non-fiction, too."
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What A Time It Was: The Best of W. C. Heinz on Sports
10.  What A Time It Was: The Best of W. C. Heinz on Sports by W. C. Heinz
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  "A taste of an under-appreciated writer. Heinz has been active 60+ years."
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Strokes of Genius (Penguin Sports Library)
11.  Strokes of Genius (Penguin Sports Library) by Thomas Boswell
The list author says:
  "Boswell also writes about baseball: Why Time Begins on Opening Day, The Heart of the Order, etc."
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Fighting for Fairness: The Life Story of Hall of Fame Sportswriter Sam Lacy
12.  Fighting for Fairness: The Life Story of Hall of Fame Sportswriter Sam Lacy by Sam Lacy
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  "Autobiography of Hall of Fame baseball writer."
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Mad Ducks and Bears
13.  Mad Ducks and Bears by George Plimpton
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  "Put the common man inside sports with Open Net, Paper Lion, Shadow Box, The Bogey Man, Out of My League."
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The Minority Quarterback: And Other Lives in Sports
14.  The Minority Quarterback: And Other Lives in Sports by Ira Berkow
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  "NY Times columnist looks at the athlete's life off the field."
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A Civil War: Army Vs. Navy a Year Inside College Football's Purest Rivalry
15.  A Civil War: Army Vs. Navy a Year Inside College Football's Purest Rivalry by John Feinstein
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  "Feinstein is an astute observer and in-depth reporter. Also A Good Walk Spoiled, Season on the Brink, The Last Amateurs, Caddy for Life."
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Red Smith on Baseball: The Game's Greatest Writer on the Game's Greatest Years
16.  Red Smith on Baseball: The Game's Greatest Writer on the Game's Greatest Years by Red Smith
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  "Among the best writers on deadline. Sadly, this is the only Red Smith book in print. Note to publishers: We want Volume Two!"
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Nobody asked me, but: The world of Jimmy Cannon
17.  Nobody asked me, but: The world of Jimmy Cannon by Jimmy Cannon
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  "Why is this book out of print? Cannon was at his best when he had no specific topic, and could mine his own fertile brain. A title worth digging up used."
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Paper Tiger: An Old Sportswriter's Reminiscences of People, Newspapers, War, and Work
18.  Paper Tiger: An Old Sportswriter's Reminiscences of People, Newspapers, War, and Work by Stanley Woodward
The list author says:
  "Woodward served as sports editor at the NY Herald Tribune (he hired Red Smith in 1945)."
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No Cheering in the Press Box
19.  No Cheering in the Press Box by Jerome Holtzman
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  "Oral interviews conducted in the early 1970s with sports reporters from the "Golden Age". Fascinating anecdotes from 24 writers. We hope an audio version is planned (like The Glory of Their Times)."
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Off and running
20.  Off and running by Bill Corum
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  "This memoir was published in 1959, shortly after Corum died. He wrote more than 10,000 columns for the NY Journal over his 33 year career."
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The tumult and the shouting;: My life in sport
21.  The tumult and the shouting;: My life in sport by Grantland Rice
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  "The Four Horsemen, Bobby Jones, Babe Ruth, Red Grange, Bill Tilden, Jack Dempsey, Jesse Owens, Babe Didrickson and the man who helped make them immortal."
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Game Time: A Baseball Companion
22.  Game Time: A Baseball Companion by Roger Angell
The list author says:
  "Long-time New Yorker writer is widely regarded as baseball's best scribe. Look for Season Ticket, Late Innings, Five Seasons, The Summer Game."
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A Flame of Pure Fire: Jack Dempsey and the Roaring '20s
23.  A Flame of Pure Fire: Jack Dempsey and the Roaring '20s by Roger Kahn
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  "Roger Kahn met Jack Dempsey in the 1950s. Kahn portrays the boxer and the era with affection. He refers to Runyon, Lardner, Rice, McGeehan, et al for on-the-spot reporting of bouts. Kahn also wrote many baseball books: The Boys of Summer, Good Enough to Dream, etc."
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Bernard Darwin On Golf
24.  Bernard Darwin On Golf by Bernard Darwin
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  "The grandson of Charles, Bernard Darwin made writing about golf his life's work. This book is a fine place to start."
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Following Through: Writings on Golf
25.  Following Through: Writings on Golf by Herbert Warren Wind
The list author says:
  "Similar to Roger Angell, Wind wrote fluid, unforgettable New Yorker essays on one sport. He wrote about golf better than anyone else - except Bernard Darwin. They are golf's premier writers."
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Willie's Time: Baseball's Golden Age (Writing Baseball)
26.  Willie's Time: Baseball's Golden Age (Writing Baseball) by Charles Einstein
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  "This book follows Mays's career in the larger context of US history from 1951-1973. Einstein assembled and edited the three Fireside Books of Baseball anthologies."
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The Blackie Sherrod Collection (Contemporary American Sportswriters Series)
27.  The Blackie Sherrod Collection (Contemporary American Sportswriters Series) by Blackie Sherrod
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The Jerry Izenberg Collection (Sportswriter's Eye)
28.  The Jerry Izenberg Collection (Sportswriter's Eye) by Jerry Izenberg
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Classic Wiley: A Lifetime of Punchers, Players, Punks and Prophets (Great American Sportswriters)
29.  Classic Wiley: A Lifetime of Punchers, Players, Punks and Prophets (Great American Sportswriters) by Ralph Wiley
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  "Pieces on boxing, baseball, and racism in sports highlight this collection. Ralph Wiley wrote for Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, and others. Savor his words. He left us much too soon."
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Best of Hal Lebovitz: Great Sportswriting from Six Decades in Cleveland
30.  Best of Hal Lebovitz: Great Sportswriting from Six Decades in Cleveland by Hal Lebovitz
The list author says:
  "Bob Feller, Otto Graham, Jim Brown, Rocky Colavito, Herb Score, Satchel Paige, Woody Hayes, Bill Veeck - Hal Lebovitz covered them all in his 60+ year career."
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Red Sox Nation: An Unexpurgated History of the Boston Red Sox
31.  Red Sox Nation: An Unexpurgated History of the Boston Red Sox by Peter Golenbock
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  "Who won the first World Series? Why did they sell Babe Ruth? Learn about Teddy Ballgame, Johnny Pesky, disappointment, and joy (2004). Great for Red Sox (and baseball history) fans. Also Dynasty, Wrigleyville, Bums."
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The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic Gold Medal
32.  The Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic Gold Medal by David Halberstam
The list author says:
  "Rowers seek gold at 1984 Olympics. Also Summer of '49, October 1964, The Teammates (baseball)."
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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
33.  The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis
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  "Analysis of recent football strategy and the emergence of the left offensive tackle. Also Moneyball (baseball)."
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A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton
34.  A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton by John McPhee
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  "Like Halberstam, a versatile writer who dips into sports occasionally. Also Levels of the Game (tennis)."
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The Best of Frank Deford: I'm Just Getting Started...
35.  The Best of Frank Deford: I'm Just Getting Started... by Frank Deford
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  "Sports Illustrated writer and NPR commentator. Look for The World's Tallest Midget, an earlier collection."
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Baseball in '41: A Celebration of the "Best Baseball Season Ever"
36.  Baseball in '41: A Celebration of the "Best Baseball Season Ever" by Robert W. Creamer
The list author says:
  "Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak; Ted Williams hits .406; Tommy Henrich, Mickey Owen, and Game 4 of the World Series; all part of baseball in 1941. Creamer also authored biographies of Babe Ruth and Casey Stengel."
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Baseball When the Grass Was Real: Baseball from the Twenties to the Forties, Told by the Men Who Played It
37.  Baseball When the Grass Was Real: Baseball from the Twenties to the Forties, Told by the Men Who Played It by Donald Honig
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  "Also Baseball between the Lines (1940s-1950s), and The Man in the Dugout (managers) - all are collections of oral interviews. Honig wrote many other baseball books."
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About Three Bricks Shy: And The Load Filled Up
38.  About Three Bricks Shy: And The Load Filled Up by Roy Blount Jr.
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  "Follows the Pittsburgh Steelers during 1973 season. Team fell short that year, but won the Super Bowl four of the following six seasons. A football classic."
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This Was Racing
39.  This Was Racing by Joe H. Palmer
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  "Red Smith called his friend Joe H. Palmer, "the best writer I know". Palmer's favorite sport was horse racing. This title is hard to find, but worth the effort."
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