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Fans: How Watching Sports Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Understanding

While there have been other books written about fandom, this is a quick read that even casual fans of sports may enjoy.

Double Plays and Double Crosses: The Black Sox and Baseball in 1920

One hundred years after the notorious Black Sox scandal, baseball scholars and historians will find this an essential study of a previously unexplored chapter of the game’s history. An important addition to baseball collections, especially for academic and specialty libraries.

Sparring with Smokin’ Joe: Joe Frazier’s Epic Battles and Rivalry with Ali

Fans of Ali might not be pleased, but Lewis portrays Frazier as a fighter for the ages in this admiring book.

America’s Game in the Wild-Card Era: From Strike to Pandemic

Baseball fans actively following the sport in the 1990s and 2000s will greatly appreciate this fantastic book and its detailed insight.

Friday Night Lives: Photos from the Town, the Team, and After

An impactful collection on the enduring popularity of Friday Night Lights, that will appeal to fans of the book, movie, or TV series.

I Came as a Shadow: An Autobiography

Thompson was the first Black coach to win a NCAA championship, and left an indelible mark on college basketball. His autobiography is an important American life story, highly recommended for all public libraries and sports collections.

Own the Arena: Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One

Recommended for tennis fans and readers interested in women in leadership positions in sports.

Pee Wees: Confessions of a Hockey Parent

A fascinating look at hockey culture that also offers insight into the competitiveness of youth sports.

Bravey: Chasing Dreams, Befriending Pain, and Other Big Ideas

Pappas is a talented writer and brilliant storyteller and her story is one worth telling. Highly recommended for all readers, especially high school and collegiate running coaches as well as those interested in learning more about distance running.
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