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My Top 5 Sports Books

May 28, 2020

Currently on the Rebels page we are asking folks in the community to submit what their reading right now and compiling a summer reading list!

As an avid reader, I couldn’t just suggest one book, so here are five books in the genre of non-fiction sports!

These are ranked in no particular order and I’ve also thrown in a few honorable mentions!

1) Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger. This book follows a season of high school football in Odessa, Texas. There the sport is an obsession and central to the culture. A movie and tv series came from this book.

2) Up, up, and Away by Jonah Keri. A definitive history of the Montreal Expos by Montreal native and renowned baseball writer Keri is an excellent look into “Nos Amours” Features some of my favorite players growing up, Larry Walker and Vlad Guerrero.

3) The Game by Ken Dryden. Hall of Fame goaltender Dryden chronicles the 1979 season, his last, of the Montreal Canadiens. Dryden offers great insight into the Stanley Cup champions and reflects on hockey, culture, life on the road and the spotlight in his memoir.

4) The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons. An all encompassing, 700 page guide to the National Basketball Associations. Simmons uses stats,  pop culture and humor to break down the game, rank the best and tell the story of the NBA.

5) Have a Nice Day by Mick Foley. A true biography written by pro wrestling legend Mich Foley tells the tale of 20 plus years in the squared circle. Heart warming, thought provoking, scary, and often hilarious, Foley shares his personal story in a way that both ‘wrasslin fans and neophytes can enjoy.

Honorable Mentions: The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam, Down Goes Brown History of NHL by Sean McIndoe, Among the Thugs by Bill Buford, and Moneyball by Michael Lewis

If your interested in reading any of these books, visit:  winnipeg.ca/library/