Favorite Sports Books of 2020 - Brought to you by Colin

Loving Sports When They Don't Love You Back: Dilemmas of the Modern Fan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477313138
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 1st, 2020

For any fan who struggles with the grim realities of the sports world - the injuries and lasting trauma, the racist mascots, the domestic violence issues, the nefarious billionaire team-owners - this book is a must read.

24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid Cover Image
By Willie Mays, John Shea, Bob Costas (Introduction by), Bob Costas (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781250230423
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 12th, 2020

Willie Mays is one of the greatest baseball players of all time and this new book is a fun and inspiring journey through his life, from his days in the Negro Leagues to his World Series glory to his retirement in 1973.

The Negro Baseball Leagues: Tales of Umpiring Legendary Players, Breaking Barriers, and Making American History Cover Image
By Bob Motley, Byron Motley, Dave Winfield (Foreword by), Dionne Warwick (Foreword by), Bob Kendrick (Afterword by), Larry Lester (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9781683584001
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Published: Sports Publishing - November 3rd, 2020

The story of the Negro Leagues is a fascinating and under-discussed part of sports history, which is why I'm so grateful for this book written by someone who lived it and saw so many of the world's best players come through.

The Divine Miss Marble: A Life of Tennis, Fame, and Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524745363
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Published: Dutton - July 14th, 2020

The fascinating and intriguing life of 1930's tennis great Alice Marble, who made her mark winning 18 grand slam championships and coaching future legends like Billie Jean King. There's more to her story than just tennis though, and that's where this book really shines.

Shredders: Girls Who Skate Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984857385
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Published: Ten Speed Press - August 11th, 2020

A gorgeous photobook featuring profiles of amateurs and some of the best skaters in the world. If you grew up idolizing Peggy Oki and Elissa Steamer this is the book for you. Also includes plenty of general skateboard history and tips, great for people wanting to get into the sport!

Newly in paperback, my favorite baseball book of last year is the perfect book for your friends still celebrating the Dodgers World Series win. Maybe now more relevant than ever, Jason Turbow's book is endlessly fascinating and might change how you see the sport.

Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062937834
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Published: Dey Street Books - November 17th, 2020

The Young Bucks - Matt and Nick Jackson - are two of the most exciting performers in professional wrestling today. The story of their high-flying, acrobatic style, started in backyard matches, honed on the indie circuit, and put on full display weekly on AEW, makes for a worthy addition to any wrestling fan's library.

One Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984881168
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Published: Penguin Press - November 10th, 2020

One of today's top athletes, Megan Rapinoe is an inspiration to millions for so many different reasons. She's one of the best soccer players in the world, she's a tireless activist for human rights, and - forgive my language - she's a total bad-ass. A great book full of illuminating and inspiring stories.