Favorite Sports Books of 2021

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Sidelined: Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524746100
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Published: Dutton - March 16th, 2021

One of my favorite journalists brings us a timely and absolutely necessary look at the world of popular American sports, calling out the inherent and baked-in misogyny and racism that plagues every aspect of the business. It’s sad and it’s sobering and it’s a must-read for anyone who thinks they understand what goes on behind the scenes - and oftentimes front and center stage - of the sports world.

MOX Cover Image
ISBN: 9781637580387
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Published: Permuted Press - November 2nd, 2021

One of the best living professional wrestlers, Jon Moxley takes you on a tour of his life: from his childhood in Cincinnati, to the brutal independent wrestling circuit that shaped his character and performance style, to the strange and troubled world of modern WWE, and to his current gig at AEW. Jon Moxley is one of the best talkers in the game and you can’t help but read this book in his uniquely gruff voice.

So Many Ways to Lose: The Amazin' True Story of the New York Mets—the Best Worst Team in Sports Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062940025
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Published: Harper - March 16th, 2021

Mets fans, I’m sorry. I realize this might be too soon for some of you, but stay with me here. I’m a Cubs fan so believe me when I say I feel your pain. So Many Ways to Lose is a fascinating and highly entertaining look at the history of the Mets, told the only way a lifelong Mets fan could tell it - full of hope and big dreams, excitement and anticipation, but also crushing disappointment. It’s great!

Hard Driving: The Wendell Scott Story (Documentary Narratives) Cover Image
By Brian Donovan, Joe Posnanski (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781586423025
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Published: Truth to Power - August 3rd, 2021

From working as a mechanic during World War 2 to running moonshine in the 40s (he was only caught once!) to breaking the color barrier in NASCAR, Wendell Scott was an endlessly fascinating person. Hard Driving is a wonderful tribute to the man known as the Jackie Robinson of NASCAR. Even if you’re not a racing fan, this book is full of such amazing and inspiring history that it belongs on any sports fan’s shelf.

Till the End Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593133750
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Published: Roc Lit 101 - July 6th, 2021

An amazingly entertaining memoir from one of baseball’s most beloved players (ok, as beloved as a New York Yankee could be), CC Sabathia holds nothing back in this look back at his life. He recounts his monumental success in MLB and his heartbreaking struggles with alcoholism throughout most of his career. Written with the heart and fire that Sabathia was known for on the mound, Till the End is a definite crowd pleaser, Yankee fan or not.

All In: An Autobiography Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101947333
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Published: Knopf - August 17th, 2021

One of the greatest and most revered tennis players of all time brings you the story of a life spent becoming the best, and breaking barriers all along the way. She clearly still loves the sport and there’s plenty of Billie Jean King the tennis legend in this book, but what’s even more interesting is Billie Jean King the kind and outspoken person - her support of trans athletes, her pro-gun control work, her constant pushing for human rights are all written about with the same determination and focus that made her one of the best athletes of her time.

The Baseball 100 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982180584
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - September 28th, 2021

A list of the 100 best baseball players of all time, according to sportswriter Joe Posnanski. For each player, an argument is made with humor and advanced statistics. The fun part of this book is arguing about it with a fellow lover of the sport. I can tell you right now I disagree with a lot of this book and that’s what makes it such a blast to read. It’s like a friend you can fight with, but when you’re done hearing the opposing argument you can just close it up and put it back on the shelf until the next time you feel like getting into why Carlos Beltran should not be on this list and why Ichiro should be ranked waaaaaaay higher!