Jason Turbow once again strikes gold - or maybe Doger blue? - with They Bled Blue, the story of the Dodgers in the early 80s and their oddball star pitcher Fernando Valenzuela. Jason Turbow's books are deeply researched which helps bring LA in the 80s - in all it's madness and glory - to life.
During so much social strife and massive injustice, a small, poor, segregated school in Ohio bands together to win both the state basketball championship and the state baseball championship in the same year playing against richer and whiter schools, uniting the city in the process. This is a beautiful story and will leave you feeling a little better about the world, and what more can you ask for?
Wright Thompson is one of the most interesting sports writers out there and this collection of his stories and essays is essential reading for fans or for those curious as to why the culture of modern sports matters.
In a rough school in a rough part of town, a new coach and a new softball program gives young women an outlet for their energy and a welcomed escape from some bad situations. The importance of the availability of sports to young women is explained in inspiring detail in this wonderful book that will have you cheering no matter where you're reading.
The most interesting part of baseball for me is watching the pitcher work, trying to figure out what they're going to throw next. I love the 2-seam fastball high and inside. A well-executed curveball - think Clayton Kershaw - is a thing of beauty. This book tells the history of baseball in ten pitches and is absolutely riveting. The best sports books capture the excitement of the moment and this one does it extremely well.
Ah, the poor Mets. I didn't mind the Mets until they beat my Chicago Cubs in the 2015 NLCS, and honestly I'll probably hold a grudge for a while. But! The Mets of 1969 were an interesting bunch in interesting times. This book weaves the political and cultural happenings of the time seamlessly into the story of a struggling baseball team.