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Best Sports Biographies Books: The Ultimate Collection

There are countless Sports Biographies courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond (2004)

 Best Sports Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionAt a 1931 barnstorming exhibition game in Tennessee, a seventeen-year-old pitcher for the Chattanooga Lookouts struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig back to back. Her name was Jackie Mitchell–“organized baseball’s first girl pitcher.” On September 9, 1965, Sandy Koufax made baseball history by pitching his fourth perfect game. In July 1970, a stripper rushed onto the field at Riverfront Stadium to kiss Johnny Bench, temporarily disrupting a game attended by President Nixon and his family.
Author(s): Jeff Silverman

Relentless: A Memoir (2018)

 Best Sports Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionBill Belichick: “Julian is the epitome of competitiveness, toughness, and the great things that are possible when someone is determined to achieve their goals.”Tom Brady: “It’s a privilege for me to play with someone as special as Julian.” When the Patriots were down 28-3 in Super Bowl LI, there was at least one player who refused to believe they would lose: Julian Edelman. And he said so.
Author(s): Julian Edelman

Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Basketball (2017)

 Best Sports Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionFast-paced, adrenaline-filled, and brimming with out-of-this-world athleticism, basketball has won the hearts of fans all across America—yet it is particularly popular among kids and teens. Giants of the game like Steph Curry, LeBron, and Michael Jordan have transcended the sport to become cultural icons and role models to young fans.
Author(s): Howard Bryant

Stephen Curry: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball’s Sharpest Shooters (Basketball Biography Books) (2014)

 Best Sports Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionLearn the Incredible Story of the Golden State Warriors’ Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry!Read on your PC, Mac, smartphone, tablet or Kindle device.For a limited time, if you buy the print edition as a gift, you can keep the Kindle edition for yourself!An Amazon Best Seller, Stephen Curry: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball’s Sharpest Shooters, outlines the inspirational story of one of basketball’s premier po…
Author(s): Clayton Geoffreys

One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season (2013)

 Best Sports Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinoisplaying with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hatsdefied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with nocoaching experience, the Macon Ironmen emerged from a field of 370teams to become the smallest school in modern Illinois history to make thestate final, a distinction that still stands.
Author(s): Chris Ballard

Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports (2019)

 Best Sports Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionSome of the most accomplished and famous athletes in the world—tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams, Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles, World Cup superstar Carli Lloyd and others—faced earthshaking challenges in their youth. But they refused to give up.
Author(s): Gregory Zuckerman , Elijah Zuckerman, et al.

When the Game Was Ours (2010)

 Best Sports Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionFrom the moment these two legendary players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. In Celtic green was Larry Bird, the hick from French Lick, with laser-beam focus, relentless determination, and a deadly jump shot, a player who demanded excellence from everyone around him and whose caustic wit left opponents quaking in their high-tops. Magic Johnson was Mr. Showtime, a magnetic personality with all the right moves.
Author(s): Larry Bird , Johnson Jr., Earvin, et al.

On the Court with…LeBron James (Matt Christopher Sports Biographies) (2008)

 Best Sports Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionLeBron James was a sensation in his early days playing ball in Akron, Ohio, and he continued to amaze as a high school phenomenon. Now an international icon and the heart of his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, he is widely known as one of the greatest basketball players ever to step onto the court. Discover LeBron James’s incredible story in this in-depth biography of one of basketball’s brightest stars.
Author(s): Matt Christopher, Stephanie Peters

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (2018)

 Best Sports Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionBill Gates named Shoe Dog one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it “an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice.
Author(s): Phil Knight

Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig (2006)

 Best Sports Biographies Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe definitive account of the life and tragic death of baseball legend Lou Gehrig.Lou Gehrig was a baseball legend—the Iron Horse, the stoic New York Yankee who was the greatest first baseman in history, a man whose consecutive-games streak was ended by a horrible disease that now bears his name. But as this definitive new biography makes clear, Gehrig’s life was more complicated—and, perhaps, even more heroic—than anyone really knew.
Author(s): Jonathan Eig

Best Sports Biographies Books: The Ultimate Collection

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some sports biographies books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Sports Injuries

Author(s): Jennifer Baima
ID: 392418, Publisher: Greenwood, Year: 2009, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are really record-breakers according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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