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List of famous sports books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular sports books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best sports novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

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A jockey's life is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Dick Francis

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The Catcher in the Rye is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
J. D. Salinger The Catcher in the Rye is a 1951 novel by J. D. Salinger. A controversial novel originally published for adults, it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of teenage ...more

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A Terrible Splendor: Three Ext... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Marshall Jon Fisher Marshall Jon Fisher's account of the deciding rubber in the 1937 Interzone Final Davis Cup tie between the USA and Germany, pitting Don Budge against Gottfried von Cramm.

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A Year in the Life of Frankie ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels

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Affirmed: The Last Triple Crow... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels

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And the Big Men Fly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Alan Hopgood And the Big Men Fly is an Australia-based play by Alan Hopgood, written in 1963. Its primary subject is about the old Australian rules football team, the Crows.

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Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Ian O'Connor Arnie Jack: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Golf's Greatest Rivalry is a book by Ian O'Connor.

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Big Red of Meadow Stable is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels

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Bird at the Buzzer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Bird At The Buzzer is a 2011 sports book written by Jeff Goldberg about the 2001 Big East Championship women's basketball game between the University of Connecticut and Notre Dame.

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Blackpool: A Complete Record 1... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels

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Book of Feuds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
The Book of Feuds is a book commissioned by South Sydney Rabbitohs co-owner Russell Crowe to chronicle the rivalries of the club and to be used as a motivational tool. A chapter is dedicated to ...more

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Champion Charlie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Michael Clower

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Cherry and Black is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Walter Spencer Vosburgh

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Faithful: Two Diehard Boston R... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Stewart O'Nan, Stephen King Faithful is a book co-written by Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan. It chronicles exchanges between King and O'Nan about the Red Sox's 2004 season, beginning with an e-mail in summer 2003, and ...more

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Frankie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Frankie Dettori

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Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Wa... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Holly Robinson Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game!: A Woman's Guide to Loving Pro Football is a book written by Holly Robinson Peete.

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Gipp at Notre Dame: The Untold... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Emil W. Klosinski Gipp at Notre Dame: The Untold Story is a book written by Emil W. Klosinski.

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Hover Car Racer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Matthew Reilly Hover Car Racer is a Sci-fi/Sports/Action story written by Australian author Matthew Reilly, originally released as a free fortnightly online serial, and later published by Pan MacMillan in ...more

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Julie Krone, unstoppable jocke... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels

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Man O'War is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Jennifer McKerley

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Mick Kinane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Michael Clower

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My Guy Barbaro: A Jockey's Jou... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels

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Never Give Up: My Stroke, My R... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Never Give Up: My Stroke, My Recovery, and My Return to the NFL is a memoir by Tedy Bruschi. It was released in August 2007 in Hardcover. In this book the NFL linebacker Tedy Bruschi’s details ...more

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Now I Can Die in Peace is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Bill Simmons Now I Can Die in Peace: How ESPN's Sports Guy Found Salvation, With a Little Help From Nomar, Pedro, Shawshank and the 2004 Red Sox is a 2006 sports anthology of original columns written by ESPN ...more

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Pistol: The Life of Pete Marav... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Mark Kriegel Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich is a book written by Mark Kriegel.

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Rough Ride is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Rough Ride is a William Hill Sports Book of the Year, written by Irish journalist Paul Kimmage in 1990. It is an autobiography that charts the author's upbringing in Dublin and his obsession ...more

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Safe At Home: Confessions of a... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels

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Secretariat is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
William Nack

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Sports, Sin and Subversion is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Evan X Hyde Sports, Sin and Subversion is the new book from Belizean author Evan X Hyde, published in July 2008. It is Hyde's first new work in over three decades

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Steeplechase jockeys is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Tim Fitzgeorge-Parker

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Tailgating, Sacks, and Salary ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Mark Yost Tailgating, Sacks, and Salary Caps: How the NFL Became the Most Successful Sports League in History is a book by Mark Yost.

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Tarnished Heisman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Tarnished Heisman: Did Reggie Bush Turn His Final College Season into a Six-Figure Job? is a book written by Don Yaeger. The book details the alleged payments to former USC Trojans player and ...more

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The Book of Basketball: The NB... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Bill Simmons The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy is the second book by ESPN columnist Bill Simmons.

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The Beckham Experiment is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Grant Wahl The Beckham Experiment: How the World's Most Famous Athlete Tried to Conquer America is a non-fiction work by Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl. The book chronicles David Beckham's move to ...more

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The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's R... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Carl Hiaasen The Downhill Lie: A Hacker's Return to a Ruinous Sport is a book by Carl Hiaasen.

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The Great American Baseball Ca... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading and Bubble Gum Book is a book written by Brendan C. Boyd & Fred C. Harris about baseball cards, primarily ones issued during the 1950s and ...more

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The Horse God Built is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Lawrence Scanlan

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The Kings of New York is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Michael Weinreb The Kings of New York is a book, written by Michael Weinreb, that follows the day-to-day activities of the Edward R. Murrow High School chess team. The team, which included International Masters ...more

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The Legend of Istabraq is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Michael Clower

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The Longest Shot is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
John Eisenberg

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The Yankee Years is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Joe Torre, Tom Verducci The Yankee Years is a book written by Tom Verducci and Joe Torre. The book chronicles Torre's years as manager of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees from 1996 to 2007. It goes into great ...more

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Triple Crown Winner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Richard Maturi

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Triumph and Tragedy in Mudvill... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Stephen Jay Gould Triumph and Tragedy in Mudville: A Lifelong Passion for Baseball is a book by Stephen Jay Gould.

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When Nothing Else Matters is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Michael Leahy When Nothing Else Matters is a 2004 non-fiction book by Michael Leahy. The book chronicles basketball superstar Michael Jordan's last comeback to the NBA playing for the Washington Wizards. ...more

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Willie Shoemaker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Louis Phillips

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Win One for the Gipper: Americ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Sports Books and Novels
Kathy-jo Wargin Win One for the Gipper: America's Football Hero was a book written by Kathy-jo Wargin.