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Books to Read While You Can’t Watch Your Favorite Teams

 

BASEBALL - Fiction 

Field of Schemes: Lloyd Keaton Mystery*   
John W. Billheimer 

Three Strikes and You’re Dead: a Murder, She Wrote Mystery*
Jessica Fletcher (eAudiobook - OverDrive)

The Sweetheart Season   
Karen Joy Fowler 

Intent to Kill    
James Grippando (eBook - Hoopla, OverDrive; eAudiobook - Hoopla) 

Calico Joe  
John Grisham (eBook - OverDrive; eAudiobook - RB Digital, OverDrive)

The Art of Fielding   
Chad Harbach (eBook - OverDrive; eAudiobook - OverDrive, Axis360) 

The Pitcher  
William Elliott Hazelgrove  

The Resisters                                                                                                      
Gish Jen 

Blockade Billy    
Stephen King (eAudiobook - Hoopla) 

Curveballs and Changeups  
K.P. Kmitta 

The Man With Two Arms  
Billy Lombardo (eBook - Hoopla) 

The Natural    

Bernard Malamud (eBook –OverDrive; eAudiobook - OverDrive) 

The Cactus League 
Emily Nemens 

Double Play (eAudiobook – OverDrive)
Robert B. Parker (e

Forever
Nora Roberts

The Devil in Denim
M.J. Scott

For the Love of the Game   
Michael Shaara 

Be the One 
April Smith 

Murder at Fenway Park: A Mickey Rawlings Baseball Mystery
Troy Soos (eAudiobook - OverDrive) 

 

BASEBALL - Nonfiction 

Million Dollar Arm: Sometimes to Win, You Have to Change the Game 
J. B. Bernstein 796.357 BER (eAudiobook - Hoopla) 

Making My Pitch: A Woman’s Baseball Odyssey 
Ila Jane Borders 796.357 BOR 

Ball Four 
Jim Bouton 796.357 BOU (eBook - Hoopla, OverDrive)

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game    
Michael Lewis 796.357 LEW (eAudiobook - OverDrive) 

Papi: My Story 
David Ortiz 796.357 ORT (eBook - Hoopla) 

“21” The Story of Roberto Clemente 
Wilfred Santiago 796.357 SAN 

Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption and Baseball’s Longest Game  
Dan Barry (eBook - Hoopla, Axis360; eAudiobook - Hoopla, Axis360, OverDrive) 

The Legendary Harry Caray: Baseball’s Greatest Salesman  
B CARAY 

Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty   
B COBB 

 

BASKETBALL – Fiction 

Fade Away
Harlan Coben (eBook - Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook - OverDrive, Axis360) 

Too Far 
Mike Lupica

Miracle Road*
Emily March (eBook - Axis360, OverDrive)

Playmates
Robert B. Parker (eBook - OverDrive; eAudiobook - OverDrive) 

Midnight Man
David Eric Tomlinson

Love Game*
Maggie Wells (eBook - Hoopla; eAudiobook - Hoopla)

 

BASKETBALL – Nonfiction 

Hang Time: My Life in Basketball
Elgin Baylor 796.323 BAY (eAudiobook – Rbdigital)

Catch a Star 
Tamika Catchings 796.323 CAT 

Mindgames: Phil Jackson’s Long Strange Journey
Roland Lazenby 796.323 LAZ

Linsanity [DVD] 
796.323 LIN 

Basketball: A Love Story 
Jackie MacMullan 796.323 MAC 

Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever 
Jack McCallum 796.323 MCC (eBook - OverDrive;  eAudiobook - Hoopla,OverDrive) 

Got to Give the People What They Want: True Stories and Flagrant Opinions From Center Court  
Jalen Rose  796.323 ROS (eBook - OverDrive) 

State: a Team, a Triumph, a Transformation 
Melissa Isaacson 796.32362 ISA 

We Will Rise: a True Story of Tragedy and Resurrection in the American Heartland 
Stephen W. Beaven 796.32363 BEA 

Boom Town 
Sam Anderson 976.638 RYA (eBook- OverDrive; eAudiobook - OverDrive) 

Michael Jordan: the Life 
B JORDAN (eBook- Axis360) 

Back From the Dead   
B WALTON (eAudiobook - Hoopla) 

 

FOOTBALL - Fiction 

The Final Score*    
Jaci Burton (eBook - OverDrive; eAudiobook - Hoopla, OverDrive) 

The Total Package    
Stephanie Evanovich (eBook - Hoopla, Axis360; OverDrive; eAudiobook - Hoopla) 

Bleachers    
John Grisham (eBook Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook - OverDrive) 

Hometown Legend    
Jerry B. Jenkins (eAudiobook - OverDrive) 

When the Men Were Gone
Marjorie Herrera Lewis (eBook – OverDrive; eAudiobook – Hoopla)

Natural Born Charmer    
Susan Elizabeth Phillips (eBook - Hoopla, OverDrive; eAudiobook - OverDrive, Hoopla) 

Season of Passion    
Danielle Steel 

Hangman’s Game   
Bill Syken 

 

FOOTBALL – Nonfiction 

Blitzed: Why NFL Teams Gamble on Starting Rookie Quarterbacks 
Thomas George 796.332 GEO

Play Big: Lessons in Being Limitless from the First Woman to Coach in the NFL
Jen Welter 796.332 WEL

Jim Brown: Last Man Standing 
Dave Zirin 796.332 ZIR 

Complete Offensive Line 
Rick Trickett 796.33223 TRI 

College Football Traditions and Rivalries 
Jonathan Herzog 796.33263 HER (eAudiobook - Hoopla) 

The ’85 Bears: We Were the Greatest 
Mike Ditka 796.33264 DIT (eBook - Hoopla) 

Big Game: the NFL in Dangerous Times 
Mark Leibovich 796.33264 LEI 

Friday Night Lights: a Town, a Team and a Dream   
Buzz Bissinger 796.3362 BIS 

No Excuses: Growing Up Deaf and Achieving My Super Bowl Dreams
Derrick Coleman Jr. B COLEMAN (eAudiobook – Axis360, RBdigital)

Sweetness: the Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton 
B PAYTON (eBook- OverDrive; eAudiobook - Hoopla, OverDrive) 

 

GOLF – Fiction 

The Swinger   
Michael Bamberger 

Back Spin*   
Harlan Coben (eBook - Axis360, OverDrive; eAudbiobook - OverDrive) 

Water Hazard  
Don Dahler 

Miracle at Augusta   
James Patterson (eBook - OverDrive; eAudiobook - OverDrive) 

Missing Links   
Rick Reilly (eBook - OverDrive) 

 

GOLF – Nonfiction 

Golf Freek 
Steve Eubanks 796.352 EUB 

Arnie & Jack: Palmer, Nicklause, and Golf’s Greatest Rivalry 
Jm O’Connor 796.352 OCO 

The Last Stand of Payne Stewart: the Year Golf Changed Forever 
Kevin Robbins 796.352 ROB 

Roaring Back: the Fall and Rise of Tiger Woods 
Curt Sampson 796.352 SAM 

The Founders [DVD]

796.352082 FOU 

Arnie: the Life of Arnold Palmer 
B PALMER 

 

OLYMPICS – Fiction 

You Will Know Me (Gymnastics)
Megan Abbott (eBook - OverDrive; eAudiobook - Axis360)

Running the Rift  (Running) 
Naomi Benaron (eBook - Hoopla, OverDrive, cloudLibrary; eAudiobook - Hoopla, OverDrive)  

Gold  (Cycling)
Chris Cleave (eAudiobook - Hoopla) 

Sacred Games*   
Gary Corby (eBook - Hoopla, Axis360; eAudiobook - Hoopla)

Chasing Hope (Running) 
Kathryn Cushman (eBook - Hoopla; eAudiobook - OverDrive) 

Bliss, Remembered (Swimming)
Frank Deford 

Swimming in the Deep End  
Christina Suzann Nelson (eBook - Hoopla, OverDrive) 

The Hopeful  (Figure Skating)
Tracy O’Neill (eBook - Hoopla) 

The Games 
James Patterson 

 

OLYMPICS – Nonfiction 

Misty: Digging Deep in Volleyball and Life
Misty May-Treanor 796.325 MAY

The National Team: the Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer (Soccer) 
Caitlin Murray 796.334 MUR 

Fast Girl: A Life Spent Running from Madness
Suzy Favor Hamilton 796.42 FAV (eBook – Hoopla, Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook – Hoopla, OverDrive)

Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women (Running)
796.42 MON 

Off Balance (Gymnastics) 
Dominique Moceanu 796.44 MOC 

The Games: a Global History of the Olympics 
David Goldblatt 796.48 GOL 

Proud: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream (Fencing)
Ibtihaj Muhammad 796.862 MUH 

The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team 
Wayne Coffey 796.962 COF (eAudiobook - Hoopla, OverDrive) 

Miracle in Lake Placid: the Greatest Hockey Story Ever Told 
John Gilbert 796.962 GIL 

The Winter Olympics: an Insider’s Guide to the Legends, the Lore and the Games 
Ron Judd 796.98 JUD 

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics 
Daniel James Brown 797.123 BRO (eBook - Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook - OverDrive, Axis360) 

Godspeed: a Memoir (Swimming)
Casey Legler

Butterfly: from Refugee to Olympian (Swimming)
Yusra Mardini 797.21 MAR (eAudiobook - OverDrive) 

No Limits: the Will to Succeed 
Michael Phelps 797.21 PHE (eAudiobook - Hoopla) 

Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith (Gymnastics)
Gabby Douglas B DOUBLAS (eBook - Hoopla, OverDrive; eAudiobook - Hoopla)

Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir
Adam Rippon B RIPPON

 

TENNIS Fiction 

The Corpse on the Court: a Fethering Mystery*
Simon Brett (eBook - Hoopla, OverDrive)

Doubles: a Novel
Nic Brown (eBook - Hoopla)

Drop Shot*
Harlan Coben (eBook - Axis360, OverDrive; eAudiobook - OverDrive)

Backhand Smash*
J.M. Gregson (eBook - Hoopla)

Love Match
Ali Vali

The Singles Game
Lauren Weisberger (eBook - OverDrive; eAudiobook - OverDrive)

40 Love
Madeleine Wickham (eAudiobook - Hoopla, OverDrive)

Choke
Stuart Woods (eBook - OverDrive; eAudiobook - Hoopla, OverDrive)

 

TENNIS Nonfiction 

Open: An Autobiography – Andre Agassi 
Audio Book 796.342 AGA (eBook - OverDrive)

But Seriously
John McEnroe 796.342 MCE (eAudiobook - Axis360)

Federer and Me: a Story of Obsession
William Skidelsky 796.342 SKI (eAudiobook - Hoopla, OverDrive)

High Strung: Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and the Untold Story of Tennis’s Fiercest Rivalry
Stephen Tignor 796.342 TIG

Arthur Ashe: a Life
Raymon Arsenault B ASHE (eAudiobook - OverDrive)

Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports 
Susan Ware B KING 

Unstoppable: My Life So Far
Maria Sharapova B SHARAPOVA

 

MISCELLANEOUS Fiction 

No Strings Attached (Volleyball) 
Kate Angell

We Ride Upon Sticks (Hockey) 
Quan Barry (eBook- Axis260; eAudiobook - OverDrive) 

Torrents of Destruction (River Rafting) 
Robin Caroll 

Trial Run (Horse Riding) 
Dick Francis (eBook - Hoopla) 

The Sport of Kings (Horse Racing) 
C.E. Morgan 

Racing the Rain  (Car Racing) 
John L. Parker, Jr. 

 

MISCELLANEOUS Nonfiction                                                                                                       

The Best American Sports Writing. 2019  
796 BES 

Upon Further Review: The Greatest What-Ifs in Sports History  
Mike Pesca 796 PES 

Sports Weird-O-Pedia: The Ultimate Book of Surprising, Strange & Incredibly Bizarre Facts About Sports 
Lew Freedman 796.02 FRE 

Coming Out to Play (Soccer)
Robbie Rogers 796.334

Dottir: My Journey to Becoming a Two-Time CrossFit Games Champion
Davíðsdóttir Katrín 796.4 DAV

Spirit Run: A 6,000-Mile Marathon through North America’s Stolen Land (Running)
796.4252 ALV (eBook – Hoopla; eAudiobook – Hoopla, RBdigital)

Life is Short and So Am I (Wrestling)
Dylan Postl 796.812 POS (eBook – Hoopla; eAudiobook – Hoopla, RBdigital)

The Boxing Kings: When American Heavyweights Ruled the Ring (Boxing)                             
Paul Beston 796.83 BES (eAudiobook - Hoopla, OverDrive)

Iron Ambition: My Life With Cus D’Amato (Boxing)
Mike Tyson 796.83 TYS

Seabiscuit: An American Legend (Horse Racing) 
Laura Hillenbrand 798.4 HIL (eAudiobook - OverDrive) 

Ali: A Life (Boxing) 
Jonathan Eig B ALI (eBook - OverDrive) 

 

* part of a series 

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