What are the best sports books of all time?

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    #1Mastering the Twister

    Mastering the Twister
    Mastering the Twister: Jiu-Jitsu for Mixed Martial Arts Competition is a non-fiction sports book written by  Erich Krauss, Glen Cordoza, and Joe Rogan. It is first published in 2007 by Victory Belt Publishing.
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    Carl Hansen
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "One of the great book written and explained well with pictures and techniques are explained clearly. This will be the great book for beginners. "
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    #2Against the Ropes (Redemption)

    Against the Ropes (Redemption)

    Against the Ropes is a contemporary sports romance fiction and the first book in Redemption series written by Sarah Castille. It is published in 2013 by Sourcebooks Casablanca. 

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    Teresa Magaña
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I like this book, but I'll go right ahead and say that this isn't for everyone. I think that the sports romance fiction is a new genre and while it appeals to female sports fans, I don't think that everyone will enjoy it. I think that it might focus too much on the romance for guys to get into, especially if they're just looking for a good book about sports. "
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    #3Beyond Lucky

    Beyond Lucky

    Beyond Lucky is a fiction sportsbook for middle-grade kids written by Sarah Aronson. This book was originally published in 2011. It narrates the story of Ari Fish who considers his favorite soccer player his hero.

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    Ai Jin
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "All kids like fiction novels. And if they like soccer this a great book."
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    #4Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series (The Sports Beat)

    Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series (The Sports Beat)

    Change-up: Mystery at the World Series is the fourth book in The Sports Beat series written by John Feinstein which centers on teen sports reporters Stevie and Susan Carol sent to cover the World Series particularly the famous Norbert Doyle.

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    Christian Wong
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "My granddaughter is in the fourth grade and loves baseball so this book was right up her alley. It looks like I will be buying her more in this series because she really liked it. She said it was exciting and had an air of mystery about it. "
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    #5Fever Pitch

    Fever Pitch

    Fever Pitch is a football sports fiction book written by Nick Hornby. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 1998 by Riverhead Books. This is first published in 1992.

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    Austin Greene
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "good"
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    #6Hockey Girl

    Hockey Girl

    Hockey Girl is a young adult sports fiction book written by Natalie Hyde. It is first published in 2012 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.

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    Edward Wade
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "GOOD"
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    #7Jiu-Jitsu University

    Jiu-Jitsu University

    Jiu-Jitsu University is a non-fiction sports book written by  Saulo Ribeiro and Kevin Howell. This martial arts book is first published in 2008 by Victory Belt Publishing. 

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    Mildred Bell
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Saulo Ribeiro—six-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion—is world-renowned for his functional jiu-jitsu knowledge and flawless technique. In Jiu-Jitsu University, Ribeiro shares with the public for the first time his revolutionary system of grappling, mapping out more than 200 techniques that carry you from white to black belt. Illuminating common jiu-jitsu errors and then illustrating practical remedies, this book is a must for all who train in jiu-jitsu. Not your run-of-the-mill technique book, Jiu-Jitsu University is a detailed training manual that will ultimately change the way jiu-jitsu is taught around the globe."
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    #8My Favourite Year

    My Favourite Year

    My Favorite Year: A Collection of Football Writing is a nonfiction sports book written by Nick Horny about football with contributions by D.J. Taylor, Huw Richards, Chris Pierson, Roddy Doyle, Harry Ritchie, etc.

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    Ramón Hurtado
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The author, Roddy Doyle's, tells the tale about the Republic of Ireland's series of victories through Italia '90. This is just one of many short stories in the book that reviews Eoru soccer from the seventies to the nineties. A fun read if you are into Euro football (soccer). "
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    #9October 1964

    October 1964

    October 1964, a New York Times Bestseller and winner of the Best Sports Book of the Year., is a novel by award-winning sports novelist, David Halberstam. The novel was published on 

    April 11th, 1995 by Ballantine Books.
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    Nicole Payne
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book will delight any sports fan. It tells the remarkable story of the game between the Yankees and the Cardinals, a true landmark event in baseball. The writing is gripping and you'll feel like you are actually at the baseball game as it unfolds."
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    #10Soccer Hero

    Soccer Hero

    Soccer Hero is a children's fiction sports book written by Matt Christopher. It tells the story of the life of an ordinary soccer player named Rob Lasher. This book was published in 2007.

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    #11Born to Run

    Born to Run
    Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall is a non-fiction book which highlights some of the secrets of the world's greatest runners. This was published in 2009.
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    Amanda Dunn
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Born to Run definitely fits under the category of one of the best sports books of all time. Thousands of people have reviewed it, and it has a nearly perfect score on Amazon. "
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    #12Playing For Pizza

    Playing For Pizza

    Playing For Pizza is a fiction book by John Grisham. It is about Rick Dockery, a washed out American quarterback who goes to Italy to become part of the Italian football team to redeem himself. It was published in 2007 by Doubleday.

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    Bruce Armstrong
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Playing For Pizza follows Rick Dockerty who is a washed up quarterback who moves to Italy to start a new life and redeem himself. The title itself is a funny little reference to Italy, and the character is a funny little ode to giving up and starting anew. That is, sometimes it's best to do so. Overall I thought it was interesting, but not my favorite. It's worth looking at if you're bored, though. Or a spots fanatic."
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    #13Spartan Up!

    Spartan Up!

    Spartan Up!: A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life is a nonfiction sports and fitness reference book written by Joe De Sena. It was published May 13, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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    Anna Long
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I was gifted this book from a friend recently. I promised her I would read it, even though it really was not a subject I was interested in. I have been searching for the best sports books of all time and I did not really feel this book fit that category that well, but overall it was a good read and very motivational, just not on a subject I was really interested in at the time. "
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    #14Brain Training for Runners

    Brain Training for Runners

    Brain Training For Runners: A Revolutionary New Training System to Improve Endurance, Speed, Health, and Results is a nonfiction sports book written by Matt Fitzgerald with forewords by Tim Noakes. This was published in 2007.

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    Marilyn Howell
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book was very useful for me because I've been having a difficult time getting started with running. It is packed with good information."
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    #15England, My England (Hooligan Series)

    England, My England (Hooligan Series)
    England, My England is a non-fiction book written by Dougie and Eddy Brimson. It was first published in 2011 by Category C Publishing, and it explores the singular experience of being a fan of the English football team.
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    Joseph Lawrence
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Depending on your upbringing, this may be the best sports book for you. An interesting look at the darkside of fandom with the English Soccer scene. I did not realize how serious some people can take watching a kids game!"
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    #16Rough Ride

    Rough Ride

    Rough Ride: Behind the Wheel With a Pro Cyclist is a non-fiction book about cycling written by Paul Kimmage. Originally published in 1990, it describes the author's experience in competing in the Tour de France.

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    Richard Lane
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "If you're looking for insight into what it's like to be a pro athlete and their struggles, this is it. And after 30 years, athletes still face the same problems of doping and cheating."
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    #17Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson

    Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson
    Put Me Back on My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson is a non-fiction book about cycling written by William Fotheringham. Originally published in 2003, it focuses on the story of Tom Simpson, a former world champion, and Olympic medallist.
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    Christine Elliott
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "Cycling is not one of the most popular sports so I like how it gets light shed on the sport here. I just wished they would have put more about his family life in the book. I am sure they had a lot to do with what happened. "
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    #18The Field

    The Field

    The Field is a Children's Sports and Games Story book written by Baptiste Paul and illustrated by Jacqueline Alcantara. It was published March 6, 2018 by NorthSouth Books.

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    Paul Holland
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This book is so simple yet provides a powerful experience that really speaks to me as a Haitian-American. I used to go to Haiti every summer and although I didn’t play soccer in the fields, it brought me back to the days when I was a kid playing all day and getting caught in the rain. The rain never stopped us from continuing to play. And then going home at the end of the day to a hot bath and a hot meal. This book can relate to anyone’s childhood. It evokes that feeling of innocence; the feeling of excitement and suspense. Great book. I literally am going to buy copies for my family and friends. Btw- it’s one of my sons favorite books. He loves when I shout, “Goal!!!!”"
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    #19Hope for Haiti

    Hope for Haiti

    Hope for Haiti is a Children's Sports and Games Story book written and illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson. It was published October 12, 2010 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers.

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    Roger Brooks
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Inspiring story; good pictures. Used it during our church's fundraiser for Heifer Project International where we focused our attention on Haiti. Soccer is a sport participated in by many girls and boys in our church. The book was well-received by all. Age-appropriate education"
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    #20Soccer Hour

    Soccer Hour

    Soccer Hour is a Children's Sports and Games Story book written by Carol Nevius and illustrated by Bill Thomson. It was published February 1, 2011 by Two Lions.

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    Marcos Peña
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "'ll point out that the story inside seems much more like a short poem. It's written very well in a rhyming way and captures everything that would be happening during soccer practice. Players in the book are seen stretching out to warm up, taking shots in turn, keeping the ball balanced, practicing footwork, dribbling, passing, taking shots toward the goal, and much more."
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    #21Better Training for Distance Runners

    Better Training for Distance Runners

    Better Training for Distance Runners is a nonfiction book for runners written by David E. Martin and Peter N. Coe. This was originally published in 1997.

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    Jonathan Bishop
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Better Training for Distance Runners is actually one of the books that is well recommended by one of my friends who is a cardio trainer and I am quite surprised this book appeared on here. My friend is a very typical trainer, she showed me this book one time and almost want to share it to me because I was about to run on a marathon for charity, unfortunately I did not get it for some reason but yes, this is a good book if you're a distant runner judging by my friend's eagerness."
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    #22Froggy Plays Soccer

    Froggy Plays Soccer

    Froggy Plays Soccer is a Children's Sports and Games Story book written by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz. It was published March 19, 2001 by Puffin Books.

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    Craig Wallace
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "My son has really taken an interest in soccer and I've been having a difficult time getting him interested in reading and homework! I'm worried he is going to turn into a jock! Fortunately, I stumbled across Froggy Plays Soccer, and my son loves it! Thank you to Puffin Books for giving me a story that will get my son interested in reading!"
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    #23Happy Like Soccer (A Junior Library Guild Selection)

    Happy Like Soccer (A Junior Library Guild Selection)

    Happy Like Soccer (A Junior Library Guild Selection) is a Children's Sports and Games Story book written by Maribeth Boelts and illustrated by Lauren Castillo. It was published May 8, 2012 by Candlewick.

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    Samuel Mason
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Children always crave to show off their best to their parents or loved ones. They want them to admire them for their accomplishment. Children want to make those achievements as salient as possible to get the sense of affection from their loved ones. Happy Like Soccer by Maribeth Boelts depicts very accurately the feelings, ups and downs in such situations where children cannot share their moment of joy or courageous adventure with their loved ones. By reading this book, I understood that no matter what or how, I always need to try my best to plan it in a way that i could make time to observe and share my children's moments of joy and happiness"
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    #24Sophomore Campaign: A Mickey Tussler Novel

    Sophomore Campaign: A Mickey Tussler Novel
    Sophomore Campaign is a sports historical fiction written by Frank Nappi. Published in 2012 by Sky Pony Press, it focuses on the story of Mickey Tussler. Sophomore Campaign is the second book included in the Mickey Tussler book series.
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    Debra Dixon
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "While a novel, this book focuses on the reality of race relations in sports. Any baseball fan will like it and stands to learn something too. It's the second in a series, so reading the first might be necessary."
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    #25The Rider

    The Rider

    The Rider is a literary sports classic written by Tim Krabbe and translated by Sam Garrett. Originally published in 1978 in the Netherlands, it focuses on the art of bicycle road racing. 

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    #26The Legend of Mickey Tussler

    The Legend of Mickey Tussler

    The Legend of Mickey Tussler is a sports historical fiction written by Frank Nappi. Published in 2008, it focuses on the story of Mickey Tussler. The Legend of Mickey Tussler is the first book in the Mickey Tussler book series.

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    Amanda Yi
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I'm not a big sports fan so when a friend suggested I read The Legend of Mickey Tussler, I was skeptical. This book is much more than just a baseball book. It illustrates how someone with autism affects everyone around him. The story of young Micky Tussler was beautiful and inspiring. I felt as if I were right alongside Micky every step of the way. Micky was mildly autistic and has a hard life and a difficult father. He has a terrific arm and when the baseball coach of The Rats saw him throwing apples into a bucket he was blown away by the strength in Micky. I was inspired by this wonderful heart-warming tale."
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    #27Heading for Home

    Heading for Home

    Heading for Home: My Journey from Little League to Hollywood is a book written by Kent Stock and Ken Fuson. It was released in August 2009. It is a true story that inspired a movie about the Little League.

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    James Evans
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "It is hard to find a really good book on baseball. This book does that and more. It follows a journey of a coach as he guides his team in their final season. This is a great book and very inspirational. You are going to cry as well during this book, but it is so worth it. If you want a really good book about heart, and dedication, pick this up. It will show you the true strength of the human spirit."
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    #28The Gringo Champion

    The Gringo Champion

    The Gringo Champion is fictional sports novel written by Aura Xilonen  and translated by Andrea Rosenberg. The Gringo Champion was published on January 17, 2017 by Europa Editions.

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    Mario Aguilera
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Gringo Champion follows an illegal immigrant who leaves Mexico to go to the promised land. It's a fantastic story that offers a lot of insights and details. He ultimately becomes a boxer. This is a fun story to read from a young author with an engaging writing style."

Summary

Best What are the best sports books of all time
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Mastering the TwisterBooks 66 Paid
2Against the Ropes (Redemption)Books 62 Paid
3Beyond LuckyBooks 60 Paid
4Change-Up: Mystery at the World Series (The Sports Beat)Books 58 Paid
5Fever PitchBooks 55 Paid
6Hockey GirlBooks 53 Paid
7Jiu-Jitsu UniversityBooks 51 Paid
8My Favourite YearBooks 49 Paid
9October 1964Books 47 Paid
10Soccer HeroBooks 45 Paid
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