Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Sports Books Suggestions for Father's Day.

Need a gift [or reading] suggestion for a sports fan Dad/Husband for Father's Day? You've come to the right spot, since recent months have been very good to the sports fan, with a number of entertaining books from which to choose, such as:

Willie Mays : The Life, The Legend by James S. Hirsch. The first authorized biography of Willie Mays, the "Say Hey Kid," who is certainly on the short list in anyone's all-time greatest baseball player argument.

The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant. Just as Willie Mays and Hank Aaron are forever linked together on the baseball diamond, so they are now linked on the bookshelf, now that Hammering Hank has a new biography. In fact, this would make a great gift paired with the Mays book.

Steinbrenner : The Last Lion of Baseball by Bill Madden. Whether you love him or hate him [I am a Dodger fan so you know where I stand!], the long and colorful reign of George Steinbrenner as the owner of the New York Yankees cannot be ignored, nor can his important role in changing the face of baseball.

Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October by Dayn Perry. Just like Mays and Aaron make a great combo, how could one resist pairing up the Steinbrenner biography with this new biography about Reggie Jackson, the man who came to play for the Yankees because of Steinbrenner and became the "straw that stirs the drink" of the volatile and talented Yankee teams of the late 1970s - early 1980s.

Moment of Glory: The Year Underdogs Ruled Golf by John Feinstein. Feinstein is a consistently interesting and best-selling sports author, and this time he has set his sights on the winners of the four major golf tournaments from 2003--not Tiger Woods, but relative unknowns! Feinstein chronicles the 2003 champions' ups and downs, giving readers an insider's look into how victory (and defeat) can change players' lives.

Chasing Greatness : Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and the Miracle at Oakmont by Adam Lazarus. This book captures one of the unlikeliest victories and most dramatic sports triumphs of the past half century. In 1973, a who's who of golf's greats gathered at the Oakmont Country Club for the U.S. Open. Among those favored to win were Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Instead, Johnny Miller--a 26-year-old one-time phenom from San Francisco--astonished the golfing world by edging out the legends and crafting a record-setting 63 to win by a single stroke.

That First Season: How Vince Lombardi took the worst team in the NFL and set it on the path to glory by John Eisenberg. Vince Lombardi remains the coach against whom all other NFL coaches are measured. Eisenberg chronicles Vince Lombardi's remarkable first year as head coach with the Green Bay Packers, and dissolves the mist surrounding the Lombardi legend to bring readers the real story of how the seeds of a football dynasty were sown.

Jerry West: The life and legend of a basketball icon by Roland Lazenby. Lazenby has crafted the best biography so far published about the compelling and even enigmatic NBA forward/guard/coach/executive Jerry West. This portrait will mesmerize basketball fans who remember the man who became the model for the NBA's ubiquitous logo. A thoughtful, serious biography of an athlete both blessed and cursed by talent and a competitive spirit.

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