The CoachUp office is buzzing with excitement over the release of Reaching Another Level: How Private Coaching Transforms the Lives of Professional Athletes, Weekend Warriors, and the Kids Next Door, written by CoachUp CEO and founder Jordan Fliegel. If you haven't downloaded your copy yet, be sure to do so on Amazon. The release of the book sparked an office discussion over the top sports books ever. I reached out to a few of my CoachUp teammates to get their opinions on their favorite sports books.
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So in light of all the book talk, I wanted to get everyone's opinion on their favorite sports books.
Moneyball, Friday Night Lights, and Summer of '69.
Nice, I had 2 of those three on my list.
Summer of '69 isnt right.
Summer of '49.
THOSE WERE THE BEST DAYS OF MY LIIIIFE
Awesome. Everything They Had: Sports Writing from David Halberstam is one of my favorites. He wrote Summer of '49.
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, written by Michael Lewis was popular even before the Brad Pitt movie. Billy Beane's method changed the way owners and managers thought about baseball. It's a must read for baseball lovers, but non baseball fans would enjoy the read. The main premise of the book is about exploiting undervalued skills and qualities in baseball players to create a high caliber team without the high payroll that usually goes with such a team.
Summer of '49, written by David Halberstam chronicles the 1949 season and the intense rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio led their teams in the pennant race as baseball became the sport America turned to after World War II.
Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, And A Dream (H.G. Bissinger). Even if you've seen the movie or followed the TV series, you'll want to read the book to really understand how seriously football is taken in Texas. Bissinger does a great job of really delving into each of the characters on the Permian Panthers team, and through following them during a whole season, you get an in-depth perspective of the many ups and downs that the players and the team go through.
Love the show. Need to read the book. Texas forever.
Also, this might not be considered a sports book because it's not all about sports, but I definitely recommend Laura Hillenbrand's, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption. It's about former USC and Olympic track athlete Louis Zamperini and his time as a POW in WWII. The author mentions a lot of his track feats throughout the book.
Little T Learns to Share (T.O.'s Time Outs)
Metta's Bedtime Stories
and Metta's World Peace and Love Stories.
"Compared to Dr. Seuss books, this book was much easier to read."
"Despite the author, this book is wonderful."
Hmm, the reviews are fantastic.
"This book was the perfect bedtime story for my little boy until the very end, when Metta goes into the stands and punches every child in the state of Indiana (!)"
Friday Night Lights
Moneyball and FNL are getting a lot of love. Which Natural was better? Book or movie?
The book for sure. The movie is good, but the book is great.
The Natural is a fictional story of Roy Hobbs who is a "natural" at baseball. He seems destined to be one of the greatest players of all time until a mysterious woman shoots him. Years later Roy must try making his way back to into the game of baseball playing for the New York Knights.
A few other great sports books to consider reading:
The Sweet Science, A.J. Liebling
A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers, John Feinstein
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster, Jon Krakauer
They Call Me Coach, John Wooden with Jack Tobin
The Youth and Teen Running Encyclopedia: A Complete Guide for Middle and Long Distance Runners Ages 6 to 18, Mick Grant
Don't forget to get your copy of Reaching Another Level: How Private Coaching Transforms the Lives of Professional Athletes, Weekend Warriors, and the Kids Next Door. Do you have a favorite sports book? Let us know in the comments.