Welcome to the Knup Sports Book Reviews! Reading sports books is somewhat of a passion for our team Below, you will read a number of “small book reviews” for all the sports books they have read lately. We don’t get paid at all for reading or reviewing these books. So, if you happen to buy any of these books or other sports books — use our SPORTS BOOKS LINK HERE so we earn a few cents for our efforts 🙂
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“Pitino: My Story” by Rick Pitino with Seth Kaufman Rick Pitino has always been a love him or hate him type of personality. There was no one in the middle. In 2017, he was fired as the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals. Many felt it was the tip of the...
“Last Seasons in Havana” deal with politics, military, and baseball after the overthrow of Batista in Cuba by a more ruthless dictator in Fidel Castro.
The author attempts to make a connection between his grandfather, father, and himself using football and Ivy League football. He details each one and their accomplishments.
This book about Jackie Robinson gives the readers some food for thought about the unpublicized parts of his life.
When I think of 'bad boys" in the NBA, my mind goes to the old Detroit Pistons teams of the '90s. I never felt the Portland Trail Blazers were of the same magnitude. The difference might be how we define bad boys. Attitude and cockiness sure factor in and that is my...
The full title of this book by Joe Bonomo is "No Place I Would Rather Be; Roger Angell and a Life in Baseball Writing". This 223-page book was published on May 1, 2019, by the University of Nebraska Press. Those that are baseball fans are fully aware of the writings...
This book delves into the social issue of how sports mascots are viewed and how they are insensitive to some groups including the Native Americans.
“Doc, Donnie, The Kid, and Billy Brawl: How the 1985 Mets and Yankees Fought for New York’s Baseball Soul”
This is a book about the 1985 baseball season in the City of New York and how the fans of the Mets and Yankees fought for supremacy.
“Let’s Play Two: The Life and Times of Ernie Banks” By Doug Wilson This book covers a full gamut of the life of Ernie Banks. It is interesting to get a deeper understanding of his life in and around Dallas as a player and more importantly in a deeply racist city that...
This book by Florio and Shapiro chronicles the 1960’s and how events such as racism and reserve clause shaped the national pastime into today’s game.
This is a unique approach to giving the readers a look into the history of The Masters in a hole-by-hole detailing the great golf tourney.
“Baseball: A History of America’s Game” from the University of Illinois Press by Benjamin G. Rader is a book that every fan needs and we review it here.
Many sports fans believe the game of hockey began in Canada but authors Hardy and Holman let us know it is a world game with lots of history.
This book review examines that horrible stretch in the New York Islanders organization starting with a hideous looking logo.
This is a wonderful book about the Golden Era of Tennis during the 1970s through 1990s when Borg, Edberg, and Wilander ruled professional tennis.
This book by Bob Gibson and Phil Pepe details many of the adversities that the Hall of Fame pitcher had to endure as a black athlete.
The book “Baseball: The Writer’s Game” written by Mike Shannon is a collection of interviews from 17 authors of baseball books.
This book by Jack Gilden, “Collision of Wills: Johnny Unitas, Don Shula and the Rise of the Modern NFL” deals with how they didn’t get along.
This book goes back to 1895 and chronicles a seven-year period when women in America began racing bicycles in competition.
This book chronicles the life of American football from the 50’s and 60’s when it was considered brutal to how the politics change it to a success.
This is a book about pitcher Bob Feller and his rise from American Legion baseball to the American League where he was a fireballing pitcher.
This book deals with the first twenty years of the New York Yankees franchise from the “honest graft” days to the success of today.
“Dream Like a Champion- Wins, Losses and Leadership the Nebraska Volleyball Way” is a book that guides an aspiring coach to examine their methods.
This is the story of Buck O’Neill starting in the Negro Leagues of baseball and the many characters he met and became friends with in his journey.
This book is about the legendary life of Ken “Snake” Stabler and how he lived a fun life but always was prepared to produce on the football field.
Roger Kahn has spent over 60 years writing about sports and has interviewed many athletes in the world and this is a collection of his great work.
The book follows the story of several young women that wanted to be athletes in the baseball world even though society told them it was a male world.
This is a well-researched book that deals with football at Yale and Walter Camp and how it led to him becoming the Father of American Football.
“Baseball Italian Style: Great Stories Told by Italian American Major Leaguers from Crosetti to Piazza”
This book by Lawrence Baldarrosa guides baseball fans through what players of Italian descent endured in the early days and how things are better today.
“Liftoff!: The Tank, the Storm, and the Astros’ Improbable Ascent to Baseball Immortality” by Brian T. Smith
This book deals with how the Houston Astros had 55 years of bad baseball and then GM Jeff Luhnow made some smart moves and now they are World Series champs.
The book is about Urban Meyer and is considered his authorized biography.
The life of Warren Spahn on the ball field and a hero in World War II.
Famous broadcaster Dick Enberg goes into great detail abut how Ted Williams as his sports idol and later in life they became very close friends.
“One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season”
The book with the miraculous comeback of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals.
The book details the pitching of 1968 that led to several rule changes.
This book examines how a smalltown high school coach can have an effect.
Tom examines the pitching rich tradition of the Dodgers.
Tom examines Skip Lockwood’s twelve seasons in the major leagues as a closer.
Tom examines the economics of baseball beginning in the 1920’s.
Tom examines how teams put together dynasties in major league baseball.
Tom examines the life and career of pitcher Urban Shocker.
Tom examines baseball from the perspective of sitting in the chair of the General Manager of the Dodgers.
“The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II”
Tom examines baseball during World War II and how Ted Williams and others were involved.
Tom examines how great coaches make great teams.
Tom examines the life and journey of Irv Cross from poverty to NFL to being the first black national journalist
Tom examines the life of Mickey Lolich and his winning of the World Series MVP in 1968.
Tom examines the making of Eli Manning into a Super Bowl champion quarterback.
Tom examines how the US Presidents reacted to baseball during their terms in office.
Tom examines Arnold Palmer’s life from pro golfer to hometown hero as told by his friends and associates.
Tom examines the NBA career of Micheal Ray Richardson and how drugs, sex, and arrogance ruined his NBA career.
Tom examines the life of Gil Hodges and the impact he had through playing and managing baseball.follows.
Tom looks at Felipe Alou and his illustrious career as a player, manager, and pioneer to baseball..
Tom looks at Hawk Harrelson and his interesting career in and around baseball and pro golf.
“The Pitcher and the Dictator: Satchell Paige’s Unlikely Season in the Dominican Republic” By Averell “Ace” Smith
Tom looks Satchell Paige’s hunger for more money gets him to a powerful dictator and the fear that follows.
“Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team that Barnstormed its Way to Basketball Glory” By Lydia Reeder
Tom looks women’s basketball in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The issues they faced including some huge obstacles.
Tom looks at Davey Johnson from player to manager and his success everywhere he goes.
Tom looks at the process of integration in the minor leagues and later into the major leagues.
“Electric October: Seven World Series Games, Six Lives, Five Minutes of Fame That Lasted Forever” By Kevin Cook
Tom looks at the 1947 World Series and how it produced some unlikely heroes in this book called “Electric October”
“Try Not to Suck: The Exceptional, Extraordinary Baseball Life of Joe Maddon” by Bill Chastain and Jesse Rogers
Tom looks at the baseball life of Joe Maddon and some of the things he learned and decisions he has made.
Tom looks at the life of Al Michaels and all of the places he has been, the people he has worked with and the amount of preparation it tales to broadcast one event.
Take a look at one of our latest sports book reviews. This is the Phenomenon, which talks about the life of Rick Ankiel.
“Game Worn: Baseball Treasures from the Game’s Greatest Heroes and Moments” By Stephen Wong and Dave Grob
Tom looks at the history of the uniforms worn in the game of baseball throughout history.
Tom looks at the life of the great baseball manager Casey Stengel. Truly, he is one of the greatest characters of the game.
Tom reviews this book from 2016 National Champions Villanova head coach Jay Wright and his thoughts on success on the basketball floor and beyond.
Tom looks at this book published by Triumph Books that deals with the friendship on the field and the coolness off the field of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.
Tom looks at another sports book. This one is on the Major League Baseball slugger David Ortiz, as he takes us through his live in the game.
Tom looks at another sports book. This one is on the Hall of Fame College Basketball Coach Bill Self. Self takes us through his career at Kansas.
Tom looks at another sports book. This book tells the story of “Shoeless Joe” and the Black Sox Scandal. It goes from early days to the end of his career.
Tom looks at another sports book. This book talks about the ever popular, but controversial Jay Bilas and his look at life and College Hoops.
Tom looks at another sports book. Joe Buck discusses what his life was like growing up as the son of Jack Buck and how it became difficult to carve out his own destiny.
“Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GM’s and Poor Shot Selection” by George Karl
Read our Sports Book Review of “Furious George” By George Karl. We talk about the book and give you links to buy the Furious George book.
Tom looks at another sports book. This one is on one of the most famous sports names in sports media. Colin Cowherd has a new book, and you will love it!
Tom looks at another sports book. This book talks with Jalen Rose about his AAU life, the the Fab Five at University of Michigan and into his NBA days and beyond.
Tom looks at another sports book. The New Baseball Bible has information from the beginning of the sport until the current day.
Tom looks at “A Life Well Played: My Stories” by Armold Palmer as he takes us from golf course to his personal dealings.
Tom looks at “Bias in the Booth” which deals with how the sports insiders control their message and own personal agenda.
Tom looks at another sports book. This one is by the legendary John Feinstein.. The Legends Club talks about some of the best college basketball coaches in the world.
Tom looks at another sports book. This one is about current Ohio State Buckeyes Football coach Urban Meyer.
“The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” By Jeff Passan
Tom looks at a new sports book called — “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports”
Tom looks at Tim Tebow’s book about growing up in Florida and always being placed as a lineman because he was bigger. He loved being homeschooled as he had time to play.
Read our Sports Book Review of “The Closer” By Mariano Rivera. We talk about the book and give you links to buy The Closer book.
Take a look at one of our latest sports book reviews. This one is Living Out Loud: Sports, Cancer and the Things Worth Fighting For.
Read our full Shoe Dog Book Review here at Knup Sports. Shoe Dog is written by Phil Knight and can be bought at a discount with our links.
“Growing Up Gronk: A Family’s Story of Raising Champions” by the Gronkowski Family with Jeff Schober
Tom looks atthis book about the Gronkowski family and their sports success. It is a book that highlights the dad.
Tom looks at a new sports book called — Francona: The Red Sox Years. Taking a look at manager Terry Francona and his time with the Boston Red Sox.
Tom looks at another sports book. The book is about some of the great sportscasters and how they have seen some fantastic sporting events. We hear from Jim Nantz, Bob Costas and Joe Buck among others.
Tom looks at the advice by Mark Cuban and how he uses business models to succeed as he does in owning the Dallas Mavericks.
“You’re Welcome, Cleveland — How I Helped LeBron James Win a Championship and Save a City” by Scott Raab
Tom looks at another sports book. The author Scott Raab talks about the first time LeBron James was in Cleveland and how he dissed his leaving and then his return.
Tom looks at the humble beginnings of the remarkable football life of quarterback Brett Favre.
Tom looks Simone Biles and her book about the sport of gymnastics. She tells how hard it is to be away from home and be a black athlete.
“Life is Yours to Win: Lessons Forged from the Purpose, Passion, and Magic of Baseball” By Augie Garrido with Wes Smith
Tom examines the life lessons taught by legendary coach Augie Garrido through baseball.
“The Cooperstown Casebook: Who’s in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques” by Jay Jaffe
Tom examines this book that attempts to make a case for who is in the Hall of Fame and who doesn’t belong..
“After Further Review: My Life Including the Infamous, Controversial, and Unforgettable Calls That Changed the NFL” by Mike Pereira, and Rick Jaffe
Tom examines the world of sports reviews as Mike Periera gives us some inside information.
Read our Eight Men Out Book Review here at Knup Sports. This book is written by Eliot Asinof. We include a review and links to buy the book directly.
Tom looks at the book “Success is the Only Option by John Calipari. He talks about handling talented players that expect to go to the NBA.
Tom looks at major league umpire Al Clark and his ups and downs in his career.
Tom reads the story about the first time a U.S. Open was played at a public golf course.