12 Sports Books to Read if You Liked “The Boys in the Boat”

12 Sports Books to Read if You Liked The Boys in the BoatFeeling adrift after finishing Daniel James Brown’s fabulous book The Boys in the BoatThe Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown, and not sure what to read next? Here are 12 ideas. (Disclaimer: I haven’t read any of these titles; I’ve just been eyeing them all.)

The AmateursThe Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic Gold MedalThe Amateurs: The Story of Four Young Men and Their Quest for an Olympic Gold Medal by David Halberstam by David Halberstam

Classic book by an accomplished author which follows rowers competing in the 1984 Olympics.

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The Red Rose CrewRed Rose Crew: A True Story Of Women, Winning, And The WaterRed Rose Crew: A True Story Of Women, Winning, And The Water by Daniel J. Boyne by Daniel J. Boyne

Follows the US Women’s crew as they prepare to compete in the 1975 World Championships.

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The Emerald MileThe Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand CanyonThe Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko by Kevin Fedarko

Exciting adventure tale recounting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

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Twelve Mighty OrphansTwelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas FootballTwelve Mighty Orphans: The Inspiring True Story of the Mighty Mites Who Ruled Texas Football by Jim Dent by Jim Dent

Uplifting depression-era tale of the undersized teams that became some of the best in the state.

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Our BoysOur Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center RedmenOur Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen by Joe Drape by Joe Drape

Cheerful chronicle of small-town high school sports glory, told by a reporter who relocated from New York to Kansas to follow the team for a year as they attempted to win the state title for a fifth consecutive year.

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The Glory of Their TimesThe Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played ItThe Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) by Lawrence S. Ritter by Lawrence S. Ritter

Entertaining look back at their baseball careers (and the game as a whole) by players who were in their prime in the first quarter of the twentieth century.

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One Shot at ForeverOne Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season  by Chris Ballard by Chris Ballard

Inspirational story of an improbable high school coach and his 1971 team who played for the state championship. (I love the fact that the coach was an English teacher with no coaching experience, and want to read the book based on that alone.)

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The Bottom of the 33rdBottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball’s Longest Game by Dan Barry

Engrossing account of a minor-league game that lasted for eight hours, and the individuals involved in it, including two players who went on to achieve notable major league success: Cal Ripken and Wade Boggs.

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The Boys of WinterThe Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey TeamThe Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team by Wayne Coffey by Wayne Coffey

Underdog tale of the “Miracle on Ice” team which was involved in what’s often called the greatest sports moment of the 20th century. Personal stories of players and the coach are interwoven with details on the match between the US and Soviet Union.

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The Miracle of St. AnthonyThe Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball’s Most Improbable DynastyThe Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty by Adrian Wojnarowski by Adrian Wojnarowski

Inspirational biography of legendary high school coach Bob Hurley follows his team one season (and what a season!)

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The Perfect MileThe Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve ItThe Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It by Neal Bascomb by Neal Bascomb

Story of the dramatic race to break the four-minute mile barrier in 1954, interwoven with the story of the three men who were all poised to do it first: Englishman Roger Bannister, American Wes Santee, and Australian John Landy.

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The Great Match RaceThe Great Match Race: When North Met South in America’s First Sports SpectacleThe Great Match Race: When North Met South in America's First Sports Spectacle by John Eisenberg by John Eisenberg

Fast-paced mix of horse racing and history provides a peek at the United States in the early 1800s.

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