30 Sports Stories for Fans of 30 FOR 30

ESPN’s award-winning series 30 for 30 is a runaway hit with viewers of all ages and interests. These short documentary films are compelling, sympathetic, and compulsively bingeable. (Thanks, Netflix!) Whether it’s live events like this weekend’s Superbowl or reports of games from years ago, that passionate quest to achieve a goal is the essence of great storytelling. The biographies of these amazing athletes and coaches will engage readers who draw inspiration from stories of sacrifice and surprise.


boys of winter The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Olympics, by Daniel Brown

The Boys of Summer, by Roger Kahn

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

The Breaks of the Game, by David Halberstam

Caddy for Life: The Bruce Edwards Story, by John Feinstein

Color Blind: The Forgotten Team That Broke Baseball’s Color Line, by Tom Dunkel

dust bowl girls Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn, by Larry Colton

 Days of Grace, by Arthur Ashe

Dust Bowl Girls, by Lydia Reeder

The Express: The Ernie Davis Story, by Robert C. Gallagher

Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and a Dream, by H.G. Bissinger

the game drydenThe Game, by Ken Dryden
Gunslinger: The Remarkable, Improbable, Iconic Life of Brett Favre, by Jeff Pearlman

Half Man, Half Bike: The Life of Eddy Merclx, Cycling’s Greatest Champion, by William Fotheringham

Imperfect: An Improbable Life, by Jim Abbott

In My Skin: My Life on the Basketball Court, by Brittney Griner

In These Girls, Hope Is a Musclejackie robinson, by Madeleine Blais

Jackie Robinson, by Arnold Rampersad

The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams, by Ben Braddlee Jr.

 King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero, by David Remnick

The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood, by Jane Leavy

Levels matchof the Game, by John McPhee

The Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, by Jonathan Eig

 The Match: The Day the Game of Golf Changed Forever, by Mark Frost

The Miracle of Castel di Sangro, by Joe McGinniss

Open, by Andre Agassi

 Perfectly Awful: The Philadelphia 76ers’ Horrendous and Hilarious 1972-1973 Season, by Charley Rosen

Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich, by Mark Kriegel

three nights in august Seabiscuit: An American Legend, by Laura Hillenbrand

Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective, by Pat Summitt

Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Heart of a Manager, by Buzz Bissinger



About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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