Sports Biblio

The Imagination Of Sports In Books, History And Culture

Month: September 2016

Farewell to Kevin Garnett: Sports Biblio Digest, 9.25.16

When Kevin Garnett jumped from high school straight to the National Basketball Association in 1995, he was the first prep star to be drafted directly into the league in 20 years.

kevin garnettAt the time, basketball officials, educators and journalists were having a serious debate about what such a trend might portend, given the salary riches of a league made bountiful by Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson and others who didn’t finish their college careers.

But at least they had college careers, a little seasoning before entering the unforgiving world of the pros. Continue reading

The Late Style of Vin Scully: Sports Biblio Digest, 9.18.16

Why do we revere Vin Scully so? Nostalgia? His unfailingly polite and pleasant persona, both on the air and in person? His poetic vocabulary and delivery with a grandfatherly lilt, never a touch overdone? His abiding respect for the game, personified by prodigious preparation?

pull up a chair, vin scully, spring 2016 sports booksAll of the above, and more.

In these times of deep political and cultural division—much of it conjured up by media—perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that an iconic voice of baseball should be so universally admired, even by many who have never heard him much, if at all.

Two weeks from today, on Oct. 2, Scully will call his very last game for the Los Angeles Dodgers, when they close the regular season at AT & T Park in San Francisco against their ancient rivals, the Giants. Continue reading

What’s really the matter with the NFL: Sports Biblio Digest, 9.11.16

As another NFL season kicks off, many of the gloomy headlines that have accompanied the return to the gridiron in recent years have receded a bit.

two minute warning, nfl, mike freemanWith a new season comes a haul of NFL-themed books that bears out this changing topical fare. As I noted last week in my fall sports book preview, many of the new NFL books are biographies: Brett Favre, Chuck Noll, Steve Young and Ken Stabler.

Others go back in time: The late two-way Hall of Famer Bill Dudley, the inglorious history of the New England Patriots, and the first players to break pro football’s color line. Continue reading

Sports Biblio Q & A: Curtis Harris, Pro Hoops History

In this Sports Biblio Q and A about pro basketball history, we contacted Curtis Harris, founder and proprietor of the Pro Hoops History website.

curtis harris, pro hoops historyHe discusses how he got interested the subject, how he does his research, his favorite basketball books, the Hall of Fame induction process and more.

Harris has written for the NBA blogs Hardwood Paroxysm and ESPN TrueHoop, as well as Bleacher Report, The Sporting News, The Daily Beast and other publications. He actively Tweets @ProHoopsHistory. Continue reading

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