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Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 3: The Sports Biblio Review Guide

This the Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 3 installment of newly published (or forthcoming) titles from around the world of sports.

Ice Bowl '67, Fall 2017 Sports Books 3Included in this post are books about track and field legend Stella Walsh, Ken Dryden’s perspective on the present-day and future NHL, pioneering black golfers, pedaling around the Great Lakes and the 50th anniversary of the Ice Bowl.

A total of 50 books are included in this guide, covering 10 titles in each post. Among the other book subjects in this series are a new biography of Muhammad Ali, sportswriting anthologies, the 1947 World Series and New Zealand’s rugby All-Blacks during World War I.

This list will be updated, and it is arranged in alphabetical order by title. If you’d like to suggest a book for inclusion that you don’t see here, or that is publishing later this year, please contact me at I also will be compiling a November-December guide as the Christmas shopping season isn’t far away.

Here’s are the Fall 2017 Sports Books Part 3 titles. Happy reading!

The Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh: The Greatest Female Athlete of Her Time, by Sheldon Anderson (Rowman & Littlefield), Sept. 8The Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh, Sheldon Anderson

Raised in the United States, the Polish-born Walsh competed for her native country in the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, and was a global athletic barnstormer in later years. However, the full story of Walsh’s life came after her murder in Cleveland in 1980, when she was discovered to be intersex. The early days of women’s track and field form the backdrop of this full-scale biography.

Formula One: The Pursuit of Speed, by Maurice Hamilton, Paul-Henri Cahier and Bernard Cahier (Aurum Press), Nov. 1

More than 400 photographs dating back to the 1950s form the basis of this coffee table book, with a foreword by Jackie Stewart. F1 correspondent Maurice Hamilton has written an in-depth historical narrative by of the circuit’s formative years to go with the Cahiers’ renown images. Included are the histories of the leading car teams, especially the Ferrari family, as well as the tragic death of Ayrton Senna and the evolution of the iconic course at Monaco. Originally published in the U.K. in 2016.

Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey, by Ken Dryden (Signal), Oct. 17 

The death of an NHL player in 2015–later diagnosed with brain trauma–forms Dryden’s latest inquiry into the sport he deeply loves, but that is prompting greater concerns over safety. Dryden’s classic book “The Game” explained the state of the NHL in the 1980s, and “Game Change” is his look at where the sport is today, and prospects for keeping it popular and vibrant in the future.

Game of Privilege, Lane DemasGame of Privilege: An African-American History of Golf, by Lane Demas (UNC Press), Sept. 11

The roles of race, class and American golf courses get some in-depth treatment by Demas, a professor at Central Michigan University and author of “Integrating The Gridiron: Black Civil Rights In American College Football.” In this volume, the integration of recreational golf is given as much, if not more, consideration than the paucity of African-Americans on the professional tours. Demas writes about a black golfers tour that lasted from 1925-75 and legal and civil rights battles to integrate public courses, culminating with Tiger Woods’ emergence as a golfing superstar. The latest in the John Hope Franklin Series in African-American History and Culture by UNC Press.

Giants Among Men: How Robustelli, Huff, Gifford, and the Giants Made New York a Football Town and Changed the NFL, by Jack Cavanaugh (Sports Publishing), Sept. 5

The paperback version of a book first published in 2008 that traces the rise of an NFL champion’s dominance from the mid 50s to early 60s, at a time when the league was starting to come into its own. The Giants played in six NFL games in eight seasons, famously losing to the Baltimore Colts in the unforgettable 1958 title clash at Yankee Stadium, but turned on America’s biggest city to the pro game in unprecedented ways.

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• Part 1 | Part 2 

Golden Days: West’s Lakers, Steph’s Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball, by Jack McCallum (Ballantine), Oct. 24

The longtime Sports Illustrated basketball writer makes the historical connection between the great Lakers teams of the early 70s and its current dynasty. McCallum weaves a tale of innovation in the front office and on the court, compares the West-Baylor-Chamberlain trio with Curry-Durant-Green and positions the teams against their turbulent cultural backdrops. Author website

The Great Lakes at Ten Miles an Hour: One Cyclist’s Journey along the Shores of the Inland Seas, by Thomas Shevory (University of Minnesota Press), Sept. 1The Great Lakes at Ten Miles an Hour, Thomas Shevory

The author, a professor at Ithaca College, writes about his four summers traversing the landscape around the shores of the Great Lakes. He weaves a sweeping tale of historical and environmental observations more than recreational sports activity, but his travels also illustrate the hearty appeal of long-distance cycling.

Hard Labor: The Battle That Birthed the Billion-Dollar NBA, by Sam Smith (Triumph), Nov. 1

The author of “The Jordan Rules” digs into the battle over players’ rights and free in the NBA, starting with Oscar Robertson’s efforts in the early 1960s that included Bill Russell, Bill Bradley and other members of “The 14” who ensured a lucrative future for their successors. Basketball Intelligence Podcast

Hoop, Brian DoyleHoop: A Basketball Life in Ninety-five Essays, by Brian Doyle (University of Georgia Press), Oct. 1

A literary non-fiction collection by a lifetime addict of the game, inspired by the paucity of basketball anthologies to turn out one of his own. It turned out to be the last of his many volumes of essays, fiction and poetry. The Oregon-based Doyle died in May 2017 from a brain tumor at the age of 60. Obituary | Excerpt: Hoop A Hymn

Ice Bowl ’67: The Packers, the Cowboys and the Game That Changed the NFL, by Chuck Carlson (Sports Publishing), Oct. 3

Published in time for the 50th anniversary of an unforgettable and bone-chilling NFL title game, on New Year’s Eve 1967. The Packers’ win in the Super Bowl the following week was anticlimactic after their epic win at Lambeau Field, marked by Bart Starr’s clinching quarterback sneak touchdown. This is the latest book about Green Bay Packers’ history by the author, a former sports columnist in Wisconsin.

• Coming Up in Part 4: Baseball’s rollicking 1967 World Series; an Olympic rowing memoir; the art of early American football; the origins of the USC-Notre Dame rivalry.

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