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Sports Illustrated's Top 100 Sports Books

After all, when done right, sportswriting transcends bats and balls to display all the traits of great literature: incision, wit, force and vision, suffused with style and substance. Herewith the editors of SI's favorite sports books, compiled with love and reason, out of intense and sometimes unruly discussions.
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The Sweet Science by A. J. Liebling
The Sweet Science by A. J. Liebling
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The Boys of Summer
The Boys of Summer
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Ball Four
Ball Four
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Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
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You Know Me Al (RING LARDNER)
You Know Me Al (RING LARDNER)
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A Season on the Brink (JOHN FEINSTEIN)
A Season on the Brink (JOHN FEINSTEIN)
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Semi-Tough (DAN JENKINS)
Semi-Tough (DAN JENKINS)
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Paper Lion (GEORGE PLIMPTON)
Paper Lion (GEORGE PLIMPTON)
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The Game (Ken Dryden)
The Game (Ken Dryden)
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Fever Pitch
Fever Pitch
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A River Runs Through It (Montana)
A River Runs Through It (Montana)
12
Seabiscuit
Seabiscuit
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Loose Balls
Loose Balls
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Bang the Drum Slowly (MARK HARRIS)
Bang the Drum Slowly (MARK HARRIS)
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Heaven Is a Playground (RICK TELANDER)
Heaven Is a Playground (RICK TELANDER)
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Levels of the Game (JOHN MCPHEE)
Levels of the Game (JOHN MCPHEE)
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The Breaks of the Game (DAVID HALBERSTAM)
The Breaks of the Game (DAVID HALBERSTAM)
18
The Summer Game (ROGER ANGELL)
The Summer Game (ROGER ANGELL)
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The Long Season (JIM BROSNAN)
The Long Season (JIM BROSNAN)
20
Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer (Jerry Kramer)
Instant Replay: The Green Bay Diary of Jerry Kramer (Jerry Kramer)
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Everybody's All-American (FRANK DEFORD)
Everybody's All-American (FRANK DEFORD)
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Fat City (LEONARD GARDNER)
Fat City (LEONARD GARDNER)
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The City Game (PETE AXTHELM)
The City Game (PETE AXTHELM)
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The Natural
The Natural
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25
North Dallas Forty (PETER GENT)
North Dallas Forty (PETER GENT)
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When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi (David Maraniss)
When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi (David Maraniss)
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Babe: The Legend Comes to Life (ROBERT CREAMER)
Babe: The Legend Comes to Life (ROBERT CREAMER)
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The Golf Omnibus (P.G. WODEHOUSE)
The Golf Omnibus (P.G. WODEHOUSE)
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About Three Bricks Shy of a Load (ROY BLOUNT JR.)
About Three Bricks Shy of a Load (ROY BLOUNT JR.)
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A Fan's Notes
A Fan's Notes
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Joe Dimaggio: The Hero's Life (RICHARD BEN CRAMER)
Joe Dimaggio: The Hero's Life (RICHARD BEN CRAMER)
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The Game They Played (STANLEY COHEN)
The Game They Played (STANLEY COHEN)
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Veeck as in Wreck (BILL VEECK AND ED LINN)
Veeck as in Wreck (BILL VEECK AND ED LINN)
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Ben Hogan's Five Lessons (BEN HOGAN AND HERBERT WARREN WIND)
Ben Hogan's Five Lessons (BEN HOGAN AND HERBERT WARREN WIND)
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The Worst Journey in the World
The Worst Journey in the World
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Beyond a Boundary (C.L.R. JAMES)
Beyond a Boundary (C.L.R. JAMES)
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A False Spring (PAT JORDAN)
A False Spring (PAT JORDAN)
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Life on the Run (BILL BRADLEY)
Life on the Run (BILL BRADLEY)
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The Red Smith Reader (RED SMITH)
The Red Smith Reader (RED SMITH)
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An Outside Chance: Essays on Sport (THOMAS MCGUANE)
An Outside Chance: Essays on Sport (THOMAS MCGUANE)
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