SPORTS, CARS & SPEED
A good sports biography is a true work of art and a compelling read, and baseball being the national pastime has delivered some truly memorable and remarkable stories over the years. There have been some remarkable sports biographies written over time by some of the most prolific writers in modern literature. Here is the list of the 10 best sports biographies ever written.
“Babe: The Legend Comes to Life” by Robert W. Creamer
Robert W. Creamer wrote a true classic with this biography, which is considered to be one of American sports greatest ever biography, featuring one of America’s favourite hero. It has been four decades since it was first published and is still regarded as one of the best sports biographies ever written.
“Shoeless: The Life and Times of Joe Jackson” by David L. Fleitz
There are numerous biographies about Joe Jackson and how he threw the World Series in 1919 and his life after the events, but this is one of the best and most accomplished pieces of writing regarding those events. It is considered by many to be one of the best sports biographies ever written.
“Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life” by Richard Ben Cramer
The Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ben Cramer delivered one of the most aesthetic written pieces about one of America’s modern heroes and an icon in Joe DiMaggio. It is an unflattering and completely unbiased depiction of one of America’s greatest heroes, and is rightly regarded as one of the greatest sports biographies ever written.
“The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg” by Nicholas Dawidoff
Nicholas Dawidoff wrote one of the most compelling biographies ever, regarding the life of Moe Berg who had a remarkable life, first as a professional baseball player and then as a spy for the Government during World War 2. It is known as one of the best sports biographies ever written.
“Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero” by David Maraniss
The Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss wrote one of the most brilliant biographies ever, when he depicted the life and the legacy of one of baseball’s first ever Latin America star. It covers all aspects of the life of Clemente and is one of the best sports biographies ever written.
“Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend” by James S. Hirsch
When you are looking at biographies about Willie Mays it can be hard to decide which one is better, but this biography written by James S. Hirsch is one of the most complete ones you can find. It pays a fitting tribute to one of most commonly misunderstood and complex man in sport, which is why it is also known as one of the best sports biographies ever written.
“The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron” by Howard Bryant
Howard Bryant covers all aspects on the life of Henry Aaron, and gives a detailed version of the rivalry between Willie Mays and him. It also gives tribute to the highlight of his career which was breaking Babe Ruth’s all time home-run record, and the complicated relationship he had with the media throughout his career. It is one of the best sports biographies ever written and a must read for everyone.
“Jackie Robinson: A Biography” by Arnold Rampersad
There are very few biographies written about Jackie Robinson w ho is known as one of the most influential athletes in American sports history. This biography written by Arnold Rampersad is one of the most detailed pieces of writing on the life of Robinson and his on field accomplishments as well.
“Cobb: A Biography” by Al Stump
This biography by Al Stump is one of the best pieces of writing when it comes to sports biographies, and Stump does a superb job in capturing the brilliance of the baseball superstar who had a psychopathic personality.
“Walter Johnson: Baseball’s Big Train” by Henry W. Thomas
Henry W. Thomas delivers his finest work, with one of the most thorough and comprehensive biographies on the life of Walter Johnson. Johnson was of the greatest baseball pitchers to have ever played the game, and this work by Thomas does justice to one of the most celebrated athletes in the history of baseball.