From storied rivalries to groundbreaking athletes and sports professionals, these books offer a behind-the-scenes look at some familiar subjects.
Tiger & Phil: Golf’s Most Fascinating Rivalry
By Bob Harig
April 26; St. Martin’s Press
Sports Illustrated’s Harig takes a deep dive into the compelling relationship between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, tracing their off-course friendship and on-course rivalry that has captured audiences over the past two decades.
1972: The Series That Changed Hockey Forever
By Scott Morrison
May 3; Simon & Schuster
The narrative of Team Canada’s 1972 Summit Series victory over the Soviet Union is told 50 years later and fills in the details of what some consider to be the greatest hockey series ever played.
The Black Fives: The Epic Story of Basketball’s Forgotten Era
By Claude Johnson
May 10; Abrams Press
Johnson shines a light on a little-known aspect of basketball history, introducing readers to the pioneering Black players and teams that flourished before integration reached the NBA.
The Real Hank Aaron: An Intimate Look at the Life and Legacy of the Home Run King
By Terence Moore
May 17; Triumph Books
Moore offers a different view of the beloved baseball icon, drawing on 40 years of friendship and correspondence to paint a behind-closed-doors portrait of Aaron.
A Day at the Races: The Horses, People and Races that Shaped the Sport of Kings
By Peter May
May 31; Merlin Unwin Books
A collection of short essays highlights 100 of the most important days from the 500-year history of horse racing, everything from the first steeplechase to Man o’ War’s dominance and more.
Formula One: The Pinnacle: The Pivotal Events That Made F1 the Greatest Motorsport Series
By Tony Dodgins and Simon Arron
May 31; Ivy Press
Motorsports writers Dodgins and Arron team up to break down the 100 most important moments in Formula One, mapping its humble beginnings to the powerhouse status it now enjoys.
Game: An Autobiography
By Grant Hill
June 7; Penguin Press
The former Duke and Pistons star opens up to readers about his celebrated playing career, business ventures (including co-ownership of the Atlanta Falcons) and personal life in a wide-ranging memoir.
Who Let Them In? Pathbreaking Women in Sports Journalism
By Joanne Lannin
June 9; Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Lannin takes a retrospective look at the women who paved the way for others to follow them in sports media, sharing hard-won insights on how they broke into a male-dominated field.
An Economist Goes to the Game: How to Throw Away $580 Million and Other Surprising Insights from the Economics of Sports
By Paul Oyer
July 12; Yale University Press
Stanford University’s Oyer brings a business-minded point of view to the stands, tackling philosophical questions in and out of play and illustrating how economics drive nearly every facet of athletics.
Walking Alone: The Untold Journey of Football Pioneer Kenny Washington
By Dan Taylor
July 13; Rowman & Littlefield
Kenny Washington, the trailblazing player who broke the NFL’s color barrier, gets a thorough recounting of his unsung efforts to change the sport.