Covering iconic events and athletes or sports business storylines of the past decade, these new releases can fill out your reading list this winter.
No Way But to Fight: George Foreman and the Business of Boxing
By Andrew R. M. Smith
Publish date: Jan. 10; University of Texas Press
Smith lays out the evolution of the Olympic gold medalist and two-time world heavyweight champion’s career, tracing his path from poverty in Houston to worldwide fame.
Start By Believing: Larry Nassar's Crimes, the Institutions that Enabled Him, and the Brave Women Who Stopped a Monster
By Jon Barry and Dan Murphy
Publish date: Jan. 14; Hachette Books
Barry and Murphy detail the stories of the women who fought to gain justice and reclaim their sport.
Making of a Miracle: The Untold Story of the Captain of the 1980 Gold Medal-Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
By Mike Eruzione with Neal Boudette
Publish date: Jan. 28; Harper
As the “Miracle on Ice” turns 40, U.S. captain Mike Eruzione, who scored the game-winning goal, recounts the Americans’ legendary upset of the Soviet Union from his perspective.
Serena Williams: Tennis Champion, Sports Legend, and Cultural Heroine
By Merlisa Lawrence Corbett
Publish date: Feb. 15; Roman and Littlefield Publishers
This account on Williams’ life examines her influence on not only tennis, but on political and cultural issues like feminism, racism in sports and the marketing of female athletes.
An Athletic Director's Story and the Future of College Sports in America
By Robert E. Mulcahy III
Publish date: Feb. 14; Rutgers University Press
In this memoir, Mulcahy dives into his 10 years leading Rutgers University athletics, offering insights along the way on both the history of college athletics and the path ahead.
Buzz Saw: The Improbable Story of How the Washington Nationals Won the World Series
By Jesse Dougherty
Publish date: March 24; Simon & Schuster
The Washington Post’s Nationals beat writer chronicles the team’s stunning and unlikely march to postseason glory, as seen from inside the dugout and front office.
Seven Days in Augusta: Behind the Scenes at the Masters
By Mark Cannizzaro
Publish date: March 10; Triumph Books
Cannizzaro pulls back the curtain on the crown jewel of golf’s major tournaments, giving fans a look at everything ranging from the par-3 contest to green jacket rituals.
Tanking to the Top: The Philadelphia 76ers and the Most Audacious Process in the History of Professional Sports
By Yaron Weitzman
Publish date: March 17; Grand Central Publishing
A look at the worst-to-first plan that led the 76ers out of mediocrity and into the NBA’s upper echelon.
The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season
By John Feinstein
Publish date: March 3; Random House
A deep dive into the lesser-known underdogs, Cinderellas and small-time programs that dream of the NCAA tourney.
Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask
By Jon Pessah
Publish date: March 24; Little, Brown and Company
Pessah takes a thorough look at the beloved and quotable Yankees legend, shedding more light on the first-generation immigrant who won 13 World Series championships while also becoming a war hero and cultural giant.