Starting 2022 strong, these releases offer perspectives of some familiar names in sports as well as the business in which they competed.
True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson
By Kostya Kennedy
Publish date: April 12; St. Martin’s Press
Former SI editor and writer Kennedy offers a different perspective of Robinson’s iconic life, zeroing in on four crucial years and sharing previously undisclosed details to flesh out one of sports’ most influential figures.
Rethinking Fandom: How to Beat the Sports-Industrial Complex at Its Own Game
By Craig Calcaterra
Publish date: April 5; Belt Publishing
Baseball writer Calcaterra puts forth an alternative approach to interacting with the “sports-industrial complex” and its issues — such as tanking for high draft picks — in an effort to empower fans in how they engage with their teams.
Playmakers: How the NFL Really Works (And Doesn't)
By Mike Florio
Publish date: March 15; PublicAffairs
ProFootballTalk’s Florio dives into the machine that is the NFL, taking readers behind the scenes into front offices and locker rooms in an effort to examine the league’s continued grip on the American psyche despite its scandals and difficulties.
Black Market: An Insider's Journey into the High-Stakes World of College Basketball
By Merl Code
Publish date: March 1; Hanover Square Press
A former college basketball player turned marketer, Code gives an insider’s account into the dark underbelly of the sport, pulling back the curtain on the profit-driven machinations of recruiting and his involvement in the FBI’s recent probe.
Coach K: The Rise and Reign of Mike Krzyzewski
By Ian O’Connor
Publish date: Feb. 22; Mariner Books
Coming amid the legendary Coach K’s final season with the Duke Blue Devils before retirement, this timely read aims to be the definitive biography, examining the life and career of one of college basketball’s most storied names.
Whispers of the Gods: Tales from Baseball's Golden Age, Told by the Men Who Played It
By Peter Golenbock
Publish date: Feb. 15; Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Sportswriter Golenbock goes straight to the source for this oral history of baseball’s heyday in the 1940s through 1960s, including his chats with players such as Ted Williams, Roy Campanella, Tom Sturdivant, Stan Musial and more.
Althea Gibson: I Always Wanted To Be Somebody
By Althea Gibson
Publish date: Feb. 1; New Chapter Press
This first-person perspective traces the life of a tennis legend, beginning with her hardscrabble childhood in Harlem and charting her rise as she broke the sport’s color barrier and became a Grand Slam champion.
Loserville: How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta and How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports
By Clayton Trutor
Publish date: Feb. 1; University of Nebraska Press
Trutor takes a look at the ups and downs of Atlanta’s first decade as a major league sports city, when it was awarded four professional franchises within six years but turned in mixed results.
The Last Enforcer: Outrageous Stories From the Life and Times of One of the NBA's Fiercest Competitors
By Charles Oakley
Publish date: Feb. 1; Gallery Books
In his own words, one of the New York Knicks’ and NBA’s most memorable players goes deep into his playing days, dishing anecdotes about his famous on-court brawling, relationships with other stars like Michael Jordan and more.
The Ultimate Assist: Helping Our Kids Succeed in Sports and Life
By Greg Nared
Publish date: June 20, 2021; self-published
Sports business executive Nared pulls from his 30 years of experience in the industry to share a guide for parents looking to support their child’s athletic pursuits and help instill them with the confidence, values and habits they need.