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My Favorite Sports Biographies
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 Posted: Wed May 15th, 2019 02:06 am

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...my love of reading translated to devOUring a lot of sports biographies in the 1960's-70's. But can't limit it to those years. WOUld really like to know which biographies you have EVER read/enjoyed the most.

OU FOOTBALL- THE BOZ

NFL-I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW 'CAUSE I GET BETTER LOOKING EVERY DAY-JOE NAMATH (BUT HAVEN'T READ HIS NEWLY RELEASED "MY LIFE IN 4 QUARTERS" INSTANT REPLAY-JERRY KRAMER A CLOSE SECOND.)

NBA-PETE MARAVICH-THE AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY OF PISTOL PETE

NHL-CROSSING THE LINE-DEREK SANDERSON

MLB PITCHER-FROM GHETTO TO GLORY-BOB GIBSON

MLB HITTER-YAZ-CARL YASTREMSKI

GOLF-A GOLFER'S LIFE-ARNOLD PALMER

PRO BOXING- SUGAR RAY

HANDBALL-UNDIAGNOSED,UNSCRUPULOUS, AND UNBEATABLE-PAUL HABER



Would really be interested in some of the biographies yOU may have read in the past or recently that you'd recomend. Long time till the 2019 season starts. I'm a voracious reader. Maybe you've read something I should this summer.

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I liked Third Down and Forever, a biography of Joe Don Looney.

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And of course Bootlegger’s Boy.

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BIOGRAPHY OF PISTOL PETE. That guy was a robot his dad
wanted him to be. Had him dribbling a basket ball out
of the car window as dad drove down the street.

He was one great player, but sad what his father made
him do to get there.

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Oklahoma— Bootleggers Boy, The Boz, Down and Dirty The Life and Crimes of Oklahoma Football(Charles Thompson might not count)

when you do a non-fiction I’ll have more lol

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Bootlegger's Boy is about the only biography which makes any sense.

I would love to see a legitimate book written about:

Jim Thorpe

Jesse Owens

Dizzy Dean

The mother of the Selmon brothers

Ali's autobiography was pretty good.

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MNSooner wrote:
I liked Third Down and Forever, a biography of Joe Don Looney.

...I loved that one too!

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...just starting Seeing It Through, the story of Tony Conigliaro.

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Although it is about a lot more than sports, the book Unbroken is excellent. It is the life story of Olympian Louis Zamperini, who was a POW in Japan in WWII.

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gcruse7 wrote:
Although it is about a lot more than sports, the book Unbroken is excellent. It is the life story of Olympian Louis Zamperini, who was a POW in Japan in WWII.

I saw the movie and part two but this doesn’t count I think there were a few sub titles so maybe lol

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https://www.amazon.com/Zim-Baseball-Life-Don-Zimmer/dp/1441783555

One of my favorites; Zim was one of a kind.


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