Reading List – Sports Writing

A list of some of the world’s greatest sports writing.

Other Opening Class reading lists can be found at the bottom of this page.

BOOKS

AFL:

Time and Space: Footy Tactics from Origins to AFL – James Coventry

The Draft and The Draftees – Emma Quayle

From the Outer: Footy Like You’ve Never Heard It – Alicia Sometimes & Nicole Hayes (eds)

Baseball:

Moneyball – Michael Lewis

Basketball:

The Art of a Beautiful Game – Chris Ballard

The Whore of Akron: One Man’s Search for the Soul of LeBron James – Scott Raab

The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever – John Feinstein

Cricket:

On Warne or Uncertain Corridors: Writing on Modern Cricket  (or a number of others) – Gideon Haigh

MMA:

Thrown – Kerry Howley

NFL:

Friday Night Lights – Buzz Bissinger

A Few Seconds of Panic: A 5-foot-8, 170-pound, 43 year-old Sportswriter Plays in the NFL – Stefan Fatsis

Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile – Nate Jackson

The Blind Side – Michael Lewis

Outdoors:

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster – Jon Krakauer

Born to Run – Christopher McDougall

Soccer:

Fever Pitch – Nick Hornby

Among the Thugs – Bill Buford

A Life Too Short: The Tragedy of Robert Enke – Ronald Reng

Playing the Moldovans at Tennis – Tony Hawks

Tennis:

Open – Andre Agassi

String Theory – David Foster Wallace

Strokes of Genius: Federer, Nadal, and the Greatest Match Ever Played – L. Jon Wertheim

General:

The Best American Sports Writing – an annual series, edited by Glenn Stout

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance – David Epstein

Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played And Games Are Won – Tobias J. Moskowitz & L. Jon Wertheim

Going Deep: 20 Classic Sports Stories – Gary Smith

This is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon – L. Jon Wertheim & Sam Sommers

LONGFORM FEATURE ARTICLES

Longform.org

Sports Illustrated Longform

SB Nation Longform

Outside

ONLINE / IN THE MEDIA

The Age

Especially for sports writers including Caroline Wilson (AFL), Greg Baum, Timothy Boyle

Sydney Morning Herald

Roy Masters (NRL), Peter Fitzsimons

The Australian

Gideon Haigh (Cricket)

Sports Illustrated

Steve Rushin, L. Jon Werthiem (Tennis and others)

ESPN

Zach Lowe (NBA), Wright Thompson

The Ringer

Almost all of them, but especially Katie Baker

FiveThirtyEight

Kirk Goldsberry (NBA)

ABC

Richard Hinds (Aus)

Other writers to search for:

Tracey Holmes (Aus)

Joe Posnanski (USA)

Other reading lists on Opening Class:

Fiction

Non-Fiction

Graphic Novels

Longform Feature Articles

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