Sports Shelf Rankings

Sports Shelf Rankings (February 2021)

The Showcase Shelf (Tier 1)

  • Open by Andre Agassi
  • The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey
  • The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam
  • The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract by Bill James
  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  • The Numbers Game by Alan Schwarz
  • The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons

The Display Shelf (Tier 2)

  • Boom Town by Sam Anderson
  • Ball Four by Jim Bouton
  • Namath: A Biography by Mark Kriegel
  • Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy by Jane Leavy
  • The MVP Machine by Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik [Review]
  • The Arm by Jeff Passan
  • Sweetness by Jeff Pearlman
  • Out of My League by George Plimpton
  • Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly
  • The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History by Bethlehem Shoals et al.
  • Fantasyland by Sam Walker

The Modular Shelf (Tier 3)

  • Boys Among Men by Jonathan Abrams
  • The Wax Pack by Brad Balukjian
  • Three Nights in August by Buzz Bissinger
  • A Season on the Brink by John Feinstein
  • SprawlBall by Kirk Goldsberry
  • Fedegraphica by Mark Hodgkinson
  • Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich by Mark Kriegel
  • The Only Rule Is It Has to Work by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
  • When the Game was Ours by Jackie MacMullan
  • Power Ball by Rob Neyer
  • Showtime by Jeff Pearlman
  • The Squared Circle by David Shoemaker
  • The Soul of Basketball by Ian Thomsen
  • The Universal Baseball Association, Inc. by J. Henry Waugh