Check Out Some of our Newest Sports Books

The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods by Hank Haney – Hank Haney, Tiger Woods’ former swing coach, writes about the six years he spent with the golf icon from 2004-2010. Said by critics to be an honest and candid book, Haney takes the reader behind the wall Woods built for himself to shield him from the public eye and gives us an inside look at who Tiger really is – the good and the bad.



The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book: Where Greatness Lives edited by Joe Horrigan and John Thorn – If you can’t make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, the next best thing you can do is pick up this book.  Filled with pictures of players, coaches, artifacts, and more facts and trivia than you can possibly imagine, it is the ultimate coffee table book for the pro football fan.  In addition, there are essays written by revered sportswriters, thoughts from living Hall of Famers, and detailed sidebars about every player who has a statue in Canton.


Sundays Will Never be the Same: Racing, Tragedy, and Redemption – My Life in America’s Fastest Sport – by Darrell Waltrip with Nate Larkin – This is a must read for any avid NASCAR fan, and probably even the casual NASCAR fan. Darrell Waltrip, currently a NASCAR commentator on Fox, is one of the more successful drivers in the history of NASCAR. In this book, he talks about his journey through the circuit, his relationships with some of the more well known and interesting drivers in the history of NASCAR, and focuses on the biggest race on the circuit, the Daytona 500. The book crescendos at the 2001 Daytona 500, where Waltrip’s son Michael would emerge victorious and racing legend Dale Earnhardt would lose his life in a crash on the race’s final lap.


One on One: Behind the Scenes with the Greats in the Game by John Feinstein – This book provides an interesting look at some of the personalities in the sports world on a more personal level. A popular author of sports books, Feinstein has brought together some of the more interesting stories and personalities he has met over the years while researching and interviewing for his books. You’ll hear about his time with coaching greats such as Bob Knight, Mike Krzyzewski, and Dean Smith, as well as some of the greats in golf and tennis like Tiger Woods, John McEnroe, Bud Collins, Mary Carillo, and Paul Azinger.



Fenway 1912: The Birth of a Ballpark, a Championship Season, and Fenway’s Remarkable First Year by Glenn Stout – Whether you like the Boston Red Sox or not, most sports fans can agree that Fenway Park is one of the true cathedrals of the game of baseball. In his book, Glenn Stout takes the reader through the first season of the ballpark’s existence – from the construction phase in the winter, through the season of 1912 which culminated in a championship for the Red Sox. Along the way, we find out about the builders, players, and coaches who were responsible for making the first season a success, and also learn how some of Fenway’s quirkier features, such as the Green Monster, came to be.



I'm the Red Carpet Librarian and work to bring lifelong support services to the Topeka and Shawnee County area through outreach and programming. I also am a sports enthusiast, work closely with the library's sports collection, and provide programming to engage the community's sports fans.