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My name is Loyd McIntosh and I'm a freelance sports writer. Recently I discovered how much I love reading books about sports, almost as much as I like watching or playing sports. This blog is all about books about sports, as well as an occasional post about articles I'm working on or recently published.
A few days ago I was flipping the library of books on my Kindle as well as the titles on my bookshelves at home and I realized - I have a bunch of books about sports. Fiction books, non-fiction books, humorous quick-reads, dramatic page-turners, all about sports. It got me thinking. What are the books out there generally considered the best about sports?
With that in mind, I did a quick Google search and rediscovered this 22-year-old piece from Sports Illustrated, The Top 100 Sports Books of All Time. Compiled by SI’s staff in 1992, the list contains some really interesting picks, but their number 1 choice was this title.
The Sweet Science, by A.j. Liebling. Here is a sample of what the SI staff wrote about this ultimate book about boxing.
Pound-for-pound the top boxing writer of all time, Liebling is at his bare-knuckled best here, bobbing and weaving between superb reporting and evocative prose. Liebling’s writing is efficient yet stylish, acerbic yet soft and sympathetic.
Sounds fantastic, but I have to admit - in fact, I’m almost ashamed to admit - I haven’t read this one yet. The Sweet Science is definitely going on my to-read list, immediately!
If have read it, please feel free to post some of your favorite quotes from the book.