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Sport History and Culture: Biography

A guide to selected resources on the history of sport, with special attention to social and cultural issues.

Key Biographies

Ashe, Arthur, and Arnold Rampersad. Days of Grace: A Memoir. GV994 A7 A3 1993 (tennis)

Cayleff, Susan E. Babe: The Life and Legend of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. GV967 Z3 C39 1995 (golf, track and field)

Crawford, Bill. All American: The Rise and Fall of Jim Thorpe. GV697 T5 C73 2004 (football, track and field)

Donovan, Brian. Hard Driving: The Wendell Scott Story: The American Odyssey of NASCAR's First Black Driver. Stock Car Racing Collection GV1032 S36 D66 2008 (auto racing)

Haygood, Wil. Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson. GV1132 R6 H39 2009 (boxing)

Hotaling, Edward. The Great Black Jockeys: The Lives and Times of the Men Who Dominated America's First National Sport. SF336 A2 H68 1999 (horse racing)

Katz, Milton. Breaking Through: John B. McLendon, Basketball Legend and Civil Rights Pioneer. GV884 M29 K37 2007 (basketball)

Maraniss, David. Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero. GV865 C45 M355 2006 (baseball)

Maraniss, David. When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi. GV939 L6 M37 1999 (football)

O'Neil, Buck. I Was Right on Time: My Journey from the Negro League to the Majors. ON ORDER (baseball)

Rains, Rob. James Naismith: the Man Who Invented Basketball. GV884 N34 R35 2009 (basketball)

Rampersad, Arnold. Jackie Robinson: A Biography. GV865 R6 R34 1997 (baseball)

Remnick, David. King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero. GV1132 A44 R46 1998 (boxing)

Roberts, Randy. Joe Louis: Hard Times Man. GV1132 L6 R63 2010 (boxing)

Schaap, Jeremy. Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics. GV697.09 S33 2007

Schoenfeld, Bruce. The Match: Althea Gibson and Angela Buxton: How Two Outsiders--One Black, the Other Jewish--Forged a Friendship and Made Sports History. GV994 A1 S42 2004. (tennis)

Smith, Tommie. Silent Gesture: The Autobiography of Tommie Smith. GV697 S65 A3 2007 (Olympic games, track and field)

Tye, Larry. Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend. GV865 P3T94 2009 (baseball)

Ward, Geoffrey C. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. GV1196 J64 W37 2004 (boxing)

Ware, Susan. Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports. GV994 K56 W37 2011

Zang, David. Fleet Walker's Divided Heart: The Life of Baseball's First Black Major Leaguer. GV865 W34 Z35 1995 (baseball)


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Appalachian State University
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Curator of the Stock Car Racing Collection