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Sport History and Culture: Case Studies

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

Studies of Local Situations and Specific Events

Albergotti, Reed, and Vanessa O'Connell. Wheelmen: Lance Armstrng, the Tour de France, and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever. GV1051 A76 A54 2013.

Bissinger, H. G. Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream. GV958 P47 B547 1990. Another copy GV958 P47 B57 1991. Movie version: ASU Movies PN1997 ENGL F753 2004.

Bowden, Mark. The Best Game Ever: Giants vs. Colts, 1958, and the Birth of the Modern NFL. GV995.5 N35 B69 2008

Craft, Jerry, with Kathleen Sullivan. Our White Boy. GV865 C678 C73 2010. Story of the first white man to play in the West Texas Colored League.

Grundy, Pamela. Learning to Win: Sports, Education, and Social change in Twentieth-Century North Carolina. GV584 N8 G78 2001

Halberstam, David. The Breaks of the Game. GV885.52 P67 H34 1981. Perhaps the best book ever written about professional basketball, this volume chronicles a year with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Halberstam, David. Summer of '49. GV875 B63 H35 1989. Classic story of life in post-war America and the pennant race between the Red Sox and the Yankees.

Jenkins, Sally. The Real All Americans: The Team that Changed a Game, a People, a Nation. GV958 U33 J45 2007. The story of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School football team.

Mailer, Norman. The Fight. GV1132 M84 M34. The "rumble in the jungle" fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

Maraniss, Andrew. Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South. GV884 W29 M37 2014. Biography of Perry Wallace, a basketball player at Vanderbilt University who was the first black player in the SEC.

Peay, Linda, and Ursula Smith. Full-Court Quest: The Girls from Fort Shaw Indian School, Basketball Champions of the World. GV886 P43 2008

Pemberton, Cynthia Lee A. More than a Game: One Woman's Fight for Gender Equity in Sport. GV709.18 U6 P46 2002


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