Sports biographies are popular for a reason – they truly capture the essence of what it means to be a sporting hero. Many of the books are authorized, and some are written in conjunction with the stars themselves. Others are put together after copious amounts of research and interviewing. The best sports biographies make us relive every moment, and experience the highs and lows of games and events, as though we were actually there.
From dealing with the pressures of stardom to battling personal issues off the pitch/field/track, sports stars are the icons of today. And we love reading about them, and their achievements. If there is an athlete you admire, the chances are you’re going to want to learn more about them. These are some of the best sports biographies ever written, and you should consider checking them out today.
King of the World – David Remnick
King of the World is David Remnick’s fascinating biography about the life and career of boxing icon Muhammed Ali. Ali was one of those athletes who truly transcended the sport. The biography actually won a Pulitzer Prize when it was released in 1998, and explores the legend surrounding Ali. Remnick doesn’t just look at Ali’s hugely successful career, but he also explores the man who became, as the book says, “an American myth.” He meant so much to so many, and his cultural impact is wonderfully captured in this biography.
Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream – H. G. Bissinger
Many people consider Friday Night Lights to be the definitive football biography. It’s a little different to what you might expect because of the fact that it doesn’t focus on a specific player or person. Published in 1990, this non-fiction book is an insightful look at the Permian High School Panthers from Texas, and their journey toward the State Championships. The book is considered a classic and has been adapted for film and television.
Babe: The Legend Comes to Life – Robert W. Creamer
If you are a baseball fan, you have to make sure you check out this amazing biography focusing on one of the greatest players ever to play the game, Babe Ruth. Sportswriter Robert Creamer masterfully takes charge in this biography, originally published back in 1974. The book looks at Babe’s early years, along with intensive details about his professional career, statistics, and games. Creamer also explores the man behind the legend and manages to capture much of Bambino’s wonderful character.
Michael Jordan: The Life – Roland Lazenby
Lazenby makes our list with his acclaimed and definitive biography or perhaps the greatest star basketball has ever known – Michael Jordan. In fact, there was a period in which Jordan was arguably the most bankable sports star on the planet. Roland follows Jordan’s career from college into the NBA, complete with interviews from coaches, friends, former teammates, and family. Not afraid to shy away from the more controversial issues as well, Lazenby also looks at Jordan’s battles with gambling, and the problems in his personal life.
These are, in our opinion, a selection of the finest sports biographies ever written. There are so many different choices out there, and you should try to read as many different biographies as you can. Our list should provide you with a great starting point to get your sports fix right now!