5 Best Sports Books I Read in 2016

Here’s a list of the five best sports books I read in 2016. By best, I do not mean I agree with everything in the books. Rather, I mean, I found the books thought provoking and helpful in stimulating my own thinking. Not all of the books were published in 2016, but I read each volume for the first time in 2016. The books will be listed alphabetically.


Blackout: The Untold Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Spring Training. By Chris Lamb. Bison Books, 2006. 233 pp.,  ISBN 978-0803280472. US$16.95.


For the Glory. By Duncan Hamilton. Penguin Press, 2016. 400 pp., ISBN 978-1594206207. US$28.00


Jackie and Campy: The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball’s Color Line. By William Kashatus. University of Nebraska Press, 2014. 248 pp., ISBN 978-0803246331. US$24.95.


Joe Louis: Hard Times Man. By Randy Roberts. Yale University Press, 2012. 328 pp., ISBN 978-0300177633. US$32.00.


1954: The Year Willie Mays and the First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever. By Bill Madden. Da Capo Press, 2015. 320 pp., ISBN 978-0306823695. US$15.99.

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About the Author:

David E. Prince is pastor of preaching and vision at Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky and assistant professor of Christian preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of In the Arena and Church with Jesus as the Hero. He blogs at Prince on Preaching and frequently writes for The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, For the Church, the BGEA and Preaching Today