There are many sporting legends who continue to inspire athletes, coaches, and sports enthusiasts across generations. Here are some of the best books about the legendary life and times of the greatest sports heroes and their remarkable stories and timeless wisdoms.
Babe: The Legend Comes to Life, Robert Creamer
Highlights: Learn more about the greatest baseball player of all time from this book that features stories, stats, and more about the legendary athlete’s most important games.
Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero, David Maraniss
Highlights: A book about another baseball great who achieved more than 3,000 hits throughout career.
Eleven Rings, Phil Jackson
Highlights: Eleven Rings is the memoir of the iconic head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers who was undoubtedly one of the most successful basketball coaches of all time.
Michael Jordan: The Life, Roland Lazenby
Highlights: This biography follows the life of the legendary basketball player from college to his professional career.
Muhammad Ali, Thomas Hauser
Highlights: This book tells the incredible story of the Olympic gold medalist and world heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali.
Pelé: The Autobiography, Pelé
Highlights: This autobiography provides a glimpse into the life of one of the greatest football (soccer) players, if not the greatest, of all time. From the streets of Sao Paulo to three World Cup wins, Pelé takes readers into his incredible journeys.
Seabiscuit: An American Legend, Laura Hillenbrand
Highlights: This is a beautiful story of the Thoroughbred named Seabiscuit, his rise to fame, and his team of three men who were part of his journey.
They Called Me God: The Best Umpire Who Ever Lived, Doug Harvey
Highlights: One of the few books that focus not on the players, coaches, or officials but to someone who is more often working behind the plate.
The Horse That God Built: The Untold Story of Secretariat, the World’s Greatest Racehorse, Lawrence Scanlan
Highlights: This book takes a look into lesser known stories of one of the greatest racehorses of all time
Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics, Jeremy Schaap
Highlights: This book depicts the incredible story of African-American Jesse Owens who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games against the looming spectre of Hitler’s Aryan supremacy.
When Pride Still Mattered: The Life of Vince Lombardi, David Maraniss
Highlights: This book takes a look into the life of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi who succeeded in leading the Green Bay Packers to five world championships.
Wooden: A Coach’s Life, Seth Davis
Highlights: John Wooden is a world-renowned college basketball coach that led his UCLA team to 88-game wins. In this book, Seth Davis provides insights into the man.