Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn: Boxing’s Unforgettable Summer of 1941 by Ed Gruver

Reviewed by Josh Sopiarz, Governors State University Gruver, Ed. Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn: Boxing’s Unforgettable Summer of 1941. Lyons Press, 2022. Hardcover, $27.95. During the oft-quoted taxicab scene from Elia Kazan’s On the Waterfront (1954), Rod Steiger’s character, Charley, asks his brother Terry, played by Marlon Brando, how much he weighs. Charley then says, “when you weighed … Continue reading Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn: Boxing’s Unforgettable Summer of 1941 by Ed Gruver

Game Misconduct: Hockey’s Toxic Culture and how to Fix it by Evan Moore and Jashvina Shah

Reviewed by Lisa Timpf Game Misconduct: Hockey’s Toxic Culture and How to Fix It by Evan Moore and Jashvina Shah takes a broad-ranging look at the sport of hockey as it intersects with a number of parameters, including racism, sexism, and homophobia. Though the authors are critical of many aspects of hockey’s culture, the book is … Continue reading Game Misconduct: Hockey’s Toxic Culture and how to Fix it by Evan Moore and Jashvina Shah

Black Celebrity: Contemporary Representations of Postbellum Athletes and Artists by Emily Ruth Rutter

Reviewed by Philip Wedge, University of Kansas Emily Ruth Rutter has written a fascinating monograph as part of the “Performing Celebrity” Series from University of Delaware Press, which is publishing works in “the emerging field of celebrity studies” (Rutter ii). Black Celebrity examines six contemporary creative works of poetry and fiction, three of which focus on post-bellum … Continue reading Black Celebrity: Contemporary Representations of Postbellum Athletes and Artists by Emily Ruth Rutter

Jump Shooting to a Higher Degree: My Basketball Odyssey by Sheldon Anderson

Reviewed by Tom Fabian, Postdoctoral Fellow | Sport Studies University of Ottawa | School of Human Kinetics Sheldon Anderson writes like he plays basketball:  Disciplined, a little rough at times (or “on the nose,” as they say), but, generally, the “right way.”  Without having to explicitly state it, Anderson is a fundamentalist.  This is quite evident in his … Continue reading Jump Shooting to a Higher Degree: My Basketball Odyssey by Sheldon Anderson

You Are Looking Live: How The NFL Today Revolutionized Sports Broadcasting by Rich Podolsky.

Podolsky, Rich. You Are Looking Live: How The NFL Today Revolutionized Sports Broadcasting. Lyons Press, 2021. 226pp. $29.95. Reviewed by Richard C. Crepeau, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Central Florida. You Are Looking Live is, in part, an insider’s look at “The NFL Today,” the first of what is now thought of as the pregame show … Continue reading You Are Looking Live: How The NFL Today Revolutionized Sports Broadcasting by Rich Podolsky.

Never Come Morning (2021 Edition) by Nelson Algren.

Algren, Nelson. Never Come Morning. Seven Stories Press, 2021. Paperback, $16.95. Reviewed by Josh Sopiarz, Governors State University Never Come Morning is Nelson Algren’s novel about a group of young Polish street toughs who play against other teams of street gangs in an unsanctioned baseball league on Chicago’s Northwest Side during the Great Depression. The team’s … Continue reading Never Come Morning (2021 Edition) by Nelson Algren.

Abdi’s World:The Black Cactus on Life, Running and Sport by Abdi Abdirahman with Myles Schrag.

Abdi Abdirahman with Myles Schrag. Abdi’s World: The Black Cactus on Life, Running, and Fun. Flagstaff, AZ: Soulstice Publishing, 2021. 228 pp. Paperback. $19.95 Reviewed by Willie Steele Even the most casual fans of men’s American distance running are familiar with the names of the great athletes who have performed well on the world stage. Billy … Continue reading Abdi’s World:The Black Cactus on Life, Running and Sport by Abdi Abdirahman with Myles Schrag.

Tennis: A history by Greg Ruth

Ruth, Greg. Tennis: A History from American Amateurs to Global Professionals. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2021, 319 pages. Reviewed by Jeffrey O. Segrave, Department of Health and Human Physiological Sciences, Skidmore College, NY. Greg Ruth’s book is an important and significant contribution to the extant academic literature on the history of the modern game … Continue reading Tennis: A history by Greg Ruth

When You Can Throw From Deep Short by Robert Hamblin

Hamblin, Robert.  When You Can Throw from Deep Short.  Independently Published, 2021.  124pp.  $6.95. Reviewed by Mark Noe             Robert Hamblin has given to the world nearly fifty books: academic studies, poetry, memoir, and fiction.  His latest novel, When You Can Throw from Deep Short, is a fine sport book for young adults, with a little history, a little culture, and a … Continue reading When You Can Throw From Deep Short by Robert Hamblin

The Gold in the Rings: The People and Events that Transformed the Olympic Games by Stephen Wenn and Robert Barney

Wenn, Stephen, and Robert Barney. The Gold in the Rings: The People and Events that Transformed the Olympic Games. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2020, 336 pages. Reviewed by Jeffrey O. Segrave, Department of Health and Human Physiological Sciences, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY The Gold in the Rings is the suitable companion to the … Continue reading The Gold in the Rings: The People and Events that Transformed the Olympic Games by Stephen Wenn and Robert Barney