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The Sporting Life

Libraries might not seem like the best place to learn about rules or enjoy sports action, but in fact we offer a wide variety of stories, biographies and informational books on lots of different athletic activities. So when you'd rather read about a game than participate in one, check out the list below or ask your local referee--I mean librarian--for a suggestion.

Love of the Game

Love of the Game

Sixth-grader Jackson has a rough start in middle school, with bullies on the bus, few classes with his friends, and changes at home but some good teachers, meeting a girl, joining a club, and playing football soon turn things around.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

An elementary look at the Pittsburgh Steelers professional football team, including its formation in 1933, most memorable players, Super Bowl championships, and stars of today.

The Story of the NFL

The Story of the NFL

A look at the origins, leaders, growth, and management of the NFL, the professional football league that was formed in 1920 and today governs 32 teams throughout the United States.

Baseball Great

Baseball Great

All twelve-year-old Josh wants to do is play baseball but when his father, a minor league pitcher, signs him up for a youth championship team, Josh finds himself embroiled in a situation with potentially illegal consequences.

G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet

G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet

The letters of the alphabet introduce facts about the Olympic movement and Olympic sports.

Goof-off Goalie

Goof-off Goalie

Ten-year-old Goose is best at goofing off, but when he decides to become the goalie for their soccer team, his friend Henry sets up a practice schedule and enlists their other friends to help Goose improve his skills.

Big Kicks

Big Kicks

A suprising and funny story about a lovable, but rather clumsy bear and his endearing, but rather unlucky team.

Hot Hand

Hot Hand

In the wake of his parents' separation, ten-year-old Billy seems to have continual conflicts with his father, who is also his basketball coach, but his quiet, younger brother Ben, a piano prodigy, is having even more trouble adjusting, and only Billy seems to notice.

Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map

Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map

Raised on a cattle ranch, Agnes Morley was sent to Stanford University to learn to be a lady. Yet in no time she exchanged her breeches and spurs for bloomers and a basketball; and in April 1896 she made history. In a heart-pounding game against the University of California at Berkeley, Agnes led her team to victory in the first-ever intercollegiate women's basketball game, earning national attention and putting women's basketball on the map.

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. Illustrations from oil paintings by artist Kadir Nelson.

Gunner, Football Hero

Gunner, Football Hero

When short, round Gunner, the third-string quarterback, finally gets to play in a big game, everyone treats him like a hero.

Troy Polamalu

Troy Polamalu

Part of the Football Heroes Making a Difference this biography of one of the best-known Steelers focuses on much more than Polamalu's playing (or his hair).

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?!

Learn about Sandy Koufax the greatest lefty who ever pitched in the game of baseball.