Sports Fiction

General Sports Lists

Fiction about Sports (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Listed by sport: Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Golf, Tennis, Running, Wrestling, Boxing, Martial Arts, Skiing and Climbing, Swimming, Surfing, Skating, Fencing and Archery. Title, author, summary for about 85 novels, including mysteries.

Winners: Sports Fiction (Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore): Compiled 2005. More than 15 books, with author, title, summary, webcat link, and publication year, organised by sport. Books published between 2002 and 2004.

Playing the Game: Sports in Fiction (Williamsburg Public Library): Author and title listed for fiction about baseball (10 books), basketball (9), boxing (1), football (6), golf (7), horse racing (8), rugby (1), and tennis (7 books). Compiled May 1998.

Sports Fiction (Reader's Advice): 'Stories involving professional or amateur sports.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 45 titles, organised by sport -- baseball, basketball, boxing, football, golf, hunting/fishing, and various. Compiled Feb. 2000, updated Feb. 2006.

Good Reads for the Sport in You (Mary Corbett, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 95 books, listed by sport: Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Fishing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Horse racing, Ice skating, Running, Skiing, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling, and The Olympics. Updated March 2006.

Be A Sport: Fiction in a Sporting Mood (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author and title only (no summaries) for about 45 fictional works featuring sports, listed by sport: racing, running, sailing, soccer, football, tennis, golf, fishing, and baseball. Compiled Feb. 1995.

Books Too Good To Put Down: Sports Fiction (Bookbytes): Extensive summaries/reviews for about 20 recommended novels not about basketball or baseball, from Alina Adams' Murder on Ice to Bruce Zimmerman's Crimson Green. Updated Aug. 2006.

Olympic/Athlete Fiction (Julie Connoley, Fiction-L): Compiled Jan. 2002. Over 40 books listed (in alpha order by title), from Dead Men Don't Ski by Patricia Moyes to Your Oasis on Flame Lake by Lorna Landvik.

Sports (Halton Hills Public Library -- Georgetown, Ontario, CAN): Author, title, webcat links for about 40 books (listed alphabetically by author), from Peter Abrahams' The Fan to Stephen F. Wilcox's All the Dead Heroes.

Knockout Sports Novels (Moonyean Carlton, Boston Public Library): Author, title, and publication info for about 30 novels featuring sports. Compiled 1991, updated April 2001.

Cycling: Fiction and Nonfiction (Mid-Continent PL, MO): Author and title only for 7 fiction and 11 non-fiction titles.

Baseball

Guide to Baseball Fiction: Adult Novels (Tim Morris) : Extensive listing of baseball novels, with author, title, publication info, summary, and sometimes short reviews. Excellent resource.

Books Too Good To Put Down: Sports Fiction: Baseball Novels (Bookbytes): Extensive summaries/reviews for about 30 recommended novels, from Kevin Baker's Sometimes You See It Coming to Tim Wendel's Castro's Curveball. Updated Aug. 2006.

Baseball: Fiction for the Fans (Winfield Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for 16 baseball novels (incl. 4 mysteries), from The Fan by Peter Abrahams to Murder at Wrigley Field by Troy Soos. Compiled April 2005.

Batter Up! (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA): Fiction with baseball themes. Author, title, summary, webcat link for 10 books, from Michael Chabon's Summerland to Robert B. Parker's Double Play.

Play by the Book: Baseball-related fiction (Johnson County Library, KS): Author, title, webcat link, and summary for about 40 books (mysteries noted), from Peter Abrahams' The Fan to Mark Winegardner's The Veracruz Blues Includes books by Joe Coomer, Jim Bouton, Karen Fowler, Donald Honig, Alison Gordon, W.P. Kinsella, Mike Lupica, Michael Shaara, etc.

Play Ball! Great Baseball Reads (B. Hinton, Memorial Hall Library, Andover MA): Author, title, pub. year, summary, and webcat link for about 7 fiction and 8 non-fiction titles, with fiction from David Ferrell's Screwball to Philip Roth's The Great American Novel. Compiled June 2003, updated Jan. 2007.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame (Kitchener Public Library, Ontario, Canada): Baseball fiction. Authors and title(s) for about 70 novels about baseball, from Peter Abrahams's The Fan to Mark Zubro's An Echo of Death.

Baseball Fiction: A Selected List (Chicago Public Library, IL): Author, title, and summary of each of 12 adult baseball novels. Compiled Feb. 1995.

Baseball Fiction (Novi Public Library, MI): Author and title only for about 15 novels.

Baseball in Science Fiction (Steven Silver): Author, title, and occasional link for about 100 baseball science-fiction novels, short stories, and anthologies.

Basketball

Books Too Good To Put Down: Sports Fiction: Basketball Novels (Bookbytes): Extensive summaries/reviews for about 15 recommended novels, from Peter Barsocchini's Ghost to Theodore Weesner's Winning the City. Updated Aug. 2006.

Fiction about Basketball (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Title, author, summary for 9 novels, including mysteries.

Football

Fiction about Football (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Title, author, summary for 11 novels, including mysteries.

Football Fiction (Novi Public Library, MI): Author and title only for a dozen novels.

Hiking, Backpacking, Camping

Rock Climbing and Mountaineering Booklist (Overbooked): These books have received starred reviews from the major reviewing sources. Author, title, publication info, brief reviews, and sometimes external links for a dozen fiction titles, from High Country by Nevada Barr to Prayer for the Dead by David Wiltse, plus a few non-fiction. Updated Feb. 2007.

Hiking/Backpacking Fiction (Joan E. Burgess, Fiction-L): Over 15 books listed, including a few non-fiction works that read like fiction. Compiled Oct. 1998.

Hiking and Backpacking (Jasper County Public Library, IN): Author, title, some summaries of 10 mostly fiction (2 non-fiction) books about hiking or backpacking, from Trail of Murder by Christine Andreae to Purification Ceremony by Mark Sullivan.

Golf

Golf in Fiction (Wilmette Public Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, webcat link, and summary for 9 books, from Tom Coyne's A Gentleman's Game to Steven Pressfield's The Legend of Bagger Vance. Created Feb. 2006.

Golf Fiction for a Rainy Day (Newton Free Library, MA): Author, title, publication info, and genre (where applicable) for about 40 novels, from Catherine Aird's Hole in One to Don Wade's Take Dead Aim. Also lists some web resources. May 2006.

Swing into Fiction: Golf Stories (AART, Rolling Meadows Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, and page count for 13 novels, from Barry Cork's Unnatural Hazard to Bruce Zimmerman's Crimson Green.

Aquatic and Nautical Sports

Sailing and Diving Novels (Bay County Library System, MI): Author and title only for works by 7 authors, including David Poyer's diving thrillers and James Thayer's Force 12.

Fish Stories: Fishing Fiction (E. Sathan, Memorial Hall Library, Andover MA): Author, title, pub. year, summary, and webcat link for about 15 books, from Michelle Chalfoun's The Width of the Sea to Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Compiled Jan. 2007.

Games

Fiction about games of chance, like gambling and the lottery, are on the financial fiction page.

Fiction about Games (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Listed by game: Chess, Crossword Puzzles, Cards and Gambling, Computer Games, Game Shows, Amusement Parks, The Lottery. Title, author, summary for about 45 novels, including mysteries.

The Game's Afoot (Johnson County Library, KS): Novels featuring puzzles and games. Author, title, summary, webcat link for more than 40 novels, from David Baldacci's The Winner to D.B. Weiss's Lucky Wander Boy. Some games include gambling and casinos, the lottery, video games, dominoes, bridge, charades, go, chess, mah-jongg, cribbage, word games, Scrabble.

Check and Mate: Chess Themes in Fiction (AART, Rolling Meadows Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, and page count for 12 novels, from Richard Barth's Furnished for Murder to Roger Zelanzy's Nine Princes in Amber.

En Passant: A Selection of Chess Materials (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): Fiction, non-fiction, and multimedia titles about chess and the Asian game of Go. 17 fiction titles, with authors and most with webcat links. Oct. 2003.