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It doesn’t matter if you like to play sports or just watch them. Reading a good biography, autobiography, or novel on the subject will deepen your appreciation. If your love for the game goes beyond live play and statistics, check out some of the best sports books published.

“The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach

This bestselling novel tells the story of a college baseball player whose life changes after a mistake on the field. Aside from enjoying its take on college sports, you’ll find a deeper story about how our decisions affect the people around us.

“I Came As a Shadow: An Autobiography” by John Thompson

John Thompson was a legendary basketball coach. In 1984, he became the first African-American man to lead a team to victory in the NCAA Division 1 National Championship. In “I Came As a Shadow,” you follow him from his childhood during an age when segregation reigned to his victories on the court with the Georgetown Hoyas.

“Montana: The Biography of Football’s Joe Cool” by Keith Dunnavant

Joe Montana was part of some of the NFL’s greatest moments. The 49ers quarterback played for 16 seasons, winning four Super Bowls. “Montana: The Biography of Football’s Joe Cool” goes beyond the stats and spectacular plays. It delves deep into the background of what made Montana into the man, and legend, that he is.

“Tiger Woods” by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian

Few sports figures have generated as much interest as golfer Tiger Woods. From the second he became a professional golfer at just 20 years old, he was a household name. It took him less than a year to become the number one golfer globally. “Tiger Woods” by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian details this meteoric rise to the top — and his unprecedented fall from grace in 2009.

“Alone on the Wall: Alex Honnold and the Ultimate Limits of Adventure” by Alex Honnold and Dave Roberts

Check out Alex Honnold’s autobiography if solo sports are more your speed. The rock climber scales some of the world’s most dangerous mountains without potentially life-saving equipment. “Alone on the Wall” takes you inside his mind. It’s a riveting look at what’s needed to push yourself to the ultimate limits.