Clearing the Bases, by Allen Barra. Mays or Mantle? Williams or DiMaggio? Barra attempts to settle these and many other oft-asked baseball questions with reams of research and statistics.
My Losing Season, by Pat Conroy. This memoir of The Citadel's trying eight-win season of 1966-67 is also a poignant account of the painful maturation of Conroy, the team's point guard.
Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, by Jane Leavy. An exhaustively researched study that paints an intriguing portrait of the famously reclusive Dodgers pitcher.
The Gloves, by Robert Anasi. The author, an amateur boxer, chronicles his efforts to qualify for New York City's Golden Gloves tournament.
The Greatest Game Ever Played, by Mark Frost. The ultimate David-beats-Goliath story: 20-year-old amateur Francis Ouimet's victory over English great Harry Vardon in the 1913 U.S. Open. This match was the birth of modern golf.