Baseball Maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets, by Steve Ketterman (Atlantic Monthly, Apr.)

The Best Team Money Can Buy: The Strange Saga of the Los Angeles Dodgers, by Molly Knight (Simon & Schuster, July)

Booker T: My Rise to Wrestling Royalty, by Booker T. Huffman, with Andrew William Wright (Medallion, Mar.)

Chill Factor: How a Minor-League Hockey Team Changed a City Forever, by David Paitson and Craig Merz (Skyhorse/Sports Publishing, Mar.)

The Crowd Goes Wild: How to Love Sports Without Losing Your Soul, by William C. Rhoden (Spiegel & Grau, Aug.)

The Dad Report: Fathers, Sons, and Baseball Families by Kevin Cook (Norton, June)

The Department of Football: A Journey Through the Extraordinary Money Culture of College Football, by Gilbert Gaul (Viking, Sept.)

The Essential W.P. Kinsella, by W.P. Kinsella (Tachyon, Mar.)

Every Town Is a Sports Town: Business Leadership at ESPN, from the Mailroom to the Boardroom, by George Bodenheimer, with Donald T. Phillips (Grand Central, May)

The Grind: Inside Baseball’s Endless Season, by Barry Svrluga (Blue Rider, July)

Junior Seau: The Life and Death of a Football Icon, by Jim Trotter (HMH, Nov.)

Just Add Water: A Surfing Savant’s Journey with Asberger’s, by Clay Marzo and Robert Yehling (HMH, July)

Montana: The Biography of Football’s Joe Cool, by Keith Dunnavant (Thomas Dunne, Sept.)

One More Step: My Story of Living with Cerebral Palsy, Climbing Kilimanjaro, and Surviving the Hardest Race on Earth, by Bonner Paddock, with Neal Bascomb (HarperOne; Mar.)

Perfected: The High-Stakes Game of Creating the Best Basketball Player Ever, by Andy Glockner (Da Capo, Oct.)

The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch, by Jonathan Gottschall (Penguin Press, Apr.)

Racing Toward Discovery: The Extraordinary Story of Iditarod Musher Mike Williams Sr., by Mike Williams Sr. and Lew Freedman (Alaska Northwest, May)

Saints Sinners, and Saturdays: Why College Football Is the Sport America Deserves, by Diane Roberts (Harper, Oct.)

Science of Swimming Faster, by Scott Riewald and Scott Rodeo (Human Kinetics, June)

Slaying the Tiger: How Golf’s Young Guns Took Over the Sport, by Shane Ryan (Ballantine, May)

Soccer FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Clubs, the Players, and the Rivalries, by Dave Thompson (Backbeat, Mar.), and Pro Wrestling FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the World’s Most Entertaining Spectacle, by Brian Solomon (Backbeat, June)

Spitting in the Soup: Inside the Dirty Game of Doping in Sports, by Mark Johnson (VeloPress, Nov.)

The Top of His Game: the Best Sportswriting of W.C. Heinz, edited by Bill Littlefield (Library of America, Mar.)

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