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Sports Memoirs

Updated: June 23, 2016

Finnegan, William,
Call Number: 797.6092 F514

A coming-of-age memoir by the surfing-obsessed William Finnegan, who fell in love with the sport as a young boy, and continued surfing well into his adult life as an international journalist. Surfers and non-surfers alike will enjoy this well-written recounting of a life spent surfing.

Wade, Dwyane, 1982-
Call Number: 796.252 W119

Miami Heat All-Star Shooting Guard Dwayne Wade gets very personal in this revealing memoir of how he came to fight for custody of his two sons and the unique father-son relationships he formed with them as a single parent.

Ravin, Idan.
Call Number: 796.252 R256

From NBA basketball's most sought-after trainer comes a behind-the-scenes look at his career and training methods, offering a rare glimpse inside the lives of the star athletes he has worked with.


Oher, Michael.
Call Number: 796.271 O365

The football star made famous in the hit film The Blind Side looks back at his journey from a childhood as a homeless youth to achieving the dream come true of playing in the NFL.

Beard, Amanda.
Call Number: 796.9092 B368

This memoir by the seven-time Olympic medalist describes her battles with depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse in spite of her successful career, recounting how she hid her struggles from her loved ones before seeking help and finding renewal in the birth of her son.

Krakauer, Jon.
Call Number: 796.012 K89-1 2009

Kraukauer's epic account of the May 1996 climbing disaster on Mount Everest, which he survived, while others perished.

Miller, Shannon, 1977-
Call Number: 796.4092 M651-1

The winner of seven Olympic medals and the most decorated gymnast, male or female, in U.S. history, Shannon tells her story from being a shy girl raised in Oklahoma, through her training accidents, her successful battle with ovarian cancer, and the birth of her miracle baby girl.

Davis, Steph, 1972-
Call Number: 796.012 D264 2015

World-class free climber Steph Davis recounts how she took a break from her climbing career after her marriage ended and in the process discovered skydiving and eventually, BASE jumping. Along the way, Davis she found a new sense of self and new love. 


Williams, Jay, 1981-
Call Number: 796.252 W7245

A memoir by Jay Williams, the Chicago Bulls' top draft pick who was at the beginning of a brilliant professional basketball career when a terrible accident ended his career and plunged him into deep depression. It's the story of how he found his way out of the darkness.


Moceanu, Dominique, 1981-
Call Number: 796.4092 M688-1

A multilayered memoir of a 14-year-old member of the 1996 U.S. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics team that transcends the world of sports, illuminating the challenges and hardships behind the fame.

Agassi, Andre, 1970-
Call Number: 796.1092 A262

Meet the Andre Agassi you never would have guessed existed. With the assistance of ghostwriter journalist J.P. Moehringer, Agassi has put together a compelling and intimate memoir about growing up the son of a demanding father on the dry courts of Las Vegas and navigating the world of stardom as an insecure young adult looking to find his way trying to discover the kind of adult he wants to be. Not at all the portrait of the Andre Agassi you thought you knew.

Solo, Hope, 1981-
Call Number: 796.272 S689

The surprising personal story of Hope Solo, goalkeeper for the U.S. womens national soccer team.

Strayed, Cheryl, 1968-
Call Number: 813 S913S

Shattered at age 26 by her mother's death and the end of her marriage, Strayed did something way out of the realm of her experience--she took a solo 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail.