My favorite is a children's book called "Keeping Score" by Linda Sue Park. Taking place in Brooklyn in the 1950s, this story focuses on 9-year-old Maggie (named for Joe DiMaggio) and her love for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Maggie learns several important lessons about life, including how to keep box scores and how to be a good friend to a local boy serving in the Korean War. A great portrait of a time and place — and a wonderful intro to box scores for this non-fan of baseball.
— Melissa Henderson, Libertyville
My favorite focuses on a sport that no longer claims public attention as it did in the era portrayed in the book: "Seabiscuit" by Laura Hillenbrand. A failed jockey, a down-on-his-luck trainer and (an) undistinguished horse combine to create a perfect storm in the 1930s world of horse racing.
— Joan Colby, Elgin
My Top 10: Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air"; Bill Buford's "Among the Thugs"; John Feinstein's "A Season on the Brink"; H.G. Bissinger's "Friday Night Lights"; Lance Armstrong and Sally Jenkins' "It's Not About the Bike"; Michael Lewis' "Moneyball"; Andre Agassi's "Open"; Nick Hornby's "Fever Pitch"; Bill Bradley's "Life on the Run"; David Halberstam's "The Breaks of the Game."
— Charlie Gofen, Chicago
"A River Runs Through It"
— Don Sheu, Seattle
— J. Edgar Mihelic, Morgantown, W.V.