Recommended reading to pass the time

DOWAGIAC — Athletes and coaches are still in a holding pattern when it comes to the completion of the winter sports season and the upcoming spring sports season.

To help pass the time, fire up your favorite electronic device and order up a good sports book.

There are so many to choose from. Many have been turned into movies, but since there is plenty of time to kill with the stay-at-home order that Michigan residents are currently under, a book would be a good way to pass the time.

Here is a list of 15 books to help get readers started:

The Blind Side — Michael Lewis

Paper Lion — George Plimpton

Semi-Tough — Dan Jenkins

Friday Night Lights — H.G. Bissinger

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game — Michael Lewis

Babe: The Legend Comes To Life — Robert Creamer

Muhammad Ali: His Life And Times — Thomas Hauser

Fever Pitch — Nick Hornby

The Boys Of Summer — Roger Kahn

Seabiscuit — Laura Hillenbrand

The Game — Ken Dryden

The Sweet Science — A.J. Liebling

North Dallas Forty — Pete Gent

Shoeless Joe — W.P. Kinsella

Eight Men Out — Eliot Asinof

Two of the books on the list — “Paper Lion” and “North Dallas Forty” both have ties to the state of Michigan.

“Paper Lion” by Plimpton is about the author attending training camp in 1963 with the Detroit Lions.

“North Dallas Forty” was written by Gent, who attended Bangor High School and was a classmate of former Dowagiac teacher and superintendent Larry Crandall.

Former Brandywine Superintendent John Jarpe is a fan of Dan Jenkins.

“I’d have to say three by Dan Lewis that I thoroughly enjoyed: ‘Semi-Tough,’ ‘You Gotta Play Hurt’ and ‘Life Its Ownself,’” he said. “Great characters you’d love to sit down and have a beer with.”

Former Dowagiac teacher, track and cross country coach Teri Gish Frantz also likes one of the books listed — Shoeless Joe by Kinsella.

“It’s a moving story,” she said.

Mike Rauch suggested “The Only Way I Know,” which was written by Cal Ripken Jr. Rauch made his suggestion on Twitter.

Anyone wishing to add to the list of good sports books may do so through Facebook, Twitter or by email at Those books will be passed on to readers through social media and by updating the story that can be found at


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