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Book report: The Year's Best in Sports

I've read a few dozen sports books over the past year. Here are some of my favorites, in case you need a last-minute gift for the sports lover in the family. Click on the title to jump to a full review; this includes books I read this year:

The Good Son - Mark Kriegel - This biography of Ray Mancini is a fine update on a famous boxer who lost his title here in Buffalo (but still loves it here).

The Best American Sports Writing 2012 - Edited by Michael Wilbon - I always enjoy books in this series, and this was no exception.

Imperfect - Jim Abbott - The nicest surprise of the year, this is a great look at a remarkable person as well as a look back at his best day as a pitcher.

Bill Veeck - Paul Dickson - A worthy companion to the late Veeck's own "Veeck as in Wreck," which might be my favorite sports book ever.

Over Time - Frank Deford - One of the best writers of sports ever looks back on his great if still in progress career.

Wherever I Wind Up - R.A. Dickey  with Wayne Coffey - This is an absolutely stunning piece of work about an amazing life story. Look for it on "best of 2012" lists in any subject.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.