Sports and Outdoor Recreation


Books on Running, Swimming, Scuba Diving, Golf, Tennis, Skiing, Backpacking, Football, Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Hockey, Camping, Hiking and Fishing.

 
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Sports Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Sports”. Be patient as the page loads.

Outdoor Recreation Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Outdoor Recreation”. Be patient as the page loads.

Backpacking Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Backpacking”. Be patient as the page loads.

Running Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Running”. Be patient as the page loads.

Swimming Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Swimming”. Be patient as the page loads.

Scuba Diving Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Scuba Diving”. Be patient as the page loads.

Golf Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Golf – General”. Be patient as the page loads.

Tennis Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Tennis”. Be patient as the page loads.

Skiing Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Skiing”. Be patient as the page loads.

Football Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Football”. Be patient as the page loads.

Baseball Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Baseball”. Be patient as the page loads.

Basketball Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Basketball”. Be patient as the page loads.

Soccer Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Soccer”. Be patient as the page loads.

Hockey Collection

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Fly Fishing Collection

Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Fly Fishing”. Be patient as the page loads.

Bryce’s Canadian Base Ball Guide for 1876

containing constitution and by-laws, playing rules and championship code of the Canadian Association of Base Ball Players adopted at the convention held in Toronto, April 7, 1876. Together with instructions for playing the game; hints on training and club management; duties of umpires, etc. Also brief history of the Canadian championship with some of the notable games played in the dominion during the past two seasons, and other information of interest to Canadian base ball players

Bryce 1876        Dewey Dec.    796.3

The Reach: Official American League Baseball Guide for 1914

An Annual Compendium of Base Ball Records, containing a complete history of the American League’s Campaign, review of all other base ball leagues and associations, official records of the American League and all other players, the official 1914 playing rules, 1914 schedule of the American League and other statistics

– 1892 Guide

– 1900 Guide

– 1920 Guide

A.J. Reach 1914        Dewey Dec.    796.3

100 Years of Baseball

The Intimate and Dramatic Story of Modern Baseball from the Game’s Beginnings up to the Present Day

Allen, Lee
Bartholomew House 1950        Dewey Dec.    796.3

Covers baseball history up to about 1950.

For Baseball fiction, see: Grey, Zane, The Short-Stop on Fiction – Novels from Authors G & H,
Mathewson, Christopher, Won in the Ninth on Fiction – Novels from Authors M, N & O, and;
Standish, Burt L., Lefty O’ the Bush on Fiction – Novels from Authors S

Also see our collection of Popular Cultural History Articles: Clothes – Food – Recreation

Fishing Kits and Equipment

Camp, Samuel Granger
Outing 1910        Dewey Dec.    799

“Systematic handbook picturing and describing the outfit of a fresh-water angler. Devotes most space to fly-fishing equipment, but also discusses tackle for catching lake-trout, bass, muskellunge, etc.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

Athletes All

Camp, Walter Chauncey
Scribner 1919        Dewey Dec.    796

A book on the elements of training, organizing and playing outdoor games and sports as developed in war training camps. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926

The Book of Football

Camp, Walter Chauncey
Century 1910        Dewey Dec.    796.3

“History, technique and strategies of football, by the leading American authority. Examples of remarkable plays are given. illustrated from photographs of games and players.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

Spalding’s Base Ball Guide and Official League Book for 1894

Containing the full official league record for 1893, together with the new code of playing rules as revised by the committee of rules. Attached to which are explanatory notes, giving a correct interpretation of the new rules. A prominent feature of the Guide for 1894 is the complete pitching records of 1893, to which are added special chapters on the batting, fielding and base running of 1893. Together with interesting records of the most noteworthy contests, incidents and occurrences of the eventful season of 1893, occurring in the college arena as well as that of the professional clubs.

– 1876 Guide

– 1907 Guide

– 1916 Guide

Chadwick, Henry, ed.
American Sports 1894        Dewey Dec.    796.3

Reminiscences of an Athlete: Twenty Years on Track and Field

Clark, Ellery Harding
Houghton 1911        Dewey Dec.    796.4

“Stories of great athletic meets and of the athletes of the author’s own (1889-1010) and earlier times. Suggestions for training are good.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

Baseball; Individual Play and Team Play in Detail

Clarke, W. J. and Dawson, Fredrick T.
Scribner 1915        Dewey Dec.    796.3

Gives the main facts of the game as played in the major leagues, taking up each position separately. Especially valuable for school and college teams. The authors are coaches of the baseball teams of Princeton university. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Football: the American Intercollegiate Game

Davis, Parke Hill
Scribner 1911        Dewey Dec.    796.3

“History to 1910, with special attention to the game in America during the past 40 years. Rosters of players, officials, and technical descriptions of 162 important college games played since 1873. The proceedings of intercollegiate conventions, rules adopted, etc., are appended.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

Present-day Golf

Duncan, George and Darwin, Bernard
Doran 1921        Dewey Dec.    796.3

The technical side of the game is covered thoroughly by George Duncan, a professional English golfer and teacher of note. He analyzes by photographs and text the plays of Vardon, Taylor, Braid, Mitchell, Ray, Herd, Mayo and others, with interesting information on the acquiring of technique. Mr. Darwin contributes the history, philosophy and reminiscences of the game. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Touching second; the Science of Baseball 1910

Evers, John J., & Fullerton, H. S.
Reilly 1911        Dewey Dec.    796.3

“History of ‘baseball, its development into an exact mathematical sport, records of great plays and players, signs and systems used by championship teams, etc. Very readable and interesting.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

Touring Afoot

Fordyce, Claude Powell
Outing 1922        Dewey Dec.    796.5

A book covering the whole field of outfit and methods for trips of varying lengths and conditions. It is assumed that the walker will carry equipment.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926

The Best American Sports Writing 2010

Gammons, Peter, ed.
Houghton Mifflin 2010        Dewey Dec.    796

Presents essays about sports chosen from magazines and newspapers published in 2009, on topics ranging from bullfighting to basketball, baseball, and boxing.

Football and How to Watch It

Haughton, Percy Duncan
Little 1924        Dewey Dec.    796.3

By emphasizing salient points and eliminating many details the Harvard mentor enables the average spectator to observe and understand more clearly team evolutions, the use of interferers, (who are the real heroes) and the cardinal principles of attack and defense. The photographs of recent games with his descriptive text illuminate typical formations and plays. It is recommended to the high school coach as well as the observer of the game. The first edition was published in 1922 by Jones. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926

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Recreations of a Sportsman on the Pacific Coast

Holder, Charles Frederick
Putnam 1910        Dewey Dec.    799

“Dramatic account of fishing adventures in the streams of the Cascades and high Sierras and in the deep seas of the Pacific, by a veteran sportsman and thorough scientist.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

Book of Camping and Woodcraft; a Guidebook for Those who Travel in the Wilderness

Kephart, Horace
Outing 1906        Dewey Dec.    796.5

“Genial and well tested advice on equipment, cookery, treatment of injuries, etc., for those who camp or travel in the wilderness.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

The Baseball Cyclopedia

Comprises a review of Professional Baseball, the history of all Major League Clubs, playing records and unique events, the batting, pitching and base running champions, World’s Series’ statistics and a carefully arranged alphabetical list of the records of more than 3500 Major League ball players, a feature never before attempted in print.

Lanigan, Ernest J.
Baseball Magazine Co. 1922        Dewey Dec.    796.3

Motor Camping

Long, John Cuthbert and Long, J. D.
Dodd 1923        Dewey Dec.    796.5

This is a complete tabulated list of camping sites, with accommodations afforded, arranged by states. The suggestions as to routes with alphabetical list of highways add to the value of this guide-book for the motor camper. It contains practical, conveniently arranged information on equipment, camps, food and camp health. State rules and regulations for hunting and fishing are included.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Knuckles and Gloves

Lynch, John Gilbert Bohun
Collins; Holt 1923        Dewey Dec.    796.8

A history of the prize ring by an English college man telling the story of famous prize fights from 1738 to the Carpentier and Cook encounter in London in 1922. His tale has obviously a sordid side, yet more evidently a brutal one. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926

How to Play Base-Ball

Mack, Connie (Cornelius McGillicuddy)
Drexel Biddle 1903        Dewey Dec.    796.3

Connie Mack managed the championship team of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1902. There are chapters covering each position, and some for specific skills (i.e. base sliding). There is a history of baseball, from its evolution from the English game of rounders in the 1830s, through the first national association of players in 1858, and the beginning of fully professional baseball in 1868. Contains portraits of a number of stars from the late 19th to the beginning of the 20th century.

Baseball Fever; Early Baseball in Michigan

Morris, Peter
University of Michigan 2003        Dewey Dec.    796.3

A fairly recent popular history, carefully researched and documented with footnotes, and with a useful bibliography. Especially helpful for Michigan fans is an index of Michigan cities and towns mentioned in the book, on page 387.

The Book of Woodcraft and Indian Lore

Seton, Ernest Thompson
Doubleday 1922        Dewey Dec.    796.5

America’s National Game

Historic Facts concerning the beginning evolution, development and popularity of Base Ball with personal reminiscences of its vicissitudes, its victories and its votaries

Spalding, Albert Goodwill
American Sports 1911        Dewey Dec.    796.3

For Baseball fiction, see: Grey, Zane, The Short-Stop on Fiction – Novels from Authors G & H,
Mathewson, Christopher, Won in the Ninth on Fiction – Novels from Authors M, N & O, and;
Standish, Burt L., Lefty O’ the Bush on Fiction – Novels from Authors S

The Open Spaces, Incidents of Nights and Days under the Blue Sky

Van Dyke, John Charles
Scribner 1922        Dewey Dec.    796.5

What the author calls “my own trail in the open.” The lover of outdoor life will follow him gladly down the years, beginning back in his boyhood, when he was taken to Minnesota, and will share his pleasure in sleeping out, riding in the open, the cattle ranges, desert journeys, forest and mountain trails crowded with incidents of wild life and beauty. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Saddle and Camp in the Rockies

Wallace, Dillon
Outing 1911        Dewey Dec.    799

“Enthusiastic account of a trip made early in 1910 from Arizona to Montana through the big game country, for the purpose of observing the big game preserves and the conditions of game in general.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911

The Compleat Angler

Walton, Izaak
Dodd 1904        Dewey Dec.    799

“Not only is he the sacer vates of a considerable sect in the religion of recreation, but multitudes who have never put a worm on a hook—even on a fly-hook—have been caught and securely held by his gentle craft and his leisure transcript of his own simple, peaceable, lovable and amusing character. The Compleat Angler was published in 1653, but Walton continued to add to its completeness in his leisurely way for a quarter of a century.”- A.L.A. Catalog 1926

Camp and Trail

White, Steward Edward
Doubleday 1907        Dewey Dec.    796.5

“Summary of results of author’s out-of-door experiences in the form of explicit advice to woodsmen and amateur campers. Gives addresses of outfitting firms and manufacturers of supplies.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911


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