My Guilty Pleasure ~ Sports Books
I blame and applaud The Washington Post.
Dan Jenkins and his daughter Sally Jenkins who writes now, Jonathan Yardley, Tony Kornheiser, Michael Wilbon, Ken Denlinger,Thomas Boswell, Angus Phillips (omg Angus Phillips), Tracee Hamilton , Tom Wise, …just to name a few of The Washington Post sports columnists I lived and live for each day who helped drive my love for sports reporting and “the name of the game:. Look up some of their columns and prepare for a literary feast.
The incredible sports columnists that have come ….and sadly gone…through the years…at the newspaper I have considered my own for decades. Talk about high standards! These men and women never stuck exactly to the scores at hand but ranged off into topics such as racism, social inequality, injuries, or whatever needed to be spoken about. Or sometimes their articles were just downright humorous, tickling the intellect while informing and keeping score.
They pointed out the quirky, the extraordinary, and those not quite up to snuff with the same passion, in depth love of the games they were reporting on, and yes compassion for the players as well.
They also made me want to know more. More about each sport, each team, and, indeed, each player.
They made me range out and start reading books like the hilarious and informative The Wrong Stuff and Have Glove, Will Travel by Bill “Spaceman” Lee (Lee was also known as The Ace from Space…baseball), and Semi Tough and You Gotta Play Hurt by Dan Jenkins (football) for starters, then Ball Four by Jim Bouton and the great The Soul of Baseball: A Road Trip Through Buck O’Neil’s America by Joe Posnanski,
Books rec’d and talked about in the sports section of The Post. My list started there.
There were a great many other baseball books, and still are. My shelves groan under the weight of them, but for other sports? Not so much. Hard to say why exactly.Maybe because football players never had the romance or the journey or something about them that the boys of summer did. That always seemed more of a business less a love affair. A launching pad to wealth and something else…but maybe that’s just my perception.
Until I found LGBT romance and hockey love stories. Now don’t get me wrong. I have always loved hockey. But never read the books about them like I did my boys of summer. My bad. Because the comparisons between the two and the way both sports bring up (or don’t) from the minor leagues are astonishing. The players that toil their entire careers playing in small towns for tiny wages, living in hotels, and barely making it for the love of the game…that’s baseball and that’s hockey. You don’t hear about those players and the lives they live. Well, not often.
Unless you read about them in stories like those from Lee and Posnanski for baseball. And as I have been lucky to find out from Avon Gale’s recent recommendations like the Journeyman: The Many Triumphs (and Even More Defeats) Of A Guy Who’s Seen
by Sean Pronger and Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South by Jon C. Stott. I’m working on the first and have the 2nd one lined up. Then on to books about Martin Brodeur (Brodeur: Beyond the Crease by Martin Brodeur) and Bobby Orr. From those that were journeymen to the greats.
Why? Besides my love of these books and these men and the sports of course?
Because it helps me appreciate the research and love the authors themselves bring to their stories and series.
Authors to be found on our LGBT hockey recommendations list like Gale, Piper Vaughn, RJ Scott, VL Locey, Jeff Adams, Amy Aislin, AE Wasp, Samantha Wayland, and Rachel Reid. I know I’m leaving others out.
LGBT romance stories about baseball players are less frequent, usually college players and not professional ones. So my comparisons are left to the wonderful authors above who I’ am continuing my journey with this week.
Can you all think of other sports that compare to these two? Especially in the way the players train and spend time in the lower leagues? Have romance books written about them?
Chime in….and more about this topic next week.
This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Sunday, August 18:
- My Guilty Pleasure ~ Sports Books
- This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
Monday, August 19:
- Retro Review Tour – CID by S. L. Danielson
- Release Blitz – Terry O’Reilly – Love Or The NFL
- BLITZ Hitting Black Ice by Heloise West
- PROMO Chris T. Kat + Giveaway
- An Alisa Review: CID by S. L. Danielson
- A Vivacious Review: Heel (Working Out the Kinks #2) by K.M. Neuhold
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: The Doctor’s Orders (Copper Point Medical #3) by Heidi Cullinan
Tuesday, August 20:
- Blog Tour Appeal to You by Jaclyn Quinn
- Book Blast – Eighteen Moons by Andi Webb
- BLITZ Coffee by Matthew J. Metzger
- Blog Tour – Beauregard and the Beast by Evie Drae
- A Chaos Moondrawn Review: Heart Strain by Michele Notaro & Sammi Cee
- An Alisa Review: Appeal to You (Beyond the Cove #3) by Jaclyn Quinn
- A Lila Review: I Dare You to Break Curfew (Inshari Chronicles #1) by Eva Munoz
Wednesday, August 21:
- Cover Reveal – Yours, Forever After by Beth Bolden
- Release Blitz – Change of Plans by Riley Long
- Release Blitz Signal – Annabelle Jacobs – Escape (Rebellion #1)
- Blog Tour Guest Post – Heidi Cullinan – Doctor’s Orders
- BLOG TOUR Mason’s Run by Mellanie Rourke
- An Alisa Review: Mason’s Run by Mellanie Rourke
- A MelanieM Review: The Captain and the Theatrical (Captivating Captains #3) by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead
Thursday, August 22:
- Cover Reveal – The Marshal’s PI by Este Holland
- Review Tour-Sara Dobie Bauer-Broken News
- Release Blitz- Last Call in Wonderland by Rob Browatzke
- PROMO Eva Muñoz on I Dare You To Break Curfew
- An Alisa Review: Forever Nine by Kris T. Bethke
- A MelanieM Review: Empty Net(Scoring Chances #4) by Avon Gale
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review : Broken News by Sara Dobie Bauer
Friday, August 23:
- Review Tour – RJ Scott & Meredith Russell – Kaden (Boyfriend for Hire #2)
- New Release Blitz Kept in the Dark by Charlie Cochet
- Blog Tour – Behind the Stick, The Speakeasy #3 by K. Evan Coles and Brigham Vaughn
- Release blitz Bike Business: A Holeshot Novel by Lynn Michaels
- A MelanieM Review:A Rhythm You Feel (The Rock Gods: East Coast Label #1) by Ann Lister
- An Alisa Audio review The Spirit Key (Lock and Key #1) by Parker Williams and Collin Carcy (Narrator)
- A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review:Kaden (Boyfriend for Hire #2) by R.J. Scott and Meredith Russell
Saturday, August 24:
- Release Blitz Tour – RJ Scot’s Today (Single Dads #2)
- A MelanieM Review: Mainly by Moonlight (Bedknobs and Broomsticks #1) by Josh Lanyon
Basketball and football in romance seems less frequent to me. I think I’ve only read one basketball sport romance in 10+ yrs of reading m/m fiction and only seen a handful maybe less with ones that have football. I think there are less popular ones out there like soccer, ice skating, lacross, rugby and equestrianism that get even less attention. Swimming I think is a big one after hockey and the focus usually falls over the two.
True, HB, but I think ice skating is coming up strong lately. Two, maybe three books have featured ice skaters as MCs that I’ve read, some in ice hockey/ice skater romance.