10 Books for People who Miss Sports

May 4, 2020 | M. Elwood

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Oh, sports fans, I understand. This is a terrible time of year to be without sports. Even worse, some people are blaming the suspension of sports on us, citing something called The Toronto Curse.

It turns out that every time a Toronto team has won its first championship, the following season is cut short with no championship awarded. The Toronto Arenas, latter the Toronto Maple Leafs, won their first Stanley Cup in 1918. In 1919, the final game of the championship was cancelled due to the Spanish Influenza. The cup was not awarded that year. In Major League Baseball, something similar happened. The Toronto Blue Jays won their first and second championships in 1992 and 1993. In August of 1994, MLB players went on strike and the rest of the season was cancelled. The Raptors, as we all remember, won the NBA championship, their first, on June 17, 2019 and there is no sign of the NBA playing again in 2020.

Although we can't watch professional hockey, baseball and basketball, there are some books that may provide a distraction until sports are played again.

All of the books listed below are available as eBooks.

Hockey

I know all Leafs fans had a moment of sadness on May 2, the 53rd anniversary of the last time the team won the Stanley Cup. Will there be another one? Not this year certainly.

Captain

Captain: My Life and Career by Darryl Sittler with Mike Leonetti

Darryl Sittler is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, Ontario Sports Hall of Fame and Canadian Walk of Fame. His number (27) was retired by the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

Killer

Killer: My Life in Hockey by Doug Gilmour

Doug Gilmour was a member of the 1989 Stanley Cup Winning Calgary Flames team. He also won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for Best Defensive for the 1992-93 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. His number (93) was also retired by the Leafs. 

Bleeding blue

Bleeding Blue: Giving My All for the Game by Wendel Clark

Saskatchewan-born Wendel Clark was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame. Like his fellow captains Sittler and Gilmour, Clark's number was retired. 

Hope and heartbreak

Hope and Heartbreak in Toronto: Life as a Maple Leafs Fan by Peter Robinson

Journalist Peter Robinson examines the inexplicable loyalty he and other fans like me have for the hapless Leafs.

 

Basketball

Last year was great, right? The excitement, the parade...sigh. It really is sad to think about how much has changed since June 2019. 

We the champs

We the Champs: The Toronto Raptors' Historic Run to the 2019 NBA Title by Alex Wong

Relive the amazing 2018-2019 season. 

100 things raptors fans

100 Things Raptors Fans should Know and Do Before they Die by Dave Mendonca

Linsanity

Jeremy Lin: The Reason for the Linsanity by Timothy Dalrymple

Jeremy Lin signed with the Raptors in  February 2019 when Fred Van Vleet was injured. With the championship win, he became the first Asian American to win an NBA title. He was also the first East Asian player and Harvard graduate to play in the finals. Overall, his brief time with the team was disappointing. In this biography readers can relive his incredible early days in the NBA.

 

Baseball

While hockey and basketball are usually winding up their seasons this time of year, baseball is usually just warming up. 

Change up

Change Up: How to Make the Great Game of Baseball even Greater by Buck Martinez

Buck Martinez has spent more than 50 years in professional baseball. He worked for the Blue Jays as both a player and manager before becoming a broadcaster. Here he examines ways to reinvigorate the game by reconnecting with fans.

Hello friends

Hello Friends!: Stories from my Life and Blue Jays Baseball by Jerry Howarth

The Blue Jays long time broadcaster shares his experiences in baseball and life. 

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A Season to Remember: How Canada's Team gave us our Best Summer in Twenty-Two Years

Relive the excitement of the amazing 2015 Toronto Blue Jays season.

 


Sports leagues have not given up on having championships in 2020.

The National Hockey League has suggested that teams may resume training at the end of May with plans to resume the season in July or August.

The National Basketball Association may opt to create a "bubble" in a specific location – Orlando and Las Vegas have been mentioned – where players and team personnel will be housed while the season is completed.

Major League Baseball may begin their season with an 80-100 game schedule in June or July. The season would conclude with the league championships and the World Series in November or December.

NASCAR will resume on May 17 without fans in the stands and UFC is going to resume fights on Pay Per View this month.

In the mean time, I hope these books will see you through! If you prefer to have something to watch, we also have some movies, documentaries and training videos you can stream with your library card about hockey, basketball or baseball.

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