The Sports Answer Book, by Bill Mazer ISBN 0448011638
Five out of five stars
Many sports trivia books have been published, to my knowledge there are none better than this one. The breadth of coverage is very wide, and the depth of the trivia is considerable. For example, the title of one of the entries on page 184 is: “What is a mashie? What is a niblick? What is a midiron?” It turns out that all are old names for golf clubs.
This is a book where you can read it straight through, open it to a chapter covering a specific sport or simply pop to a page at random and never be disappointed. There is nothing heavy in this book regarding analysis, just the statement of the facts followed by light analysis. There is also a lot of fuel for conversations that begin with, “Did you know that . . .?”