Sports and Pop Culture

The cover of the book "I Wear the Black Hat" and "Loopers." (Scribner; Crown Publishing Group)

SPORTS

The Boys in the Boat
Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Daniel James Brown

Viking, $28.95

An underdog story of nine working-class boys from the University of Washington's eight-oar crew and their determination to win an Olympic gold medal racing against elite teams from England and Nazi Germany. (June)


Doc
A Memoir

Dwight Gooden and Ellis Henican

New Harvest, $27

The former NY Mets pitcher had a Cy Young Award and a World Series crown and the adoration of fans, only to throw it all away on drugs and alcohol; he details his struggles to get sober and his relationships with family and fellow players. (June)


Fantasy Life
The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who's Lived It

Matthew Berry

Riverhead, $27.95

An ESPN columnist chronicles his experience in the popular world of fantasy sports teams, which has grown from a niche subculture into a serious national pastime. (July)


Loopers
A Caddie's Twenty-Year Golf Odyssey

John Dunn

Crown, $25