Top Selling Sports Books Of The Year

Last year, one of my most popular lists was the list of the year’s best selling sports books. It included Joe Torre’s “The Yankee Years,” written with Tom Verducci, at 320,000 copies through September ’09 and “Born To Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen” at 78,000 copies sold through September ‘09.

I called the folks back at Nielsen Bookscan, which provides the data, and asked them for this year’s list. Note that this data does not include sales from Wal-Mart, Sam’s, BJ’s or libraries.

1. “The Blind Side” by Michael Lewis, 315,000 copies sold
2. “Born To Run” by Christopher McDougall, 121,000 copies sold
3. “Open” by Andre Agassi, 103,000 copies sold
4. “Coming Back Stronger” by Drew Brees, 69,000 copies sold
5. “Willie Mays” by James S. Hirsch, 64,000 copies sold
T6. “Mike & Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life” by Mike Greenberg & Mike Golic, 45,000 copies sold
T6. “Steinbrenner” by Bill Madden, 45,000 copies sold
7. “Soccernomics” by Simon Kuper, 34,000 copies sold
T8. “The Bullpen Gospels” by Dirk Hayhurst, 29,000 copies sold
T8. “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis, 29,000 copies sold
9. “Home Team” by Sean Payton, 28,000 copies sold
10. “Strength Training Anatomy” by Frederic Delavier, 27,000 copies sold

The Blind Side
The Blind Side

I’m not surprised at “The Blind Side” due to the success of the movie.

“Born To Run” is the best book I’ve ever read and Andre Agassi’s “Open” is the best autobiography of a sports figure I’ve ever read.

But kudos to the command the Saints had in print after the Super Bowl with Drew Brees and coach Sean Payton making this top 10.

Steinbrenner isn’t a surprise with death of “The Boss” certainly helping to push sales, but how about my boys Mike & Mike? I know they have a great national platform, but selling nearly 50,000 books isn’t easy.

Questions? Comments?