Books: by Subject: Sports

As I've Seen It
Wide Right, No Goal and Other Buffalo Sports Sagas. Ed Kilgore, the sports anchor at WGRZ Television gives readers an open and honest behind-the-scenes peek into the highs and lows of covering the Buffalo sports scene for nearly 40 years. Clashes with high-profile players and management, history-making games and laugh-out-loud encounters make this book a must-read for local sports fans. $15.95

Bodyslams in Buffalo
Dan Murphy has written the comprehensive history of Western New York's pro wrestling legacy. From Msgr. Kelliher's exploits as the Masked Marvel in 1928 to Ilio DiPaolo's stunning victory over Gorgeous George in the Aud; from the Honky Tonk Man's incredible upset of Ricky Steamboat to Rob Van Dam's ECW TV title victory over Bam Bam Bigelow, Bodyslams in Buffalo tells the complete history of Buffalo's wrestling tradition. $9.95

The Buffalo Bills: An Illustrated Timeline of a Storied Team
Authors Greg D. Tranter and Budd Bailey have seen almost all if it, from “The Hit ‘Heard Round the World” to Damar Hamlin’s “Did we win?” after waking up in a Cincinnati hospital. Their recounting of such stories fill a book that will make you want to “Shout!” $42.00

Game Night in Buffalo
Sal Maiorana brings back to life the events that have shaped local fandom and defined the parameters of barroom rants for generations to come. This journey includes: Scott Norwood and Wide Right, Brett Hull and the No Goal controversy, St. Bonaventure's run to the 1970 Final Four, and the return of baseball to Buffalo in 1979. $12.95

Holland International Speedway
With its rural farmlands, rolling landscape, locally owned businesses, and tranquil setting, Holland, New York, embodies small-town charm. Yet for 54 summers, since 1960, the quiet splendor is interrupted on many Saturday nights by "Thunder in the Hills" at Holland International Speedway. The book showcases the many cars, stars, officials, and other developments that make up the history of this beloved local track. $21.99

Tale of the Tape
The one locker room constant through the first 38 years of the Buffalo Bills was their trainer, Eddie Abramoski. Now, the man that hundreds of Bills players knew as "Abe" tells the stories of what really went on behind the scenes. $10.95

Today In Buffalo Sports History
This book by Budd Bailey covers Western New York’s sports history -- one day a time. Based on the popular Buffalo News feature, all the biggest sports events are covered: milestones involving the Bills, Sabres, Bisons, Bandits, Braves, and more. $15.95

A View Through the Lens of Robert L. Smith - The Buffalo Bills: Photos 1960-1995
The official photographer of the Buffalo Bills from their humble beginnings in the American Football League,
Robert L. Smith has captured 35 years of triumph and travail right through their streak of four consecutive trips to the Super Bowl. Smith has selected 444 photos (with 16 pages in full color) that chronicle the ups and downs of famous Bills from Jack Kemp to O.J. Simpson, from Jim Kelly's grit to Scott Norwood's fateful kick in Super Bowl XXV. $26.95 (only available through

Watkins Glen Racing
The war was won, the Depression was over, and Americans were back on the road. From all across the nation, sports car drivers converged on Watkins Glen to race through the gorges, hills, and village streets of upstate New York. Over the years, the course has evolved from its humble beginnings on streets lined with hay bales to the modern closed track that plays host to NASCAR today. $21.99