Sports & Recreation

See below for the list of 2021 finalists in the SPORTS & RECREATION category, for books with a copyright date of 2020. Register to attend the virtual award ceremony (May 11-14, 2021) to learn which book wins Gold.

Baseball & Bubble Gum: The 1952 Topps Collection
2021 Finalist

Authors: Tom Zappala & Ellen Zappala with John Molori

Publisher: Peter E. Randall Publisher

ISBN: 978-1-942155-31-7

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This beautifully illustrated title showcases the most iconic postwar baseball set in hobby history, the 1952 Topps collection. All 407 cards are presented in full color with player narratives and stats, including superstars like Mantle, Berra, and Robinson. A fun read for baseball lovers, card collectors, and baseball historians.

Fly Fishing Austin & Central Texas
2021 Finalist

Author: Aaron Reed

Publisher: Imbrifex Books

ISBN: 978-1-9455012-4-1

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Central Texas has some of the best fly fishing in America. With Texas native and fly fishing expert Aaron Reed as your guide, enjoy dozens of wades and paddles, all within easy reach of Austin. Easy-to-follow narrative, detailed maps, and gorgeous color photographs make it easy to “Go fishing now!”

Grouse & Woodcock: The Birds of My Life
2021 Finalist

Author: Timothy C. Flanigan

Publisher: Wild River Press

ISBN: 978-0-9993093-8-4

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This lavish all-color celebration in print of America's 100% wild native game birds is the life's work of a master wildlife photographer, a retired Pennsylvania conservation officer, who long ago gave up his shotgun for studying and capturing near-impossible images of these elusive species in their secretive woodland habitats.


See below for the list of 2020 winners in the SPORTS & RECREATION category, for books with a copyright date of 2019.

Why Women Hunt
2020 Gold Winner

Author: K.J. Houtman

Publisher: Wild River Press

ISBN: 978-0-999-30932-2

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Diverse personal stories explore what motivates these women to connect—spiritually and physically—with the natural world in one of humankind’s most ancient food-gathering rituals.

Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park: The Essential Guide
2020 Silver Winner

Author: Erik Stensland

Publisher: Rocky Trail Press

ISBN: 978-0-9969626-8-1

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Everything you need to know about hiking Rocky Mountain National Park from what to wear to encountering wildlife along with stunning photos and custom maps.

Training for the Uphill Athlete: A Manual for Mountain Runners and Ski Mountaineers
2020 Silver Winner

Authors: Steve House, Scott Johnston, and Kilian Jornet

Publisher: Patagonia

ISBN: 978-1-938340-84-0

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In the tradition of Training for the New Alpinism, the first training book for mountain runners, ski mountaineers and skimo racers. Includes advice from the best endurance athlete in the world, Kilian Jornet.

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