The North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) presents two book awards each year to promote and honor outstanding research and writing in the field of sport history. Awards are made for distinguished books written in English on any subject of sport history, without chronological or geographical restriction.

The NASSH Book Award Committee is currently calling for suitable entries for the 2021 Awards (for books published in 2020) in the following categories:

  • Monograph: biographies, monographs, and works of synthesis and Interpretation;
  • Edited Collection: edited collections of scholarly papers.

Eligibility: To be eligible, books must be scholarly, focus on an aspect of sport history, be published in 2020 (imprint date) and be written in English. There is no chronological or geographic restriction.

Prize: The Award shall be a cash prize of $750 for the edited collection and $1,000 for the monograph.

The publisher will also be notified of the award.

To enter, please send one copy of each entry to each member of the Book Award Committee; please contact Malcolm MacLean at for postal addresses. The books should be postmarked before 14 January 2021.

For more information on the NASSH Book Awards, or to address any queries, please contact:

Dr. Malcolm MacLean

Chair, NASSH Book Award Committee

Monograph Award Winners

2020Kathleen Bachynski, No Game for Boys to Play: The History of Youth Football and the Origins of a Public Health Crisis (University of North Carolina Press
2019Sean Dinces, Bulls Markets: Chicago’s Basketball Business and the New Inequality (Chicago University Press)
2018Lane Demas, Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf (The University of North Carolina Press)
2017Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X (Basic Books Publishing)
2016Rita Liberti & Maureen M. Smith, (Re)Presenting Wilma Rudolph (Syracuse University Press)
2015Katherine C. Mooney, Race Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack (Harvard University Press)
2014Gwyneth A. Thayer, Going to the Dogs: Greyhound Racing, Animal Activism, and American Popular Culture (University Press of Kansas)
2013Brian M. Ingrassia, The Rise of Gridiron University: Higher Education’s Uneasy Alliance with Big-Time Football (University Press of Kansas)
2012Mary Louise Adams, Artistic Impressions: Figure Skating, Masculinity, and the Limits of Sport (University of Toronto Press)
2011Kay Schiller and Christopher Young, The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany (University of California Press)
2010Robert Edleman, Spartak Moscow: A History of The People’s Team in the Workers’ State (Cornell University Press)
2009Kevin B. Witherspoon, Before the Eyes of the World: Mexico and the 1968 Olympic Games (Northern Illinois University Press)
2008Donald G. Kyle, Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World (Blackwell)
2007Barbara Keys, Globalizing Sport: National Rivalry and International Community in the 1930s (Harvard University Press)
2006David Block, Baseball Before We Knew It: A Search for the Roots of the Game (University of Nebraska Press)
 Douglas Booth, The Field: Truth and Fiction in Sport History (Routledge)
2005Allen Guttmann, Sports: The First Five Millennia (University of Massachusetts Press)
2004Daniel A. Nathan, Saying It’s So: A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal (University of Illinois Press)
2003Robert K. Barney, Stephen R. Wenn, and Scott G. Martyn, Selling the Five Rings: The International Olympic Committee and the Rise of Olympic Commercialism (University of Utah Press)
2002Pamela Grundy, Learning to Win: Sports, Education, and Social Change in Twentieth-Century North Carolina (University of North Carolina Press)
2001Mike Huggins, Flat Racing and British Society, 1790-1914 (Frank Cass)
2000John M. Carroll, Red Grange and the Rise of Modern Football (University of Illinois Press)
1999Douglas Booth, The Race Game: Sport and Politics in South Africa (Frank Cass)
1998No Award Given
1997Bruce Kidd, The Struggle for Canadian Sport (University of Toronto Press)
1996Robin Lester, Stagg’s University: The Rise, Decline, and Fall of Big-Time Football at Chicago (University of Illinois Press)
1995Susan K. Cahn, Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth Century Women’s Sport (Free Press)
1994Robert Edelman, Serious Fun: A History of Spectator Sports in the U.S.S.R. (Oxford University Press)
1993Peter Levine, Ellis Island to Ebbets Field: Sport and the American Jewish Experience (Oxford University Press)
1992Allen Guttmann, Women’s Sports: A History (Columbia University Press)
1991Harold Seymour, The People’s Game (Oxford University Press)
1990Warren Goldstein, Playing for Keeps: A History of Early Baseball (Cornell University Press)
1989Wray Vamplew, Pay Up and Play the Game: Professional Sport in Britain, 1875-1914 (Cambridge University Press)

Anthology Award Winners

2020Barbara Keys (ed), The Ideals of Global Sport: From Peace to Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press)
2019Toby Rider & Kevin Witherspoon (eds.), Defending the American Way of Life: Sport, Culture and the Cold War (University of Arkansas Press)
2018Rita Liberti and Maureen M. Smith (eds.), San Francisco Bay Area Sports: Golden Gate Athletics, Recreation, and Community (University of Arkansas Press)
2017David K. Wiggins and Ryan A. Swanson (eds.), Separate Games: African American Sport behind the Walls of Segregation (University of Arkansas Press)
2016Chris Elzey & David K. Wiggins (eds.), DC Sports: The Nation’s Capital at Play (University of Arkansas Press)
2015Steven A. Riess, A Companion to American Sport History (Wiley Blackwell)
2014Janice Forsyth and Audrey R. Giles (eds.), Aboriginal Peoples and Sport in Canada: Historical Foundations and Contemporary Issues (Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press)
 Daniel A. Nathan (ed.), Rooting for the Home Team, Sport, Community, and Identity (Urbana: University of Illinois Press).
2013Murray G. Phillips, ed., Representing the Sporting Past in Museums and Halls of Fame (Routledge)
2012Leonard Cassuto and Stephen Partridge (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Baseball (Cambridge University Press)
2011No Award Given
2010Mike Cronin, William Murphy, and Paul Rouse (eds.), The Gaelic Athletic Association, 1884-2009 (Irish Academic Press)
2009Susan Brownell (ed.), The 1904 Anthropology Days and the Olympic Games: Sport, Race, and American Imperialism (University of Nebraska Press)
2008Jorge Iber and Samuel O. Regalado (eds.), Mexican American and Sports: A Reader on Athletics and Barrio Life (Texas A&M University Press)
2007Murray Phillips (ed.), Deconstructing Sport History (State University of New York Press)
2006No Award Given