NASSH Book Awards

The North American Society for Sport History presents two book awards each year to promote and honor outstanding research and writing in the field of sport history. Awards are given for distinguished books written in English on any aspect of sport history, without chronological or geographic restriction.  Awards in the following categories:

  • Monographs: biographies, monographs, and works of synthesis and interpretation
  • Edited Collections: edited collections of scholarly papers

Eligibility: To be eligible, books must be scholarly, focus on an aspect of sport history, be published in the year of consideration (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 anthology and $1000 for the monograph. The publisher will also be notified of the award.

Click here for the 2020 submission guidelines!

Past Winners

2019 Sean Dinces, Bulls Markets: Chicago’s Basketball Business and the New Inequality (Chicago University Press)
2018 Lane Demas, Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf (The University of North Carolina Press)
2017 Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith, Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X (Basic Books Publishing)
2016 Rita Liberti & Maureen M. Smith, (Re)Presenting Wilma Rudolph (Syracuse University Press)
2015 Katherine C. Mooney, Race Horse Men: How Slavery and Freedom Were Made at the Racetrack (Harvard University Press)
2014 Gwyneth A. Thayer, Going to the Dogs: Greyhound Racing, Animal Activism, and American Popular Culture (University Press of Kansas)
2013 Brian M. Ingrassia, The Rise of Gridiron University: Higher Education’s Uneasy Alliance with Big-Time Football (University Press of Kansas)
2012 Mary Louise Adams, Artistic Impressions: Figure Skating, Masculinity, and the Limits of Sport (University of Toronto Press)
2011 Kay Schiller and Christopher Young, The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany (University of California Press)
2010 Robert Edleman, Spartak Moscow: A History of The People’s Team in the Workers’ State (Cornell University Press)
2009 Kevin B. Witherspoon, Before the Eyes of the World: Mexico and the 1968 Olympic Games (Northern Illinois University Press)
2008 Donald G. Kyle, Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World (Blackwell)
2007 Barbara Keys, Globalizing Sport: National Rivalry and International Community in the 1930s (Harvard University Press)
2006 David 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)
2005 Allen Guttmann, Sports: The First Five Millennia (University of Massachusetts Press)
2004 Daniel A. Nathan, Saying It’s So: A Cultural History of the Black Sox Scandal (University of Illinois Press)
2003 Robert 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)
2002 Pamela Grundy, Learning to Win: Sports, Education, and Social Change in Twentieth-Century North Carolina (University of North Carolina Press)
2001 Mike Huggins, Flat Racing and British Society, 1790-1914 (Frank Cass)
2000 John M. Carroll, Red Grange and the Rise of Modern Football (University of Illinois Press)
1999 Douglas Booth, The Race Game: Sport and Politics in South Africa (Frank Cass)
1998 No Award Given
1997 Bruce Kidd, The Struggle for Canadian Sport (University of Toronto Press)
1996 Robin Lester, Stagg’s University: The Rise, Decline, and Fall of Big-Time Football at Chicago (University of Illinois Press)
1995 Susan K. Cahn, Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth Century Women’s Sport (Free Press)
1994 Robert Edelman, Serious Fun: A History of Spectator Sports in the U.S.S.R. (Oxford University Press)
1993 Peter Levine, Ellis Island to Ebbets Field: Sport and the American Jewish Experience (Oxford University Press)
1992 Allen Guttmann, Women’s Sports: A History (Columbia University Press)
1991 Harold Seymour, The People’s Game (Oxford University Press)
1990 Warren Goldstein, Playing for Keeps: A History of Early Baseball (Cornell University Press)
1989 Wray Vamplew, Pay Up and Play the Game: Professional Sport in Britain, 1875-1914 (Cambridge University Press)
2019 Toby Rider & Kevin Witherspoon (eds.), Defending the American Way of Life: Sport, Culture and the Cold War (University of Arkansas Press)
2018 Rita Liberti and Maureen M. Smith (eds.), San Francisco Bay Area Sports: Golden Gate Athletics, Recreation, and Community (University of Arkansas Press)
2017 David K. Wiggins and Ryan A. Swanson (eds.), Separate Games: African American Sport behind the Walls of Segregation (University of Arkansas Press)
2016 Chris Elzey & David K. Wiggins (eds.), DC Sports: The Nation’s Capital at Play (University of Arkansas Press)
2015 Steven A. Riess, A Companion to American Sport History (Wiley Blackwell)
2014 Janice 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).
2013 Murray G. Phillips, ed., Representing the Sporting Past in Museums and Halls of Fame (Routledge)
2012 Leonard Cassuto and Stephen Partridge (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Baseball (Cambridge University Press)
2011 No Award Given
2010 Mike Cronin, William Murphy, and Paul Rouse (eds.), The Gaelic Athletic Association, 1884-2009 (Irish Academic Press)
2009 Susan Brownell (ed.), The 1904 Anthropology Days and the Olympic Games: Sport, Race, and American Imperialism (University of Nebraska Press)
2008 Jorge Iber and Samuel O. Regalado (eds.), Mexican American and Sports: A Reader on Athletics and Barrio Life (Texas A&M University Press)
2007 Murray Phillips (ed.), Deconstructing Sport History (State University of New York Press)
2006 No Award Given