Twitter: Battle of the Sports Books

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard—who has recently won the U.S. player of the year award—is releasing a new book, The Keeper: The Unguarded Story of Tim Howard this Monday (December 9), to the delight of soccer fans around the globe.

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And this isn’t surprising—people are still reeling from Howard’s spectacular performance at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, including 16 saves in the 2-1 loss in extra time to Belgium in Brazil. He did so well that a plethora of “Things Tim Howard Could Save” memes broke the Internet.

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With all of that in mind, we decided to see what type of sports book is most popular in the Twittersphere. We cast a spotlight on four sports—basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer—and pulled out four books featuring the very best athletes in their fields to determine which inspired the most mentions.

Michael Jordan: The LifeRoland Lazenby

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He shoots…and he scores! From the Shrug to the Shot and Flu Game, Michael Jordan is responsible for legendary moments that are so ingrained in sports history that they have their own names. Basketball journalist Roland Lazenby delves into the complex life of the hoops star, starting all the way back to Jordan’s skinny rookie days.

The Closer: My StoryMariano Rivera

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Follow along with the greatest relief pitcher of all time, Mariano Rivera, as he shares his extraordinary story of survival, love, and baseball. The son of a poor Panamanian fisherman, Rivera didn’t even have his own glove when he was scouted by the Yankees—nor did he fly in an airplane or speak English. But with the love of his family and Rivera’s trust in the Lord, he emerges as one of baseball’s most iconic figures.

Mr. Hockey: My StoryGordie Howe

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Get wrapped up in the definitive autobiography from hockey’s greatest living legend, Goldie Howe. Known as “indestructible,” Howe dominated both the sport and record books—over six decades, the Hall of Famer set the record for most records by any athlete ever in any sport.

Why Soccer MattersPelé

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Before Beckham and Messi, there was Edson Arantes do Nascimento—simply known as Pelé, the greatest soccer player of all time. Boasting an unprecedented three World Cup championships with 1,283 goals in his amazing twenty-year career, Pelé has now turned to writing, providing insights into soccer’s role in connecting players around the world.

We’re not going to lie, we honestly thought that Pelé’s book would have the highest amount of mentions, seeing as how soccer is known as the “world’s most popular sport,” and all, but Twitter doesn’t seem all that impressed. The book has a little more than 50 mentions in the past year— the lowest number out of the four books—and was released all the way back in April.

Both Michael Jordan: The Life and The Closer were published at the same time to a decent amount of buzz—Jordan’s book inspired twice as many tweets (almost 400) during their month of release (May), while Howe’s Mr. Hockey only managed to scrape 68 tweets in its October month of publication.

So between the four sports and legendary athletes, baseball and Mariano Rivera emerge as the victors.

Have you read any of these inspiring books? If so, what did you think? If you have a favorite sports book, share with us by leaving a comment!

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