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5 Lacrosse Books every Athlete must Read

Posted by Tom Hallissey on Jan 25, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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Lacrosse is a unique game with a rich history. Through the years, American authors have documented the sport’s combination of tradition and competition. If you are looking for a good read this winter, these five lacrosse books are real page-turners.

The Best Lacrosse Books to have on your Bookshelf

1)      ‘American Indian Lacrosse: Little Brother of War’

Thomas Vennum, Jr.’s “American Indian Lacrosse: Little Brother of War” is one of the best lacrosse books that dives into the deep history of the sport. It touches on the spiritual aspect of lacrosse with passages dedicated to magic and medicine men. Vennum’s narrative brings the spirit of lacrosse to life through a retelling of the sport’s early history.

2)      ‘Lacrosse: A History of the Game’

Donald M. Fisher’s book, “Lacrosse: A History of the Game,” details the evolution of the fastest game on two feet from the pre-colonial era to the 2001 launching of Major League Lacrosse. His narrative is told through the stories of the very people who were instrumental in the development of lacrosse, including:

  • George Beers
  • Rosabelle Sinclair
  • Father Bill Schmeisser
  • Laurie Cox
  • Gaylord Powless
  • Oren Lyons and Wes Patterson
  • Gary and Paul Gait

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3)      ‘The Lacrosse Story’

“The Lacrosse Story,” which was written by Alexander M. Weyand and Milton R. Roberts, may be the most thorough accounting of the sport’s history. It extends from the primitive Native American game to the modern day sport. It talks about college, club and women’s lacrosse in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Australia.

“The Lacrosse Story” also includes important details about:

  • Historic battles
  • The Olympic Games
  • Techniques and rules
  • Famous coaches, players and teams

4)      ‘Lacrosse Technique and Tradition’

Bob Scott’s “Lacrosse Technique and Tradition” provides one of the clearest explanations of the techniques and tactics commonly used in the sport. This book, which was published in 1976, set the standard for lacrosse books.

In fact, a second edition of this classic was written by Johns Hopkins alumni Dave Pietramala and Neil Gruer. The pair reworked every chapter, including adding new diagrams and images.

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5)      ‘The Spirit in the Stick’

Our list of the best lacrosse books wouldn’t be complete without a work of fiction. “The Spirit in the Stick” by Neil Duffy is about a 14-year-old boy who goes on an adventure after receiving a magical 200-year-old lacrosse stick. This coming of age tale is written for someone who is just beginning to learn to play lacrosse. It makes for light reading, which is perfect for a cold winter evening.

With lacrosse season still a month or two away, it’s the perfect time to cozy-up with a good book. The more you know about the sport you play, the more enjoyment you will get from America’s oldest game.

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