Best Sports Book - 2006
Game of Shadows, Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams
OK, it's an obvious choice. But then again, what other book compelled Major League Baseball to finally finally! launch an investigation into steroid use among its players? Drawing on thousands of court records and hundreds of interviews, Fainaru-Wada and Williams untangle the knotty story of the BALCO scandal, constructing a damning indictment of baseball in general and Barry Bonds in particular. The two Chronicle reporters set out to show that a doping regimen of human-growth hormone, testosterone, and an array of other synthetic substances more than Bonds' prodigious natural talent has fueled his late-career feats. Color us persuaded. To read that the Sputnik-headed slugger allegedly took trenbolone, a steroid created to improve the muscle quality of cattle, is to realize he departed Planet Sanity long ago. No, Barry, that sound you hear isn't fans booing; it's you, mooing.