Besides the five big ones on our list, here are 10 other noteworthy sports films that got their start between book covers:
"Eight Men Out," John Sayles' fine-grained depiction of the Black Sox scandal, was based on the Eliot Asinof's book of the same title.
"Field of Dreams" is a faithful adaptation of W.P. Kinsella's fanciful novel "Shoeless Joe."
"Brian's Song," the story of Brian Piccolo's friendship with Gale Sayers, became one of the greatest TV movies ever. It was based on Sayers' memoir "I Am Third."
"Bang the Drum Slowly," in which a young Robert De Niro plays a dying, slow-witted catcher, was based on a popular novel of the same name by Mark Harris.
"Cobb," the imaginatively titled 1994 biopic of the baseball great is based on the imaginatively titled biography "Cobb: A Biography," by Al Stump.
"Searching for Bobby Fischer" is based on the 1988 book "Searching for Bobby Fischer: The World of Chess, Observed by the Father of a Child Prodigy," by Fred Waitzkin.
"The Hustler" is based on Walter Tevis' 1959 novel.
"The Color of Money," Martin Scorsese's sequel to "The Hustler," borrows the title the general pretext, but little else, from Walter Tevis' 1984 novel.
"The Hurricane," is based largely on "The 16th Round," Rubin "Hurricane" Carter's 1974 autobiography, and "Lazarus and the Hurricane," a 1991 book by Sam Chaiton and Terry Swinton, two of the Canadians who helped free Carter. At almost the same time the movie opened, James Hirsch's authorized biography, "Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter," was published.
"Any Given Sunday" was not directly based on former NFL lineman Pat Toomay's novel "On Any Given Sunday," but controversy over the two titles led to a memorable encounter between Toomay and director Oliver Stone that became the basis for an award-winning story by Toomay.