Top 5 Sports Gifts for Father's Day

Less than a week to go before Father’s Day 2010, and here’s another in our series of gift suggestions for dad.

If your dad is like many, chances are he’s into sports, either as a participant, a spectator or both. We’ve picked out some goodies that would make great gifts for a sports fan, or help him gear up for his own sporting adventure. Although our list is baseball and fishing centric (because that’s the way we roll around here) you can take these ideas and riff away with your own dear dad in mind.

Ken Burns’ Baseball on DVD

Ken Burns’ history of America’s greatest sport covers more than 100 years, detailing the great players memorable plays and games, and also focusing on baseball as a cultural and social mirror that reflects the spirit and nature of the nation that created it.

The program is divided into nine “innings” of two hours each and includes the perspectives of celebrities, journalists, politicians, historians, and the men who played the game. It’s a romantic love letter to the national pastime that’s sure to provoke dad’s own stories of his favorite team and visits to the ballpark.

Ken Burns’ Baseball on DVD Only $75.99

1 Year Subscription to Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated was launched in 1954, and has since become the most influential sports magazine in the world. With over 3 million subscribers it’s read by 23 million adults each week. Of course, the annual S.I. swimsuit issue is now an annual event in its own right, generating television specials, videos and calendars.

Of course, being baseball fanatics we’re also partial to The Sporting News, but you can’t go wrong with Sports Illustrated either. Even non-hardcore sports fans enjoy it for the variety of coverage, the comprehensive scope and journalistic integrity. Did we mention the swimsuit issue?

One Year Subscription to Sports Illustrated Magazine Only $38.95

Official Fan Gear

Whether he’s planning a trip to the ballpark, or simply settling in for a relaxing weekend, dad can show his team spirit with something from his favorite professional or college sports team. Hats, jerseys, t-shirts, jackets, memorabilia or other logo gear all let dad display his loyalty in style.

Team bobblehead, stadium snowglobe or garden gnome, anyone?

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Louisville Slugger Natural Wood Baseball Bat

You can have your new fangled minus 8 ounce high compression aluminum abominations. When it’s time for a little batting practice in the back yard or at the sand lot, dad has to kick it old school with a traditional wooden baseball bat. Each one is literally one of a kind, with it’s own distinctive grain pattern.

With 120 years of making the finest bats available from choice hardwoods, The Louisville Slugger is unmatched in both tradition and performance. WHACK!

Louisville Slugger MLB180 Natural Wood Baseball Bat Starting at Only 24.99

Shakespeare Catch More Fish Spin Combo

With everything dad needs to “catch more fish” in one convenient kit, the Shakespeare series of spin combos is perfect for the beginner fisherman or to revive dad’s interest if he hasn’t hit the water for awhile.

With kits for surf and pier, lake and pond, catfish, bass and trout, you can tailor the gift to dad’s own style of fishing. The combo comes with rod and pre-spun reel, plus a handy tackle kit with hooks, bobbers, sinkers, rigs, rigging guides, etc. We can think of nothing better than a day out in the fresh air in search of a fresh-caught dinner. Here, fishy fishy.

Shakespeare Catch More Fish Spin Combo Starting at Only $29.99

Sports Equipment

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