Cross Game, Area no Kishi Recommendations
These two shounen sports stories share a few similarities. In both titles the main character isn't interested in the sport at first. It all changes when tragedy strikes in his life. From that moment he starts to change himself, in order to become an oustanding player. Also both series have realistic approach to the sport theme. Both mangas catch the reader into a story full of feelings related to sports and what it takes practice one. If you liked Cross Game, you may as well like Area no Kishi.