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Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 42 #2 (Paperback): Society for American Baseball Research Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 42 #2 (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
R358 R294 Discovery Miles 2 940 Save R64 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The "Baseball Research Journal" presents baseball research with a strong analytical approach. Made up of statistical studies, in-depth examinations of playing techniques, and articles focusing on baseball as a business, the "Baseball Research Journal" draws from the research efforts of members of the Society for American Baseball Research.

Wil the Thrill - The Untold Story of Wilbert Montgomery (Hardcover): Edward J. Robinson Wil the Thrill - The Untold Story of Wilbert Montgomery (Hardcover)
Edward J. Robinson; Foreword by Ray Didinger
R583 R465 Discovery Miles 4 650 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When Wilbert Montgomery earned his Super Bowl XLVII ring as running-backs coach for the Baltimore Ravens in 2013, he was no stranger to glory. In Philadelphia and elsewhere his legacy still looms large. Montgomery was the halfback whose touchdown on the second play from scrimmage and total 194 yards against a stout Cowboy defense helped spur the Eagles to the 1981 NFC title and Super Bowl XV. But perhaps even more enduring should be the story of how this shy but courageous athlete broke down barriers throughout his life, even before the his time in the NFL. Escaping an oppressive and impoverished environment in his home state of Mississippi in the early 1970s, he became one of the first African Americans to play for what was then Abilene Christian College, after its all-white coaching staff lured him away from the gridiron at historically black Jackson State College. Although leading ACC to a 1973 national title would help catapult Montgomery to a remarkable pro career, no one before has illuminated the complex interplay of race relations, sports, and religion in Montgomery's heroic accomplishments in West Texas and beyond.

Mike the Tiger - The Roar of LSU (Hardcover): David G. Baker, W. Sheldon Bivin, C.C. Lockwood Mike the Tiger - The Roar of LSU (Hardcover)
David G. Baker, W. Sheldon Bivin, C.C. Lockwood
R755 R606 Discovery Miles 6 060 Save R149 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Mike the Tiger has symbolized the spirit and resolve of Louisiana State University for over seventy-five years. Fiercely confident, keenly competitive, marvelously clever, and the only live tiger to reside on a college campus, Mike reigns nobly from his home just outside of Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge.

In this completely updated and visually stunning new edition of Mike the Tiger, David G. Baker and W. Sheldon Bivin tell the story of the famed mascot from the Civil War origins of LSU's fighting tiger tradition to the present age of social media. They debunk the myths, confirm the legends, and share priceless behind-the-scenes anecdotes as they chronicle the reign of each of the six Mikes. Included are 70 additional photos, for a total of 200 images, as well as new details about:

? The construction of a spacious natural enclosure for Mike in 2005, complete with waterfall, stream, pool, shrubs, rocks, and grass

? The final years of Mike V, who was hand-raised at LSU, and the outpouring of condolences upon his death

? The exciting arrival and introduction of Mike VI and the establishment of his reputation as possibly the most affectionate and inquisitive personality of any LSU tiger to date

? The naming of a sixth subspecies of tiger, the Malayan, and the current status of global tiger preservation efforts

? Frequently asked questions and answers about Mike's care and lifestyle

Mike the Tiger provides a treat for all who ever said, "Meet me at the tiger cage," for all who still marvel at his regal appearance, and for all who will forever bleed purple and gold.

The Speed Game - My Fast Times in Basketball (Hardcover): Paul Westhead The Speed Game - My Fast Times in Basketball (Hardcover)
Paul Westhead
R686 R538 Discovery Miles 5 380 Save R148 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Paul Westhead was teaching high school in his native Philadelphia when he was named La Salle University's men's basketball coach in 1970. By 1980 he was a Los Angeles Lakers assistant, soon to be hired as head coach, winning an NBA title with Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and rookie guard Magic Johnson. After compiling a 112-50 record, he was fired in November 1981. After a short stay as coach of the Chicago Bulls, Westhead reemerged in the mideighties as a coach at Loyola Marymount in California, where he designed his highly unusual signature run-and-gun offense that came to be known as "The System." The Speed Game offers a vibrant account of how Westhead helped develop a style of basketball that not only won at the highest levels but went on to influence basketball as it's played today. Known for implementing an up-tempo, quick-possession, high-octane offense, Westhead is the only coach to have won championships in both the NBA and WNBA. But his long career can be defined by one simple question he's heard from journalists, fellow coaches, his wife, and, well, himself: Why? Why did he insist on playing such a controversial style of basketball that could vary from brilliant to busted? Westhead speaks candidly here about the feathers he ruffled and about his own shortcomings as he takes readers from Philadelphia's West Catholic High, where he couldn't make varsity, to the birth of the Showtime Lakers and to the powerhouse he built nearly ten years later at Loyola, where his team set records likely never to be approached. Westhead says he always found himself telling prospective bosses, "My speed game is gonna knock your socks off!" So will his story and what it could do to bring back a popular style of play.

Golf's Strangest Rounds (Hardcover): Andrew Ward Golf's Strangest Rounds (Hardcover)
Andrew Ward 1
R210 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R42 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'The most eccentric golf book ever' Sports and Leisure Magazine Golf's Strangest Rounds is an absorbing collection of bizarre tales from the lengthy annals of the sport's history. There are stories of tragedy, eccentricity, tactical slipups and ones that defy categorization altogether - meet `Mysterious Montague', for example, of the world's best golfers but a man who refused ever to compete in a tournament. You'll find plenty of golfing greats here - Gene Sarazen, Chip Beck, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo - all of whom have played their parts in irrational finishes, record rounds and famous freak shots. The tales within these pages are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious and, most importantly, true. This brand new edition, redesigned in splendid hardback for 2018, is the perfect gift for any golf fanatic. Word count: 45,000

Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 41 #2 (Paperback): Society for American Baseball Research Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 41 #2 (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
R356 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R65 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The "Baseball Research Journal" presents baseball research with a strong analytical approach. Made up of statistical studies, in-depth examinations of playing techniques, and articles focusing on baseball as a business, the "Baseball Research Journal" draws from the research efforts of members of the Society for American Baseball Research.

100 Things Falcons Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Paperback): Ray Glier, Knox Bardeen 100 Things Falcons Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Paperback)
Ray Glier, Knox Bardeen
R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From their humble start in the NFL as an expansion team to their current journey toward becoming one of the hottest teams in the NFL, this handbook spotlights the most compelling and truly great moments in the 46 years of the Atlanta Falcons. Scattered throughout the pages are pep talks, records, and Falcons lore, including the origins of the famous Freddie Falcon mascot, the best place to grab a meal before or after a game, and which famous quarterback the Falcons drafted in 1991 and quietly traded a year later. Some the most critical moments and important facts about past and present players, coaches, and teams that are part of the storied history that is Falcons football are also shared. Fans who bleed red, black, and silver will particularly enjoy reading about some of the more colorful and unique personalities such as Deion Sanders, Jamal Anderson, Eric Dickerson, Dan Reeves, and Michael Vick. Whether a die-hard from the Norm Van Brocklin era or a new supporter of Mike Smith and Matt Ryan, any fan will value this collection of all of the things Atlanta fans should actually see and do in their lifetime.

50 Years of Shoot! - Nostalgic gems from the top teenage footy mag (Hardcover): Adrian Besley 50 Years of Shoot! - Nostalgic gems from the top teenage footy mag (Hardcover)
Adrian Besley; Foreword by Chris Waddle 1
R420 R336 Discovery Miles 3 360 Save R84 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

50 Years of Shoot! brings back fond memories of a time when sideburns and haircuts were long, shorts were short and England's World Cup victory was a recent event. They'll recall when a footballer's favourite meal was steak and chips, he drove a Ford Capri and his biggest dislike was ignorant people. Ah, it was a different world back then! For younger readers, this will be a history lesson, proof positive that their father's heroes really did exist - and they were quite good too. The book comprises a selection of page lifts from back issues of the magazine, featuring everybody's favourite weekly features, such as 'You Are the Ref!', 'Football Funnies', 'Shoot Us A Line' and 'Ask The Expert', etc., and stories and action photographs from the key issues of the day.

The National Pastime, 2012 - Short but Wondrous Summers: Baseball in the North Star State (Paperback): Society for American... The National Pastime, 2012 - Short but Wondrous Summers: Baseball in the North Star State (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
R367 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R64 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Random History of Football - Accomplished Sweepers & Tricky Wingers (Hardcover): Aubrey Day, Justyn Barnes The Random History of Football - Accomplished Sweepers & Tricky Wingers (Hardcover)
Aubrey Day, Justyn Barnes; Illustrated by Tony Husband
R180 R144 Discovery Miles 1 440 Save R36 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

This is the story of football as it's never been told before. A cock-eyed compilation of match reports, correspondence, and reminiscences from pundits, commentators, players, officials and spectators who weren't there but should have been. The nutmegs, the tantrums, the penalty shoot-outs that have provided the ubiquitous topic of male conversation for generations, are entertainingly evoked. If The Random History of Football boasted the stories were in bite-sized chunks, Luis Suarez would buy every copy!

Second Yellow - The Further Adventures of our Footballing Heroes (Paperback): John Smith, Dan Trelfer Second Yellow - The Further Adventures of our Footballing Heroes (Paperback)
John Smith, Dan Trelfer
R564 R401 Discovery Miles 4 010 Save R163 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Second Yellow: More Adventures of our Footballing Heroes brings you more funny, fascinating and downright baffling tales gleaned by authors John Smith and Dan Trelfer from their unflagging research of over 240 footballer autobiographies. Together, they have pored through the works of genuine legends, cult heroes and players they can only dimly recall from their 1983 Panini sticker albums to find stories and facts that will delight, shock and confuse - sometimes all at once. There's the chairman who owned a ventriloquist's dummy called Algernon. There's the Liverpool legend who set a team-mate's wife's hair on fire. There's the Arsenal star who confronted some innocent fans with a samurai sword. And there's the Ipswich hero who took on Sylvester Stallone in an arm-wrestling contest - possibly inspiring Stallone's half-forgotten epic Over The Top. This book covers all the bases of the typical footballer's life: love, violence, gambling, horrific injury, banter (it's mostly banter) and, apparently, pigeons.

Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 41 #1 (Paperback, Spring 2012): Society for American Baseball Research Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 41 #1 (Paperback, Spring 2012)
Society for American Baseball Research
R367 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R64 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Spring 2012 issue of the "Baseball Research Journal" features 17 articles, showcasing the best of baseball research in many disciplines, including game theory, statistical analysis, physiology and perception, history, and baseball records. The full table of contents:
Records, Numbers, and Analysis
Pitchers Dig the Long Ball (At Least When They Are Hitting)
by David Vincent
The Bible and the Apocrypha: Saved Runs and Fielding Shares
by Jon Bruschke
Hank Greenberg's American League RBI Record
by Herm Krabbenhoft
Are Baseball Players Superior to Umpires in Discriminating Balls from Strikes?
by Christoph Kreinbucher
Breaking Balls with a Runner on Third: A Game Theoretical Analysis of Optimal Behavior
by William Spaniel
Major Leaguers and the Minors
Johnny Vander Meer's Third No-Hitter
by Ernest J. Green
Sparky
by Steve Ames
Pop Kelchner, Gentleman Jake, The Giant-Killer and the Kane Mountaineers
by Ed Rose
International Perspectives
Women's Baseball at Home and Abroad
by Jennifer Ring
Global World Series, 1955-1957
by Bob Buege
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Baseball
by Frank Ardolino
Babe Ruth and Eiji Sawamura
by Robert K. Fitts
Big League Moments
1906 Cleveland Naps, Deadball Era Underachiever
by Rod Caborn and Dave Larson
One Trade, Three Teams, and Reversal of Fortune
by Sol Gittleman
Expos Get First Franchise No-Hitter Right Out of the Gate
by Norm King
Books
Whatever Happened to the Triple Crown? Excerpt from the Runmakers
by Frederick E. Taylor
Book Review: The Most Famous Woman in Baseball by Bob Luke
reviewed by Mike Cook

Blindsided (Paperback): Michael Lynagh, Mark Eglinton Blindsided (Paperback)
Michael Lynagh, Mark Eglinton 1
R281 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R75 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Former Australian rugby union legend and World Cup winner, now acclaimed television sports pundit, on his glittering career in the game - and how close he came to losing his life. Few players in the history of the game have had as illustrious a career as Wallaby fly-half and captain Michael Lynagh. In an era when Australia took the rugby world by storm with their glittering array of mercurial talent, in chief orchestrator and courageous captain Lynagh they had a pivotal figure at fly-half who shaped their style of play and at the same time played a major ambassadorial role in the world game. Yet fast forward to that April day in 2012, as Lynagh lay partially blinded in intensive care at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, his life hanging by a thread following a major stroke, his wife and three young boys on the other side of the world. The day that defined the rest of his life. Lynagh's story is one of corruscating highs and crippling lows. It's the personal tale of a sportsman playing to the extremes of his profession, but also a human tale of surviving debilitating trauma and finding a new meaning to life.

Elway - A Relentless Life (Standard format, CD): Jason Cole Elway - A Relentless Life (Standard format, CD)
Jason Cole
R899 R637 Discovery Miles 6 370 Save R262 (29%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Leicester City - 100 Facts (Paperback): Steve Horton Leicester City - 100 Facts (Paperback)
Steve Horton
R170 R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Save R32 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Football fans love nothing more than to read about their favourite teams. Although this books is aimed at young teenagers they will delight all ages with their mixture of funny and enlightening stories and will give hours of pleasure discovering quirky facts about your favourite team. Each title is also augmented with a selection of sketches by the young sketch artist Becky Welton that depict some of the stories within.

Hearts - 100 Facts (Paperback): Steve Horton Hearts - 100 Facts (Paperback)
Steve Horton
R170 R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 Save R32 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Football fans love nothing more than to read about their favourite teams. Although this books is aimed at young teenagers they will delight all ages with their mixture of funny and enlightening stories and will give hours of pleasure discovering quirky facts about your favourite team. Each title is also augmented with a selection of sketches by the young sketch artist Becky Welton that depict some of the stories within.

Spencer Haywood Rule - Battles, Basketball, and the Making of an American Iconoclast (Hardcover): Marc J. Spears, Gary Washburn Spencer Haywood Rule - Battles, Basketball, and the Making of an American Iconoclast (Hardcover)
Marc J. Spears, Gary Washburn
R631 R494 Discovery Miles 4 940 Save R137 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 40 #2 (Paperback): Society for American Baseball Research Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 40 #2 (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
R362 R297 Discovery Miles 2 970 Save R65 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The Baseball Research Journal presents baseball research with a strong analytical approach. Made up of statistical studies, in-depth examinations of playing techniques, and articles focusing on baseball as a business, the Baseball Research Journal draws from the research efforts of members of the Society for American Baseball Research.

Sprawlball - A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA (Paperback): Kirk Goldsberry Sprawlball - A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA (Paperback)
Kirk Goldsberry
R452 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R76 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
100 Things Yellow Jackets Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Paperback): Adam Van Brimmer 100 Things Yellow Jackets Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die (Paperback)
Adam Van Brimmer
R463 Discovery Miles 4 630 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With pep talks, records, and Yellow Jackets lore, this lively, detailed book explores the personalities, events, and facts every Georgia Tech fan should know. It contains crucial information such as important dates, player nicknames, memorable moments, and outstanding achievements by singular players. This guide to all things Yellow Jackets covers the team's improbable run to the 1990 national championships, the tradition of "stealing the T," and the famous "Budweiser Bob" between-quarters song and dance.

Growing Up on the Gridiron - Football, Friendship, and the Tragic Life of Owen Thomas (Hardcover): Vicki Mayk Growing Up on the Gridiron - Football, Friendship, and the Tragic Life of Owen Thomas (Hardcover)
Vicki Mayk
R577 R459 Discovery Miles 4 590 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Little Book of Man City - More than 170 Blue Moon quotes (Hardcover, Revised and updated): David Clayton The Little Book of Man City - More than 170 Blue Moon quotes (Hardcover, Revised and updated)
David Clayton 1
R135 R108 Discovery Miles 1 080 Save R27 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The Little Book of Man City is bursting with wit and wisdom of the great characters associated with the club. From managers, such as Malcolm Allison, Kevin Keegan, Roberto Mancini and Pep Guardiola, via garrulous fans such as Radio 1's Mark and Lard and the Gallagher brothers to voluble players such as Francis Lee, Dennis Tueart, Rodney Marsh, Kun Aguero and Vincent Kompany, here are more than 165 funny and biting quotes for the avid fan of 'the only club in Manchester'. As their chaplain once said, 'Imagine where City would be if I hadn't been praying for them all these years'.

That First Season - How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory (Paperback): John... That First Season - How Vince Lombardi Took the Worst Team in the NFL and Set It on the Path to Glory (Paperback)
John Eisenberg
R399 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R25 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When Vince Lombardi took the job of coaching the Green Bay Packers in 1959, he inherited a team that had gone from legendary to laughing stock. They hadn't fielded a winning team in over a decade and had gone 1-10-1 in the 1958 season despite having seven future Hall of Famers on the team. They were a team accustomed to losing and in desperate need of a turnaround. """That First Season" chronicles that turnaround at the hands of Lombardi, himself serving as a head coach for the first time. The Packers were a team of talented underachievers more used to lax coaching and late nights than grueling practices and curfews. Lombardi's no-bull coaching style helped hammer them into winners who operated with machine-like precision. Every football fan knows that the Packers under Lombardi were champions, but "That First Season" shows how he did it, bringing readers the inside story of a sports dynasty.

The Big O - The Life and Times of Olsen Filipaina (Paperback): Patrick Skene The Big O - The Life and Times of Olsen Filipaina (Paperback)
Patrick Skene
R499 R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Save R92 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Big O by Patrick Skene is the story of Olsen Filipaina, a New Zealand Hall of Fame rugby league legend who was a pathfinder for the Maori and Pasifika players who today dominate the Australian National Rugby League. In a career that saw him play 29 Tests for New Zealand and more than 100 first grade NSWRL games, Filipaina was an object of fascination for the rugby league community. To fans he was "the Galloping Garbo", a working-class hero who thrilled crowds in between shifts as a garbageman. To opponents, who feared his Polynesian power game, he was The Big O. To coaches and critics, he was simply "Olsen the enigma". Featured in the book are some of the pivotal figures of 1980s Australia and New Zealand sport including Sir Graham Lowe, Arthur Beetson, Roy Masters, Sir Peter Leitch, David Tua, Sir Bryan Williams, Wayne Pearce, Sir Michael Jones, John Ribot, Mark Graham, David Lange and NRL Immortal Wally Lewis who for the first time opens up about being outplayed by Filipaina in the 1985 Test series. The Big O tracks Olsen's story from his rise out of working-class South Auckland, to overcoming depression, racism and cultural dislocation in Sydney, to the Cinderella story of his success for the New Zealand Kiwis. Forty years after Filipaina burst into Australian rugby league, Skene relates the tale of a humble and principled man, a dynamic and magical pioneer of the 'Pacific Revolution'. The Big O' is a timely story of resilience, redemption, bravery and love. To understand Olsen's story is to understand the cultural changes that have reshaped the game of rugby league.

The Baffled Parent's Guide to Fix-It Drills for Youth Soccer (Paperback): Robert Koger The Baffled Parent's Guide to Fix-It Drills for Youth Soccer (Paperback)
Robert Koger
R476 R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

FUN AND EFFECTIVE SOCCER DRILLS-FROM AN EXPERIENCED COACH IN THE SPORT
Soccer is an exciting sport, but it is even better when your team is playing at its best. "The Baffled Parent's Guide to Fix-It Drills for Youth Soccer" addresses specific team concerns with energetic drills that will improve your players' skills and help them to properly execute the correct tactics and techniques on the field.

Written by an expert, this extensive collection focuses on problem areas and provides practice activities to ensure you get the best from your young players. Robert Koger looks at each of the problems most commonly faced by youth team coaches and prescribes proper drills to get players and teams to be their best and have fun doing it.

With more than 100 drills, you're guaranteed to find practice solutions for situations such as: My players can't get the ball past the other team's defense. I can't get my players to shoot when they are open. My players move all over the field. My team can't stop opposing goals from corner kicks. My team needs help with general skills areas including dribbling, passing, offense, defense, and goal-keeping.

Written in an easy-to-follow, clearly outlined format, "The Baffled Parent's Guide to Fix-It Drills for Youth Soccer" is an invaluable teaching tool to have on the field. Don't start coaching without it.

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