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Few in Chicago sports history have been as beloved on both the North and South Sides of the baseball-crazy city as Steve Stone--a privilege that made no small contribution to the incredible stories shared in this fun baseball exploration led by the man himself. Part anecdote and part analysis, the book shares the unique slant of the American League Cy Young Award-winning pitcher and fan-favorite broadcaster on the game that has been his passion for nearly five decades. He starts by analyzing the game position by position; illustrating his points with personal experiences and the players he has either played with or covered. What he hasn't seen, his broadcast partner of 15 years, Harry Caray, probably had, and he shares plenty of funny stories about their years together in the booth as well. Finally he takes a serious look at how the game has changed and what the future holds for America's pastime.
The National Football League began in 1919 with a dozen franchises in mainly small towns in the northern Midwest and Northeastern United States. Over the past 90 years it has grown to 32 teams in almost every major market across the nation. This living history of the National Football League traces the sport back to its amateur roots, and describes the growth of pro football, decade by decade, to the modern era. Interspersed with this historical narrative are features on players, owners, coaches, championship games, the draft, and the media. In addition to its lively and authoritative text, the book is fully illustrated with archive photographs, some of which have rarely been seen, as well as photographs of football memorabilia from the collection of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Many of the featured episodes in the history of the NFL are also supplemented by removable facsimile reproductions of documents of historic importance. Presented in an attractive slipcase, The Treasures of the National Football League is a must-have item for every fan of pro football and the NFL.
The 2005 England versus Australia Ashes series attracted thousands of new cricket fans and reaffirmed the love of the game for the millions already converted. Every one of the Tests was a battle from first ball to last with, in the case of the second and third matches, the result in doubt until the final ball. Starting from the beginning of the summer, looking at the pre-series hyperbole, and finishing with a review of the series, player by player and with a full statistical summary of the action, the core of the book is a day-by-day look at each test match, including pre-match incidents, a full scorecard and a feature on the Man of the Match.
The Bronx Is Burning "meets Chuck Klosterman in this wild pop-culture history of baseball's most colorful and controversial decade
"The Major Leagues witnessed more dramatic stories and changes
in the '70s than in any other era. The American popular culture and
counterculture collided head-on with the national pastime, rocking
the once-conservative sport to its very foundations. Outspoken
players embraced free agency, openly advocated drug use, and even
swapped wives. Controversial owners such as Charlie Finley, Bill
Veeck, and Ted Turner introduced Astroturf, prime-time World
Series, garish polyester uniforms, and outlandish promotions such
as Disco Demolition Night. Hank Aaron and Lou Brock set new heights
in power and speed while Reggie Jackson and Carlton Fisk emerged as
October heroes and All-Star characters like Mark "The Bird" Fidrych
became pop icons. For the millions of fans who grew up during this
time, and especially those who cared just as much about Oscar
Gamble's afro as they did about his average, this book serves up a
delicious, Technicolor trip down memory lane.
Cricket's Strangest Tales is a fascinating collection of cricketing weirdness - and there's a lot of it to choose from! Within these pages you'll find a game that was played on ice, meet a plague of flying ants who failed to dampen players' enthusiasm, and examples of the grand old tradition of one-armed teams versus one-legged teams. The stories in this book are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious, and, most importantly, true. Fully revised, redesigned and updated with a selection of new material for 2016, this book is the perfect gift for the cricket fanatic in your life. Word count: 45,000 words
In this hugely entertaining collection of stories taken from over a hundred years of world tennis history, award-winning sports historian Peter Seddon has gathered together the most extraordinary events ever to occur on a tennis court. They include the Wimbledon final between the tea-drinking vicar and a convicted murderer, and the `Match of the Century' between the `Women's Libber' and the `Male Chauvinist Pig'. There are matches played on board ship and on the wings of an airborne plane, a game played in full regimental dress, and meet the player who rated himself so highly he played an entire match while carrying someone `piggy-back'. The stories in this book are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious, and, most importantly, true. Revised, redesigned and updated for a new generation of tennis fanatics, this book is a unique look at the curiosities of an endlessly popular sport, revealing the `strawberries and cream' game as you've never seen it before. Word count: 45,000
'You drive for show, you putt for dough'. This old saying is familiar to all golfers and Bob Rotella, one of the foremost authorities on golf today, is a firm believer in its truth. In Putting out of Your Mind he reveals the unique mental approach that great putting requires and helps golfers of all levels master this essential skill. Much like Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect and Golf Is a Game of Confidence, Putting out of Your Mind is a resonant and informative guide to achieving a better golf game. While most golfers spend their time trying to perfect their swing so they can hit the ball further, Rotella encourages them to concentrate on their putting, the most crucial yet overlooked aspect of the game. Great players are not only aware of the importance of putting, they go out of their way to master it. And of course mastery begins with an understanding of the attitude needed to be a better putter. Rotella's mental rules, which have helped some of the greatest golfers in the world to become champion putters can now work for golfers everywhere. With everything from true-life stories from some of the greats to dozens of game-changing practice drills, Putting out of Your Mind is the new bible of putting, and is sure to bring about immediate results for anyone who plays the game.
Cricket's Strangest Tales is a fascinating collection of cricketing weirdness - and there's a lot of it to choose from! Within these pages you'll find a game that was played on ice, meet a plague of flying ants who failed to dampen players' enthusiasm, and examples of the grand old tradition of one-armed teams versus one-legged teams. The stories in this book are bizarre, fascinating, hilarious, and, most importantly, true. This brand new edition, redesigned in splendid hardback for 2018, is the perfect gift for the cricket fanatic in your life. Word count: 45,000 words
Drawing together insights from nearly 100 former players, coaches, and Crimson Tide fans, this is the ultimate compendium of everything that is special about the University of Alabama's football team. Highlights include the 100 most important moments in Alabama football history, beloved landmarks and memories from Tuscaloosa, coaching legends, and the team's greatest players from past and present.
THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE BIOGRAPHY OF ARSENE WENGER EVER PUBLISHED, NOW FULLY REVISED AND UPDATED TO THE END OF HIS ARSENAL CAREER. When Arsene Wenger arrived at Arsenal in 1996, he was little known to fans at the club and many doubted he could bring back the glory days of George Graham. But soon he was transforming the way the team played, melding the famous English defensive spine of Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Lee Dixon, Nigel Winterburn and David Seaman with a hugely creative foreign attacking spirit, epitomised by Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Robert Pires, that could both outplay and outmuscle their rivals. At the same time, he introduced new ideas on diet, exercise, training and tactics, which many players believe extended their careers. Having won numerous trophies, and led the Invincibles to an unprecedented unbeaten league season in 2003-04, Wenger then had to help the Gunners through the next stage of their development when they moved from Highbury to the Emirates Stadium, a move that was followed by a nine-year trophy drought. Despite the financial constraints he faced, he still managed to keep the club playing in the Champions League year after year while remaining true to his philosophy of how the game should be played. Some began to question whether he had been left behind, despite picking up back-to-back FA Cups in 2014 and 2015, and in the end in April 2018 he decided the time was right to step away. Now, in this updated edition of John Cross's acclaimed biography, the author provides a compelling account of the man and his methods across 22 years in charge. He assesses the scale of Wenger's achievements and whether the criticism he faced towards the end was justified. Arsene Wenger builds into the most complete portrait of the Frenchman yet written.
Kick snow from your shoes and step into the warmth of the old Hoosier high school basketball gym, where farmers in overalls line the court and students heckle referees from planks above the bleachers. Revisit a unique era when nearly every town had a high school and its own basketball team. The gyms featured here no longer host high school games, but once they were home to the Ladoga Canners, the Mecca Arabs, the Roll Red Rollers, the Arlington Purple Breezes, the Warren Lightning Five and dozens more. Now they are elementary schools, community centers, fire stations, churches. Some are homes. Sadly, others are wasting away. But once again, the ball thuds in these gyms. The screams reverberate. The whistles blow. Join the Indianapolis Star's Kyle Neddenriep on this tour of one hundred former Hoosier high school basketball gyms.
Every sport has its definitive annual guide, the book that those who are passionate about the sport use for reference and information. For golf, The World of Professional Golf, sponsored by Rolex, is the bible, the volume that everyone with an interest in what happened on every Tour golf course around the world each year wants to have on their bookshelf. And for the first time, the 2013 edition of this major reference work is available to buy, giving readers the chance not only to read up on every pro event but to access all the hard statistics. The first section concentrates on rankings, prize money and Tour winners. This is followed by reports on the four men's and women's Majors, the men's Tour events across five continents, the Women's Tours, the Senior Tours and the money lists. The book concludes with extensive scoring summaries of every pro tournament played in the world in 2012, providing enough information to satisfy even the most ardent statistician's hunger for figures. This magnificent volume contains an introduction by the legendary Arnold Palmer, a foreword by the first great golf agent and founder of IMG, Mark H. McCormack, whose brainchild this book was, plus approximately 90 photographs of the year in action. If it happened in professional golf in 2012, you will find everything you need to know in The World of Professional Golf 2013. IMG is the world's largest sports marketing agency. It was founded in the early 1960s by the late American Mark H. McCormack who, in 1999, was described as 'The Most Powerful Man in Sports' by Sports Illustrated magazine. A self-confessed golf fanatic, this annual book was his brainchild. Rolex have been highly visible sponsors of golf for more than four decades.
Imagining a year in which the lovable losers never lose a single game, this idealistic resource identifies the most memorable victory in Chicago Cubs history on every single day of the baseball calendar season, from late March to late October. Ranging from games with incredible historical significance and individual achievement to those with high drama and high stakes, the book envisions the impossible: a blemish-free Cubs season. Evocative photos, original quotes, thorough research, and engaging prose and analysis add another dimension.
Imagining a year in which the Phillies never lose a single game, this idealistic resource identifies the most memorable victory in the team's history on every single day of the baseball calendar season, from late March to late October. Ranging from games with incredible historical significance and individual achievement to those with high drama and high stakes, the book envisions the impossible: a blemish-free Phillies season. Evocative photos, original quotes, thorough research, and engaging prose and analysis add another dimension.
Balloons on the pitch. Goalkeepers going forward for corners. The crowd whistling to bring full-time closer. Jeering a disallowed opposition goal. The ball being cleared off the line. Can we count the ways in which we love football ... the little things which make it mean so much? Extra Time offers a half-century of joyous prose poetry salutes to the beautiful game. Each short chapter sings with affections for the game. This is relatable, observational writing on sometimes tender and always universal themes; the sportswriting equivalent of a comforting hug. Whimsical, engaging and elegantly written, Extra Time will be loved by fans of Saturday, 3pm and new readers under football's spell. In short, anyone who has ever felt the exultation of watching their team score two goals in quick succession, revelled in an irrational dislike of a certain club or cherished a local radio commentator. Extra Time will help renew its readers' love of football. It will grow faith in the shared experiences of being a follower of the game - a comforting feeling that no supporter is alone in his or her eccentricities. The book demonstrates that, in a world coming apart at the seams, this sport and its technicolour minutiae offer an escape needed now more than ever. These 50 nuggets of pleasure are a sweet medicine in the face of disillusionment with modern football VAR and all; reminders of why we care and justifications for our devotion. It is time to start counting the love again.
During a season on the road with college basketball referees, Bob Katz watched the games they officiated, listened in on their candid conversations in locker rooms and hotel lobbies, and explored the intense challenges they regularly confront. Alone among thousands in the stadium and millions watching at home, the ref does not care who wins or loses. His only goal is fairness and neutrality. His passion to ensure the playing field stays level is shaped by character, training, and a rare - and rarely appreciated - kind of honour. In this vivid portrait of one consummate professional at the top of his game, Katz pulls off an unbelievable feat in The Whistleblower - readers actually come to root for the ref. In a new afterword Katz reflects on the misunderstood and often denigrated role of the referee in sports and the looming implications for our increasingly partisan society.
Cricket is a summer game, intended to be played on green fields under blue skies and warm sun. But, for the first time, a book explores the mesmerising beauty of cricket grounds in winter, carpeted with snow, through remarkable colour photographs depicting grounds from Lord's to the smallest village pitch in Lancashire, and internationally from New Zealand to the Indian Himalayas. For this aspect alone, Snow Stopped Play will be seized upon as the perfect gift for the cricket fan even by those utterly uninterested in the sport. But Snow Stopped Play is also a fascinatingly eccentric and charming disquisition, in the best tradition of cricket classics like Carr's Dictionary of Extra-Ordinary Cricketers, on the game of cricket itself, through its hitherto unexamined relationship with snow. Did John Arlott really find a snowflake on his sleeve at Lord's in June? Why did a Derbyshire batsman have to take his false teeth out after a snowfall at Buxton in 1975? And has the Sussex fast bowler and poet John Snow ever written a poem about snow?
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