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The National Pastime, Monumental Baseball, 2009 (Paperback): Society for American Baseball Research The National Pastime, Monumental Baseball, 2009 (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
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The National Pastime offers baseball history available nowhere else. Each fall this publication from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) explores baseball history with fresh and often surprising views of past players, teams, and events. Drawn from the research efforts of more than 6,700 SABR members, The National Pastime establishes an accurate, lively, and entertaining historical record of baseball.

The Original Curse: Did the Cubs Throw the 1918 World Series to Babe Ruth's Red Sox and Incite the Black Sox Scandal?... The Original Curse: Did the Cubs Throw the 1918 World Series to Babe Ruth's Red Sox and Incite the Black Sox Scandal? (Hardcover)
Sean Deveney
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IN THE GRAND TRADITION OF "EIGHT MEN OUT" . . .
the untold story of baseball's ORIGINAL SCANDAL

Did the Chicago Cubs throw the World Series in 1918--and get away with it?

Who were the players involved--and why did they do it?

Were gambling and corruption more widespread across the leagues than previously believed?

Were the players and teams "cursed" by their actions?

Finally, is it time to rewrite baseball history?

With exclusive access to surprising new evidence, Sporting News reporter Sean Deveney details a scandal at the core of baseball's greatest folklore--in a golden era as exciting and controversial as our sports world today. This inside look at the pivotal year of 1918 proves that baseball has always been a game overrun with colorful characters, intense human drama, and explosive controversy.

""The Original Curse" is not just about baseball. It is a sweeping portrait of America at war in 1918. . . . In the end, the proper question is not, 'How could a player from that era fix the World Series?' It's, 'How could he not?'"
--Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports, from the Introduction

"Sean Deveney plays connect-the-dots in this intriguing account of a possible conspiracy to throw the 1918 World Series. Thoroughly researched and well written, "The Original Curse" is a must-read for baseball fans and anyone who loves a good mystery. Is Max Flack the Shoeless Joe of the 1918 Cubs? Deveney lays out the case and let's readers decide if the fix was in."
--Paul Sullivan, Cubs beat writer, "Chicago Tribune"

"This book gives the reader a fun and honest look at baseball as it used to be-- the good guys, the gamblers, the cheaters, the drunks, the inept leaders. But, more than that, it puts those characters into the context of Chicago, Boston and America at the time of World War I, and you wind up with a unique way to explain the motivations of those characters."
--David Kaplan, host, "Chicago Tribune Live" and "WGN's Sports Central"

"Deveney's painstaking study of the 1918 World Series between the Cubs and Red Sox argues that the Black Sox scandal was not an aberration and might have had an antecedent. Deveney's scholarship does not detract from his ability to spin a good tale: his tendency to imagine players' conversations will remind readers of Leigh Montville's "The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth."... A welcome companion to Susan Dellinger's "Red Legs and Black Sox: Edd Roush and the Untold Story of the 1919 World Series," Deveney's book contributes greatly to our understanding of this decisive period in baseball and American morals."
--"Library Journal"

The Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 38 #1 (Paperback): Society for American Baseball Research The Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 38 #1 (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
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A History of Indian Cricket (Paperback, Revised ed.): Mihir Bose A History of Indian Cricket (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Mihir Bose
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On 24 August 1971 - "The Day the Elephant came to the Oval" - India, under the captaincy of A.L. Wadekar, won her first Test match against England in England. From this dramatic starting-point Mihir Bose focuses on the rollercoaster nature of India's cricket history, from its early days in the time of the British Raj to the present day period that has been characterised by both the sublime (the batting mastery of Sachin Tendulkar) and the ridiculous (the match-fixing scandals associated with the nefarious activities of certain Indian bookmakers). Mihir Bose's lively, informed and always entertaining text is supported by a full statistical appendix, including the scorecards of all India's most famous Test matches and a table of averages of all India's Test players.

The Official Chelsea FC Annual 2021 (Hardcover): Grange Communications Ltd The Official Chelsea FC Annual 2021 (Hardcover)
Grange Communications Ltd
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The Official Chelsea Annual 2021is the perfect companion for any fan during the exciting days ahead. This Annual is packed full of information about Chelsea and all our players, including this season's new signings. We will take a look at what the Blues stars get up to behind the scenes, test your knowledge with quizzes and puzzles to see how well you know your favourite team, and you even have the chance of winning a signed shirt! Also relive last season's thrilling Europa league win and other moments of glory with big anniversaries this year. It really is the ultimate guide to the Blues.

The Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 37 (Paperback): Society for American Baseball Research The Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 37 (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
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Behind the Green Monster - Red Sox Myths, Legends, and Lore (Paperback): Bill Ballou Behind the Green Monster - Red Sox Myths, Legends, and Lore (Paperback)
Bill Ballou
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In "Behind the Green Monster: Red Sox Myths, Legends, and Lore" by Bill Ballou fans will relive the most exhilarating and heart-wrenching moments in Red Sox history, while also separating the facts from fiction. Numerous myths are dispelled once and for all including, including why the Curse of the Bambino never existed, why the Game 6 loss in the 1986 World Series was not Bill Buckner's fault, who was the real key to Boston's ninth-inning rally in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, was Curt Schilling's bloody sock a fake, did Johnny Pesky ever hit a ball off the foul pole named for him, and did Ted Williams really hit a ball of the head of someone sitting 37 rows deep in the right field bleachers. From Yaz's miraculous September in 1967 to the Manny Ramirez trade, the most famous and infamous moments are all combined into one volume. "Behind the Green Monster" delves into those headlines, sets the record straight and gives Sox fans many reasons to celebrate their strong allegiance to their beloved Red Sox.

Raider Power - Texas Tech's Journey from Unranked to the Final Four (Hardcover): Texas Tech Athletics Raider Power - Texas Tech's Journey from Unranked to the Final Four (Hardcover)
Texas Tech Athletics; Foreword by Andy Katz
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The 2018-2019 Texas Tech men's basketball team began the season unranked and ended it playing on Monday night for the National Championship. Raider Power gives every fan a fully immersive experience with the story of a group of stone-faced dreamers and their historic journey from unranked to Big 12 Champions to the Final Four. Raider Power offers a showcase of the Red Raiders' individual players, spotlighting and providing insider information on this unexpected group of winners, all while focusing on the bond that transformed a group of underdogs into a world-class team with the best defense in the country. Follow the team from the earliest parts of the season all the way to the Championship game on Monday night. Relive every highlight, locker room celebration, and trophy ceremony. Learn the ins and outs of head coach Chris Beard's vision for the team. The ultimate effect of the Red Raiders' amazing run was to establish a culture of excellence and community: this was a group of guys who cared for each other personally, in addition to complementing each other on the court. Raider Power is the official insider companion to an incredible season-it is a must-read for all Red Raiders.

The First Tip-Off: The Incredible Story of the Birth of the NBA (Hardcover): Charley Rosen The First Tip-Off: The Incredible Story of the Birth of the NBA (Hardcover)
Charley Rosen
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Return to basketball's salad days, when the boys were green and the money didn't matter.. .

On November 1, 1946, in the NBA's (then called the BAA) first game ever, as the visiting New York Knickerbockers defeated the Toronto Huskies, the first point in the history of the NBA was scored by the Knicks' Oscar Ossie Schectman. It was the point that launched more than six million points to come, and Ossie did it, like all of his team members, for a mere $60 and a passionate love of the game. Who could have guessed back then that this fledgling league of 11 ragtag teams would one day grow into the billion-dollar international phenomenon that it is today?. .

In "The First Tip-Off," veteran basketball writer Charley Rosen takes you back to the NBA's humble beginnings, when a colorful cast of characters laid the foundation for the empire that is today's NBA. With riveting writing, he gives you a prime seat courtside for every memorable two-handed underhand layup and hook shot of that first season, when professional basketball struggled to evolve from grudge matches--where head-butting was encouraged and players shoved each other, hockey-style, into the chicken-wire fence wrapped around the court to protect them from lit cigars tossed by angry fans--to a civilized game of elegance and skill. It wasn't an easy transformation.. .

In 1946, the players dribbled their way down slippery courts laid over ice rinks in stadiums that reeked of the previous night's rodeo. They were tough guys, ex-soldiers back from World War II, and still-green farm boys, thrilled to be away from home for the first time. They learned to play ball using wadded-up rags and fire escapes for baskets. They learnedin fields, in church basements, and on school rooftops. Rough around the edges, they brought their homegrown skills to the new league and started something big.. .

From the Boston Celtics to the Washington Capitols, through in-depth interviews with surviving players, Rosen brings the spirits and the stories of these men to life as he weaves a fascinating and poignant portrait of a league struggling to gain a foothold in the American consciousness..

Call Me Coach - A Life in College Football (Hardcover): Paul F. Dietzel Call Me Coach - A Life in College Football (Hardcover)
Paul F. Dietzel
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When LSU head football coach Paul Dietzel saw Billy Cannon field an Ole Miss punt on LSU's own eleven yard line on a stifling Halloween night in 1959, his shouts of "No, no, no " turned to "Go, go, go " as Cannon eluded tackler after tackler, sending fans in Tiger Stadium into a frenzy and earning himself that year's Heisman Trophy. Dietzel is probably best known for leading LSU to its first national championship the year before Cannon's legendary run, but his career in athletics also carried him to numerous posts across the country and put him in the company of some of the best coaching minds of all time. In Call Me Coach, Dietzel affectionately recalls his rich and varied life in college football.

In 1948, Dietzel decided to forgo medical school at Columbia University to become the plebe football coach at West Point. As an assistant over the next few years, he worked with Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky, Colonel Red Blaik and Vince Lombardi at West Point, and Sid Gillman at the University of Cincinnati. Taking the job of head coach at LSU in 1955, he reversed the Tigers' losing skid and -- using the wing-T formation and a revolutionary three-team substitution system incorporating the White Team, the Go Team, and the renowned Chinese Bandits -- crafted 1958's unbeaten championship season. The thirty-three-year-old Dietzel was voted National Coach of the Year by the widest margin ever.

Back at West Point from 1961 to 1965, Dietzel rallied the Cadets to finally "beat Navy" and, as South Carolina's football coach and athletics director from 1966 to 1974, he took the Gamecocks to their first bowl game in twenty-five years and mandated the recruitment of black athletes in all sports programs. After twenty years as a head coach, with 109 wins and 95 losses at three schools and a postseason record of 11 victories and 3 defeats, Dietzel retired from coaching in 1974, later serving as athletics director at Indiana and LSU.

Through Dietzel's eyes, readers glimpse college football during a simpler time but also see that many facets of the game -- including recruitment challenges, job insecurity, press relations, and fickle fans -- remain constant. Highlights among the book's many unforgettable anecdotes are a 1962 interview with Howard Cosell, discussion about West Point's football team with General Douglas MacArthur, and a rare disagreement with Bear Bryant during a staff meeting.

Dietzel's recollections of his early and later years help complete the story of the man. In a warm raconteur's voice, he describes his impoverished childhood in Ohio, his own participation in high school and college sports, and his stint flying B-29 missions over Japan during World War II. His postretirement endeavors have included providing color commentary for TV, selling fudge, teaching skiing, and watercolor painting. Always at the top of Dietzel's priorities have been friends, family, and faith.

Gratitude rings as a constant refrain in Call Me Coach, and sports enthusiasts everywhere will be grateful that Dietzel has shared these recollections of his remarkable life.

The National Pastime, Volume 28 - A Review of Baseball History (Paperback): Society for American Baseball Research The National Pastime, Volume 28 - A Review of Baseball History (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
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The National Pastime offers baseball history available nowhere else. Each fall this publication from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) explores baseball history with fresh and often surprising views of past players, teams, and events. Drawn from the research efforts of more than 6,700 SABR members, The National Pastime establishes an accurate, lively, and entertaining historical record of baseball.

Crazy '08 - How A Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads and Magnates Create (Paperback): Cait Murphy Crazy '08 - How A Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads and Magnates Create (Paperback)
Cait Murphy
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From the perspective of 2007, the unintentional irony of Chance's boast is manifest-- these days, the question is when will the Cubs ever win a game they have to have. In October 1908, though, no one would have laughed: The Cubs were, without doubt, baseball's greatest team-- the first dynasty of the 20th century. Crazy '08 recounts the 1908 season-- the year when Peerless Leader Frank Chance's men went toe to toe to toe with John McGraw and Christy Mathewson's New York Giants and Honus Wagner's Pittsburgh Pirates in the greatest pennant race the National League has ever seen. The American League has its own three-cornered pennant fight, and players like Cy Young, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, and the egregiously crooked Hal Chase ensured that the junior circuit had its moments. But it was the National League's-- and the Cubs'-- year. Crazy '08, however, is not just the exciting story of a great season. It is also about the forces that created modern baseball, and the America that produced it. In 1908, crooked pols run Chicago's First Ward, and gambling magnates control the Yankees. Fans regularly invade the field to do handstands or argue with the umps; others shoot guns from rickety grandstands prone to burning. There are anarchists on the loose and racial killings in the town that made Lincoln. On the flimsiest of pretexts, General Abner Doubleday becomes a symbol of Americanism, and baseball's own anthem, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, is a hit. Picaresque and dramatic, 1908 is a season in which so many weird and wonderful things happen that it is somehow unsurprising that a hairpiece, a swarm of gnats, a sudden bout of lumbago, and a disasterdown in the mines all play a role in its outcome. And sometimes the events are not so wonderful at all. There are several deaths by baseball, and the shadow of corruption creeps closer to the heart of baseball-- the honesty of the game itself. Simply put, 1908 is the year that baseball grew up. Oh, and it was the last time the Cubs won the World Series. Destined to be as memorable as the season it documents, Crazy '08 sets a new standard for what a book about baseball can be.

The Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 36 (Paperback): Society for American Baseball Research The Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 36 (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
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The National Pastime, Volume 27 - A Review of Baseball History (Paperback): Society for American Baseball Research The National Pastime, Volume 27 - A Review of Baseball History (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
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"The National Pastime" offers baseball history available nowhere else. Each fall this publication from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) explores baseball history with fresh and often surprising views of past players, teams, and events. Drawn from the research efforts of more than 6,700 SABR members, T"he National Pastime" establishes an accurate, lively, and entertaining historical record of baseball. "A Note from the Editor, Jim Charlton: " This is the first issue of "The National Pastime" devoted to articles on "individuals in the game." An all-biographical issue, if you will, though this is a leaky umbrella over the subject: there are interviews, slices of players' lives, and write-ups of big games by players. One SABR wag commented to me that he "thought every issue of "TNP" was all biographical," but that has not been the case. The journal has always published a wide variety of articles on pennant races, pitching tandems, umpire uniforms, Cuban baseball, fair-foul hitting, integration, stadiums, women's baseball, and dozens of other topics. Whew! It is not, of course, the first dedicated issue of the journal. John Thorn and Mark Rucker put together delightful all-pictorial issues in the 1980s that were on particular topcis, such as 19th-century ball. In 1992, the estimable Peter Bjarkman edited an issue of "TNP" devoted to baseball around the world. These are among my most cherished issues of the journal, and for newer members, these are well worth seeking out and acquiring. This issue of "TNP" has some wonderful pieces on some surprising subjects. One is Jeff Obermeyer's profile of major leaguer Jim Riley, who also played in the NHL. Dick Thompson's article onCannonball Bill Jackman is an illuminating piece on this little-known New England star. James Smith provides a warm portrait of longtime PCL personality Lester Cook, while Pete Bjarkman persuasively speaks to Roberto Clemente's groundbreaking impact on Latin players and baseball. The late Smoky Joe Wood proves to be as outspoken and interesting an observer as he was a pitcher and hitter. The cover article, by Steve Bennett, introduces us to one of the game's great characters, George Kromer. One of my favorite pieces is by one of my favorite musicians, jazz pianist and lyricist Dave Frishberg, whose albums have been nominated four times for Grammy Awards. Dave is the composer and singer of the wry and amusing "My Attorney Bernie," Schoolhouse Rock favorites such as "I'm Just a Bill," and the iconic "Van Lingle Mungo." He shares with us the creative steps on the writing of that tribute. You'll be humming by the end.

The Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 35 (Paperback): Society for American Baseball Research The Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 35 (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
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Magnificent Seven - The Championship Games That Built the Lombardi Dynasty (Paperback, illustrated edition): Bud Lea Magnificent Seven - The Championship Games That Built the Lombardi Dynasty (Paperback, illustrated edition)
Bud Lea; Foreword by Paul Hornung; Introduction by Bart Starr; Afterword by Vince Lombardi
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Titletown USA is the proud moniker of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and this book examines how the Green Bay Packers, led by head coach Vince Lombardi, became the championship prototype by which other teams measured their success in the NFL's formative years. In the 1960s, Lombardi's Packers turned the smallest national market in the NFL into the home of the most successful football team in league history. The first team to win five titles in a seven-year span, the Green Bay Packers became synonymous with championships as the NFL emerged on the forefront of the national sports scene. "Magnificent Seven" gathers anecdotes and strategy from the squads that won the three NFL Championships in 1961, 1962, and 1965, Super Bowls I and II, as well as the NFC Championships in 1966 and 1967.

Don't Ask What I Shot (Hardcover): Catherine Lewis Don't Ask What I Shot (Hardcover)
Catherine Lewis
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Golf . . . is a sport in which the whole American family can participate--fathers and mothers, sons and daughters alike. It offers healthy respite from daily toil, refreshment of body and mind.
. --President Dwight D. Eisenhower. .

On January 24, 1953, four days after his inauguration, the "New York Times" reported that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had been spotted on the White House lawn practicing his short irons in the direction of the Washington Monument. This image of The Golfing General was one that the American public quickly became accustomed to, as Eisenhower is said to have played nearly 800 rounds during the course of his two-term presidency. He befriended the game's most beloved players, including Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, and Byron Nelson, and was the subject of hundreds of golf jokes and cartoons..

The public's awareness of Eisenhower's obsession with golf led directly to the sport's mid-century surge in popularity. In "Don't Ask What I Shot," noted historian Catherine M. Lewis offers a unique alternate portrait of Ike and this watershed period in American history.. .

Any time you have a person in the position of President Eisenhower, who was so enthusiastic about golf and had the press paying attention to his many excursions on the golf course, it was going to make people aware of the game and how much he enjoyed playing it.
. --Arnold Palmer. .

""Don't Ask What I Shot" is a fascinating examination of one of golf's pivotal decades, and the remarkable president who did more to popularize the game than any other in history."
-Mark Frost, award-winning author of "Grand Slam" and "The Greatest Game Ever Played," .

"Whatever remained to be doneto remove the last traces of the average man's carefully nurtured prejudice against a game originally linked with the wealthy and aloof was done by President Eisenhower."
--Herbert Warren Wind, renowned golf writer. . . .

Football For Dummies (Paperback, 6th Edition): Howie Long, John Czarnecki Football For Dummies (Paperback, 6th Edition)
Howie Long, John Czarnecki
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Are you ready for some football? New stadiums have been built, new stars have been born, and records have been broken since the last edition of Football For Dummies. This new edition is the fan's ultimate, up-to-date guide to all things pigskin. Perfect for new and veteran fans of the sport alike, it covers everything you need to be the most knowledgeable spectator in the stadium. With deep explanations of every position, analysis of offense and defense, and detailed strategies for play, football legend Howie Long and established analyst John Czarnecki present the nuts and bolts of football for fans of all ages and experiences. Tackle football basics and enjoy America's favorite sport Grasp the rules and regulations, positions, plays, and penalties Appreciate the different aspects of the game at the professional and college levels Learn about the latest NFL stadium technologies Football For Dummies has something to offer fans of all ages, from peewees to the pros and everything between.

Lost Voices of Cricket (Paperback, Annotated edition): Dellor Ralph Lost Voices of Cricket (Paperback, Annotated edition)
Dellor Ralph 1
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Surprisingly, perhaps, cricket is a game rich in international history, sporting characters and, on occasions, controversy. Over his long career as a cricket commentator and journalist Ralph Dellor has met some of the greatest exponents of the "summer" game. In the 1990s he conducted a series of face-to-face taped interviews with famous cricketers past and present. Along with Stephen Lamb, his fellow sports journalist and business partner, he has edited and annotated the interviews so they are put into context of time and place. Each chapter is a classic piece of cricketing history and insight into the legends and lore of the game. Featuring such names as Denis Compton, Brian Statham and Cyril Washbrook.

"Pulled Off at Half-time" - Football's Finest Quotes and Funniest Quips (Hardcover): Stuart Reeves "Pulled Off at Half-time" - Football's Finest Quotes and Funniest Quips (Hardcover)
Stuart Reeves; Introduction by Rodney Marsh 2
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Footballers are often maligned for their intelligence but no-one can dispute that they have provided some of the funniest quotes (intentionally or not) in the history of sport - and "Pulled Off at Half-Time" is the ultimate collection of these hilarious comic offerings. The title, inspired by a famous Rodney Marsh quote too risque to repeat here, sets the standard for the 1000 quotes from and about the most famous names in football.

Strong Arm Tactics - A History and Statistical Analysis of the Professional Quarterback (Paperback): John Maxymuk Strong Arm Tactics - A History and Statistical Analysis of the Professional Quarterback (Paperback)
John Maxymuk
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Signal caller, gunslinger, field general--the quarterback goes by many lofty nicknames. It's arguably the toughest, most high-pressure position to play among all sports. The quarterback touches the ball on every offensive snap, is responsible for reading the defense, adjusting the play, and executing complex schemes that require tremendous physical and mental prowess. He is expected to be the undisputed team leader, whether he's an established veteran or an untested rookie. If he succeeds, he's the most likely player on the field to be canonized by fans and broadcasters. If he fails, he'll be vilified in the press and his home field fans will start cheering for the backup. This book traces the interesting history of the professional quarterback, from the early years when the quarterback was a blocker (and the appellations quarterback, halfback, and fullback were literal and geographically correct) to the modern-day player who must be the eyes, ears, brains, and, of course, the accurate, strong arm of the offense. The narrative history in Section I is rich with statistical analysis. The author employs realistic metrics for statistical comparison across multiple eras, and includes all-time rankings as well as specific rankings among different styles of quarterbacks. Section II compares quarterbacks within their respective eras, putting their accomplishments in context with those of their contemporaries. Section III breaks down the quarterback position, team-by-team, for current NFL franchises. Appendices provide detailed passing records; additional statistics on everything from relative passer ratings to fourth quarter comebacks; and listings of first round draft picks, trades involving quarterbacks, awards, and uniform numbers.

The Essential Arlott on Cricket (Paperback, New ed): David Rayvern Allen The Essential Arlott on Cricket (Paperback, New ed)
David Rayvern Allen; Originally written by John Arlott
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Essential writings about cricket by the essential cricket commentator. `"Essential" is a big word in terms of ambition, but the contents of this book were essential in their time to the writer - but, while he cannot claim that they will be that to a reader, he wishes everyone who does read them something of the pleasure he had from writing them.' John Arlott, from the Preface Across a broadcasting career of some thirty-four years, the late John Arlott's commentating on cricket, above all on `Test Match Special', earned him a popularity and affection unmatched by any who followed him. As Ian Botham noted, `He was Cricket, there has never been a commentator like him and there never will be.' This book collects together his writings on cricket and cricketers across forty years. It contains pen portraits of the game's famous and not so famous figures, as well as jottings, diary entries and articles written for, among others, `The Cricketer', `Wisden Cricket Monthly' and the `Guardian'. The qualities of his commentary that endeared him to listeners - articulate, leisurely, unfussy, but with a turn of phrase that was almost poetic - are all to be found here. For admirers of Arlott himself, and for anyone who cares about cricket, THE ESSENTIAL ARLOTT is essential reading.

Summer of '49 (Paperback): David Halberstam Summer of '49 (Paperback)
David Halberstam
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With incredible skill, passion, and insight, Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Halberstam returns us to a glorious time when the dreams of a now almost forgotten America rested on the crack of a bat.

The year was 1949, and a war-weary nation turned from the battlefields to the ball fields in search of new heroes. It was a summer that marked the beginning of a sports rivalry unequaled in the annals of athletic competition. The awesome New York Yankees and the indomitable Boston Red Sox were fighting for supremacy of baseball's American League, and an aging Joe DiMaggio and a brash, headstrong hitting phenomenon named Ted Williams led their respective teams in a classic pennant duel of almost mythic proportions--one that would be decided in an explosive head-to-head confrontation on the last day of the season.

Hot Potato (Hardcover): Kuska Hot Potato (Hardcover)
Kuska
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"The players today are much better than we were.... But there is one thing that we could do better. We could pass the ball better than they can now. Man, we used to pass that basketball around like it was a hot potato."--Sam "Buck" Covington, former member of the Washington Bruins

n a nation distinguished by a great black athletic heritage, there is perhaps no sport that has felt the impact of African American culture more than basketball. Most people assume that the rise of black basketball was a fortuitous accident of the inner-city playgrounds. In "Hot Potato, " Bob Kuska shows that it was in fact a consciously organized movement with very specific goals.

When Edwin Henderson introduced the game to Washington, D.C., in 1907, he envisioned basketball not as an end in itself but as a public-health and civil-rights tool. Henderson believed that, by organizing black athletics, including basketball, it would be possible to send more outstanding black student athletes to excel at northern white colleges and debunk negative stereotypes of the race. He reasoned that in sports, unlike politics and business, the black race would get a fair chance to succeed. Henderson chose basketball as his marquee sport, and he soon found that the game was a big hit on Washington's segregated U Street. Almost simultaneously, black basketball was catching on quickly in New York, and the book establishes that these two cities served as the birthplace of the black game.

"Hot Potato" chronicles the many successes and failures of the early years of black amateur basketball. It also recounts the emergence of black college basketball in America, documenting the origins of the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association, or CIAA, which would become the Big Ten of black collegiate sports.

The book also details for the first time the rise of black professional basketball in America, with a particular emphasis on the New York Renaissance, a team considered by experts to be as important in the development of black basketball as the Harlem Globetrotters. Kuska recounts the Renaissance's first victory over the white world champion Original Celtics in 1925, and he evaluates the significance of this win in advancing equality in American sports. By the late 1920s, the Renaissance became one of the sport's top draws in white and black America alike, setting the stage for the team's undisputed world championship in 1939. As Edwin Henderson had hoped--and as any fan of the modern-day game can tell you--the triumphs certainly did not end there.

The Reduced History of Rugby - The Oval-shaped Story of the Union Game Squeezed into 80 Minutes (Hardcover): Iain Spragg The Reduced History of Rugby - The Oval-shaped Story of the Union Game Squeezed into 80 Minutes (Hardcover)
Iain Spragg; Illustrated by Tony Husband 2
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A lot of rucking and mauling has gone on since William Webb Ellis first picked up the ball and ran, but this doughty little book heroically manages to capture the true essence of the daddy of all oval ball games in just 80 minutes (plus 20 minutes of overtime). This is the story of rugby as never been told before: a jinking, weaving compilation of surreal match reports, spoof correspondence and quirky cartoons. From the playing fields of Edwardian England's public schools to the canopied splendour of Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, the game's towering achievements, hilarious happenings and ludicrous coincidences are entertainingly recalled.

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