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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
R360 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R49 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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.

Dream Like a Champion - Wins, Losses, and Leadership the Nebraska Volleyball Way (Paperback): John Cook, Brandon Vogel Dream Like a Champion - Wins, Losses, and Leadership the Nebraska Volleyball Way (Paperback)
John Cook, Brandon Vogel
R443 R374 Discovery Miles 3 740 Save R69 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Since becoming the Nebraska women's volleyball coach in 2000, John Cook has led the team to four national championships, seven NCAA semifinal appearances, and the nation's top winning percentage in women's volleyball. In Dream Like a Champion Cook shares the coaching and leadership philosophy that has enabled him to become one of the game's winningest coaches. Growing up in San Diego, Cook acquired his coaching philosophy from his experiences first as a football coach, then as a student of the sport of volleyball on the beaches of Southern California. After a stint as an assistant volleyball coach at Nebraska, he returned to Nebraska as head coach in 2000 and won the national championship in his first season. Even with a bar set so high, Cook saw at Nebraska's tradition-rich program the potential for even greater growth and success. He decided to focus on higher expectations, training, motivation, goal setting, and other ways to build the strongest teams possible. In Dream Like a Champion Cook shares the philosophy behind Nebraska's culture of success and reveals how he's had to learn, evolve, and be coached himself, even in his fifth decade as a coach. With openness and candor he delivers insights about his methods and passes along lessons that can be used by leaders in any field. Cook also shares behind-the-scenes anecdotes about Nebraska volleyball moments and players-and how he coaches and teaches his players about life beyond the court. This paperback edition features a new chapter about the 2017 national championship season.

The Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 38 #2 (Paperback): Society for American Baseball Research The Baseball Research Journal (BRJ), Volume 38 #2 (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
R363 R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Save R48 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Whistle Blower - My Autobiography (Paperback): Mark Clattenburg Whistle Blower - My Autobiography (Paperback)
Mark Clattenburg
R280 R233 Discovery Miles 2 330 Save R47 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

The outspoken and hard-hitting autobiography of one of the most highly-rated, recognisable and controversial football referees of modern times. Mark Clattenburg found himself in the centre circle, whistle in hand, at the start of 450 Premier League matches during a highly eventful 13-year career in football's top flight. He has shaken hands with, issued red and yellow cards to, and been sworn at by hundreds of players. He has been screamed at and shared jokes with dozens and dozens of managers. And he's felt the wrath of thousands upon thousands of irate fans. His autobiography is the ultimate guide to what it's really like to be in the referee's spotlight. It offers numerous intriguing insights into the daily trials and tribulations, the acute stresses and strains, of a top-flight referee. Clattenburg takes the reader into the referee's room, the players' tunnel and out on the pitch to experience precisely what a referee goes through on match day.

What Time is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of them All (Paperback, Simon & Schuste): Yogi Berra What Time is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of them All (Paperback, Simon & Schuste)
Yogi Berra
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Could Confucius hit a curveball?
Could Yoda block the plate?
Can the Dalai Lama dig one out of the dirt?

No, there is only one Zen master who could contemplate the circle of life while rounding the bases.

Who is this guru lurking in the grand old game? Well, he's the winner of ten World Series rings, a member of both the Hall of Fame and the All-Century Team, and perhaps the most popular and beloved ballplayer of all time. And without effort or artifice he's waxed poetic on the mysteries of time ("It gets late awful early out there"), the meaning of community ("It's so crowded nobody goes there anymore"), and even the omnipresence of hope in the direst circumstances ("It ain't over 'til it's over").

It's Yogi Berra, of course, and in What Time Is It? You Mean Now? Yogi expounds on the funny, warm, borderline inadvertent insights that are his trademark. Twenty-six chapters, one for each letter, examine the words, the meaning, and the uplifting example of a kid from St. Louis who grew up to become the consummate Yankee and the ultimate Yogi.



Victory! The Battle for the Ashes 2005 (Hardcover): Sam Pilger Victory! The Battle for the Ashes 2005 (Hardcover)
Sam Pilger
R333 R240 Discovery Miles 2 400 Save R93 (28%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

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.

Baseball Rebels - The Players, People, and Social Movements That Shook Up the Game and Changed America (Hardcover): Peter... Baseball Rebels - The Players, People, and Social Movements That Shook Up the Game and Changed America (Hardcover)
Peter Dreier, Robert Elias; Foreword by Dave Zirin
R816 R664 Discovery Miles 6 640 Save R152 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In Baseball Rebels Peter Dreier and Robert Elias examine the key social challenges-racism, sexism and homophobia-that shaped society and worked their way into baseball's culture, economics, and politics. Since baseball emerged in the mid-1800s to become America's pastime, the nation's battles over race, gender, and sexuality have been reflected on the playing field, in the executive suites, in the press box, and in the community. Some of baseball's rebels are widely recognized, but most of them are either little known or known primarily for their baseball achievements-not their political views and activism. Everyone knows the story of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color line, but less known is Sam Nahem, who opposed the racial divide in the U.S. military and organized an integrated military team that won a championship in 1945. Or Toni Stone, the first of three women who played for the Indianapolis Clowns in the previously all-male Negro Leagues. Or Dave Pallone, MLB's first gay umpire. Many players, owners, reporters, and other activists challenged both the baseball establishment and society's status quo. Baseball Rebels tells stories of baseball's reformers and radicals who were influenced by, and in turn influenced, America's broader political and social protest movements, making the game-and society-better along the way.

The National Pastime, Endless Seasons, 2011 - Baseball in Southern California (Paperback): Society for American Baseball... The National Pastime, Endless Seasons, 2011 - Baseball in Southern California (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
R361 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R49 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Lions' King (Hardcover): Bryan King The Lions' King (Hardcover)
Bryan King
R541 R457 Discovery Miles 4 570 Save R84 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days
Golf's Best Short Stories (Paperback): Paul D. Staudohar Golf's Best Short Stories (Paperback)
Paul D. Staudohar
R482 R417 Discovery Miles 4 170 Save R65 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The 24 short stories in this collection glow with passion for the game of golf. For fans, this is the next best thing to stepping onto the green. Golf is the trigger for romance, comedy, heartbreaks, and high dramas; it is the backdrop for mystery, adventure chicanery, and farce. And the way they play the game reveals the men and women who people these pages as heroes, duffers, schemers, dupes, egomaniacs, starry-eyed lovers, murderers, and champs.

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
R360 R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Save R49 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"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.

How to Break 90 - An Easy, Step-By-Step Approach for Breaking Golf's Toughest Scoring Barrier (Hardcover): Tomasi How to Break 90 - An Easy, Step-By-Step Approach for Breaking Golf's Toughest Scoring Barrier (Hardcover)
Tomasi
R682 R557 Discovery Miles 5 570 Save R125 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Show (Hardcover): Roland Lazenby The Show (Hardcover)
Roland Lazenby
R799 R663 Discovery Miles 6 630 Save R136 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The first definitive oral history of the ever popular L.A. Lakers

The L.A. Lakers have long been one of the NBA's most exciting teams. In "The Show," critically acclaimed sportswriter Roland Lazenby brings the story of this charismatic team to life in an unprecedented oral history, featuring such legendary players as Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, and Magic Johnson, along with current stars like Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

Through in-depth interviews with players, coaches, and many other key figures, Lazenby follows the Lakers from their birthplace in 1946 Minneapolis to their eventual successes and failures in Los Angeles, using his flair for storytelling and eye for detail to show you exactly why the 14-time NBA champion Lakers are a celebrated favorite for sports fans all over America.

Just Champion - The Stories Behind Rangers' 2020/21 Title Triumph (Hardcover): Jeff Holmes Just Champion - The Stories Behind Rangers' 2020/21 Title Triumph (Hardcover)
Jeff Holmes
R440 R368 Discovery Miles 3 680 Save R72 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

Just Champion: The Stories Behind Rangers' 2020/21 Title Triumph tells the tale of a league title win against all odds. Rangers were ridiculed in 2018 when they appointed rookie manager Steven Gerrard. But slowly, and methodically, he transformed the side into a machine, and one that would completely dismantle Celtic's hopes of landing an unprecedented tenth successive title. Now, 25 members of the Rangers family - from ex-players to loyal supporters - tell the story of how the title came home to Ibrox. Mark Walters, Marco Negri, Ally Dawson and Lisa Swanson are among the players featured, as is former director John Gilligan. The impressive cast list also includes comedian and broadcaster Andy Cameron MBE, former MP Sir Brian Donohoe and even one of Her Majesty's Ambassadors. TV stars, restaurateurs, coaches and entertainers all share their stories, and what connects them is an unequivocal love of Glasgow Rangers. You will laugh, cry and marvel at each of the unique tales in this book.

Pele - The Autobiography (Paperback, Ed): Pele Pele - The Autobiography (Paperback, Ed)
Pele 2
R235 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R58 (25%) In Stock

Even people who don't know football know Pele. The best of a generation of Brazilian players universally acknowledged as the most accomplished and attractive group of footballers ever to play the game, he won the World Cup three times and is Brazil's all-time record goalscorer. But how did this man -- a sportsman, a mere footballer, like many others -- become a global icon? Was it just by being the best at what he did, or do people respond to some other quality? The world's greatest footballer now gives us the full story of his incredible life and career. Told with his characteristic grace and modesty, but covering all aspects of his playing days and his subsequent careers as politician, international sporting ambassador and cultural icon, PELE: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY is an essential volume for all sports fans, and anyone who admires true rarity of spirit.

The talkSPORT Quiz Book (Paperback): Talksport The talkSPORT Quiz Book (Paperback)
Talksport; Compiled by Nathan Joyce
R298 R270 Discovery Miles 2 700 Save R28 (9%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'The perfect Christmas gift' - Alan Brazil A brilliantly entertaining and hilarious quiz book from the country's favourite sports broadcaster Know your bull calf from your bullseye? Your Hawksbee from your Hawk-Eye? Your Saints from your Seagulls? Then join the talkSPORT team as they test you and your mates or family on some of the greatest sporting moments of the past 50-odd years. With over 2,500 questions - split into family-friendly Easy, Medium and Hard sections for each sport - this awesome quiz book is the ultimate test of sporting knowledge and the perfect gift for anyone who loves the ups, downs and hilarity of the world of sport. Don't be a numpty - pick up your copy of The talkSPORT Quiz Book ... NOW

Game Changers - Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town (Paperback): Art Chansky Game Changers - Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town (Paperback)
Art Chansky
R445 R376 Discovery Miles 3 760 Save R69 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Among many legendary episodes from the life and career of men's basketball coach Dean Smith, few loom as large as his recruitment of Charlie Scott, the first African American scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Drawn together by college basketball in a time of momentous change, Smith and Scott helped transform a university, a community, and the racial landscape of sports in the South. But there is much more to this story than is commonly told. In Game Changers, Art Chansky reveals an intense saga of race, college sport, and small-town politics. At the center were two young men, Scott and Smith, both destined for greatness but struggling through challenges on and off the court, among them the storms of civil rights protest and the painfully slow integration of a Chapel Hill far less progressive than its reputation today might suggest. Drawing on extensive personal interviews and a variety of other sources, Chansky takes readers beyond the basketball court to highlight the community that supported Smith and Scott during these demanding years, from assistant basketball coach John Lotz to influential pastor the Reverend Robert Seymour to pioneering African American mayor Howard Lee. Dispelling many myths that surround this period, Chansky nevertheless offers an ultimately triumphant portrait of a student-athlete and coach who ensured the University of North Carolina would never be the same.

The National Pastime, Baseball in the Peach State, 2010 (Paperback): Society for American Baseball Research The National Pastime, Baseball in the Peach State, 2010 (Paperback)
Society for American Baseball Research
R367 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R49 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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
R352 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R49 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Immortals of English Cricket (Hardcover): Bill Ricquier Immortals of English Cricket (Hardcover)
Bill Ricquier
R354 R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Save R61 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days
Tales from Q School - Inside Golf's Fifth Major (Paperback): John Feinstein Tales from Q School - Inside Golf's Fifth Major (Paperback)
John Feinstein
R357 Discovery Miles 3 570 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

It is the tournament that separates champions from mortals. It is the starting point for the careers of future legends and can be the final stop on the down escalator for fading stars. The annual PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament is one of the most grueling competitions in any sport. Every fall, veterans and talented hopefuls sweat through six rounds of hell at Q school, as the tournament is universally known, to get a shot at the PGA Tour, vying for the 30 slots available. The grim reality: if you don't make it through Q school, you're not on the PGA tour. You're out. And those who make it to the six day finals are the lucky ones: Hundreds more players fail to get through the equally grueling first two stages of the event. John Feinstein tells the story of the players who compete for these coveted positions in the 2005 Q school as only he can. With arresting accounts from the players, established winners, rising stars, the defeated and the endlessly hopeful, America's favorite sportswriter unearths the inside story behind the PGA Tour's brutal all-or-nothing competition.

Behind the Rose - Playing Rugby for England (Paperback, 150th Anniversary Edition): Stephen Jones, Nick Cain Behind the Rose - Playing Rugby for England (Paperback, 150th Anniversary Edition)
Stephen Jones, Nick Cain
R342 R318 Discovery Miles 3 180 Save R24 (7%) Ships in 10 - 20 working days

This is a complete history of the England rugby union team - told by the players themselves. Based on a combination of painstaking research into the early years of the England team through exclusive interviews with a vast array of Test match stars from before the Second World War to the present day, world-renowned rugby writers Stephen Jones and Nick Cain delve to the very heart of the English international rugby union experience, painting a unique and utterly compelling picture of the game in the only words that can truly do so: the players' own. This is the definitive story of English Test match rugby - a story etched in blood, sweat and tears; a story of great joy and heart-breaking sorrow; a story of sacrifice, agony, endeavour and triumph. Behind the Rose lifts the lid on what it is to play for England - the trials and tribulations behind the scenes, the glory, the drama and the honour on the field, and the heart-warming tales of friendship and humour off it.Absorbing and illuminating, this is a must-have for all supporters who have ever dreamed of walking the hallowed corridors of Twickenham as a Test match player, preparing themselves for battle in the changing rooms and then marching out to that field of dreams with the deafening roar of the crowd in their ears and the red rose emblazoned on their chest.

Sven Goran Eriksson on Football 2003 (Paperback): Sven Goran Eriksson on Football 2003 (Paperback)
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Football (Paperback): Mark Yakich Football (Paperback)
Mark Yakich
R227 Discovery Miles 2 270 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things. When is the "beautiful game" at its most beautiful? How does football function as a lens through which so many view their daily lives? What's right in front of fans that they never see? Football celebrates and scrutinizes the world's most popular sport-from top-tier professionals to children just learning the game. As an American who began playing football in the 1970s as it gained a foothold in the States, Mark Yakich reflects on his own experiences alongside the sport's social and political implications, its narrative and documentary depictions, and its linguistic idiosyncrasies. Illustrating how football can be at once absolutely vital and "only a game," this book will be surprising and insightful for the casual and diehard fan alike. Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in The Atlantic.

Coaching High School Basketball (Paperback): Bill Kuchar Coaching High School Basketball (Paperback)
Bill Kuchar
R457 R389 Discovery Miles 3 890 Save R68 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

With 40 years of coaching experience at the high school level and 8 state championships, Hall of Famer Bill Kuchar lends his battle-tested philosophies and principles that made his teams unbeatable, and offers his advice on how you can start to build a dynasty of your own. Using easy to read drill diagrams and concepts, Coach Kuchar breaks down the game of basketball into a science. Offensively, it focuses on dynamic zone play such as the 1-2-2, the 1-3-1 and the box and one--concepts that will help your team score at will against the stingiest of defenses. Kuchar also introduces his double motion offense, where you utilize your three best scorers by screening away from the ball and making back cuts. He shows you how to locate zones and how to infiltrate them using proper jump shooting angles, zone cutters, screeners and producing man to man situations. He demonstrates how this will open up gaps for your players that will overwhelm the opponent with deadeye shots. He also gives his 15 best out-of-bounds plays as well as three sure fire last second desperation plays when the game is on the line. Defensively, Coach Kuchar provides a complete breakdown of the man for man pressure defense from half-court and full-court sets, as well as the zone defense with bases from a 1-3-1 set to a 2-1-2. He not only teaches you how to defend a particular offense, but what to defend it with and why. He shows you the individual and team techniques to build a tenacious defense that uses both these man-to-man and zone styles of play. In Coaching High School Basketball, you'll also find new, cutting edge ideas on how to defend against the ever-popular fast break, stunting defenses and powerful post players. You'll learn the right way to create mismatches, slow down your opponents, and utilize your best shooters all while shutting down their best scorer. And through dozens of easy to follow drills you'll also learn the fundamentals of shooting the proper jump shot, boxing out for a rebound, setting picks, screening away from the ball, and making the right decisions on the floor.

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