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23 Days in July: Inside the Tour De France and Lance Armstrong's Record-Breaking Victory

by John Wilcockson

Taking place over 23 days in July and across more than 2,100 miles of smooth blacktop, rough cobblestones, and punishing mountain terrain, the Tour de France is the most grueling sports event in the world. And in 2004, five-time champion Lance Armstrong set out to achieve what no other cyclist in the 100-year history of the race had ever done: win a sixth Tour de France. Armstrong had four serious challengers, including the only former Tour de France champion in this past year's race, Germany's Jan Ullrich-the Kaiser-who wanted nothing more than to deny the man the French call Le Boss from achieving his goal. But when the race was over, Lance Armstrong once again wore the yellow jersey of victory.

The 25 Greatest Sports Conspiracy Theories of All Time

by Cris Collinsworth Elliott Kalb

In every sport, in every country around the world, there are fans on the losing side who know that something other than skill and luck beat their favorite team or player. Sometimes they're actually right. That's why sports lovers will devour this inside look at the 25 biggest myths and scandals in professional and collegiate athletics. Elliott Kalb examines each potential outrage in detail, supporting and debunking popular beliefs along the way. In some cases, proof does exist that the "fix" was in-like the 1919 World Series thrown by the Chicago "Black" Sox players or the conspiracy to keep African Americans out of Major League Baseball until 1947. In others, there remain only whispers of wrongdoing and suspicious circumstances, including the Jets' win in Super Bowl III and Muhammad Ali's first-round knockout of Sonny Liston. This is sure to capture the imagination of anyone who has ever wondered what really happened behind the scenes.

250 Amazing Fishing Tips

by Lamar Underwood

The very best tactics and techniques that successful anglers use to get their fish. With decades of experience on the water, Lamar Underwood knows the best gear, the best times to head out, the best lures to select for certain fish, and the best casts to use for every angling situation. Now, he wants you to know the tips that he's picked up from his long experience. 250 Amazing Fishing Tips is a concise, easy to read collection of the best tested tidbits of fishing wisdom from a lifetime angler. 250 Amazing Fishing Tips focuses on the most popular freshwater gamefish--trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, walleye, catfish, salmon, and pike--and saltwater favorites, such as striped bass, bluefish, flounder, redfish, weakfish, and sea trout. The techniques and tips here are applicable to rivers and streams, lakes and ponds, estuaries and inlets, bays, beaches, and offshore. The angler you always see catching fish isn't lucky--he just studies his quarry thoroughly, so there is nothing left to luck when he ventures out onto the water. With 250 Amazing Fishing Tips, you can acquire that knowledge as well. With these specially selected bites of angling know-how, you can catch more fish, bigger fish, and have more fun!

250 Amazing Hunting Tips

by Lamar Underwood Nate Matthews

The very best tactics and techniques that successful hunters use to get their game. With years of hunting experience, Lamar Underwood and Nate Matthews know the best gear, the best tactics, the best times and places to hunt, and what to do once game has been taken. Now, they want you to know the tips that they've picked up from their long experience. 250 Amazing Hunting Tips is a concise, easy to read collection of the best tested tidbits of wisdom from two longtime hunters. 250 Amazing Hunting Tips focuses on the game species that most of us hunt for: deer, elk, bear, boar, pheasants, quail, grouse, ducks, geese, turkeys, small game, and much more. Included are techniques and advice on such things as the best equipment for different game, how to train gun dogs, where to place tree stands for your best chance at a deer, how to effectively use decoys, and much more. Divided into convenient sections, the tips in this book offer something for both experienced hunters and beginners heading out for the first time. The guy who always gets his buck or consistently comes home with braces of birds isn't lucky--he just studies his quarry thoroughly, so there is nothing left to luck when he ventures afield. With 250 Amazing Hunting Tips, you acquire that knowledge as well. With this specially selected collection of hunting know-how, you will get more birds, deer, or whatever you choose to hunt, and have more fun doing it.

27 Men Out

by Bill James Michael Coffey

There have been only fifteen perfect games pitched in the modern era of baseball: The great Cy Young fittingly hurled the first one, in 1904, and Randy Johnson pitched the last one, in May 2004. In between, some great and famous pitchers -- Sandy Koufax, Catfish Hunter, Jim Bunning, and Don Larsen -- performed the feat, as did those lesser-known, like Charlie Robertson and Len Barker. Fifteen in 160,000 games: The odds are staggering. In 27 Men Out, popular historian Michael Coffey offers an expansive look at these unsurpassable pitching performances. Here you'll find play-by-play accounts of each of the fifteen perfect games and expert assessments of those who pitched them. Along the way, Coffey goes beyond the box scores to provide fascinating details about how these games unfolded, as well as compelling anecdotes about all of the key players -- from Koufax's controversial holdout with Don Drysdale to Mike Witt's victimization by the baseball commissioner to Dennis Martinez's struggle up from an impoverished Nicaraguan childhood. A must-have for baseball fans, historians, and statisticians alike, 27 Men Out is an exciting new benchmark in sports literature.

27 Men Out: Baseball's Perfect Games

by Michael Coffey

The first in-depth look at baseball's nirvana -- a lyrical history of pitching perfection. There have been only fourteen perfect games pitched in the modern era of baseball; the great Cy Young fittingly hurled the first, in 1904, and David Cone pitched the most recent, in 1999. In between, some great pitchers -- Sandy Koufax, Catfish Hunter, Jim Bunning, and Don Larsen in the World Series -- performed the feat, as did some mediocre ones, like Len Barker and the little-known Charlie Robertson. Fourteen in 150,000 games: The odds are staggering. When it does happen, however, the whole baseball world marvels at the combination of luck and skill, and the pitcher himself gains a kind of baseball immortality. Five years ago, Michael Coffey witnessed such an event at Yankee Stadium, and the experience prompted this expansive look at the history of these unsurpassable pitching performances. He brings his skills as a popular historian and poet to an appraisal of both the games themselves and of the wider sport of baseball and the lives of the players in it. The careers of each of the fourteen perfect-game pitchers are assessed, not only as to their on-the-field performances but with a regard for their struggles to persevere in an extremely competitive sport in which, more often than not, the men and women who run the game from the owners' boxes are their most formidable adversaries. Along the way, Michael Coffey brings us right into the ballparks with a play-by-play account of how these games unfolded, and relates a host of fascinating stories, such as Sandy Koufax's controversial holdout with Don Drysdale and its chilling effect on baseball's owners, Mike Witt's victimization by the baseball commissioner, and Dennis Martinez's long struggle up from an impoverished Nicaraguan childhood. Combining history, baseball, and a sweeping look at the changing face of labor relations, 27 Men Out is a new benchmark in sports history.

The 3,000 Hit Club

by Fred Mcmane Stuart Shea

Meet the members of the most exclusive club in Major League Baseball. There is no award, there are no ceremonies, but nothing can compare to the pride and glory felt by a player as he hits that miracle milestone: 3,000. Since Cap Anson first reached the mark in 1897, only twenty-eight baseball players have ever heard the crack of ball and bat over 2,999 times; this newly updated edition of The 3,000 Hit Club captures the unique stories and career highlights of each one. In this distinctive collection of history and stats, veteran sportswriter Fred McMane takes readers onto the field and up to the plate with baseball's greatest players. From Pete Rose and Willie Mays to Ricky Henderson and Derek Jeter, The 3,000 Hit Club has it all.

The 3-Degree Putting Solution

by Michael Breed

The award-winning Golf Channel instructor and host of The Golf Fix revives a long-lost technique for adjusting your putter's loft, with winning results. Acclaimed instructor Michael Breed resurrects the crucial lessons of negative loft-3 degrees of it, to be precise-and shows how it can revolutionize any player's short game.Drawn from years of self-funded technical research, The 3-Degree Putting Solution presents the key to fixing putting woes once and for all. The secret is to change the loft on the putter face from 4 degrees of positive loft (as conventional wisdom dictates) to a negative loft of 3 degrees. The result? Backspin is greatly reduced, ensuring a more consistent speed and a "truer" roll. And by leaning the putter shaft forward, golfers can all but eliminate the ball's pesky air jump immediately after impact.Shrinking the chance of error on each putt, Breed has perfected the 3-Degree technique to incorporate optimal grip, posture, and alignment, as well as intuitive skills such as mental conditioning and how to read the green. This breakthrough guide offers practice drills with dozens of photographs and illustrations, making the 3-Degree technique a powerful lesson in shaving crucial points off your score. Giving readers access to the proven wisdom of a world-class instructor, The 3-Degree Putting Solution is sure to spark new dialogues on how to putt like a pro.

$3 Million Turnover

by Richard Curtis

Officially, I'm an agent. I represent professional athletes in basketball, football, tennis, golf--you name it. If money is paid for any athletic performance short of copulation, I take a commission on it. I say "officially." Unofficially, I have backed into another job: troubleshooting for the management of professional sports leagues--a kind of undercover operator. And it was this Richie Sadler case that got me into it. Aside from a hairline fracture of my cheekbone, temporary blindness, a scrotumful of somebody's knee, and the loss of the most promising marital prospect since my divorce, I did not get anything out of this case but the right to keep a staggering commission that really belonged to me. But now, when people in the sports world need someone to help unglue the fixes and wrestle with the drug problems, the gangsterism, and the sex scandals, they call on Dave Bolt.

3 Months to Your First 5k

by Dave Kuehls

The author of 4 Months to a 4-Hour Marathon gives beginners the advice and instruction they need to take their first strides toward becoming great runners. Expert Dave Kuehls offers the inspiration to get even the most devoted couch potatoes on their feet and completing a 5K in three months. Serving as personal coach and trainer, 3 Months to Your First 5K includes: - The physical and psychological benefits of running - Motivation to get started and keep going - Training tips including equipment, clothing, nutrition, warm-ups, schedule, and lifestyle - Time goals - Race day tips and strategies - After the finish line-what's next? - The challenge of the marathon Once readers have accomplished that 5K, they can also learn how to keep the momentum going and improve their time and stamina for longer races. .

The 30 Greatest Sports Conspiracy Theories of All-Time

by Mark Weinstein Cris Collinsworth Elliott Kalb

Separating fact from myth, Kalb attempts to determine which of these long-held conspiracy theories hold water, and which ones fall flat under scrutiny. Ranking the conspiracies from 1 to 30 and the likelihood of each conspiracy from 1 to 5, Kalb boldly asks: Did baseball avoid integration in the 1930s and 1940s with an unwritten agreement? Was Super Bowl III a fixed game? Did Sonny Liston throw both of his fights vs. Muhammad Ali? Was the NBA's first-ever draft lottery fixed? Why did Michael Jordan really retire from basketball the first time? Are some NASCAR race outcomes too good to be true? Did the New England Patriots cheat their way to a dynasty? What really happened at the 1921 Kentucky Derby? Why weren't any Japanese players signed to major league contracts from 1965-1995? And much more!

32 Ways to Be a Champion in Business

by Earvin Magic Johnson

Former NBA star and current successful businessman, Earvin Magic Johnson knows how to become--and stay--a champion. This book will inspire and enlighten readers who wish to make an impact with their careers and business endeavors.

The 33-Year-Old Rookie

by Chris Coste

Coste dreamed of playing major-league baseball from the age of seven, and at age 33, he was finally heading to the big time. "The 33-Year-Old Rookie" is a real-life "Rocky," an unforgettable and inspirational story of one man's unwavering pursuit of a lifelong goal.

The 34-Ton Bat

by Steve Rushin

An unorthodox history of baseball told through the enthralling stories of the game's objects, equipment, and characters.No sport embraces its wild history quite like baseball, especially in memorabilia and objects. Sure, there are baseball cards and team pennants. But there are also huge balls, giant bats, peanuts, cracker jacks, eyeblack, and more, each with a backstory you have to read to believe. In THE 34-TON BAT, Sports Illustrated writer Steve Rushin tells the real, unvarnished story of baseball through the lens of all the things that make it the game that it is.Rushin weaves these rich stories--from ballpark pipe organs played by malevolent organists to backed up toilets at Ebbets Field--together in their order of importance (from most to least) for an entertaining and compulsive read, glowing with a deep passion for America's Pastime. The perfect holiday gift for casual fans and serious collectors alike, THE 34-TON BAT is a true heavy hitter.

365 Amazing Days in Sports

by David Fischer

Presents amazing sports happenings for every day of the year. 365 Amazing Days in Sports tells you about many of the biggest moments in sports and when they happened. This book will give you daily doses of amazing sports trivia to last the whole year long.

365 Oddball Days in St. Louis Cardinals History

by John Snyder

The St. Louis Cardinals is one of the most successful franchises in National League history. Having won a record ten World Championships, the team has cultivated a huge fan base. 365 Oddball Days in Cardinals History combines easy-to-browse baseball trivia with a never-out-of-date annual. It delivers historical and statistical information in quick nuggets, elevating this collection to the perfect water cooler book or bathroom reader for Cardinals fans everywhere.

4 Months to a 4 Hour Marathon

by David Kuehls

The marathon is the crown jewel of distance running. Entering is one thing. Finishing is something else. And finishing with a respectable time...? For competitive veterans or recreational beginners, 4 Months to a 4-Hour Marathon tells exactly what to eat, what to wear, what to expect, and how to train. When race day arrives, author Dave Kuehls, senior writer at Runner's World and a marathoner himself, will have any competitor in the best shape physically and mentally. 4 Months to a 4-Hour Marathon includes: * Day-by-day training schedule for 4-5 hour marathon * Detailed diet plans * The marathoner's mind-set * Right and wrong things to wear * How to pick the right shoes * Pain vs. performance--how far to go * Common pitfalls to avoid--in training and during the race

$40 Million Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete

by William C. Rhoden

From Jackie Robinson to Muhammad Ali and Arthur Ashe, African American athletes have been at the center of modern culture, their on-the-field heroics admired and stratospheric earnings envied. But for all their money, fame, and achievement, says "New York Times" columnist William C. Rhoden, black athletes still find themselves on the periphery of true power in the multibillion-dollar industry their talent built. Provocative and controversial, Rhoden's "$40 Million Slaves" weaves a compelling narrative of black athletes in the United States, from the plantation to their beginnings in nineteenth-century boxing rings and at the first Kentucky Derby to the history-making accomplishments of notable figures such as Jesse Owens, Althea Gibson, and Willie Mays. Rhoden makes the cogent argument that black athletes' " evolution" has merely been a journey from literal plantations-- where sports were introduced as diversions to quell revolutionary stirrings-- to today's figurative ones, in the form of collegiate and professional sports programs. Weaving in his own experiences growing up on Chicago's South Side, playing college football for an all-black university, and his decades as a sportswriter, Rhoden contends that black athletes' exercise of true power is as limited today as when masters forced their slaves to race and fight. The primary difference is, today's shackles are often of their own making.

42: The Jackie Robinson Story

by Aaron Rosenberg

A movie tie-in novel about Jackie Robinson's life story. In theaters 4/12/13. A novel based on the movie 42--a biopic about Jackie Robinson's history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first African American Major League Baseball player. Includes a full-color insert of photos from the movie.

438 Days

by Jonathan Franklin

"The best survival book in a decade" (Outside magazine), 438 Days is the true story of the fisherman who survived fourteen months in a small boat drifting seven thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean.On November 17, 2012, a pair of fishermen left the coast of Mexico for a weekend fishing trip in the open Pacific. That night, a violent storm ambushed them as they were fishing eighty miles offshore. As gale force winds and ten-foot waves pummeled their small, open boat from all sides and nearly capsized them, captain Salvador Alvarenga and his crewmate cut away a two-mile-long fishing line and began a desperate dash through crashing waves as they sought the safety of port. Fourteen months later, on January 30, 2014, Alvarenga, now a hairy, wild-bearded and half-mad castaway, washed ashore on a nearly deserted island on the far side of the Pacific. He could barely speak and was unable to walk. He claimed to have drifted from Mexico, a journey of some seven thousand miles. 438 Days is the first-ever account of one of the most amazing survival stories in modern times. Based on dozens of hours of exclusive interviews with Alvarenga, his colleagues, search-and-rescue officials, the remote islanders who found him, and the medical team that saved his life, 438 Days is an unforgettable study of the resilience, will, ingenuity and determination required for one man to survive more than a year lost and adrift at sea.

4th and Goal

by Monte Burke

This is a true story.As a kid growing up in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood in New York City, Joe Moglia dreamed of someday becoming the head coach of a college football team-not of becoming a corporate titan.But sometimes, life gets in the way of our dreams. By the time Joe was in his early 30s, he had risen through the high school and college football ranks to become the defensive coordinator at Dartmouth. His dream was very much within reach. Problem was, Joe wasn't making enough money to support his growing family. Faced with the hard choice between chasing his lifelong dream and supporting his wife and four young kids, Joe did the honorable thing: He walked away from football and went to Wall Street to try to find a job that would foot the bills at home.Joe had no training in finance. He had no MBA. His resume reflected his coaching accomplishments and his teaching jobs. And yet, somehow, through grit and determination, he was able to land an entry-level position at Merrill Lynch.Fast forward 25 years later. Joe had reached the business world's mountaintop. He was the CEO of TD Ameritrade, one of the country's most successful financial firms. He was recognized as one of the most respected corporate chiefs in America.But over all those years, Joe never shook his passion for coaching football. In 2008, he made a fateful and stunning decision: He voluntarily walked away from his high-paying corporate job to do the one thing he'd left undone in his life. He decided to pursue his original passion for becoming a college football head coach.Getting hired as a college coach proved incredibly difficult. College athletic directors told him it was an impossible feat. He'd been out of football for nearly three decades. Undaunted, and at age 60, Joe became an unpaid intern with the University of Nebraska's football team in 2009 and 2010. In 2011, he was named the head coach of the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League, a professional league teetering on the brink of financial collapse. It was a risky proposition, but one he felt he needed to take to prove to his naysayers that he could coach a college team. Failure would mean the death of a dream that refused to die.As told by Forbes writer, Monte Burke, 4TH AND GOAL is a detailed account of Joe Moglia's amazing and uplifting life story, his quest for his ultimate dream and its stunning conclusion. It's a tale of overcoming adversity...of never giving up...of never losing sight of one's true goals in life.It is a story, quite literally, of a dream deferred, but never forgotten.

50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks

by Greg Witt

Utah's five national parks-Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion-hold some of the most awe-inspiring geology on the planet. Each park offers visitors the dramatic scenery that invites exploration and discovery.In 50 Best Short Hikes in Utah's National Parks, veteran hiking guide Greg Witt shares the best routes in each park, hikes that are both "must see" and accessible. Park visitors who are short on time will find this book to be the ideal traveling companion, because it quickly helps readers identify the hikes and sights that will make the best use of their time and provide maximum enjoyment.Each hike in the book includes distances, highlights, area maps, and easy-to-follow trailhead directions to make hike selection fast and efficient. Once on the trail, the detailed maps, route description, and interpretive details insure that hikers get the most out of their trip.Even avid hikers and experienced desert explorers will find new insights and discoveries as Witt's interesting and approachable style details the geologic forces that created this landscape. He brings to life the human history-prehistoric cliff-dwellers, native tribes, ranchers, farmers, loggers, miners, and outlaws-that adds to the color of the Colorado Plateau where these five parks are set.

50 Best Short Hikes San Diego

by Jerry Schad

50 Best Short Hikes: San Diego is the first book in a new version of a series Wilderness Press initially launched in the 1990s. This 50 Best title sports a fresh, modern design while maintaining the original concept: It's a guidebook for busy outdoor lovers who want beautiful hikes to experience in limited spurts of time.With all of its trail distances tallying only 1 to 8 miles, 50 Best Short Hikes: San Diego showcases routes that can be completed in just an hour, a morning, or an afternoon. But these capsule distances are anything but dull or monotonous. Instead, myriad terrains beckon within these pages. Some trails wind along the coast, others weave through the canyons, and still others ascend mountains or meander into forests. Because of the attainable distances and the diverse land- and seascapes presented here, 50 Best Short Hikes: San Diego also appeals to hikers with physical limitations and to families with small children. All readers will appreciate the wealth of information about each trail area's varied history, geology, and amenities.As a longtime resident of San Diego and an avid outdoorsman, the author shares his favorite panoramas and pocket nirvanas in this Southern California region. He knows the nooks and crannies of his destinations, and he corrals them into this easy-to-follow, practical-to-use book.He divides San Diego into 5 micro-regions, with an overview map of the entire area. Then each individual entry includes a detailed map, directions to the trailhead, an at-a-glance info box, and personably written descriptive text. Design, information, and the author's writing style make this a compelling resource for local residents, and a keepsake for visitors.

50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity

by Elizabeth Wenk

50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity leads hikers of all skill levels to some of the most stunning landscapes Yosemite has to offer including: bubbling alpine creeks, smooth glaciated slabs, giant sequoias, deep dark blue lakes, and rock as far as the eye can see. In addition to in-depth hike descriptions, the author has also included information about the parks natural history, complex landscape, and its human history. Additional information includes tips on keeping yourself and your family safe, the park's natural predators, and helpful weather information.

50 Hikes in Orange County (Explorer's 50 Hikes)

by Karin Klein

Hikes and walks in the wilds of Southern California, featuring five new hikes Covering the most interesting hiking trails in Orange County, each hike in this guide provides detailed directions and maps and offers a unique perspective on its environs--whether hot springs, earthquake faults, or vibrant wildflower displays--giving as close an experience as possible to hiking with a live guide. Several area hikes are available only in this book, making it a must-have for your California sojourn.

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