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60+ revealing moments of baseball by Russell Baker, Robert Coover, Joseph Durso, Curt Flood, Peter Gammons, Donald Hall, Dan Okrent, William Safire, Gay Talese, George F. Will, and many more
Surprisingly, one of sport's most contentious, complex, and defining clashes played out not in the boxing ring or at the line of scrimmage but on the genteel green fairways of the world's finest golf courses. Arnie and Jack. Palmer and Nicklaus. Their fifty-year duel, in both the clubhouse and the boardroom, propelled each to the status of American icon and pushed modern golf to the heights and popularity it enjoys today.Arnie was the cowboy, with rugged good looks, Popeye-like forearms, a flailing swing, and charm enough to win fans worldwide. Jack was scientific, precise, conservative, aloof, even fat and awkward. Ultimately, Nicklaus got the better of Palmer on the course, beating him in major victories 18-7. But Palmer bested Nicklaus almost everywhere else, especially in the hearts of the public and in endorsement dollars. By the end of this page-turning narrative, we see that each man wanted what the other had: Arnold wanted the trophies. Jack wanted the love.In the tradition of John Feinstein and Mark Frost, Ian O'Connor has written a compelling account of one of the greatest rivalries in sports history.
Ohsawa relates judo and aikido to the establishment of world peace.
Concise and informative, The Art of Throwing is the ultimate introduction to the world of thrown weapons. It provides detailed instructions for throwing twelve popular weapons from around the world, including knives, the Japanese shuriken and shaken and the boomerang. This new edition includes updated information and an instructional DVD to assist newcomers in mastering the basics and help experienced throwers perfect their techniques.
Sun Tzu's Art of War is perhaps the best known and highly regarded treatise on strategy ever written. Although its wisdom is over two thousand years old, its principles are timeless for today's boardroom battlefields. Thirteen sections present incisive strategems from assessing the foe to proper treatment of troops to espionage. Hanshi Steve Kaufman, the widely acknowledged "Founding Father" of American Karate, translates this classic with respect for its powerful martial applications. Kaufman packs the power of the original text into straightforward prose for the benefits of all martial artists and corporate warriors.
When Muffy's father becomes the new soccer coach, the team is happy at first--everyone gets new uniforms and ice cream. But then the kids realize Mr. Crosswire isn't like the old coach, and they begin to wonder if he really cares. Can the players and Coach Crosswire figure out what being a team is all about? Picture descriptions present.
Ashe's diary of the 1973-74 tennis season, one of his most successful as a player.
Childhood of Famous Americans One of the most popular series ever published for young Americans, these classics have been praised alike by parents, teachers, and librarians. With these lively, inspiring, fictionalized biographies -- easily read by children of eight and up -- today's youngster is swept right into history.
At the age of thirty, elite triathlete Kathryn Bertine had no job, no home of her own, no direction, a canceled wedding, and just over $200 in her checking account. Just as she was about to renounce her athletic dreams, the phone rang. ESPN The Magazine made her an offer she couldn't refuse: Bertine would have two years to make the 2008 Summer Olympic Gamesby any means necessary - as long as she survived to tell the tale.
"It's not your life, it's not your wife, it's only a game." -- Lloyd Mangrum. "There is no type of miracle that can't happen at least once in golf." -- Grantland Rice. No one knows exactly when the first golf quotation was spoken; nonetheless, we can be very sure it was unprintable. The game is a source of endless study, endless fascination, and endless frustration -- which has led to an endless pursuit of wisdom about how to play it better. "It doesn't matter if you look like a beast before or after the hit, as long as you look like a beauty at the moment of impact." -- Seve Ballesteros. "Nobody ever swung a club too slowly." -- Bobby Jones. In the game's 500 years of history, it has drawn the attention of kings and commoners, pros and con men, stylists and butchers, bag-toters and sandbaggers. All have had something to say about the game, its implements, or the impossibility of ever plumbing its inner depths. "The trouble that most of us find with the modern matched sets of clubs is that they don't really seem to know any more about the game than the old ones did." -- Robert Browning. "If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game would be played far better than it is." -- Horace Hutchinson. Randy Voorhees has taken on the daunting task of choosing the best, most helpful, and most entertaining quotations about the game of golf. From Penick to Trevino, from Jones to Nicklaus, from Mackenzie and Wodehouse to Updike and McLean, all the greats of the game are here, with thoughts that will enlighten, entertain, and ensure lower scores. "When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls." -- Henry Beard "Hit the ball up to the hole...You meet a better class of person there." -- Ben Hogan. So read, skim, dip, and savor. Your next round of golf will be more enjoyable, and your nineteenth-hole banter will be vastly improved when you casually drop into the conversation, As Hogan Said... WHO SAID THE 389 BEST THINGS ABOUT HOW TO PLAY GOLF? Jonathan Abrahams * Michael Adams * Tommy Armour * Gloria Armstrong * Robert Baker * Lord Balfour * Seve Ballesteros * Jerry Barber * Henry Beard * Max Behr * Tommy Bolt * James Braid * Billy Ray Brown * Robert Browning * Bob Brue * Craig Bunker * Jackie Burke, Jr. * Tom Callahan * Billy Casper * Dr. Richard Coop * Henry Cotton * Ben Crenshaw * Bernard Darwin * Peter Dobereiner * Pete Dye * Shirley Englehorn * Bob Estes * Jim Flick * Raymond Floyd * Walter Hagen * Martin Hall * Hank Haney * Butch Harmon * Arnold Haultain * May Hezlet * Dave Hill * Harold H. Hilton * Ben Hogan * Chuck Hogan * Horace Hutchinson * Hale Irwin * John Jacobs * Dan Jenkins * Bobby Jones * Ernest Jones * Robert Trent Jones * Robert Trent Jones, Jr. * Tom Kite * Glenn Kummer * Neal Lancaster * Tony Lema * Lawson Little * Bobby Locke * Henry Longhurst * Francisco Lopez * Nancy Lopez * Davis Love, Jr. * George Low * Cliff McAdams * Gary McCord * Jim McLean * Dr. Alister Mackenzie * Stewart Maiden * Roger Maltbie * Lloyd Mangrum * Dr. Cary Middlecoff * Johnny Miller * Colin Montgomerie * Bill Moretti * Michael Murphy * Byron Nelson * Jack Nicklaus * Greg Norman * Ted Osborne * David Owen * Arnold Palmer * Willie Park, Jr. * Corey Pavin * Dave Pelz * Harvey Penick * George Peper * Gale Peterson * Gary Player * Chris Plumbridge * Jimmy Powell * Charles Price * H. H. Ramsay * Grantland Rice * Donald Ross * Dr. Bob Rotella * Lorne Rubenstein * Paul Runyan * Doug Sanders * Gene Sarazen * Tom Simpson * Sir Walter Simpson * Randy Smith * Wiffi Smith * Sam Snead * Curtis Strange * Louise Suggs * George Thomas * Annette Thompson * Peter Thomson * Dr. T. J. Tomasi * Jerome Travers * Claudia Trevino * Lee Trevino * John Updike * Harry Vardon * Glenna Collett Vare * Ken Venturi * Tom Watson * Brian Watts * H. N. Wethered * Joyce Wethered * H. J. Whigham * Dr. Gary Wiren * P. G. Wodehouse * Mickey Wright * Steve Wynn.
Packed with fascinating facts, Weber's book is the ultimate insider's look into the small and largely unknown world of baseball's professional umpires
Millions of American baseball fans know, with absolute certainty, that umpires are simply overpaid galoots who are doing an easy job badly. Millions of American baseball fans are wrong. "As They See 'Em" is an insider's look at the largely unknown world of professional umpires, the small group of men (and the very occasional woman) who make sure America's favorite pastime is conducted in a manner that is clean, crisp, and true. Bruce Weber, a New York Times reporter, not only interviewed dozens of professional umpires but entered their world, trained to become an umpire, and then spent a season working games from Little League to big league spring training.
Volume 23 of the Thoroughbred Legends series is about the 1940's champion, Assault. His racing exploits are told with great care by Eva Jolene Boyd.
Jack O'Brien is a high school basketball coach extreme in both his demands and his devotion. With monastic discipline, he has built a powerhouse program that wins state championships year after year while helping propel players to college. He does this as a white suburban guy working exclusively with black city boys who make the daily trek across Boston to attend Charlestown High School, where the last battles of the city's school desegregation wars were fought a generation ago. The Assist is a gripping, surprising story about fathers, sons, and surrogates, all confronting the narrow margins of urban life. The book follows the players on their hunt for a state title. But it also stays with them, to see how young men who seldom get second chances survive without their coach hovering over them-and how he survives without them.
Book 8 of AstroKids. Named captain of his AstroBall team, Mir must first learn to play the game -- and he doesn't have much time the tournament is coming up. To what lengths will he go to win?
Seeing baseball played at Fenway is an experience like no other for Red Sox fans and rivals alike because the park reminds us of what baseball used to be. Fenway may not offer fans the best seats or even adequate parking, but when game-goers walk through the park's gate, the smell of hotdogs and roasted peanuts, the sight of Fenway's brilliant green grass and the roar of the Fenway faithful overwhelms the most jaded of baseball enthusiasts, even Yankee fans. At Fenway celebrates the rich history of Fenway Park home to the Boston Red Sox. Told through the wit and perceptions of Dan Shaughnessy, sports columnist for the Boston Globe and one of New England's most admired sportswriters, At Fenway is the writer's hometown tribute to the park how growing up with Fenway and the Red Sox affected his life and the lives of the many die-hard fans living in "Red Sox Nation. " Author of The Curse of the Bambino, Shaughnessy takes readers on a walking tour of the fabled park itself, exploring every nook and cranny that makes Fenway unique. He traces the early history of Fenway from the day owner John I. Taylor broke ground for its construction in 1911 to the building material that went into the making of Fenway's "Green Monster" wall. In addition, Shaughnessy introduces readers to some of the unrecognized figures who keep Fenway's cherished traditions alive, including Helen Robinson, who has operated the park's switchboard for more than half a century, and head groundskeeper Joe Mooney, who "protects and defends the green, green grass of Fenway Park. " A book that uniquely captures the spirit of Fenway Park and what it means to be a Boston Red Sox fan, At Fenway also explores the "good, bad, and ugly" moments that have nurtured Fenway's love-hate relationship with fans. From the dark day of January 5, 1920, when Babe Ruth left the Red Sox to play for the Yankees, to the Red Sox's 1967 Cinderella-story pennant victory; from Carlton Fisk's 1975 World Series home run to the crowd-silencing homer Bucky Dent hit that clinched the Yankees' 1978 playoff birth, At Fenway recalls the park's greatest and worst moments and talks with the players who created them. Rumors that the Red Sox will close Fenway in a few years have already provoked outrage among the faithful. Closing Fenway will mark the end of an era, and Dan Shaughnessy captures this era in all its tragic glory. At Fenway will be read and cherished by Red Sox fans and all fans of baseball as it ought to be.
A knockout of a book about the world's most famous gym. "At Gleason's Gym the world works out. It's down on the Brooklyn waterfront just a left hook away from the Brooklyn Bridge." This spectacular book puts you smack in the middle of the action. But it's more than a book about boxing: It's about the heart of a community, and about the power of practice, perseverance, and staying true to yourself. Paintings, sketches and words by Caldecott Honor artist and former professional wrestler Ted Lewin are your guide to this extraordinary place.
He was The Intimidator. A nightmare in the rear-view mirror. A unique winner in the boardroom. A seven-time Winston Cup champion. A driver whose personal success story and dedication inspired the adoration of millions of fans. Then on February 18, 2001, just seconds from the Daytona 500 finish line, the world of stock-car racing suffered a devastating loss as Dale Earnhardt fatally careened into a track wall. The tragic shock waves, and an unprecedented outpouring of respect and love, have not stopped since. At the Altar of Speedtakes readers behind the scenes of Earnhardt's celebrated life, tracing his rags-to-riches journey to the top of America's fastest-growing sport. Beginning with Earnhardt's early days growing up in small-town North Carolina, veteran sports writer Leigh Montville examines how a ninth-grade dropout started on the dusty dirt tracks of the South, went through two marriages and a string of no-future jobs before turning twenty-five, then took about a million left turns to glory. Through the pitfalls and triumphs, Earnhardt would ultimately become a celebrated champion, whose lifetime earnings would top forty-one million dollars. The son of a legendary racer, the father of a NASCAR star, he lived a total auto-racing life filled with triumph and sadness, great joy and great pain. Transporting readers to the colorful, noisy world of stock-car racing, where powerful engines allow drivers to reach speeds of 200 m. p. h. ,At the Altar of Speedvividly captures the man who drove the black No. 3 car, a man whose determination and inner strength left behind a legacy of greatness that has redefined his sport. Illustrated with a section of full-color photographs,At the Altar of Speedis a tribute to both the man and his unbeatable spirit.
After playing the sport he loved in his home country of Japan for 17 years, Ichiro left in 2000 and joined the Seattle Mariners. Would Ichiro succeed in the world's most challenging baseball league? Includes black-and-white photos and players' statistics.
This biography of Ken Griffey Jr. includes his stats, and a list of career highlights of the charismatic outfielder. Matt Christopher explores the paths Griffey has traveled, the hardships he has overcome, and the highs and lows of his career.
At the start of the 1998 major league baseball season, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire hit a home run. In the games that followed, he did it again. And again. And again. And again. By the end of the season, in late September, he had done the hardest thing in baseball an earth-shattering seventy times. He didn't just break the decades-old single-season home-run record set by Roger Maris in 1961-he shattered it. And by doing so, he not only set a new benchmark for players to strive for, but also reminded people that baseball is fun, a game to be enjoyed, with heroes who play for the love of the sport, not for the love of money. In this powerful biography of the most talked-about man in baseball, Matt Christopher, the number one sports series for kids, explores the slugger's childhood days on the diamond as well as the ups and downs of his college and professional career.
Reviews the life of the talented slugger Mo Vaughn.
Throughout the 1998 baseball season, two names made the headlines more than any others: Mark McGwire, the eventual home run king, and Sammy Sosa, the runner-up in a race that won the hearts of baseball fans worldwide. Yet at the end of the day, it was Sosa who walked away with the National League's MVP award, not McGwire. Why? Because Sosa had dug the dismal 1997 Chicago Cubs out of the cellar not just with his home runs, but also with his spectacular all-around play. Yet Sosa's contributions off the field, both in the States and in his native land, the Dominican Republic, are even more impressive. In this powerful biography of one of the most admired sluggers in baseball, Matt Christopher, the number one sports series for kids, traces Sosa's life from his poverty-stricken childhood-when shining shoes put food on the table-to his professional career.
After the death of Jerry's mother, his father takes the family to Japan for a summer, where Jerry suffers from boredom and loneliness until he discovers the local high school baseball team.