Analyzes hidden influences and subtle biases that shape sports plays, covering such topics as performance pressures, the "home field advantage," and the overpayment of athletic talent.
Wade Davis describes British climbers' attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s, discussing such topics as the role of imperial ambition in the expedition and the way in which the ascent reflected England's post-World War I redemption efforts.
This quirky sports trivia and history guide provides insight into 60 balls of all shapes, sizes and materials used on playing fields, in stadiums and arenas around the world, from basketballs to wiffle balls and the lesser-known sliotar.
The author and popular sports commentator for NPR and CBS describes his most interesting encounters with coaching greats and sports legends including Bob Knight, Joe Torre, Jack Nicklaus, Ivan Lendl and Mary Carillo.
Drawing on more than five hundred interviews with loved ones and fellow baseball players, the author crafts a deeply personal biography of the Yankee great, weaving her own memories of the major league slugger with an authoritative account of his life on and off the field.
The creators of the best-selling And the Crowd Goes Wild present an officially endorsed collection of key historical events that combines archival photography with coverage of such famed stories as the Immaculate Reception, the Ice Bowl and the Music City Miracle, in a volume complemented by a 10-part documentary by an Emmy Award-winning team.
Traces the challenges faced by the University of Michigan football team after 2008, drawing on interviews with players and coaches to offer insight into topics ranging from their most heated rivalries and heartbreaking defeats to the pivotal contributions of Rich Rodriguez and the winner-take-all culture that has dominated their efforts. 40,000 first printing.
A portrait of the three-time MVP and World Series champion celebrates his consistent performances that won him the batting title seven times for the St. Louis Cardinals and earned him the unacknowledged status as the sport's greatest hitter.
Presents the history of sports channel ESPN based on interviews with nearly five hundred current and former employees, featuring announcers and analysts as well as sports stars including LeBron James, Peyton Manning, and Jeff Gordon.