Draws on the insider perspectives of the Cy Young Award-winning all star and the World Series home-run champion to evaluate "America's pastime" while describing their visions for its future, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of such athletes as Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Joe Torre.
The author of the acclaimed Black Maestro offers an inspiring portrait of the extraordinary high school football team whose quest for perfection sustains Smith Center, Kansas, its hometown in the heartland.
Describes how the Afghanistan-born author flourished throughout her upbringing in America thanks to organized athletics, her founding of the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange for Afghan girls after the fall of the Taliban, and the personal stories of eight young soccer players. 100,000 first printing.
The award-winning author of Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition explores the human capacity to survive and transcend extreme conditions, noting a phenomena in which people in life-risking circumstances often sense an unseen presence who offers encouragement and guidance, in a study that draws on psychological, theological, and neurological insights.
A leading NBA star presents the story of his inner-city Ohio youth basketball team on which players overcame challenging hardships to qualify for a national championship while learning key lessons about teamwork.
Recounts the author's experiences with the reclusive Tarahumara Indians, whose techniques allow them to run long distances with ease, and describes his training for a 50-mile race with the tribe and a number of ultramarathoners.
Traces the story of the record-making swimmer's successful 1926 crossing of the English Channel, offering insight into the significance of her accomplishment, the personal price she paid for her achievement, and her abrupt subsequent departure from the public eye. By the award-winning author of Red Sox Century.
In 2007, David Beckham, the golden boy of soccer, shocked the international sports world when he signed a five-year contract with an American team, the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Beckham Experiment is a no-holds-barred account of ego clashes and epic winless streaks, rivalries and resentments, big gambles and great expectations, cultural and class collisions, and ultimately the volatile mix of celebrity and professional sports.
A reporter describes the perspectives he gained into the game of baseball while attending umpire training school and umpiring games firsthand, in an account that also draws on the experiences of dozens of professional umpires.
A portrait of the Negro League pitcher evaluates the role of discrimination in limiting his career, covering such topics as his near-defeat of a young Joe DiMaggio, the Jim Crow biases that prevented his signing with the big leagues until he was in his forties, and his lasting legacy.
An assessment of the damaging nature of ultra-competitive youth sports considers the consequences of high-pressure athletics on children and their families and traces the author's investigations into youth athletic clubs and associations throughout the country.
Discusses the accidental death of Mike Coolbaugh, his devotion to baseball, family, and faith; explores the foul-ball hit that ended his life; and reveals the ways in which his career reflected baseball's pervasiveness in America.