World War II had just ended. Democracy had triumphed. Now Americans were beginning to press for justice on the home front—and Jackie Robinson had a chance to lead the way. He was an unlikely hero. He had little experience in organized baseball, his swing was far from graceful, and he was assigned to play a position he had never tried before. But the biggest concern was his temper—Robinson was an angry man who played aggressively. In order to succeed he would have to control himself in the face of what promised to be a brutal assault by opponents of integration. Drawing on interviews with surviving players, sportswriters, and eyewitnesses, as well as newly discovered material from archives around the country, Jonathan Eig presents a fresh portrait of a ferocious competitor who embodied integration's promise and helped launch the modern civil-rights era.—From publisher description.
An obsessed baseball fan celebrates his love of the American pastime while sharing information on the ins and outs of the game, from the difference between a split finger fastball and a forkball, why the first-base coach uses a stopwatch, obscure rules, pitching and hitting, fielding, and umpires.
An illustrated compilation of personal reminiscences from the game's finest players, fans, and celebrities celebrates America's national pastime in reflections by Derek Jeter, Ernie Banks, Mike Piazza, Yogi Berra, Nolan Ryan, Charles Schulz, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Costner, Pedro Martinez, and Cal Ripken, Jr.
An account of the personal life and professional achievements of the troubled 1970s basketball star, from his relationship with his obsessive father and unbroken college scoring record to the personal demons that challenged his life and his evangelical Christian faith.
For eighteen years Viesturs pursued climbing's holy grail: to stand atop the world's fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, without the aid of bottled oxygen. As he recounts his most harrowing climbs, he reveals a man torn between the safe world he and his loved ones share and the majestic and deadly places where only he can go. A cautious climber who once turned back 300 feet from the top of Everest, but who would not shrink from a peak (Annapurna) known to claim the life of one climber for every two who reached its summit, Viesturs has an unyielding motto, "Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory." It is with this philosophy in mind that he vividly describes fatal errors in judgment made by his fellow climbers as well as a few of his own close calls and gallant rescues.—From publisher description.A veteran mountaineer recalls some of his most dangerous climbs as he pursued the goal of reaching the summit of the world's fourteen 8,000-meter peaks, discussing some of his own close calls and rescues, and errors in judgment on the part of fellow climbers.
A history of the practice and relevance of baseball statistics keeping recounts how the tradition began, evolved, and become a focus of expert analysis and fan study, offering insight into the people who contributed to its popularity. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.
Drawing on numerous interviews with colleagues, competitors, and others, a portrait of the legendary quarterback follows the extraordinary career of the late Johnny Unitas, recalling his seventeen-year career with the Baltimore Colts, his seminal leadership skills, and the athletic talents that made him the dominant football player of his generation. 50,000 first printing.
The best-selling author of Moneyball follows one young man from his impoverished childhood with a crack-addicted mother, through his discovery of the sport of football, to his rise to become one of the most successful, highly paid players in the NFL. 250,000 first printing. First serial, New York Times Magazine.
A nostalgic memoir of coming of age and baseball describes the author's move to Indiana and the role of baseball in his life, especially after he discovers that his cousin, the legendary Don Larsen, is a pitcher for the New York Yankees.
Presents a dramatic rendering of one of the most famous moments in baseball, Bobby Thomson's 1951 ninth-inning home run that clinched the pennant for the New York Giants over their archrivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers.