The International Boxing Hall of Fame icon shares the story of how he rose from impoverished origins to become a national Golden Gloves champion, Olympic gold medalist and top-rate pro, offering insight into such topics as his professional relationships, exposure to sport corruption and struggles with addiction. 75,000 first printing.
The author, whose relationship with his father had been forged on the golf course, recounts how he accompanied his aging father to the Scottish course the older man played in his youth, a journey during which his father's cancer became terminal
How Racing Up Mountains, Running With the Bulls, or Just Taking on a 5-K Makes You a Better Person and the World a Better Place
The best-selling author of The Last Voyage of Columbus draws on his experiences in races throughout the world to illustrate how running fulfills the human desire to achieve one's potential, in a provocative account that shares advice for beginning runners. 35,000 first printing.
A former chief White House correspondent reveals how during a crossroads in his personal and professional life he learned about his late father's marathon achievements and resolved to run the 2009 New York Marathon himself.
The head coach of the New York Jets shares the lessons he has learned in leadership and motivation throughout his career, recounting colorful stories from his work with the Jets and the Ravens as well as memories about his father, NFL coach Buddy Ryan.
Shares the story of Negro League team owner Alex Pompez's founding of a notorious Harlem numbers racket as part of his efforts to finance the New York Cubans, describing his role in retaining the team throughout integration, transitioning players to the majors, and achieving a Negro League World Series Championship.
A baseball great shares stories about his rise from the minor leagues of the Deep South to the major leagues, despite the racism he had to deal with along the way, and discusses his career as a broadcaster and president of the National League.
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.
Think you know how the game of baseball began? Think again. Forget Abner Doubleday and Cooperstown. Did baseball even have a father—or did it just evolve from other bat-and-ball games? John Thorn, baseball's preeminent historian, examines the creation story of the game and finds it all to be a gigantic lie. From its earliest days baseball was a vehicle for gambling, a proxy form of class warfare. Thorn traces the rise of the New York version of the game over other variations popular in Massachusetts andPhiladelphia. He shows how the sport's increasing popularity in the early decades of the nineteenth century mirrored the migration of young men from farms and small towns to cities, especially New York. Full of heroes, scoundrels, and dupes, this book tells the story of nineteenth-century America, a land of opportunity and limitation, of glory and greed—all present in the wondrous alloy that is our nation and its pastime.—From publisher description.
Discusses the intricate relationship between race and baseball, from the integration of the Major Leagues to the resulting decline of the Negro League and contemporary prominence of baseball players from the Caribbean.
The NFL athlete made famous by the book and movie "The Blind Side" reflects on the disparity between his youth and his present-day circumstances, sharing perspectives on his inner-city childhood, relationship with his adoptive family, and views on role models.
In a biography authorized by the baseball great himself, the best-selling author of Hurricane: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter offers a gripping account of Willie Mays's life, drawn from interviews with the icon, as well as friends, family members and teammates. Reprint. 100,000 first printing.