Relates the author's unlikely journey to the big leagues after his athletic dream was nearly destroyed and how he was sustained by his Christian faith and the love of his family before emerging as one of the National League's premier pitchers.
An account of the lesser-known story of early sports hero Jon Gans centers on his epic 1906 boxing match against Oscar "Battling" Nelson, discussing how the competition reflected period racial tensions and the realities endured by African-American athletes.
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.
Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even Iraq--are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport
Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology, and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game of soccer works, "Soccernomics" reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about the world's most popular game. An essential guide for the 2010 World Cup.
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.
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.
Celebrating the New York Yankees, who have been an American institution for nearly a century, this exciting collection of original essays from renowned contemporary writers covers a broad range of subjects.
A narrative account of the friendship shared between the Hall of Fame catcher and the Yankees pitcher describes their annual reunions in Florida during spring training, offering insight into Berra's role in mentoring younger players.
A suspended NFL sports agent reveals ubiquitous practices of corruption in collegiate sports, frankly discussing his own illegal deals with various college athletes before he was ousted for a violation he did not commit, in a full-length account based on his 2010 Sports Illustrated confessional that discusses his subsequent dedication to whistle-blowing and college football reformation. 50,000 first printing.
As Mexico descends into a feudal narco-state — one where cartels, death squads, the army and local police all fight over billions of dollars in profits from drug and human trafficking — the border city of Juarez has been hit hardest of all. Yet more than a million people still live there. They even love their impoverished city, proudly repeating its mantra: "Amor por Juarez," or "Love for Juarez." And nothing exemplifies the spirit and hope of Juarenses more than the Indios, the city's beloved but hard-luck soccer team.