A critical analysis of race, politics, and the history of American sports traces the origins and evolution of the black athlete, arguing that every advance by black athletes has been countered by a definite setback and that black youngsters who are brought into big-time programs are cut off from their heritage and exploited by the media, team owners, and others. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
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.
Offers an inspirational portrait of the Native American football team of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, a championship squad that included the legendary Jim Thorpe and that defeated its Ivy League opponents, in a history that is set against a backdrop of the early days of football and the rise and fall of Coach Glenn "Pop" Warner. 75,000 first printing.
A sports memoir by the American cyclist whose 2006 victory in the Tour de France was stripped due to allegations of doping sets out to clear his name by furnishing irrefutable evidence to prove his innocence, in a critique of the governing bodies of cycling and the Olympics.
Explores the many facets of the cyclist doping scandals at the Tour de France, examines how performance-enhancing drugs can infiltrate a premier sports event, and looks at Armstrong's and Landis' all-consuming drives to be the best.
An account of the 2005 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament shares the stories of the players who competed for thirty coveted Q School positions, offering insight into their successes and failures as well as the event's grueling initial stages and finals.
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 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.