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.
A premier adventure photographer presents a photographic record of his extraordinary odysseys to some of the world's most remote and dangerous locales, accompanying such modern-day explorers as Jon Krakauer, David Brashears, Alex Lowe, Conrad Anker, Will Steger, and Norman Vaughan to the Amazon jungles, Himalayan mountains, Antarctica, and beyond.
A running coach and nationally ranked ultra-marathon runner draws on the principles of t'ai chi to develop a comprehensive running program that promotes greater speed and distance with less effort while preventing and healing injuries. Original. 50,000 first printing.
A program that incorporates the principles of T'ai Chi into a walking regimen focuses on body alignment, strength, and muscle relaxation, in a guide that also provides specific recommendations for increasing energy and relieving tension. Original. 50,000 first printing.
A memoir by the noted boxing trainer detailing his odyssey from juvenile delinquent to boxer, his work with boxers Mike Tyson and Michael Moorer, his relationship with Sammy Gravano, and his encounters with the high-stakes world of sports.
A literary companion to the 2006 World Cup of soccer provides a colorful look at the countries, teams, and players at the latest competition, in a collection that includes essays by Roddy Doyle, Zadie Smith, Caryl Phillips, James Surowiecki, Robert Coover, Aleksandar Hemon, John Lanchester, Tom Vanderbilt, and William Finnegan, among others. Original. 50,000 first printing.
On New Year's Eve, 1972, following eighteen magnificent seasons in the major leagues, Roberto Clemente died a hero's death, killed in a plane crash as he attempted to deliver supplies to Nicaragua after an earthquake. Journalist Maraniss now brings the great baseball player back to life. Anyone who saw Clemente play will never forget him—he was a work of art in a game too often defined by statistics. But Clemente was that rare athlete who rose above sports to become a symbol of larger themes. Born in rural Puerto Rico, at a time when there were no blacks or Puerto Ricans playing organized ball in the United States, Clemente went on to become the greatest Latino player in the major leagues, a ballplayer of determination, grace, and dignity who paved the way and set the highest standard for waves of Latino players who followed in later generations.—From publisher description.A narrative account of the life of the Puerto Rican baseball star traces his impoverished childhood, victories during the 1960 and 1970 World Series games, humanitarian contributions, and ongoing legacy for Latino major league players.
The unapologetic bad boy of professional golf shares his philosophy in a memoir of the ups and downs of his personal and professional world, offering an account of booze, depression, weight problems, marital problems, and golf.