Describes how a small and impoverished region in the Dominican Republic grew to produce some of Major League Baseball's greatest talents, citing the influence of sugar industry migrant workers and the role of race in transforming the sport.
A reporter describes the perspectives he gained into the game of baseball while attending umpire training school and umpiring games firsthand, in an account that also draws on the experiences of dozens of professional umpires.
Draws on the insider perspectives of the Cy Young Award-winning all star and the World Series home-run champion to evaluate "America's pastime" while describing their visions for its future, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of such athletes as Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Joe Torre.
The American Gladiators star known as Nitro shares a no-holds-barred account of his twenty-year abuse of steroids, documenting his first use of steroids in high school in order to overcome an injury, the consuming addiction that left him physically and emotionally scarred, and his observations about the destructive ways in which steroids affect their users. 150,000 first printing.
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.
With the help of numerous interviews and humorous anecdotes, Billick, the former Super Bowl-winning leader and longtime coach of the Baltimore Ravens, details the workings of professional football, both on and off the field, as well as examining the difficulties of being a head coach.
A portrait of the Negro League pitcher evaluates the role of discrimination in limiting his career, covering such topics as his near-defeat of a young Joe DiMaggio, the Jim Crow biases that prevented his signing with the big leagues until he was in his forties, and his lasting legacy.
From the author of the critically acclaimed "In Black and White" comes another illuminating narrative in which Haygood explores one of the 20th-century's most iconic figures of the fight game, Sugar Ray Robinson.
Drawn from the world's largest baseball collection, this book's over 350 illustrations include vintage baseball cards, photos of famous players and ballparks, newspaper clippings, cartoons, and WPA baseball ads, in a history of baseball's origins, rich heritage, and uniquely American character.
The author of the acclaimed Black Maestro offers an inspiring portrait of the extraordinary high school football team whose quest for perfection sustains Smith Center, Kansas, its hometown in the heartland.