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.
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.
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.
After her mother's death and the end of her marriage, Cheryl Strayed impulsively decided to hike more than 1,000 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington state — alone.
An irreverent critique of big-time NCAA basketball describes how the author's ambition to become a doctor was sidelined so that that he could join the elite Buckeyes in spite of his lesser talents, which left him perpetually benched.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning Sports Illustrated investigative journalist traces the story of a talented young recruit, his coach and his teammates to reveal the realities behind professional basketball and the sacrifices made by prodigy players and their families. A first book. Reprint.
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.
Analyzes hidden influences and subtle biases that shape sports plays, covering such topics as performance pressures, the "home field advantage," and the overpayment of athletic talent.
Wade Davis describes British climbers' attempts to scale Mount Everest in the early 1920s, discussing such topics as the role of imperial ambition in the expedition and the way in which the ascent reflected England's post-World War I redemption efforts.