Revealing competitive walking as the most popular American spectator sport in the late nineteenth century, this history of pedestrianism explores how the sport bridged cultural boundaries and spawned the nation's first celebrity athletes.
An account of the personal life and professional achievements of the troubled 1970s basketball star, from his relationship with his obsessive father and unbroken college scoring record to the personal demons that challenged his life and his evangelical Christian faith.
The award-winning sportswriter and author of Baja Oklahoma traces the story of his life and career from his Depression-era childhood in Texas and early journalism days to his decades with Sports Illustrated and induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
This biography of Ted Williams describes how the baseball legend's 1941 batting average hasn't been topped since, and discusses how Williams served as a Marine pilot in World War II and Korea and hid his Mexican heritage most of his life.
Relates the author's experiences while spending a year in the scouting department of the New York Jets, and discusses the time he spent with coach Rex Ryan, defensive star Darrelle Revis, and quarterback Mark Sanchez.
A now-sober alcoholic documents his 18-month effort to run marathons in the cities where he lived during his self-destructive days. Reflecting on the redemptive benefits of running, he shares his own journey and learns the stories of fellow addicts who pursued similar dreams.
An in-depth assessment of the record-breaking Tour de France athlete's doping scandal and fraud-based business successes exposes the support network of money, power and cutting-edge science that enabled his achievements.Wheelmen discusses such topics as Armstrong's lucrative sponsor contracts and the accepted practices of illegal medicating.
Mark Fainaru-Wada and his brother Steve Fainaru take an exhaustive look at how the NFL has dealt with allegations that playing football can lead to brain damage.
The left-handed major league pitcher describes how an "in-your-face" sports psychologist helped him reinvent and reconstruct himself just as he thought his career was over and instead helped him become an All-Star and World Series champion.
Using his year-long insider access to the Virginia Tech football program and interviews with current and former college and pro-football players and coaches, the author of the ESPN.com blog Tuesday Morning Quarterback tackles football's place in American society.
From scouting combines to game-day routines, this account of ordinary life in the NFL brings to light the story of hundreds of everyday, expendable players whose lives, unlike those of their superstar colleagues, aren't captured in high-definition.
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.
Traces the author's coming-of-age quest to play golf in each of the lower forty-eight states, sharing his experiences on courses ranging from a Flint, Michigan, municipal site to the manicured greens of Pebble Beach.