An assessment of the damaging nature of ultra-competitive youth sports considers the consequences of high-pressure athletics on children and their families and traces the author's investigations into youth athletic clubs and associations throughout the country.
Discusses the accidental death of Mike Coolbaugh, his devotion to baseball, family, and faith; explores the foul-ball hit that ended his life; and reveals the ways in which his career reflected baseball's pervasiveness in America.
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.
Traces the pivotal ways in which the careers of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird positively influenced the NCAA and the NBA, chronicling the dramatic 1979 NCAA finals and the rivalry that rendered college basketball a multi-billion-dollar event.
Reflecting on what it takes to achieve significance, the Super Bowl-winning coach shares lessons he learned from his remarkable parents, his athletic and coaching career, his mentors, and his journey with God.
A correspondent for Outside magazine details his participation in a hunt for American bison in the Alaskan wilderness while reflecting on the history of the buffalo, its influence on the American national identity, and the future of an animal that has haunted the American imagination. 75,000 first printing.
Offers insight into the role of politics, pop culture, and other influences on the nation's athletics, in a narrative account that places an emphasis on how race-related conflicts have had a significant impact on sporting events.
The tennis star recounts her life and athletic career, from childhood, through her athletic successes, to her life after professional tennis, and discusses the life lessons that she learned at every stage along the way.
Author Maraniss weaves sports, politics, and history into a tour de force about the 1960 Olympics. Along with the unforgettable characters and dramatic contests, there was a deeper meaning to those days at the dawn of the sixties. Change was everywhere. Old-boy notions of Olympic amateurism were crumbling. Rome saw the first doping scandal, the first commercially televised Summer Games, the first athlete paid for wearing a certain brand. In the heat of the Cold War, the city teemed with spies and rumors of defections, and every move was judged for propaganda value. While East and West Germans competed as a unified team, less than a year before the Berlin Wall, there was a dispute over the two Chinas. Fourteen nations were being born in sub-Saharan Africa. There was increasing pressure to provide equal rights for blacks and women. The world as we know it was coming into view.—From publisher description.
The author recounts his efforts to become a placekicker for the Denver Broncos, describing how he gained rare access to top NFL players, coaches, and facilities while enduring the grueling process of professional-level athletics training.