Explores the many facets of the cyclist doping scandals at the Tour de France, examines how performance-enhancing drugs can infiltrate a premier sports event, and looks at Armstrong's and Landis' all-consuming drives to be the best.
Offers an inspirational portrait of the Native American football team of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, a championship squad that included the legendary Jim Thorpe and that defeated its Ivy League opponents, in a history that is set against a backdrop of the early days of football and the rise and fall of Coach Glenn "Pop" Warner. 75,000 first printing.
An account of the 2005 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament shares the stories of the players who competed for thirty coveted Q School positions, offering insight into their successes and failures as well as the event's grueling initial stages and finals.
World War II had just ended. Democracy had triumphed. Now Americans were beginning to press for justice on the home front—and Jackie Robinson had a chance to lead the way. He was an unlikely hero. He had little experience in organized baseball, his swing was far from graceful, and he was assigned to play a position he had never tried before. But the biggest concern was his temper—Robinson was an angry man who played aggressively. In order to succeed he would have to control himself in the face of what promised to be a brutal assault by opponents of integration. Drawing on interviews with surviving players, sportswriters, and eyewitnesses, as well as newly discovered material from archives around the country, Jonathan Eig presents a fresh portrait of a ferocious competitor who embodied integration's promise and helped launch the modern civil-rights era.—From publisher description.
An obsessed baseball fan celebrates his love of the American pastime while sharing information on the ins and outs of the game, from the difference between a split finger fastball and a forkball, why the first-base coach uses a stopwatch, obscure rules, pitching and hitting, fielding, and umpires.
An illustrated compilation of personal reminiscences from the game's finest players, fans, and celebrities celebrates America's national pastime in reflections by Derek Jeter, Ernie Banks, Mike Piazza, Yogi Berra, Nolan Ryan, Charles Schulz, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Costner, Pedro Martinez, and Cal Ripken, Jr.
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.
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.