Presents a history of performance-enhancing drug use in Major League Baseball, discussing such issues as the 1994 strike, the current threat of punitive legislation, and the complicity of baseball managers and coaches.
A zany journey into the heart of football mania follows the author's odyssey by RV with the world's most obsessive sports fanatics to follow Alabama fans and their Crimson Tide team from game to game across the South, profiling the colorful individuals—including a couple who skipped their own daughter's wedding to attend a game—over the course of a full football season. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
One Man's Battle Against Fate, Fame, Love, Death, Scandal, and a Few Other Rivals on the Road to the Tour de France
Recounts Armstrong's efforts to win his sixth Tour de France, describing his renewed training efforts after a near loss in 2003, his efforts to rebuild after a divorce, and the competitive factors that particularly challenged his 2004 season.
One of America's great Sportswriters follows the journey to stardom of a promising young high school basketball player as, already sporting a multi-million dollar sneaker deal, he prepares to make the jump directly to the NBA. 75,000 first printing.
Traces the author's tour of the rodeo scene, sharing his discoveries about roundup history, culture, and events, in an account that covers such topics as the Cowboy Church, rodeo codes of honor, and his runaway "rodeo bum" father.
A portrait of the first woman to race at the Indy 500 follows Janet Guthrie from the Florida School for Girls, to a stint as an astronaut in training, to her years on the sidelines of race car driving, to her entry into the sport as a driver.
"Examines, from an economic perspective, how the different traditions of soccer and baseball have shaped the possibilities for their commercial organization and exploitation, and considers how each sport might learn from the other's experiences to develop meaningful reforms"—Provided by publisher.
Presents a study of the life and career of golf icon Bobby Jones, including his accomplishment of winning four major golfing championships during the summer of 1930 and his sudden retirement from competition at the age of twenty-eight.
Presents the story of a marathon runner, as he describes the conditions that must be endured during competitions whose distances extend hundreds of miles and discusses why he is driven to participate in such an extreme sport.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Friday Nights Lights chronicles a three-game series between baseball rivals Cardinals and Cubs, focusing particular attention on the stars of the game, Albert Pujols, Sammy Sosa, Mark Prior, and Scott Rolen. 100,000 first printing.
Describes how the talented but iconoclastic baseball pitcher found himself blacklisted from professional baseball and his adventures around the world in his quest to play the sport he loved, competing in pickup games, town tournaments, senior leagues, and fantasy camps across the U.S. and Canada, China, Cuba, Russia, and South America.