Recounts the author's experiences with the reclusive Tarahumara Indians, whose techniques allow them to run long distances with ease, and describes his training for a 50-mile race with the tribe and a number of ultramarathoners.
Traces the story of the record-making swimmer's successful 1926 crossing of the English Channel, offering insight into the significance of her accomplishment, the personal price she paid for her achievement, and her abrupt subsequent departure from the public eye. By the award-winning author of Red Sox Century.
In 2007, David Beckham, the golden boy of soccer, shocked the international sports world when he signed a five-year contract with an American team, the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Beckham Experiment is a no-holds-barred account of ego clashes and epic winless streaks, rivalries and resentments, big gambles and great expectations, cultural and class collisions, and ultimately the volatile mix of celebrity and professional sports.
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.
A portrait of the Negro League pitcher evaluates the role of discrimination in limiting his career, covering such topics as his near-defeat of a young Joe DiMaggio, the Jim Crow biases that prevented his signing with the big leagues until he was in his forties, and his lasting legacy.
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.
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.