Describes the career and friendship between two iconic basketball players for the Boston Celtics set against the backdrop of race relations and civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s which resulted in repercussions in the within the sports community.
Details the massive corruption scandal that threatened to bring down the NCAA after the University of Louisville and other colleges were discovered laundering money through an Adidas sponsorship to bribe students to attend certain schools.
A portrait of Babe Ruth and his partnership with business manager Christy Walsh traces how their strategies, achievements and notoriety established a blueprint for modern athletic stardom.
Eric Bittle may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It is nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! And then, there is Jack — his very attractive but moody captain.
Traces the three seasons of existence of the United States Football League, revealing its early success, how it launched the careers of many football superstars, and how it ultimately crashed and failed due to the influence of Donald Trump and other teamowners.
The New York Times Magazine chief national correspondent and lifelong Patriots fan presents a scathing analysis of professional football in the present climate of high success, dangerous injuries and scandal.
Traces the history of the athlete activist, detailing the challenges historical and present day athletes face and how the relationship between sports and politics has always been more complicated for Black athletes.
The Gold Glove first baseman chronicles his life and career in baseball, from his minor league years through his World Series wins with the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, and offers an honest assessment of the past, present, and future of baseball.
The former NBA All-Star traces his career in professional basketball, touching on such subjects as the vertical-versus-horizontal strategies that shaped him as both a player and a general manager, his battles against racism, and his relationship with thenotorious Donald Sterling.
"From Mike Pesca, host of the popular Slate podcast The Gist, comes the greatest sports minds imagining how the world would change if a play, trade, injury, or referee's call had just gone the other way. No announcer ever proclaimed: "Up Rises Frazier!""Havlicek commits the foul, trying to steal the ball!" or "The Giants Lose the Pennant, The Giants Lose The Pennant!" Such moments are indelibly etched upon the mind of every sports fan. Or rather, they would be, had they happened. Sports are notoriouslygames of inches, and when we conjure the thought of certain athletes - like Bill Buckner or Scott Norwood - we can't help but apply a mental tape measure to the highlight reels of our minds. Players, coaches, and of course fans, obsess on the play when they ask, "What if?" Upon Further Review is the first book to answer that question. Upon Further Review is a book of counterfactual sporting scenarios. In its pages the reader will find expertly reported histories, where one small event is flipped on its head, and the resulting ripples are carefully documented, the likes of... What if the U.S. Boycotted Hitler's Olympics? What if Bobby Riggs beat Billie Jean King? What if Bucky Dent popped out at the foot of the Green Monster? What if Drew Bledsoe never got hurt? Upon Further Review takes classic arguments conducted over pints in a pub and places them in the hands of dozens of writers, athletes, and historians. From turning points that every sports fan rues or celebrates, to the forgotten would-be inflection points that defined sports, Upon Further Review answers age old questions, and settles the score, even if the score bounced off the crossbar"—
The sports journalist author of What's My Name, Fool? presents a portrait of the football legend, Hollywood star and controversial activist that includes coverage of Brown's work with Black Power and the allegations of sexual violence that overshadowed his career.