A memoir by the noted boxing trainer detailing his odyssey from juvenile delinquent to boxer, his work with boxers Mike Tyson and Michael Moorer, his relationship with Sammy Gravano, and his encounters with the high-stakes world of sports.
A literary companion to the 2006 World Cup of soccer provides a colorful look at the countries, teams, and players at the latest competition, in a collection that includes essays by Roddy Doyle, Zadie Smith, Caryl Phillips, James Surowiecki, Robert Coover, Aleksandar Hemon, John Lanchester, Tom Vanderbilt, and William Finnegan, among others. Original. 50,000 first printing.
On New Year's Eve, 1972, following eighteen magnificent seasons in the major leagues, Roberto Clemente died a hero's death, killed in a plane crash as he attempted to deliver supplies to Nicaragua after an earthquake. Journalist Maraniss now brings the great baseball player back to life. Anyone who saw Clemente play will never forget him—he was a work of art in a game too often defined by statistics. But Clemente was that rare athlete who rose above sports to become a symbol of larger themes. Born in rural Puerto Rico, at a time when there were no blacks or Puerto Ricans playing organized ball in the United States, Clemente went on to become the greatest Latino player in the major leagues, a ballplayer of determination, grace, and dignity who paved the way and set the highest standard for waves of Latino players who followed in later generations.—From publisher description.A narrative account of the life of the Puerto Rican baseball star traces his impoverished childhood, victories during the 1960 and 1970 World Series games, humanitarian contributions, and ongoing legacy for Latino major league players.
The unapologetic bad boy of professional golf shares his philosophy in a memoir of the ups and downs of his personal and professional world, offering an account of booze, depression, weight problems, marital problems, and golf.
The early days of baseball are chronicled in this story of the friendship between Christy Mathewson, one of baseball's first superstars, and New York Giants manager John McGraw, in a volume celebrating the centennial of the first World Series in which a New York team played. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.
Babe Ruth was more than baseball's original superstar. For 85 years, he has remained the sport's reigning titan. He has been named Athlete of the Century more than once. But who was this large, loud, enigmatic man? Why is so little known about his childhood, his private life, and his inner thoughts? Based on newly discovered documents and interviews—including pages from Ruth's personal scrapbooks—this book traces Ruth's life from his bleak childhood in Baltimore to his brash entrance into professional baseball, from Boston to New York and into the record books as the world's most explosive slugger and cultural luminary. Sports biographer Montville explores every aspect of the man, paying particular attention to the myths that have always surrounded him. At a time when modern baseball is grappling with assorted controversies, this book brings back the pure glory days of the game.—From publisher description.A portrait of the legendary slugger draws on interviews, recently discovered documents, and Ruth's personal scrapbooks to trace his life from his childhood in an orphanage to his rise to the heights of major league baseball.
Details the thirty thousand mile goodwill tour by Albert Goodwill Spalding and twenty of baseball's greatest players to introduce baseball and the American way of life to the world, and bring business to his nacent sporting goods company along the way.
A Thoroughly Obsessive, Intermittently Uplifting, and Occasionally Unbiased Account of the Duke-North Carolina Basketball Rivalry
The story of the rivalry between North Carolina's and Duke University's basketball teams discusses the long-term feud between the teams and their fans, citing a long history of race, family, loyalty, privilege, and Southern belief systems.
An in-depth portrait of the NCAA Final Four competition is presented from the perspectives of schools, coaches, and players who have made it to college basketball's final weekend, in a collection of dramatic and inspiring stories that also includes accounts by officials, referees, and scouts. 200,000 first printing.
A memoir by the ex-NFL football player offers a portrait of his life as a gay man, recounting his painful childhood, his fear of exposure while playing in the NFL, the strength he found in Christianity, and his decision to come out publicly.