New Arrivals · Sports & Outdoor Recreation

January 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Game Changer : the art of sports science

January 18, 2018
Connolly, Fergus, author.
Las Vegas, NV : Victory Belt Publishing, Inc., 2017.
484 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
"This book introduces never-before-seen models and systems forged from the latest evidence-based practices, as well perpectives from history, biology, philosophy, and other fields, and combines them to define winning principle that have been tested in the white heat of elite competition."--Back cover.

Game worn : baseball treasures from the game's greatest heroes and moments

January 17, 2018
Wong, Stephen, author.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2016]
320 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
The deadball era, 1900-1919. Jack Coombs ; Johnny Evers ; Fred Lake ; Frank Chance ; Rube Marquard ; Harry Hooper ; Earl Yingling ; Christy Mathewson ; John McGraw ; Ty Cobb ; Walter Johnson ; Branch Rickey ; Red Faber -- The greatest generation, 1920-1945. Babe Ruth ; Hub Pruett ; Muddy Ruel ; Frankie Frisch ; Sam Rice ; George Pipgras ; Charlie Gehringer ; Lefty Grove ; Lefty O'Doul ; Dizzy Dean ; Schoolboy Rowe ; Moe Berg ; Randy Moore ; Gabby Hartnett ; Joe DiMaggio ; Ernie Lombardi ; Carl Hubbell ; Lou Gehrig ; Woody Jensen ; Jimmie Foxx ; Bob Feller ; Ted Williams ; The War years : trading flannel for khaki -- The postwar years, 1946-1959. Satchel Paige ; Warren Spahn ; Eddie Waitkus ; Stan Musial ; Yogi Berra ; Jackie Robinson ; Roy Campanella ; Al Kaline ; Hank Aaron ; Ted Kluszewski ; Ernie Banks ; Eddie Mathews -- The expansion era, 1960-1971. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris ; Bill Mazeroski ; Nellie Fox ; Bob Gibson ; Pete Rose ; Willie Mays ; Sandy Koufax ; Roberto Clemente ; Tom Seaver ; Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson ; Johnny Bench -- The knit era, 1972-1999. Carlton Fisk ; Nolan Ryan ; Dave Winfield ; Lou Brock ; Rod Carew ; George Brett ; Fernando Valenzuela ; Mike Schmidt ; Cal Ripken Jr. ; Bo Jackson ; Randy Johnson ; David Cone -- Compendium.
"Game Worn: Treasures of Baseball's Greatest Heroes and Moments is a richly illustrated exploration and first-of-its-kind compendium study of the world's most coveted and precious baseball uniforms worn by Major League ballplayers during the twentieth century. This coffee-table book features many of the most historically significant uniforms, jackets, hats, as well as other treasured baseball collectibles that tell us as much about the history and soul of America as they do about the game and the players. Some of the extraordinary highlights featured in this book include: Babe Ruth's road jersey from his first season with the New York Yankees (1920), the sole surviving uniform from the infamous 1919 World Series, Joe DiMaggio's rookie uniform from 1936, the Boston Red Sox road uniform Ted Williams wore during his epic 1941 season, Jackie Robinson's Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey from the 1952 season, Bill Mazeroski's Pittsburgh Pirates home uniform worn to hit the game-winning home run in game 7 of the 1960 World Series, and a visual feast of rare uniform styles. Each of the 68 entries includes sumptuous photography of the uniform and associated memorabilia, as well as a poignant and lively narrative highlighting its significance. The book also features a first-of-its-kind illustrated compendium with elaborate definitions of relevant terms that every baseball fan and collector needs to know, ranging from the All Star Game Uniform to the Zig-Zag Stitch. This book is an absolute must-have for anyone who has ever loved the game of baseball"-- Provided by publisher.

Higher calling : cycling's obsession with mountains

January 15, 2018
Leonard, Max, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
v, 325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Guaranteed to appeal to all lovers of cycling, the author of Lanterne Rouge explores the glorious--and painful--allure of cycling up mountain peaks."-- Amazon.com.

Creating a season to remember : the new youth-sports-coaching leadership handbook

January 12, 2018
Perconte, Jack. author.
©2017
x, 302 pages ; 23 cm.
Creating the mindset to coach -- Creating a coaching perspective -- Creating a philosophy -- Creating a plan -- Creating a practice agenda -- Creating the practice environment -- Creating positive communication -- Creating meaning beyond the playing fields -- Creating sense and integrity -- Creating inspiration -- Creating a team atmosphere -- Creating a learning space for all -- Creating a mindset that accepts and adapts -- Creating the final touches.
This book contains the forward-thinking techniques that will bring enjoyment back to the games for all - athletes, parents, and coaches. Using his coaching experience, heartfelt personal stories, and thoughtful analysis of the teaching methods of all the greats in coaching, the author provides the answers. --amazon.com.

The National Hockey League official guide & record book.

January 11, 2018
Montreal, New York : National Hockey League,
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.

Slobberknocker : my life in wrestling

January 11, 2018
Ross, Jim, 1952- author.
©2017
xviii, 332 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Part one: Before wrestling (1952-74) -- Growing up -- Watching wrestling -- Going to the matches -- Leaving home -- College -- The call -- The fundraiser -- Part two: Mid-south (1974-85) -- Start in the business -- Refereeing -- Still learning -- Behind the mic -- Not behind the mic -- Trying to stay in wrestling -- Out of the business -- Getting back in -- Back in the mid-south -- At the top table -- Changes from New York -- The greatest -- Going national -- Part three: UWF (1986-87) -- The expansion -- The decline and sale -- Part four: Crockett (1987-88) -- Crockett -- Let the games begin -- Returning home -- Last days of Crockett -- Part five: WCW (1988-93) -- Herd, Flair, and the ladies in the limo -- Booking committee -- Rotating announcers -- Steamboat and Flair -- Starrcade -- Some old faces return -- Building Sting -- Lady on a plane -- Heyman -- Changes, old and new -- Japan -- Flair leaves -- Changing of the guard -- My last days in WCW -- Part six: WWF (1993-99) -- Vince -- WCW Radio -- WrestleMania IX -- Growing pains -- Making friends -- In sickness and in health -- In and out -- Vince and good ol' JR -- The new and the old -- Market research -- Back to announcing -- Changing roles -- The "JJ role" -- Talent -- The black hat -- So long, Dad -- Sitting down with Foley -- Pillman -- Montreal -- A little more attitude -- Hell in a cell -- 2nd attack -- Coming home.
How did an Oklahoma farm kid with a vivid imagination and seemingly unattainable dreams became "The Voice of Wrestling" to millions of fans around the world? Ross became obsessed with professional wrestling having first saw it on his grandparent’s TV. Over the years he held almost every job in the business. He's also recognized as the man who built and nurtured a once-in-a-generation talent roster that took the WWE to new heights. Readers will finally get the opportunity to hear never-before-told stories about the politics, wackiness, and personalities of all the biggest stars; about overcoming adversity and achieving your dreams.

What we think about when we think about soccer

January 11, 2018
Critchley, Simon, 1960- author.
New York, NY : Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
xix, 204 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Published simultaneously in Great Britain under title: What we think about when we think about football, by Profile Books.
Socialism -- Sensate ecstasy -- De-subjectifying football -- What is it like to be a ball? -- Repetition without origin -- Theatre of identity and non-identity -- Music must resound -- Theory and praxis -- Stupidity -- Intelligence -- Zizou -- Managerial nostalgia -- Klopp-time -- Football historicity -- Fetching back -- Disgust.
"Soccer is the world's most popular sport, inspiring the absolute devotion of countless fans around the globe. But what is it about soccer that makes it so compelling to watch, discuss, and think about? Is it what it says about class, race, or gender? Is it our national, regional, or tribal identities? Simon Critchley thinks it's all of these and more. In his new book, he explains what soccer can tell us about each, and how each informs the way we interpret the game, all while building a new system of aesthetics, or even poetics, that we can use to watch the beautiful game. Critchley has made a career out of bringing philosophy to the people through popular subjects, and in What We Think About When We Think About Soccer he uses his considerable philosophical acumen to examine the sport that has captured the hearts and minds of millions"-- Provided by publisher.

Should the tent be burning like that? : a professional amateur's guide to the outdoors

January 2, 2018
Heavey, Bill, author.
©2017
xiii, 263 pages ; 24 cm
Chasing the chrome -- Adventures of a deer bum -- Angler's paradise -- No pain, no elk -- The South's top gun -- Fifty shades of green -- The making of a stand hunter -- My gun guru -- Castaway in deer paradise -- The odd couple -- Deer, lies, and videotape -- Father knows less -- Some home truths -- In the face of failure -- The stalk -- The stand -- If hunters ruled the world -- The slam man -- Meat matters -- Not the same -- Boys should be boys -- Hands off my stuff -- Cross-country skiing among the Cree -- Car talk -- Going to pieces -- The rope report -- Inward bound -- The bear essentials -- True grit -- Task master -- Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Eye -- Man overboard -- The sky's the limit -- Turkeys: life on the square -- Grand guns -- Gee whiz -- Dyeing to connect - Buddy trip -- Crash course -- Bass land -- Point well taken -- Turf war -- Wild ride -- Home water -- Fishing on the edge -- Gear good! -- Bow crazy -- Feet first -- The backcountry cure -- How to be a winner -- Flats fever -- Faced with an anti -- The lake effect -- Out of orbit -- The smallmouth man -- Tackle underworld -- What the horse saw -- Bull's eye -- Hoofing it for caribou -- Wishful thinking.
"In feature stories and his Field & Stream column, 'A Sportsman's Life,' as well as other publications, he has taken readers across the country and beyond to experience his triumphs and failures as a suburban dad who happens to love hunting and fishing. [This book] gathers together a wide range of Heavey's best work. He nearly drowns attempting to fish the pond inside the cloverleaf off an Interstate Highway four miles from the White House. He rents and crashes a forty-four-foot houseboat on a river in Florida. On a manic weeklong deer archery hunt in Ohio, he finds it necessary to practice by shooting arrows into his motel room's phonebook (the blunt penetrates all the way to page 358, "KITCHEN CABINET REFACING & REFINISHING"). Accompanying a shaggy steelhead fanatic - Mikey, who has no job or fixed address but owns four boats- on a thousand-mile odyssey up and down the California coast in search of fishable water, he comes to see Mikey as a purer soul than almost anyone he has ever met. Whatever the subject, Heavey's tales are odes to the notion that enthusiasm is more important than skill, and a testament to the enduring power of the natural world. Whether he's hunting mule deer in Montana, draining cash on an overpriced pistol, or ruminating on the joys and agonies of outdoor gear, Heavey always entertains and enlightens with honesty and wit."--Amazon.com.

Scholastic year in sports.

December 22, 2017
New York : Scholastic Inc., c2003-
v. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.

Cincinnati basketball playbook.

December 22, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio : UC Athletics Department and IMG College.
v. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm.
Gameday programs for the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team. Each program contains articles, team photos, team rosters and opponent rosters for three games.

Cam Newton : trying to win them all .

December 8, 2017
Stanmyre, Jackie F.
New York : Cavendish Square, 2018.
112 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
It took a while for Cam Newton to establish himself as a star quarterback, but when his time came he really shined. The Georgia native spent two years at the University of Florida playing behind Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow before transferring to a junior college, which he led to a national championship. Returning to major college football, he led undefeated Auburn to a national title. He was then chosen first overall in the National Football League draft by the Carolina Panthers. In 2015, he led the Panthers to a franchise-best 15-1 record and a berth in Super Bowl 50.

How we did it : the Subban plan for success in hockey, school and life

December 6, 2017
Subban, Karl, author.
Toronto : Random House Canada, 2017.
293 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"The ultimate hockey dad, Karl Subban is a former school principal and father of five, including three sons--P.K., Malcolm and Jordan--who have been drafted to the NHL. Karl's inspirational and moving story follows the hockey journey from house league to big league and shows how to grow the unlimited potential that is in every child. In his thirty-plus years of coaching, teaching and parenting, Karl Subban has proved to be a leader with the gift of inspiring others. He has dedicated his life to helping young people grow their potential--to be better at what they do, and to be better people. Originally from Jamaica, Karl Subban, along with his wife, Maria, have raised five accomplished children. Their oldest son is P.K. Subban, who won the Norris trophy for top defenceman in the NHL and whose trade from the Canadiens to the Nashville Predators shocked the hockey world. Their two daughters are teachers, one a university basketball star and the other a talented visual artist. Their two youngest sons, Malcolm and Jordan, have been drafted and signed by the Bruins and the Canucks. As a child, Karl dreamed of being a star cricket player--but when he moved to Canada at age 12, hockey and basketball became his new passions. At university, when he realized his NBA hoop dreams would not come to be, Subban found his true destiny as an educator, devoting his life to bringing out the best in his students and his children. From the backyard hockey rink to the nail-biting suspense of draft days, Karl Subban shares tales of his family's unique hockey journey. Mixing personal stories with lessons he learned as a coach and principal--lessons about goal-setting, perseverance and accomplishment--How We Did It will allow other parents, teachers, coaches and mentors to apply the same principles as they help the young people in their lives to identify, develop and live their dreams."-- Provided by publisher.

Kansas baseball, 1858-1941

December 6, 2017
Eberle, Mark E., author.
Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, [2017]
xxiii, 400 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Early history of baseball in Kansas -- Town teams and the early game -- Hometown women's teams and barnstorming Bloomer Girls -- African American baseball -- American Indian baseball -- Mexican and Mexican-American baseball and softball -- Minor leagues and the establishment of night baseball -- Major league exhibition games and tours -- Game goes on, Kansas town teams evolve -- Historical Baseball Parks in Kansas -- Joe Campbell Memorial Stadium, Rossville (1924) -- South Park Field, Kinsley (1934) -- Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, Wichita (1934) -- Clint Lightner Field, Garden City (1936) -- Katy Stadium, Chanute (1936) -- Moffet Field Stadium, Larned (1937) -- Rathert Stadium, Junction City (1937) -- McDonald Stadium, El Dorado (1940) -- Larks Park, Hays (1940).

The New York Times story of the Yankees : 1903 - present : 390 articles, profiles & essays

December 6, 2017
New York : Black Dog & Leventhal, [2017]
543 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.

Nine lessons I learned from my father

December 4, 2017
Howe, Murray (Murray A.), author.
Toronto, Ontario : Viking Canada, 2017.
232 pages ; 22 cm
Live honorably -- Live generously -- Play hard, but have fun -- Patience, patience, patience -- Live selflessly -- Be humble -- Be tough -- Stay positive -- Friends and family are like gold--treasure them.
Gordie Howe may have been the greatest player in the history of hockey, but greatness was never defined by goals or assists in the Howe household. Greatness meant being the best person you could be, not the best player on the ice. Unlike his two brothers, Murray Howe failed in his attempt to follow in his father's footsteps to become a professional athlete. Yet his failure brought him to the realization that his dream wasn't really to be a pro hockey player. His dream was to be his father. To be amazing at something, but humble and gracious. To be courageous, and stand up for the little guy. To be a hero. You don't need to be a hockey player to do that. What he learned was that it was a waste of time wishing you were like someone else.

Fierce : how competing for myself changed everything

December 1, 2017
Raisman, Aly, 1994- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
358 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 22 cm
Honest and heartfelt, frank and funny, Aly's story is enhanced with never-before-published photos, excerpts from the personal journals she's kept since childhood that chronicle memorable moments with her teammates, and hard-won advice for readers striving to rise above challenges, learn to love themselves, and make their own dreams come true.

Basketball (and other things) : a collection of questions asked, answered, illustrated

November 30, 2017
Serrano, Shea, author.
©2017
239 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
What year was Michael Jordan the best version of Michael Jordan? -- Who's your frankenplayer made out of? -- Who's the greatest dunker in NBA history? -- What's the order of the first round of the fictional basketball player draft? Part 1 ; Part 2 ; Part 3 -- Which NBA players get remembered for the wrong reasons? -- How many points should [SHOT] actually be worth? -- Which dunks are in the disrespectful dunk hall of fame? Part 1 ; Part 2 -- Who is your memory hero? -- Which NBA player's group are you joining if the purge begins tonight? -- What's the most important NBA championship? Part 1 ; Part 2 ; Part 3 -- Basketball court: Who's more important to the history of basketball, Allen Iverson or Dwayne Wade? -- How do players' legacies change if we change their names? -- What's the plot for Death Hammer 2: Hammergeddon? -- If 1997 Karl Malone and a bear swapped places for a season, who would be more successful? -- What if Nick Anderson made one of those free throws? -- What happened in the moment before "the moment"? Part 1 (1986-1991) ; Part 2 (1991-2001) ; Part 3 (2002-2016) -- Was Kobe Bryant a dork? (and also: How many years during his career was Kobe Bryant the best player in the league?) -- What attributes make for the best basketball villain? (and also: Who's a first-ballot selection for the Basketball Villain Hall of Fame?) -- Should we do a chapter that's just a bunch of lists? -- Am I allowed to _____ during pickup basketball? Part 1 ; Part 2 -- Who had the better big-name game under duress? -- What would've happened if Shaq and Hakeem had played that one-on-one game? -- Which was the most perfect duo in NBA history? -- If you could dunk on any one person, who would it be? -- Which NBA player's legacy is the most greatly affected if we give him the championship he never won?
"Thirty-three chapters, each one a different basketball question that needs to be answered. Some of them are obviously crucial ... and some of them are secretly crucial. But all of them are approached in ways that ([the author] hope[s] you think) are smart and fun and nuanced"--Back cover.

Ice capades : a memoir of fast living and tough hockey

November 21, 2017
Avery, Sean, author.
©2017
xi, 316 page, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Last chance -- Cincinnati Kid -- Showtime -- Money, sex, and fun in the sun -- That championship season -- Stanley Cup summer -- Two is the most dangerous lead in hockey -- Becoming a king -- Summer schooling -- The King of LA -- Everything in its right place -- Locked out of my life -- A new life in paradise -- From LA to New York -- I look good in blue -- The Avery rule -- The summer of Vogue -- Sean does Dallas -- Down and out and back again -- The last season.
As one of the NHL's most polarizing players, Sean Avery turned the rules of professional hockey on its head. For thirteen seasons, Avery played for some of the toughest, most storied franchises in the league, including the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers, making his mark in each city as a player that was sometimes loved, often despised, but always controversial. In Ice Capades, Avery takes his trademark candidness about the world of pro hockey and does for it what Jim Bouton's game-changing Ball Four did for baseball. Avery goes deep inside the sport to reveal every aspect of an athlete's life, from what they do with their money and nights off, to how they stay sharp and competitive in the league. While playing the talented villain in the NHL, Avery broke far away from his on-ice character in the off-season, and Ice Capades takes the reader inside the other unexpected and unprecedented roles that Avery inhabited - Vogue intern, fashion model, advertising executive, restaurateur, gay rights advocate, and many more. Love him or hate him, Sean Avery changed the way professional hockey is played today. Rollickingly honest and compelling throughout, Ice Capades transcends the sports-book-genre and offers a rare, unvarnished glimpse into the world of 21st century hockey through the eyes of one of its most original and memorable players.

The blueprint : LeBron James, Cleveland's deliverance, and the making of the modern NBA

November 20, 2017
Lloyd, Jason, author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2017]
x, 294 pages ; 24 cm
In the beginning, King James version -- "He's gone" -- Starting over -- Lottery, luck, and ping-pong -- Old memories, new hopes -- Old faces, new mistakes -- Grant's tomb -- Z -- Outside the box, other side of the world -- The big three -- The modern NBA -- Homecoming king -- Crutches, calves, and contracts -- Shoulders, slings, and fighter pilots -- Pool views -- Christmas mourning -- Gambling man -- Go west and strangle the media -- Seven -- Larry -- Epilogue.
"In 2010, LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers. That same year, Jason Lloyd began to cover the team for the Akron Beacon Journal, LeBron's hometown newspaper. The story he uncovered started as a tragedy but ended in incredible triumph. Back in 2010, starting in the days, weeks, and months after LeBron left, the Cavs hatched a plan to get LeBron back. The plan was daring, audacious, and spectacularly successful. It incorporated several losing seasons, some highly risky draft picks, and an entirely new understanding of how championship teams are built and maintained. And the best part of the plan is that it worked, culminating in the most exciting Finals series in NBA history. And, most important, the end of the Cleveland Curse. Jason Lloyd, a true Northeast Ohio (as in Cleveland and Akron) insider, tells the story of how the NBA really works, and how everyone--from the front office to the stars on the court to the new generations of coaches--works together to create a winning team. This will be an unputdownable, unforgettable, must-have book for every Cavs, NBA, and LeBron fan"-- Provided by publisher.

The first major : inside the story of the 2016 Ryder Cup

November 20, 2017
Feinstein, John, author.
New York : Doubleday, [2017]
311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Coming into 2016, the Americans had lost an astounding six out of the last seven Ryder Cup matches, and tensions were running high for the showdown that took place in October, 2016 in Hazeltine, Minnesota, just days after American legend Arnold Palmer had died. What resulted was one of the most raucous and heated three days in the Cup's long history. Award-winning author John Feinstein takes readers behind the scenes, providing an inside view of the dramatic stories as they unfolded: veteran Phil Mickelson's two-year roller-coaster as he upended the American preparation process and helped assemble a superb team; superstar Rory McIlroy becoming the clear-cut emotional leader of the European team, and his reasons for wanting to beat the US team so badly this time around; the raucous matches between McIlroy and American Patrick Reed - resulting in both incredible golf, and several moments that threatened to come to blows; the return of Tiger Woods not as a player but an assistant captain, and his obsession with helping the US win - which was never the case when he was playing. John Feinstein's classic bestseller, A Good Walk Spoiled, set the bar for golf books. Now Feinstein provides his unique take on the Ryder Cup, which has clearly become golf's most intense and emotional event...it's 'first Major.'.

Golden days : West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors, and the California dreamers who reinvented basketball

November 17, 2017
McCallum, Jack, 1949- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2017.
xxv, 308 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Includes index.
West agonistes -- Uncertain start to the revolution -- The terrific tandem of West and Baylor -- Shopping in the Hamptons -- 1969: a summer of discontent -- Curry's unhappy draft day -- Fame and glory but no ring -- When Peter met Joe -- Elegant Elgin exits -- The logo signs on -- And a Celtic (?) shall lead them -- Steph stays, fans fret -- The immortal streak -- Kerr: light touch, heavy influence -- A loss at last; Wilt throws a bash for the ages -- Gaining a record but losing a title -- Championship brings West only muted joy -- A season not on the brink exactly, but... -- Cooke stirs the wrong pot -- West and the art of talent evaluation -- A championship and a sad goodbye.
The bestselling author of Dream Team tells the interconnected stories of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the early-1970s Los Angeles Lakers, two extraordinary teams playing in extraordinary times and linked by one extraordinary man: Jerry West.

Present at the creation : my life in the NFL and the rise of America's game

November 17, 2017
Bell, Upton, author.
©2017
382 pages, 22 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
On any given Sunday -- A long ride to Baltimore -- Welcome to the Colts -- The great ticket heist was my kickoff in Baltimore -- A scout's life is for Kit Carson but not for everybody -- The making of an NFL scout -- Spy vs. spy settles NFL-AFL war -- The South is burning! -- Running my own show in Baltimore -- Worst loss in the history of losses -- Some things can't be fixed -- Why did you ever come here? -- Everybody's got to serve somebody -- A new league, a second chance -- No more fish in the sea -- Scouting for QBs, the most important position in sports -- Only one Moses wore a whistle -- Out of the frying pan, into the fire -- Epilogue.
"To understand how the NFL became the sports phenomenon it is today, you can study its history as an active participant. Upton Bell grew up at the knee of the NFL's first great commissioner, his father, the legendary Bert Bell, who not only saved the game from financial ruin after World War II but was one of its greatest innovators. Coining the phrase "On any given Sunday," Bert invented the pro football draft and proposed sudden death rules. Present at the Creation details Bell's firsthand experiences, which started as he watched his father draw up the league schedule each year at the kitchen table using dominoes. There he learned the importance of parity, which is a hallmark of the league's success, and also how to create it. Over the past fifty-three years, Bell has been an owner, a general manager, a personnel executive, a scouting director for two Super Bowl teams, a television commentator and analyst, and a talk-radio host. He has seen the NFL from the inside and has experienced many of the most important moments in NFL history." -- Book jacket.

Pep confidential : inside Pep Guardiola's first season at Bayern Munich

November 15, 2017
Perarnau, Martí, 1955- author.
©2014
402 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

Fire on the track : Betty Robinson and the triumph of the early Olympic women

November 9, 2017
Montillo, Roseanne, author.
©2017
285 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue -- Part one. Amsterdam, 1928 -- On track -- A new arrival -- A new pair of shoes -- The debut -- Off to the races -- Off to the games -- The SS President Roosevelt -- Queen of the track -- A new Babe in town -- Welcome home -- Part two. Los Angeles, 1932 -- Flying high -- Summer woes -- California dreaming -- Go west, young woman, go west -- Part three. Berlin, 1936 -- The Nazi games -- Rebound -- Off to Berlin -- Phenoms -- Epilogue.
"The inspiring and irresistible true story of the women who broke barriers and finish-line ribbons in pursuit of Olympic Gold When Betty Robinson assumed the starting position at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, she was participating in what was only her fourth-ever organized track meet. She crossed the finish line as a gold medalist and the fastest woman in the world. This improbable athletic phenom was an ordinary high school student, discovered running for a train in rural Illinois mere months before her Olympic debut. Amsterdam made her a star. But at the top of her game, her career (and life) almost came to a tragic end when a plane she and her cousin were piloting crashed. So dire was Betty's condition that she was taken to the local morgue; only upon the undertaker's inspection was it determined she was still breathing. Betty, once a natural runner who always coasted to victory, soon found herself fighting to walk. While Betty was recovering, the other women of Track and Field were given the chance to shine in the Los Angeles Games, building on Betty's pioneering role as the first female Olympic champion in the sport. These athletes became more visible and more accepted, as stars like Babe Didrikson and Stella Walsh showed the world what women could do. And--miraculously--through grit and countless hours of training, Betty earned her way onto the 1936 Olympic team, again locking her sights on gold as she and her American teammates went up against the German favorites in Hitler's Berlin. Told in vivid detail with novelistic flair, Fire on the Track is an unforgettable portrait of these trailblazers in action"-- Provided by publisher.

The Big Chair : the smooth hops and bad bounces from the inside world of the acclaimed Los Angeles Dodgers general manager

November 6, 2017
Colletti, Ned, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
xix, 440 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"Ned Colletti is a baseball treasure with fascinating stories to tell from inside the game. The Big Chair is your all-access pass. After reading this book, you will not only understand the job of a general manager better but also the game of baseball itself." 'Tom Verducci, author of The Cubs Way and co-author of The Yankee Years "A fascinating behind-the-scenes account of his 35 years working in the front office of the Cubs, Giants and Dodgers...More than anything, Colletti shows how being a GM is a 24/7 thrill ride." 'Chicago Tribune An unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at the career of famed former Los Angeles Dodgers General Manager (a position also known as "The Big Chair"), whose tenure spanned nine of the most exciting and turbulent years in the franchise's history. During his tenure with the Dodgers, Colletti had the highest winning percentage of any general manager in the National League. In The Big Chair, (co-authored by Joseph A. Reaves) he lets readers in on the real GM experience from his unique vantage point'sharing the inner workings of three of the top franchises in the sport, revealing the out-of-the-headlines machinations behind the trades, the hires and the deals; how the money really works; how the decision-making really works; how much power the players really have and why'the real brass tacks of some of the most pivotal decisions made in baseball history that led to great success along with heartbreak and failure on the field. Baseball fans will come for the grit and insight, stay for the heart, and pass it on for the wisdom. Ned Colletti began his MLB career with his beloved hometown team, the Chicago Cubs, more than 35 years ago. He worked in Chicago for a dozen years and was in the front office when the Cubs won the National League East in 1984 and 1989, after which he moved on as director of baseball operations for the SF Giants. By 1996, he became the Assistant GM for the Giants, before being hired as the GM in Los Angeles in 2006. There he oversaw the Dodgers through the highly publicized and acrimonious divorce battle between Frank and Jamie McCourt that culminated in the equally highly publicized sale of the team. He was present at the press conference where Don Mattingly, having just watched his team eliminated from the playoffs, used the post-season conference to vehemently discuss his lack of a contract extension. He brought marquee names like Greg Maddux and Clayton Kershaw to LA, as well as marquee drama with the likes of Manny Ramirez and Yasiel Puig; hired future Hall of Famer Joe Torre as manager; and oversaw fourteen Dodgers playoff wins. And these are just a few of the highlights. Colletti serves up a huge dish of first-hand experiences with some of the biggest names in baseball history (Barry Bonds, Greg Maddux, Don Mattingly, Don Zimmer, Tommy Lasorda, Scott Boras, Vin Scully, and more). From his humble early years living in a Chicago garage to his path to one of the most prestigious positions in professional sports, his very public and illustrious career has left a permanent handprint in the history of America's sport'and now he's ready to share the insight only those who have sat in The Big Chair have ever seen.

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