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A People's History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People and Play
by Dave Zirin Details
Journalist Zirin describes the close relationship between athletes and the city functionaries, mayors, governors, legislators and presidents who courted them. He shows that how sport has been played in America and by whom (and watched by whom) are not-so-subtle inside looks into the heart of America.
In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day That Changed Everything
by Michael Waltrip Details
This account of the colorful NASCAR driver's career describes his hardscrabble upbringing and strained relationship with brother Darrell, while recounting his historic win at the 2001 Daytona 500 and the death of mentor Dale Earnhardt in the same race.
Major League Dads: Baseball's Best Players Reflect on the Fathers Who Inspired Them to Love the Game
by Kevin Neary Details
Baseball is America's favorite pastime and one of the best ways for fathers and sons to bond. "Major League Dads" is an inspirational look at such connections through a collection of heartfelt essays from interviews with 150 of the top players in Major League Baseball, such as David Wright, Carlos Pena, Brad Lidge, and Derek Jeter. Through personal recollections, you can read firsthand what their dads meant to them growing up and how they coached them to success both on and off the field.
Rose Bowl Dreams: A Memoir of Faith, Family and Football
by Adam Jones Details
In a powerful story that transcends sports, Jones relates his remarkable journey of becoming a college football fan through the best teacher around -- his mother -- and how sports, God and family intersect in his life.
Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective
by Pat Head Summitt Details
Pat Summitt, the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and bestselling author, tells for the first time her story of victory and resilience, as well as facing down her greatest challenge: early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
Sunday Money: Speed! Lust! Madness! Death!: A Hot Lap Around America with NASCAR
by Jeff MacGregor Details
NASCAR racing, once considered no more than a regional circuit of moonshiners pounding around low-country dirt tracks in a cloud of red dust and cliché, has somehow become the fastest-growing spectator sport in America -- and the buxom, bumpkin darling of Madison Avenue. With 75 million fans and its popularity soaring in every corner of the country, NASCAR is a 200-mile-an-hour traveling tent-and-revival show, a platinum-plated,multibillion-dollar V-8 hero machine -- a sports entertainment empire built at the very crossroads of pop culture, corporate commerce, and American mythology.
The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood
by Jane Leavy Details
Drawing on interviews with friends and family, as well as teammates and opponents, "New York Times"-bestselling author Leavy delivers the definitive account of one of the biggest talents and most tragic figures ever to play baseball--Mickey Mantle.
Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee
by Allen Barra Details
In this revelatory biography, Allen Barra presents Yogi's remarkable life as never seen before, from his childhood in "Dago Hill," the Italian-American neighborhood in St. Louis, to his leading role on the 1949-53 Yankees, the only team to win five consecutive World Series, to the travails of the '64 pennant race, through his epic battles and final peace with George Steinbrenner. Features one hundred photos and countless "Yogi-isms."
Updated 05/06/2015

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