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Splash!: 10,000 Years of Swimming
Splash!: 10,000 Years of Swimming
By Means, Howard
2020-06 - Hachette Books
9780306845666 Check Our Catalog

 

Choose a stroke and get paddling through the human history of swimming

From man's first recorded dip into what's now the driest spot on earth to the splashing, sparkling pool party in your backyard, humans have been getting wet for 10,000 years. And for most of modern history, swimming has caused a ripple that touches us all--the heroes and the ordinary folk; the real …More
 

24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid
24: Life Stories and Lessons from the Say Hey Kid
By Mays, Willie
Author Shea, John
Foreword by Costas, Bob
2020-05 - St. Martin's Press
9781250230423 Check Our Catalog

 

 

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE BESTSELLER

The legendary Willie Mays shares the inspirations and influences responsible for guiding him on and off the field in this reflective and inspirational memoir.

Even if, like me, you thought you had pretty much read and heard all there was to read and hear about Willie Mays, …More
 

Yogi: A Life
Yogi: A Life
By Pessah, Jon
2020-04 - Little Brown and Company
9780316310994 Check Our Catalog

 

The definitive biography of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees icon, winner of 10 World Series championships, and the most-quoted player in baseball history

Lawrence "Yogi" Berra was never supposed to become a major league ballplayer.

That's what his immigrant father told him. That's what Branch Rickey told him, too-right to Berra's face, in fact. Even the lowly St. Louis Browns of …More
 

Why We Swim
Why We Swim
By Tsui, Bonnie
2020-04 - Algonquin Books
9781616207861 Check Our Catalog

 

A Best Book of the Season: BuzzFeed * Bustle * San Francisco Chronicle

"A fascinating and beautifully written love letter to water. I was enchanted by this book." --Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksAn immersive, unforgettable, and eye-opening perspective on swimming--and on human behavior itself.

We swim …More
 

Spirit Run: A 6000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land
Spirit Run: A 6000-Mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land
By Alvarez, Noe
2020-03 - Catapult
9781948226462 Check Our Catalog

 

 

The son of working-class Mexican immigrants flees a life of labor in fruit-packing plants to run in a Native American marathon from Canada to Guatemala in this "stunning memoir that moves to the rhythm of feet, labor, and the many landscapes of the Americas" (Catriona Menzies-Pike, author of The Long Run).

Growing up in Yakima, Washington, No lvarez worked at an …More
 

The Process: The Inside Story of One of the Most Audacious and Controversial Experiments in the History of Professional Sports
The Process: The Inside Story of One of the Most Audacious and Controversial Experiments in the History of Professional Sports
By Weitzman, Yaron
2020-03 - Grand Central Publishing
9781538749722 Check Our Catalog

 

"TANKING TO THE TOP is the best basketball book in years." --Wall Street Journal

How the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers trusted The Process -- a bold plan to get to first by becoming the worst.

Including exclusive interviews with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Coach Brett Brown, Sam Hinkie, and more.

When a group of private equity …More
 

Young Guns: Obsession, Overwatch, and the Future of Gaming
Young Guns: Obsession, Overwatch, and the Future of Gaming
By Moorhead, Austin
2020-03 - Hachette Books
9780316421386 Check Our Catalog

 

Moneyball meets Bringing Down the House in the behind-the-scenes dramatic story of the rise of global pro gaming leagues

Welcome to the high-stakes world of esports where shit-talking teenage gamers, billionaire sports franchise owners, and celebrity entrepreneurs are all competing to understand and conquer the fast-emerging future of entertainment. …More
 

The Second Life of Tiger Woods
The Second Life of Tiger Woods
By Bamberger, Michael
2020-03 - Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
9781982122829 Check Our Catalog

 

"Fascinating... Bamberger] knows the world of professional golf, and the pressures it exacts, like few others." --The Wall Street Journal

It's one of the greatest comebacks of all time. And for Tiger Woods--his game, his body, and his life in shambles--getting back to the winner's circle was only half the story. Here's the rest of it.

Tiger Woods's long descent …More
 

Karate: The Art of Empty Hand Fighting: The Groundbreaking Work of Karate
Karate: The Art of Empty Hand Fighting: The Groundbreaking Work of Karate
By Nishiyama, Hidetaka
Author Brown, Richard C.
Foreword by Dalke, Ray
2019-03 - Tuttle Publishing
9780804851220 Check Our Catalog

 

Karate: The Art of Empty-Hand Fighting is the definitive guide to Shotokan Karate--the most widely practiced style of Karate--and has inspired millions of Karate practitioners worldwide. Authored by one of the great masters of the art, Hidetaka Nishiyama, this book is a classic, groundbreaking work on the sport of Karate, and one of the first published in English. An Olympic sport, Karate …More
 

Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best
Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler's Best
By Bascomb, Neal
2020-03 - Houghton Mifflin
9781328489876 Check Our Catalog

 

For fans of The Boys in the Boat and In the Garden of Beasts, a pulse-pounding tale of triumph by an improbable team of upstarts over Hitler's fearsome Silver Arrows during the golden age of auto racing.

They were the unlikeliest of heroes. Rene Dreyfus, a former top driver on the international racecar circuit, had been banned from the best European teams--and fastest …More
 

Better Stretching: 9 Minutes a Day to Greater Flexibility, Less Pain, and Improved Performance
Better Stretching: 9 Minutes a Day to Greater Flexibility, Less Pain, and Improved Performance
By Yoon, Joe
2020-03 - St. Martin's Essentials
9781250248213 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Achieve life-changing results for your body--greater mobility, better functionality, enhanced performance, and less pain--in as little as 9 minutes a day.

In Better Stretching, Joe Yoon brings you the tips and techniques he gives world class athletes, and provides you with an entirely new way to think about stretching. You won't need 90 complicated minutes to get more …More
 

Swing Kings: The Inside Story of Baseball's Home Run Revolution
Swing Kings: The Inside Story of Baseball's Home Run Revolution
By Diamond, Jared
2020-03 - William Morrow & Company
9780062872104 Check Our Catalog

 

 

The best baseball book I've read in years. -- Sam Walker - An exhilarating story of innovation. -- Ben Reiter - Swing Kings feels like a spiritual successor to Moneyball. -- Baseball Prospectus
 

From the Wall Street Journal's national baseball writer, the captivating story of the home run boom, following a group of …More
 

Run to the Finish: The Everyday Runner's Guide to Avoiding Injury, Ignoring the Clock, and Loving the Run
Run to the Finish: The Everyday Runner's Guide to Avoiding Injury, Ignoring the Clock, and Loving the Run
By Brooks, Amanda
2020-03 - Hachette Go
9780738285993 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Inspiration and practical tips for runners who prioritize enjoyment over pace and embrace their place as an "average" runner

In her first book, popular runner blogger Amanda Brooks lays out the path to finding greater fulfillment in running for those who consider themselves "middle of the pack runners" -- they're not trying to win Boston (or even qualify for Boston); they …More
 

Wits, Flakes, and Clowns: The Colorful Characters of Baseball
Wits, Flakes, and Clowns: The Colorful Characters of Baseball
By Stewart, Wayne
2020-03 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
9781538125212 Check Our Catalog

 

Throughout the twentieth century, baseball has been blessed with a slew of colorful characters, funny men, and "flakes." And though many fans lament the apparent vanishing of such players, there are still plenty of characters in the game today. In Wits, Flakes, and Clowns: The Colorful Characters of Baseball, Wayne Stewart brings to life the funniest, craziest, and cleverest men ever associated …More
 

The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season
The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season
By Feinstein, John
2020-03 - Doubleday Books
9780385544481 Check Our Catalog

 

Thirty years ago after changing the sports book landscape with his mega-hit, A Season on the Brink, #1 New York Times bestselling author John Feinstein returns to his first love--college basketball--with a fascinating and compelling journey through a landscape of unsung, unpublicized and often unknown heroes of Division-1 college hoops.

…More
 

The World Beneath Their Feet: Mountaineering, Madness, and the Deadly Race to Summit the Himalayas
The World Beneath Their Feet: Mountaineering, Madness, and the Deadly Race to Summit the Himalayas
By Ellsworth, Scott
2020-02 - Little Brown and Company
9780316434867 Check Our Catalog

 

A saga of survival, technological innovation, and breathtaking human physical achievement -- all set against the backdrop of a world headed toward war -- that became one of the most compelling international dramas of the 20th century.As tension steadily rose between European powers in the 1930s, a different kind of battle was already raging across the Himalayas. Teams of mountaineers from …More
 

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler to Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics
By Draper, Deborah Riley
Author Underwood, Blair
Author Thrasher, Travis
2020-02 - Atria Books
9781501162152 Check Our Catalog

 

Discover the astonishing, inspirational, and largely unknown true story of the eighteen African American athletes who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, defying the racism of both Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South.

Set against the turbulent backdrop of a segregated United States, sixteen black men and two black women are torn between boycotting the Olympic Games in Nazi …More
 

The Making of a Miracle: The Untold Story of the Captain of the 1980 Gold Medal–Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
The Making of a Miracle: The Untold Story of the Captain of the 1980 Gold Medal–Winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
By Eruzione, Mike
Author Boudette, Neal
Foreword by Michaels, Al
2020-01 - Harper
9780062960955 Check Our Catalog

 

 

On the fortieth anniversary of the historic Miracle on Ice, Mike Eruzione--the captain of the 1980 U.S Men's Olympic Hockey Team, who scored the winning goal--recounts his amazing career on ice, the legendary upset against the Soviets, and winning the gold medal.

It is the greatest American underdog sports story ever told: how a team of college kids and …More
 

No Way But to Fight: George Foreman and the Business of Boxing
No Way But to Fight: George Foreman and the Business of Boxing
By Smith, Andrew R.
2020-01 - University of Texas Press
9781477319765 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Olympic gold medalist. Two-time world heavyweight champion. Hall of Famer. Infomercial and reality TV star. George Foreman's fighting ability is matched only by his acumen for selling. Yet the complete story of Foreman's rise from urban poverty to global celebrity has never been told until now.

Raised in Houston's "Bloody Fifth" Ward, battling against scarcity in housing and food, young …More
 

Beating the Odds
Beating the Odds
By Olczyk, Eddie
Author Lefko, Perry
2019-10 - Triumph Books (IL)
9781629377285 Check Our Catalog

 

Eddie Olczyk had built a life and career most people could only dream of. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, he fell in love with the game of hockey during an era when most kids preferred balls to pucks. Against all odds, he played on the 1984 U.S. Olympic hockey team as a 17-year-old, and four months later he was drafted in the first round by his hometown Chicago Blackhawks. During an …More
 

America's Game: The NFL at 100
America's Game: The NFL at 100
By Rice, Jerry
Author Williams, Randy O.
2019-10 - Dey Street Books
9780062692900 Check Our Catalog

 

 

A celebration of 100 years of the NFL from Hall of Fame receiver and bestselling author Jerry Rice

"This book is an amazing compilation of the game's history as seen through the eyes of my friend Jerry Rice, aka The GOAT. You are going to love this book almost as much as you loved watching Jerry play " --Barry Sanders, NFL Hall of Fame Class of …More
 

Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads
Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads
By Bacon, John U.
2019-09 - William Morrow & Company
9780062886941 Check Our Catalog

 

 

A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BESTSELLER

One of the best insider-football books ever written." --Douglas Brinkley

A riveting chronicle of Michigan's Jim Harbaugh era, and an unprecedented look at the inner workings (Sporting News) of a big-time college football program

For the past year, John U. Bacon has received …More
 

Unbreakable: The Woman Who Defied the Nazis in the World's Most Dangerous Horse Race
Unbreakable: The Woman Who Defied the Nazis in the World's Most Dangerous Horse Race
By Askwith, Richard
2019-09 - Pegasus Books
9781643132105 Check Our Catalog

 

 

Czechoslovakia, October 1937. Europe's youngest democracy is on its knees. Millions are mourning the death of the nation's founding father, the saintly Tom's Masaryk. Across the border, the Third Reich is menacing - and plotting to invade.

In the countryside, vast crowds have gathered to watch the threatened nation's most prestigious sporting contest: the Grand Pardubice steeplechase. …More
 

Tough Luck
Tough Luck
By Rosen, Richard
2019-09 - Atlantic Monthly Press
9780802129444 Check Our Catalog

 

Rosen presents a remarkable tale of a golden son and his disgraced father, layered over the unforgettable era of Brooklyn mobsters and the rise of the National Football League. …More
 

State
State
By Isaacson, Melissa
2019-08 - Agate Midway
9781572842663 Check Our Catalog

 

Set against a backdrop of social change during the 1970s, State is a compelling first-person account of what it was like to live through both traditional gender discrimination in sports and the joy of the very first days of equality--or at least the closest that one high school girls' basketball team ever came to it.

In 1975, freshman Melissa Isaacson--along with a group of other girls …More