His trainer said that managing him was like holding a tiger by the tail. His owner compared him to "chain lightning." His jockeys found their lives transformed by him, in triumphant and distressing ways. All of them became caught in a battle for honesty.
Born in 1917, Man o' War grew from a rebellious youngster into perhaps the greatest racehorse of all time. He set such astonishing speed records that" The New York Times "called him a "Speed Miracle." Often he won with so much energy in reserve that experts wondered how much faster he could have gone. Over the years, this and other mysteries would envelop the great Man o' War.
The truth remained problematic. Even as Man o' War---known as "Big Red"---came to power, attracting record crowds and rave publicity, the colorful sport of Thoroughbred racing struggled for integrity. His lone defeat, suffered a few weeks before gamblers fixed the 1919 World Series, spawned lasting rumors that he, too, had been the victim of a fix.
Tackling old beliefs with newly uncovered evidence, " Man o' War: A Legend Like Lightning "shows how human pressures collided with a natural phenomenon and brings new life to an American icon. The genuine courage of Man o' War, tribulations of his archrival, Sir Barton (America's first Triple Crown winner), and temptations of their Hall of Fame jockeys and trainers reveal a long-hidden tale of grace, disgrace, and elusive redemption.
From that first day in 1963 to the latest gambling allegations, Charlie Hustle has without doubt emerged as one of the most brash, exciting sports personalities. He has more hits than anyone in the history of baseball . . . and has now written one of the most sensational sports biographies ever.
As participation in youth soccer continues to grow, so does the need for youth soccer coaches. Whether you're a parent new to coaching or an experienced youth soccer coach, Coaching Youth Soccer is your handbook for a successful season. Through the expertise of coach Sam Snow and US Youth Soccer, you'll gain field-tested tips on how to run your team, communicate with players, provide basic first aid, plan and conduct practices, and keep it all fun.
Now in its fourth edition, Coaching Youth Soccer uses gamelike activities to teach offensive and defensive skills, which sets it apart from other soccer coaching books. Ideal for coaches of players ages 14 and under, this book contains 13 new activities and more than 30 age-specific coaching tips that are sure to jump-start your practices.
Coaching Youth Soccer is a valuable component of any coaching education program. With this book, you will create an environment that promotes learning, enjoyment, and motivation for players to come out for the team year after year.
American Sport Education Program (ASEP) is the leading provider of youth, high school, and elite-level sport education programs in the United States. Through its high-quality and easy-to-use programs, ASEP has educated more than one million coaches, officials, sport administrators, parents, and athletes. For more than 25 years, local, state, and national sport organizations have partnered with ASEP to lead the way in making sport a safe, successful, and enjoyable experience for all involved.
The only book to capture the thrill and glamour of racing in an era romanticized by millions of fans, Horse Racing showcases life at the track as it centered around Triple Crown races from the 1930s-1960s. This exciting and elegant volume celebrates the Sport of Kings at a time when champions like Count Fleet, Whirlaway, and Man o' War thundered through the pack and lucky fans could rub elbows with Bing Crosby or Liz Taylor at the Turf Club. Nearly 150 rare duotone photographs, culled from the collection of renowned racing and high-society photographer Bert Morgan, follow the action from the bustle of the betting window to the finish at the inside rail. Publishing just in time for the peak of racing season, and with an evocative introduction by author and racing fan Bill Barich, Horse Racing is a stylish, must-have look at the best of life at the races.
Recapture classic moments in baseball history with full-page spreads that remind us why baseball is America's favorite game. Includes over 400 photographs from the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Baseball and ghost stories are as American as apple pie. Haunted Baseball combines both with this fun and freaky collection of otherworldly yarns. Collected from baseball players, stadium personnel, umpires, front-office folks, and fans, the tales told here explore the spooky connection between baseball and the paranormal, including Babe Ruth sightings at a former brothel, the Curse of the Billy Goat that still haunts the Chicago Cubs, of hidden passageways within the depths of Dodger Stadium, and of the spirits of legendary stars that inspire modern-day players at Yankee Stadium. We hear why Johnny Damon believes in ghosts, and how the memories of a 9/11 hero inspired Ken Griffey Jr. to hit a home run against the Phillies--a team against which he'd never even gotten a hit There's the story of how Sam Rice settled a decades-old baseball controversy with a message from beyond the grave, and how the late Roberto Clemente had premonitions of his own death in a plane crash. With a wealth of anecdotes that have never before been told before, the authors present an entertaining and eerie look at our national pastime.
The "national pastime" engages (and sometimes enrages) fans and fanatics across America and around the world. Many of The New Yorker's best cartoonists, an esteemed and talented lot, have experienced our passion for this great game. These one hundred drawings give hilarious proof of that.
An unforgettable, all-star lineup of cartoonists from A (Charles Addams) to Z (Jack Ziegler) are on deck, making this collection a grand slam In cartoons spanning eight decades, the artists have captured the emotional essence of the game--kids playing pickup and beleagured major leaguers; fans at the ballpark or glued to the TV; zealous players to zany managers; and, yes, even that necessary evil, the umpires.
The humor endures because baseball--and our relationship with it--keeps a powerful, timeless grip upon all who await those precious words: "Play ball "
As of July 2001, there are 253 players enshrined in Baseball's Hall of Fame. From Hank Aaron to Robin Yount, from the initial class (1933), to the latest (2002), from Tom Seaver--with the highest percentage of votes--to Al Simmons, who received the lowest percentage, Heroes of the Hall has them all. It combines vivid color and black-and-white photography, vivid biographies, and random tidbits in the one book that captures all the skills of every Hall of Famer in a single volume.