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 "
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.
The idea of participating in a triathlon may sound out of the realm of possibility for those without a typical jock-athlete's honed build, intense focus, and competitive mindset. But now Slow Fat Triathlete opens the door to those who may not come quite so equipped. After years of obesity, poor health, and self-doubt, Jayne Williams took part in her first triathlon in 2002 to prove something to herself and became hooked on the rush of the race. Today she is a self-proclaimed "slow fat triathlete," unafraid to overcome humiliation, laugh at her foibles, have fun, and accomplish impressive goals. Slow Fat Triathlete is a book for those who may be overweight, out of shape, undisciplined, or otherwise unprepared to enter a triathlon but are curious to try. Through personal stories, practical ideas and suggestions, and uproarious anecdotes, this book inspires, encourages, and proves that with a little training, almost everybody can have a great time and reap huge rewards from pursuing their tri dreams -- and that everyone can become a participant and an athlete.
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.
A fun, easy-to-use, and totally unique visual presentation of the history of America's favorite pastime. The lavishly illustrated fourteen-foot foldout features a panel for each decade beginning in the 1860s, detailing all aspects of the game, including the rise of the Major and Negro Leagues, rule and equipment changes over time, the evolution of playing styles, the development of Little League, and the growth of the sport outside of the U.S. The "Timeline History of Baseball "also features panels on the World Series, the All-Star Game, the playing field, how uniforms changed, major league ballparks, Hall of Fame players, collectibles and memorabilia, and an chapter entitled "Baseball Babylon" that chronicles some of the weirder moments in the game's history. An absolute must-have for anyone who loves baseball
Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit's fortunes: Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon. Praise for Seabiscuit "Fascinating . . . Vivid . . . A first-rate piece of storytelling, leaving us not only with a vivid portrait of a horse but a fascinating slice of American history as well."--The New York Times
"Engrossing . . . Fast-moving . . . More than just a horse's tale, because the humans who owned, trained, and rode Seabiscuit are equally fascinating. . . . Laura Hillenbrand] shows an extraordinary talent for describing a horse race so vividly that the reader feels like the rider."--Sports Illustrated "REMARKABLE . . . MEMORABLE . . . JUST AS COMPELLING TODAY AS IT WAS IN 1938."--The Washington Post
Take the field and play ball Softball Fundamentals will have you pitching, fielding, hitting, and baserunning like an experienced player in no time at all.
Learn to execute each of the game's key skills properly through the concise instruction and accompanying photos presented for each technique. More than 48 gamelike drills will speed your skill learning and improve your performance. You'll also learn how to apply your newfound skills in game situations and gain an understanding of offensive and defensive tactics to get an edge over your opponents.
Softball Fundamentals is the best way to master the basics of the sport as you play. With this book, you'll make the right play from the very first day.
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