The Best Minnesota Sports Arguments
The 100 Most Controversial, Debatable Questions for Die-Hard Fans
1st Edition Paperback ISBN: 1402210612
An entertaining and informative series for rabid sports fans from around the country furnishes provocative debates over hometown teams, games, players, and issues, as well as expert opinions on each controversy from leading sports media figures from each region.
Man O' War
A Legend Like Lightning
Hardcover ISBN: 0312340990
The story of a legendary early twentieth-century racehorse offers insight into the sport during his career, describing the horse's rebellious early years, the rumors about race fixing that haunted his one defeat, and the role of arch-rival and Triple Crown winner Sir Barton.
The Big Bam
The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
Paperback ISBN: 0767919718
A revelatory portrait of the legendary slugger draws on interviews, recently discovered documents, and Ruth's personal scrapbooks to trace Ruth's life from his childhood in an orphanage to his rise to the heights of major league baseball, documenting the athlete's larger-than-life personality and extraordinary accomplishments on the field. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
The Biography of an American Hero
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0385507488
Traces the baseball legend's initial signing as a teenager with the Boston Red Sox in 1938, his record-setting batting averages that remained unchallenged for more than sixty years, his two-time service as a fighter pilot, and his love-hate relationship with fans and the media.
The Life and Times of Grantland Rice
Hardcover ISBN: 0195061764
Discusses Rice's childhood in Nashville, his athletic career at Vanderbilt, his prime as the most popular sportswriter of the 1920s, and his relationship with Rube Goldberg, Babe Ruth, Jack Dempsey, and other well-known figures of the day.
An American Legend
Paperback ISBN: 0449005615
The author retraces the amazing journey of Seabiscuit, a horse with crooked legs and a pathetic tail that nevertheless made racing history in 1938, thanks to the efforts of a trainer, an owner, and a jockey who transformed a bottom-level racehorse into a legend. Reader's Guide included. Reprint.
My Losing Season
Paperback ISBN: 0553381903
In a heartwarming new memoir, the author of The Water Is Wide reflects on the place of sports in his own life, describing his love of basketball, the role of the athlete for young men searching for their own identity and place in the world, his education at the Citadel, his relationship with his coach, and his journey to best-selling writer. Reprint.
Blades Of Glory
The True Story Of A Young Team Bred To Win
Paperback ISBN: 1402200471
"By high school, the pressure mounted along with the stakes. The Jaguars knew they were expected to beat the lower-ranked teams. When you're No. 1, that means everybody..." Under the watchful eye of pro scouts and the weight of massive expectations, seventeen young men rank No. 1 in the country. In the tradition of Buzz Bissinger's classic Friday Night Lights, Blades of Glory follows these talented athletes, their coaches, their parents and their fans, offering a captivating glimpse into an elite program and the triumphs and tragedies of real life. *** "The fervor with which Minnesotans celebrate hockey raises issues about sport and society that transcend Minnesota and reach into communities across the country, wherever kids play and parents cheer them to victory." -from the Introduction For a championship team like the Bloomington Jefferson Jaguars, hockey is religion and failing to win is a sin. This is a place where kids dream of playing for the state championship from the time they can pick up a stick, and parents plan their entire social calendar around the season. John Rosengren was given unlimited, season-long access to every harsh reality and euphoric high these teammates experienced during one full season at the top. Amid the turmoil, politics and pain, Blades of Glory draws into sharp focus the challenges of divorce, teen suicide and performance-enhancing drugs to examine what it ultimately means to win. Though Blades of Glory follows one hockey team, this story could be set in any gym, rink or field where students train and compete, coaches holler and parents scream from the stands. This is a story of high drama and emotion; intense and poignant, it is what happens to boys with championship dreams...
King of the World
Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero
Paperback ISBN: 0375702296
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lenin's Tomb explores the transformation of a young boxer into an internationally renowned athlete, mythic hero, American icon, and central figure in the twentieth century's social, cultural, and racial conflicts. Reprint. 125,000 first printing. NYT.
A Lefty's Legacy
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0060195339
A portrait of the elusive baseball pitcher considers him as both a champion athlete and a symbol for his beliefs, citing such career achievements as his perfect game in September 1965 and his refusal to pitch a World Series opening game that fell on a Jewish holy day.