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Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend

Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend

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Considered to be "as monumental--and enigmatic--a legend as American sport has ever seen" ( "Sports Illustrated" ), Willie Mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the joy and passion he brought to the game. Mays began as a teenage phenom in the Negro Leagues, became a cult hero in New York, and was the headliner in Major League Baseball's bold expansion to California. With 3,383 hits, 660 home runs, and 338 stolen bases, he was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that fans had never seen before. Now, in the first biography authorized by and written with the cooperation of Willie Mays, James Hirsch reveals the man behind the player..

Willie is perhaps best known for "The Catch"--his breathtaking over-the-shoulder grab in the 1954 World Series. It is a classic visual that represents a transcendent figure who ushered in a new era of baseball, received standing ovations around the globe, and--during the turbulent civil rights era--advocated understanding and reconciliation. However, the years of racial attacks, the stress of celebrity, and the mental and physical demands of the game also took a toll. Meticulously researched and drawing on lengthy interviews with Mays, as well as with close friends, family, and teammates, Hirsch presents a complex portrait of one of America's most significant cultural icons..

Win Forever: Live, Work, and Plau Like a Champion

Win Forever: Live, Work, and Plau Like a Champion

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"I know that I'll be evaluated in Seattle with wins and losses, as that is the nature of my profession for the last thirty-five years. But our record will not be what motivates me. Years ago I was asked, 'Pete, which is better: winning or competing?' My response was instantaneous: 'Competing. . . because it lasts longer.'"
Pete Carroll is one of the most successful coaches in football today. As the head coach at USC, he brought the Trojans back to national prominence, amassing a 97-19 record over nine seasons. Now he shares the championship-winning philosophy that led USC to seven straight Pac-10 titles. This same mind=set and culture will shape his program as he returns to the NFL to coach the Seattle Seahawks.
Carroll developed his unique coaching style by trial and error over his career. He learned that you get better results by teaching instead of screaming, and by helping players grow as people, not just on the field. He learned that an upbeat, energetic atmosphere in the locker room can coexist with an unstoppable competitive drive. He learned why you should stop worrying about your opponents, why you should always act as if the whole world is watching, and many other contrarian insights.
Carroll shows us how the Win Forever philosophy really works, both in NCAA Division I competition and in the NFL. He reveals how his recruiting strategies, training routines, and game-day rituals preserve a team's culture year after year, during championship seasons and disappointing seasons alike.
"Win Forever" is about more than winning football games; it's about maximizing your potential in every aspect of your life. Carroll has taught business leaders facing tough challenges. He has helped troubled kids on the streets of Los Angeles through his foundation A Better LA. His words are true in any situation: "If you want to win forever, always compete."

Wind Star: The Building of a Sailship (USED)

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Wish it Lasted Forever; Life with the Larry Bird Celtics

Wish it Lasted Forever; Life with the Larry Bird Celtics

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For fans of the hit basketball documentary The Last Dance, and from award-winning Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy, a nostalgia-filled retelling of the Boston Celtics' 1980s dominance, which featured the sublime play of NBA legend Larry Bird.

Today the NBA is a vast global franchise--a billion-dollar industry viewed by millions of fans in the United States and abroad. But it wasn't always this successful. Before primetime ESPN coverage, lucrative branding deals like Air Jordans, and $40 million annual player salaries, there was the NBA of the 1970s and 1980s--when basketball was still an up-and-coming sport featuring old school beat reporters and players wore Converse All-Stars.

Enter Dan Shaughnessy, then the beat reporter for The Boston Globe who covered the Boston Celtics every day from 1982 to1986. It was a time when reporters travelled with professional teams--flying the same commercial airlines, riding the same buses, and staying in the same hotels. Shaughnessy knew the athletes as real people, losing free throw bets to Larry Bird, being gifted cheap cigars by the iconic coach Red Auerbach, and having his one-year-old daughter Sarah passed from player to player on a flight from Logan to Detroit Metro.

Drawing on unprecedented access and personal experiences that would not be possible for any reporter today, Shaughnessy takes us inside the legendary Larry Bird-led Celtics teams, capturing the camaraderie as they rose to dominate the NBA. Fans can witness the cockiness of Larry Bird (who once walked into an All Star Weekend locker room, announced that he was going to win the three-point contest, and did); the ageless athleticism of Robert Parish; the shooting skills of Kevin McHale; the fierce, self-sacrificing play of Bill Walton; and the playful humor of players like Danny Ainge, Cedric "Cornbread" Maxwell, and M.L. Carr.

For any fan who longs to return--for just a few hours--to those magical years when the Boston Garden rocked, the LA Lakers were the perennial mountain to be climbed, and the winner's circle was mostly colored Boston Green, Wish It Lasted Forever is a VIP courtside seat and masterful tribute to the Larry Bird era and the Celtics' age of dominance.​

Wrigley Field Year by Year: A Century at the Friendly Confines

Wrigley Field Year by Year: A Century at the Friendly Confines

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More than just a lavishly illustrated and highly readable book, Wrigley Field Year-by-Year is the result of a quarter century of meticulous research. Written by a baseball historian and recognized authority on "the Friendly Confines," this is the first book to detail each year of the storied park's existence. The book covers not only the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Federal League baseball team in detail, it touches on the Chicago Bears football team, basketball, hockey, high school sports, track and field, and political rallies. It references activities and changes throughout the park and in its neighborhood on Chicago's North Side. In addition to pertinent Cubs statistics, the author's year-by-year coverage includes:
- A "game of the year"
- A description of unusual and interesting happenings in the ballpark
- A quote from the year that best captures its essence
Supplementing the year-by-year approach are nine chapters that divide Wrigley Field's storied history into nine "innings," along with informative appendixes that will delight every Cubs fan, from the casual to the obsessed. The book's easy-to-use format and wealth of information make it a resource that readers will turn to again and again.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Sports Publishing imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in sports--books about baseball, pro football, college football, pro and college basketball, hockey, or soccer, we have a book about your sport or your team.

Whether you are a New York Yankees fan or hail from Red Sox nation; whether you are a die-hard Green Bay Packers or Dallas Cowboys fan; whether you root for the Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, UCLA Bruins, or Kansas Jayhawks; whether you route for the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, or Los Angeles Kings; we have a book for you. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Yo Soy Duran

Yo Soy Duran

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Lo llamaban «Manos de Piedra» y fue uno de los mejores boxeadores de todos los tiempos. Ahora, por primera vez, Roberto Durán cuenta su increíble historia: desde las calles de Panamá a ser coronado como uno de los «cuatro reyes» junto con Hearns, Leonard y Hagler, a medida que fue abriéndose camino en la era dorada del boxeo.

Nacido en la pobreza extrema y casi incapaz de leer o escribir, muy pronto Durán se dio cuenta de que sus puños podían protegerlo en las calles y ayudarlo a poner comida en la mesa. Su reputación se estableció el día que, por una apuesta, derribó un caballo con un solo golpe. A los veintiún años ganó su primer título mundial contra Ken Buchanan en el Madison Square Garden. En ese momento nació la leyenda de Manos de Piedra, pero su momento más glorioso aún estaba por venir.

En 1980 Durán protagonizó una de las grandes sorpresas de la historia del boxeo al derrotar al previamente imbatible Sugar Ray Leonard. Pero mayor fama trajo mayores distracciones y el andar de fiesta constantemente tuvo su efecto antes de que las dos superestrellas se volvieran a encontrar. Esta vez, y por primera vez en su vida, enfrentó a la debacle de la revancha que entró a formar parte del folclore deportivo y la verdad detrás del momento en el que se le escuchó pronunciar dos palabras infames: «No más».

Las explosivas actuaciones de Durán fueron de la mano con su volatilidad fuera del ring. Pasó de vivir como la realeza a caer en bancarrota y, después de haber sido desestimado por el mundo del boxeo, tuvo un retorno sangriento y legendario que marcó el final de su carrera y le trajo por fin la redención tan anhelada. Vino de la nada y cambió el mundo. Yo soy Durán es la autobiografía de una de las leyendas más emblemáticas del boxeo.