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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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This book covers the complete experience of going to a Major League Baseball game. From entering the stadium to buying a hotdog, from a rain delay to the 7th inning stretch, from the organ that excites the fans to the umpires who inspire 'boos'.
Take Me Out to the Ballpark (USED)

Take Me Out to the Ballpark (USED)

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Featuring hundreds of full-color photographs and illustrations of every Major League ballpark, famous stadiums from the past, and dozens of Minor and Negro league parks, Take Me Out to the Ballpark has surely earned its place as one of the most beloved baseball books. New stadiums in this completely revised and updated edition include Citizens Bank Ballpark (Philadelphia), PETCO Park (San Diego), and the newly renovated RFK Stadium (Washington, D.C.) home to the Washington Nationals.

Crammed with the statistics baseball fans love, Take Me Out to the Ballpark will hit a home run with legions of new readers this fall.

Tales from the 1967 Red Sox Dugout

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By the end of 1966, the Boston Red Sox were a team in serious trouble. The Red Sox had not won a pennant in twenty years and had not posted a winning record in eight. Pampered by their benevolent owner, Tom Yawkey, the Red Sox had developed a reputation as a team that cared more about having a good time than winning baseball games. The "Gold Sox" (or "Jersey Street Jesters") were sometimes playing before fewer than 1,000 fans at Fenway Park. Yawkey, disillusioned, began seriously considering selling the team or moving the franchise to another city.

Then, in 1967, a brash rookie manager named Dick Williams took charge of a hungry, but very young and inexperienced team that did not know how to win. A strict disciplinarian, Williams had no tolerance for nonsense, and he taught the Red Sox how to play the game right. Yet, when he predicted that the Red Sox would win more games than they'd lose in 1967, no one took him seriously. The Red Sox forged a 10-game, midseason winning streak. Adopting the theme song from the hit Broadway musical, Man of La Mancha, the 1967 Red Sox season became "The Impossible Dream." The fans grew excited again and started flocking to Fenway Park or tuning their radios to the broadcasts of the games. Over the season's final six weeks, the Red Sox never led or trailed by more than 1 1/2 games. Three teams were still in the pennant race during their final game. When that day was over, the Red Sox had become the first and only team in major-league history to rise from ninth place to league champion.

The Red Sox remain indebted to the 1967 champions, and they will be indebted forever. Rico Petrocelli, one of Boston's most beloved athletes and a twenty-four-year-old shortstop on that "Impossible Dream" team, recaptures the thrills of that improbable season through his unique anecdotes. In this re-release timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary that magical year, Rico chronicles both the nightmare that threatened to swallow an organization and the resurrection that would reinvigorate a team and a city that share the same heart

Tales from the Ballpark (USED)

Tales from the Ballpark (USED)

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Tales from the Ballpark follows on the very successful heels of Mike Shannon's successful Tales from the Dugout. In this entirely new collection, Shannon continues to delight the baseball fanatic with memorable anecdotes from the greatest American pastime, including stories about Ted Williams, Mo Vaughn, and Tommy Lasorda among others. Tales from the Ballpark tells the stories behind the game that will make fans laugh and sometimes, cry.
Tales from the Chicago Blackhawks Locker Room; A Collection of the Greatest Blackhawks Stories Ever Told

Tales from the Chicago Blackhawks Locker Room; A Collection of the Greatest Blackhawks Stories Ever Told

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As one of the NHL's original six teams, the Chicago Blackhawks have given their fans millions of heart-stopping memories, thousands of unforgettable stories, and now six Stanley Cup Championships with their recent 2015 win.

Fans of this indomitable team can capture the excitement from the 2014-2015 season and relive all the memories of the beloved franchise in this newly updated edition of Tales from the Chicago Blackhawks Locker Room. From the "Curse of Muldoon" to three championships in five years, the Hawks have a rich history. With all the charm and wit of a sportscaster who has been covering the Blackhawks for over sixty years, Harvey Wittenberg shares the greatest Hawks stories, including their 2010, 2012, and 2015 Stanley Cup title runs.

Straight from the source--players, coaches, and managers--Wittenberg offers an informative and entertaining look at the Chicago Blackhawks. Tales from the Chicago Blackhawks Locker Room is a riveting treasure trove of tales sure to delight any sports fan.

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.

Tales from the Oklahoma Sooners Sideline; A Collection of the Greatest Sooners Stories Ever Told

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Let Jay Upchurch take you on a romp through Oklahoma football history, with stories from OU greats such as Pop Ivy, Bud Wilkinson, Tommy McDonald, Joe Don Looney, Granville Liggins, Steve Owens, Barry Switzer, Greg Pruitt, the Selmon brothers, Billy Sims, Brian Bosworth, Adrian Peterson, Sam Bradford, and many, many more.

No single element or ingredient has the power to absolutely define the lasting enchantment of Oklahoma football. Decades of great successes and occasional heartbreak have spawned generations of faithful disciples, who treat fall Saturdays like sacred holidays dedicated to their heroes donning the crimson and cream.

Tales from the Oklahoma Sooners Sideline offers these fans a glimpse, often with a behind-the-scenes perspective, into the tradition surrounding Oklahoma football. Dozens of stories and details describe the individual and team triumphs that commenced with the hiring of legendary coach Bud Wilkinson and continue today.

This newly revised edition of Tales from the Oklahoma Sooners Sideline captures the stories from OU greats such as Pop Ivy, Bud Wilkinson, Tommy McDonald, Eddie Crowder, Billy Vessels, Prentice Gautt, Joe Don Looney, Granville Liggins, Steve Owens, Barry Switzer, Greg Pruitt, the Selmon brothers, Billy Sims, Joe Washington, Brian Bosworth, Keith Jackson, Thomas Lott, Bob Stoops, Roy Williams, Josh Heupel, Rocky Calmus, Adrian Peterson, Sam Bradford, Baker Mayfield, and many, many more.

This treasure trove of history, anecdotes, and stats is sure to satisfy any Sooners fan.

Tales From the Red Sox Dugout (USED)

Tales From the Red Sox Dugout (USED)

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The Boston Red Sox are one of the most storied sports franchises in North America. Steeped in tradition, they represent a veritable treasure trove of baseball lore. From the earliest days of a promising young pitcher named Babe Ruth, through the glory years of Foxx, Williams, and Yastrzemski, to the present era of superstars such as Garciaparra and Martinez, the Red Sox epitomize all that is grand about the grand old game. Over the years they've been blessed with some of the most colorful and engaging characters ever to don a major league uniform -- Bill Spaceman Lee, Dick Dr. Strangeglove Stuart, and Dennis Oil Can Boyd, to name just a few. Tales from the Red Sox Dugout captures the flavor and atmosphere of the Red Sox dugout. You'll find this book as irresistible as a sunny afternoon doubleheader at Fenway.
Tales from the Seattle Seahawks Sideline; A Collection of the Greatest Seahawks Stories Ever Told

Tales from the Seattle Seahawks Sideline; A Collection of the Greatest Seahawks Stories Ever Told

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From the hilarious to the surreal, from inside the huddle to inside the broadcast booth, twenty-eight-year Seattle Seahawks veteran Steve Raible takes fans to places they never knew existed. In this newly revised edition of Tales from the Seattle Seahawks Sideline, fans are offered an inside look at life in the locker room and on the sidelines of one of the NFL's most beloved franchises. Readers will have the chance to laugh along as Jack Patera trades Andre Hines to the Dolphins after warning Don Shula that a worse offensive lineman never existed, to marvel as Raiders legend John Matuszak becomes Seattle's offensive coordinator during the final minutes of the Seahawks' blowout win, to come along with Steve Largent as the Hall of Famer obliterates Broncos safety Mike Harden in the ultimate payback, and so much more.

This book brings all the Seahawks' greatest players to life from Jim Zorn, to Dave Krieg, Kenny Easley, Curt Warner, Brian Bosworth, Cortez Kennedy, Warren Moon, Mike Holmgren, Ricky Watters, Chad Brown, Shaun Alexander, and more. This insider's account also explores the lesser known characters whose stories inspire laughter, tears, and lasting lessons. Tales from the Seattle Seahawks Sideline is all about the people, proving through vivid anecdotes why the Seahawks are one of the most storied franchises in today's NFL.

Team for America (USED)

Team for America (USED)

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"A rousing celebration of a moment in history when college football was more than metaphor and entertainment, it was a gritty sidebar to real war." -- Robert Lipsyte, author of An Accidental Sportswriter

Each year the Army and Navy football teams meet for one epic game. Across the nation, fans tune in to see who will emerge victorious. But no game will ever match the one that was played on December 2, 1944. America was in the midst of World War II: soldiers and sailors were dying around the globe, and the home front suffered through shortages. But for one day, all that was forgotten.

Navy's team was ranked number two, Army's number one and on the verge of becoming national champions. Everywhere, the war stopped as soldiers listened to the broadcast. Randy Roberts has interviewed the surviving players and coaches, bringing their stories to life. For three years, military upperclassmen graduated and joined the fight. For three hours, their alma mater gave them back one unforgettable performance.

"The story of Army's celebrated 1944 national championship team is a fascinating one, and its victory over Navy that year is remembered as one of college football's greatest games. But Randy Roberts's A Team for America tells an even greater story. It is a story of our country. Of a time when college football -- and this remarkable Army team -- helped rekindle hope and confidence throughout the land." -- Brigadier General Peter M. Dawkins, U.S. Army (Ret.), 1958 Heisman Trophy winner, West Point

"Roberts brings a historian's thoroughness to the subject . . . A fascinating time in American collegiate sports history." -- Kirkus Reviews

Teammates (The) (USED)

Teammates (The) (USED)

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More than 6 years after his death David Halberstam remains one of this country's most respected journalists and revered authorities on American life and history in the years since WWII. A Pulitzer Prize-winner for his ground-breaking reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam wrote more than 20 books, almost all of them bestsellers. His work has stood the test of time and has become the standard by which all journalists measure themselves.

The Teammates

is the profoundly moving story of four great baseball players who have made the passage from sports icons--when they were young and seemingly indestructible--to men dealing with the vulnerabilities of growing older. At the core of the book is the friendship of these four very different men--Boston Red Sox teammates Bobby Doerr, Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, and Ted Williams--who remained close for more than sixty years.

The book starts out in early October 2001, when Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky begin a 1,300-mile trip by car to visit their beloved friend Ted Williams, whom they know is dying. Bobby Doerr, the fourth member of this close group--"my guys," Williams used to call them--is unable to join them.This is a book--filled with historical details and first-hand accounts--about baseball and about something more: the richness of friendship.

Teammates (USED)

Teammates (USED)

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Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky were all members of the famed 1940's Boston Red Sox. Their legendary careers led the Red Sox to a pennant championship and ensured the men a place in sports history. David Halberstam, the bestselling author of the baseball classic Summer of '49, has followed the members of the 1949 championship Boston Red Sox team for years, especially Williams, Doerr, DiMaggio, and Pesky. In this extremely moving book, Halberstam reveals how these four teammates became friends, and how that friendship thrived for more than 60 years. The book opens with Pesky and DiMaggio travelling to see the ailing Ted Williams in Florida. It's the last time they will see him. The journey is filled with nostalgia and memories, but seeing Ted is a shock. The most physically dominating of the four friends, Ted now weighs only 130 pounds and is hunched over in a wheelchair. Dom, without even thinking about it, starts to sing opera and old songs like 'Me and My Shadow' to his friend. Filled with stories of their glory days with the Boston Red Sox, memories of legendary plays and players, and the reaction of the remaining three to Ted Williams' recent death, The Teammates offers us a rare glimpse into the lives of these celebrated men-and great insight into the nature of loyalty and friendship.
Ted Williams, My Father

Ted Williams, My Father

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In this poignant memoir, Claudia Williams, the last surviving child of legendary Boston Red Sox great and Hall of Famer Ted Williams, tells her father's story, including never-before-told anecdotes about his life on and off the field that reveal the flesh and blood man behind "The Kid."

Born after her father retired from baseball, Claudia Williams grew up with little idea that her dad was one of the most revered sports figures of all time--until she finally saw him in uniform at Fenway Park, receiving the adulation of thousands of fans.

Now in this moving and surprising memoir, Claudia offers an unexpected look at Ted Williams, viewed from a unique and fresh perspective. Here she recalls her childhood growing up with a baseball legend after his heyday, capturing their loving yet tumultuous relationship, and shares the beloved stories he passed on to her. Reconciling his talent on the field with his life off of it, Claudia reveals the myriad passions--including baseball and much more--which shaped who he was. She also speaks candidly for the first time about his controversial choice to be cryogenically preserved after his death.

Complete with sixteen pages of never-before-seen color photographs, told with sincerity and heart, Claudia William's poignant memoir is a love letter to New England and one of its greatest sons--Ted Williams--the champion, the man, and most importantly, the father.

Tennis Doctor (USED)

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The Atlantic Crossing Guide (USED)

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The Baseball; Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches (USED)

The Baseball; Stunts, Scandals, and Secrets Beneath the Stitches (USED)

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The Baseball is a salute to the ball, filled with insider trivia, anecdotes, and generations of ball-induced insanity.

Which Hall of Famer once caught a ball dropped from an airplane?
Why do balls get stamped with invisible ink?
What's the best ticket to buy for catching a foul ball?
Which part of the ball once came from dog food companies?
How could a 10,000-year-old glacier help a pitcher grip the ball?

In this enlightening, entertaining, and often wildly funny book, Zack Hample shares ballpark legends and lore, explores the history of the baseball souvenir craze, and also details the evolution of the ball, Finally, Hample--who has snagged more than 4,600 balls from 48 different major league stadiums--offers up his secret methods for snagging your own ball from major league games.

Features a ballhawk glossary, profiles of legendary ballhawks, top 10 lists, and black-and-white photos throughout.

The Big Three: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and the Rebirth of the Boston Celtics

The Big Three: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and the Rebirth of the Boston Celtics

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New York Times bestselling sportswriter Michael Holley tells the inside story of how Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett joined together to form the most dominant team in basketball and lead the Boston Celtics to their first championship in more than two decades.
The first of "The Big Three" was Paul Pierce. As Boston Celtics fans watched the team retire Pierce's jersey in a ceremony on February 11, 2018, they remembered again the incredible performances Pierce put on in the city for fifteen years, helping the Celtics escape the bottom of their conference to become champions and perennial championship contenders. But Pierce's time in the city wasn't always so smooth. In 2000, he was stabbed in a downtown nightclub eleven times in a seemingly random attack. Six years later, remaining the sole star on a struggling team, he asked to be traded and briefly became a lightning rod among fans.
Then, in 2007, the Boston Celtics General Manager made two monumental trades, bringing Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to Boston. A press conference on July 31, 2007 was a sight to behold: Pierce, KG, and Ray Allen holding up Celtics jerseys for the flood of media. Coach Doc Rivers made sure the team bonded over the thought of winning a title and living by a Bantu term called Ubuntu, which translates as "I am because we are." Rivers wanted to make it clear that togetherness and brotherhood would help them maximize their talent and win. What came next -- the synthesis of the Celtics' "Big Three" and their dominant championship run -- cemented their standing as one of great teams in NBA history, a rival to Kobe Bryant's Lakers and LeBron James's Cavaliers.
This is the team that brought excitement back to the Garden, and therefore to one of the most storied franchises in all of sports. They met their historic rivals, the Lakers, in the 2008 NBA Finals, winning the series in Game 6, in a rout on their home court with a raucous, concert like atmosphere. Along the victory parade route, Paul Pierce smoked a cigar -- as a tribute to legendary former Celtics Coach Red Auerbach. In a city now defined by a wealth of championships, "The Big Three" joined the club. Michael Holley, the premier chronicler of Boston sports, brings their story to life with countless untold stories and behind-the-scenes details in another bestselling tome for New England and sports fans across the country.

The Bronx Bombers: Memories and Memorabilia of the New York Yankees (USED)

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Celebrating baseball's greatest teams, Abbeville's Major League Memories series delivers a grand slam of stories and souvenirs.
The Catcher was a Spy; The Mysterious Life of Mo Berg (USED)

The Catcher was a Spy; The Mysterious Life of Mo Berg (USED)

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The stories about Moe Berg - his behavior, his intelligence, his charm - are legion, as are the unanswered questions posed by his life. A baseball player and a spy, he was one of the most colorful men to pursue either line of work. He played in the major leagues from 1923 through 1939 and then became a coach for the Boston Red Sox. It was not, however, as a player that Berg earned his highest accolades, but as a dugout savant (it was said that Berg, educated at Princeton, the Sorbonne, and Columbia, could speak a dozen languages but couldn't hit in any of them). A month after Pearl Harbor, the day after his father - who had never approved of Berg's choice of career - died, Berg announced his departure from baseball and entered the world of diplomacy and espionage. But only now has the extent of his work for the OSS in determining Germany's atomic bomb capability been revealed. The Catcher Was a Spy provides one of the few thoroughly documented accounts of a real spy's life. Equally compelling is Nicholas Dawidoff's account of Berg after the war. A secretive man who had a reputation for appearing and disappearing without warning, Berg has long been the subject of wonder and speculation. Behind the enigma of Moe Berg was a life of fantastic and fascinating complexity - a life that has never been pieced together so seamlessly and to such riveting effect as it is now in what David Remnick calls "a stunning biography."

The Complete Walker III (USED)

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The Ecstasy of Defeat (USED)

The Ecstasy of Defeat (USED)

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The Sports Page As You've Never Seen It Before From painfully obvious steroid revelations to sex scandals and superstars who announce trades in over-the-top TV specials, the wide world of sports can often seem too ridiculous for words. Well, attention sports fans: In The Ecstasy of Defeat, the editors of The Onion offer the laugh-out-loud funny and long overdue lampoon of sports culture you've been waiting for. Filled with the very best of The Onion's bench-clearing sports coverage, this book includes such classics as:
  • Lip-Reading BCS Computer Kills Officials Who Want To Shut It Down
  • Barry Bonds Took Steroids, Reports Everyone Who Has Ever Watched Baseball.
  • Report: Cheap Chinese NBA Players Falling Apart After A Few Seasons.
  • Barbaro's Doctors: "A Horse This Good You Don't Eat All At Once."
  • Lance Armstrong Wants To Tell Nation Something But Nation Has To Promise Not To Get Mad.
  • No topic escapes the satirical slap of America's Finest News Source, and the book covers not only mainstream sports--such as baseball, basketball, and football--but also lesser sports, sports culture, and special events like the World Cup and the Olympics. Featuring all the players, teams, and sports we love--and love to hate--The Ecstasy of Defeat is a must-read for sports nuts and Onion fans alike.
    The Everything Guide to Sports Betting: From Pro Football to College Basketball, Systems and Strategies for Winning Money

    The Everything Guide to Sports Betting: From Pro Football to College Basketball, Systems and Strategies for Winning Money

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    Learn how to bet on sports safely, smartly, and responsibly--and profit big--with this easy-to-use guide, perfect for beginners!

    Betting money on sports can be great fun and is a sure way to turn any sports game into an exciting must-watch event. However, it can be dangerous to the uninitiated--new gamblers can risk too much, bet randomly, or even lose it all.

    The Everything Guide to Sports Betting won't let that happen. Filled with tips, tricks, and tactics, this handy guide shows you how to place bets strategically. You'll learn all of the different types of bets you can make, how to spot a potentially profitable bet, and when to walk away. Covering all of the major sports leagues, The Everything Guide to Sports Betting will introduce you to the sports betting world and show you how to beat the casinos at their own games. In no time, you'll be a gambling pro--and cash in on some major wins!

    The Final Season (USED)

    The Final Season (USED)

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    As unflinching, candid, and tough as the man himself, The Final Season is Bill Parcell's swan song as head coach in the NFL. During 1999, a grueling, difficult season, Parcell's found his resolve and coaching ability tested at every turn.

    It wasn't supposed to be like that, though.

    The two-time champion coach who had guided two different teams to the Super Bowl was expected by fans and pundits to drive the New York jets all the way. After all, they had reached the AFC Championship the year before. But fate would not allow it. In the preseason, respected and longtime owner Leon Hess died, casting a season-long pall of uncertainty over the organization. During training camp, two players were arrested after a bar fight. In the final game of the preseason, Wayne Chrebet one of their top receivers, was injured. Then a huge blow-in the season opener Vinny Testaverde, the Pro Bowl quarterback, ruptured his Achilles tendon and was out for the year. Things grew progressively worse-at one point Parcells had lost nine starters. He also endured personal suffering when his dear friend and agent Robert Fraley died in the same plane crash that killed Payne Stewart.

    Parcells struggled to keep his team on track, trying to maintain their confidence in the face of enormous odds. "When you're losing, you coach better. You're on top of every detail. You scrutinize yourself, your coaches, your players, and the system you're using." He became his own fiercest critic: "No matter how long you have coached, no matter how many games you have won, no matter how many playoff games, conference championships, Super Bowls you've won, it's all irrelevant. You are not winning now and that's what counts. You think you suck. You are a loser as a coach."

    Things hit rock bottom when the team went 1-6. But
    Parcells the coaches, and the players would not lie down. "If you don't play to win, then you shouldn't play at all." Parcells called up every strategic and motivational ploy he could dream up, and through sheer force of will and a great amount of pride, the jets won seven of their last nine games.

    In The Final Season, readers will not only get an unsparing look inside one of football's greatest minds and a champion's philosophy but also Parcells frank take on good owners; his battles with "owner-operators"; the greatest "warriors" he's coached for and against; the players who are "dogs"; the game's most challenging coaches; and his seasons with the Giants and the Patriots. Parcells also provides the reasons for retiring from coaching as well as his perspective on Bill Belichick's controversial resignation and eventual departure for New England.

    A rare, behind-the-scenes football memoir, The Final Season brims with insights and revelations, a testament to a great competitor and future Hall of Famer.


    The Great Game (USED)

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    The Greatest Game Ever Played (USED)

    The Greatest Game Ever Played (USED)

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    Ouimet and Vardon were two men from different generations and vastly different corners of the world whose lives, unbeknownst to them at the time, bore remarkable similarities, setting them on parallel paths that led with a kind of fated inevitability to their epic battle at Brookline years in the future. This collision resulted in the big bang' that gave rise to the sport of golf as we know it today.
    For Mark Frost, Francis Ouimet and Harry Vardon represent everything that's right about sports in general and sportsmen in particular; gentlemen, champions, teachers, leaders, and each in their own quiet way, heroes. In THE GREATEST GAME EVER PLAYED, Frost attempts to create penetrating studies of both of these men, along with over dozens of the game's seminal figures, within the dramatic framework offered by the tournament when they finally met, one of the most thrilling sports events in history, the 1913 U.S. Open.
    The Grind (USED)

    The Grind (USED)

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    Built on material that appeared in The Washington Post, this is a raw, inside look at the wear and tear and the glory and impermanence of baseball--shortlisted for the 2016 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing.

    At 162 games, it is the sports world's longest season. Grueling. Thrilling. Routine. Lonely. Exhilarating. Major league ballplayers even have a name for this relentless, unmatchable rhythm: The Grind.

    In The Grind, Barry Svrluga, The Washington Post's national baseball correspondent, zooms in on the 2014 Washington Nationals, reporting not just on the roster's star players, but also on the typically invisible supporting cast who each have their own sacrifices to make and schedules to keep. There's The Wife, who acts as a full-time mom, part-time real estate agent, occasional father, and all-hours dog walker; The 26th Man, a minor leaguer on the cusp of job security who gets called up to the majors only to be sent back down the very next week; The Reliever, one of the most mentally taxing, precarious, and terribly exposed positions on any pro squad. These and many more players, scouts, equipment managers, and even travel schedulers create the fabric of Svrluga's intimate and unusual book; they could be from any team or any big-league city. As he writes: "There is no other sport with an everydayness, a drum-drum-drum beat like baseball."

    The Harley- Davidson Motor Company: The Official Ninety Year History (USED)

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    New edition (2nd was in 1983) of the standard company history. Heavily illustrated with a good bit of text. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
    The Kid; The Immortal Life of Ted Williams

    The Kid; The Immortal Life of Ted Williams

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    From acclaimed journalist Ben Bradlee Jr. comes the epic biography of Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams that baseball fans have been waiting for.

    Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than 500 home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea. He hit home runs farther than any player before him -- and traveled a long way himself, as Ben Bradlee, Jr.'s grand biography reveals. Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted would spend most of his life disguising his Mexican heritage. During his 22 years with the Boston Red Sox, Williams electrified crowds across America -- and shocked them, too: His notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation. Yet while he was a God in the batter's box, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate. His ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not.

    The Kid is biography of the highest literary order, a thrilling and honest account of a legend in all his glory and human complexity. In his final at-bat, Williams hit a home run. Bradlee's marvelous book clears the fences, too.

    The Longest Game

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    The Love of Baseball (USED)

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    The Mad Fisherman (USED)

    The Mad Fisherman (USED)

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    Charlie Moore was married with two kids (and one on the way) when his Massachusetts bait-and-tackle shop sank without a trace. A skilled fisherman and a savvy entrepreneur trained in his father's cigar shop, Charlie decided to support his family by starring on his own TV fishing show.

    After all, the ones playing on the TV in Charlie's shop all day had one thing in common: they were dull. As a rule, people called Charlie many things, but never, ever dull. In fact, when he told friends about his television idea, they called him crazy.

    Today, everyone calls him the Mad Fisherman.

    "The Mad Fisherman " is the incredible story of how Charlie cold-called his way into doing short spots for no money for a regional outdoors show while working odd jobs to pay for diapers. When the TV station refused to pay up once the show was a hit, he hooked show sponsors himself, turning "Charlie Moore Outdoors "into a profitable enterprise.

    Charlie's success opened doors at ESPN and gave birth to the groundbreaking "Beat Charlie Moore," an entirely new kind of outdoors show on which Charlie goes mano y mano with pro fishermen and celebrities alike. Charlie's very competitive, but he still pays more attention to amusing his audience than beating his competitors. But he usually does both, anyway.

    Guest fishermen on Charlie's boat have included NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe, Massachusetts governor and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney (who waterskiied off the back of Charlie's boat), Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd, UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun, Ted Nugent, Adam West (TV's Batman), and Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC. No matter how famous they are on dry land, they turn into ordinary guys when Charlie hands them a fishing pole. Well, except Ted Nugent.

    With unflagging energy, a wild sense of humor, and a sheer love of the outdoors, Charlie Moore entertains and amuses a million and a half people every week.

    The Mannings (USED)

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    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From Lars Anderson comes a revealing portrait of the first family of American sports.

    What the Kennedys are to politics, the Mannings are to football. Two generations have produced three NFL superstars: Archie Manning, the Ole Miss hero-turned-New Orleans Saint; his son Peyton, widely considered one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to play the game; and Peyton's younger brother, Eli, who won two Super Bowl rings of his own. And the oldest Manning child, Cooper--who was forced to quit playing sports after he was diagnosed at age eighteen with a rare spinal condition--might have been the most talented of them all.

    In The Mannings, longtime Sports Illustrated writer Lars Anderson gives us, for the first time, the never-before-told story of this singular athletic dynasty--a story that shows us how finding strength in the face of catastrophe can be the key to success on and off the playing field.

    Growing up, the three Manning brothers dream of playing side by side on the gridiron at Ole Miss. But with Cooper forced to the bench before his prime, Peyton must fight to win glory for them both. Meanwhile, Eli is challenged by his college coach to stop trailing in the footsteps of others and forge his own path. With Archie's achievements looming over them, the brothers begin the climb to football history.

    From the Manning family backyard to the bright lights of Super Bowl 50, The Mannings is an epic, inspiring saga of a family of tenacious competitors who have transfixed a nation.

    Praise for The Mannings

    "Anderson, an accomplished storyteller, writes about the Manning football legacy--warts and all--with style and verve, backed by an abundance of research and scholarship."--Publishers Weekly

    "An expertly written impressionistic account of the first family of football."--Library Journal

    "This is one of the most beautifully written and memorable books I've read in years--stunningly spectacular. I couldn't put it down. Once again, Lars Anderson has shown why he is one of the seminal sportswriters of this generation. The Mannings is an absolute masterpiece."--Paul Finebaum, ESPN college football analyst and New York Times bestselling author of My Conference Can Beat Your Conference

    "Lars Anderson drills to the core of the Manning family. I love this book because it's not just about football; it's about how to raise a family."--Bruce Arians, head coach of the Arizona Cardinals

    "Anderson's yarn never wobbles. . . . A winner for fans of modern football."--Kirkus Reviews

    "Anyone who has paid attention to the NFL over the last five decades understands the significance of the Mannings. They are to America's best-loved game what the Holbeins are to portraiture, what the Bachs are to classical music, what the Kardashians are to mindless reality television, an unsurpassed dynasty. In The Mannings, Lars Anderson delivers an incisive, honest, and thorough chronicle of the first family of football."--Jeremy Schaap, New York Times bestselling author of Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics

    The Matheny Manifesto (USED)

    The Matheny Manifesto (USED)

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    St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny's New York Times bestselling manifesto about what parents, coaches, and athletes get wrong about sports; what we can do better; and how sports can teach eight keys to success in sports and life.

    Mike Matheny was just forty-one, without professional managerial experience and looking for a next step after a successful career as a Major League catcher, when he succeeded the legendary Tony La Russa as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012. While Matheny has enjoyed immediate success, leading the Cards to the postseason four times in his first four years-a Major League record-people have noticed something else about his life, something not measured in day-to-day results. Instead, it's based on a frankly worded letter he wrote to the parents of a Little League team he coached, a cry for change that became an Internet sensation and eventually a "manifesto."

    The tough-love philosophy Matheny expressed in the letter contained his throwback beliefs that authority should be respected, discipline and hard work rewarded, spiritual faith cultivated, family made a priority, and humility considered a virtue. In The Matheny Manifesto, he builds on his original letter by first diagnosing the problem at the heart of youth sports-it starts with parents and coaches-and then by offering a hopeful path forward. Along the way, he uses stories from his small-town childhood as well as his career as a player, coach, and manager to explore eight keys to success: leadership, confidence, teamwork, faith, class, character, toughness, and humility.

    From "The Coach Is Always Right, Even When He's Wrong" to "Let Your Catcher Call the Game," Matheny's old-school advice might not always be popular or politically correct, but it works. His entertaining and deeply inspirational book will not only resonate with parents, coaches, and athletes, it will also be a powerful reminder, from one of the most successful new managers in the game, of what sports can teach us all about winning on the field and in life.

    The Men Who Made the Yankees; The Odyssey of the World's Greatest Team from Baltimore to the Bronx (USED)

    The Men Who Made the Yankees; The Odyssey of the World's Greatest Team from Baltimore to the Bronx (USED)

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    W. Nikola-Lisa explores a fascinating corner of baseball history in The Men Who Made the Yankees, which traces the rise of the New York Yankees from the origin of the American League to the Yankees' first world championship title in 1923. Less a history of players, The Men Who Made the Yankees focuses on a handful of powerful club owners and the political and financial pressures that dramatically shaped the arrival of an American League team in New York City. A baseball enthusiast from a young age, Mr. Nikola-Lisa is also the author of Dear Frank: Babe Ruth, the Red Sox, and the Great War, a work of historical fiction set in Boston during the waning days of the first world war.
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    The Murder of Sonny Liston: A Story of Fame, Heroin, Boxing & Las Vegas

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    A daring investigation into the mysterious death of Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston, set against the dawn of the 1970s, when the mob was fighting to keep control of the Las Vegas Strip, Richard Nixon was launching America's first war on heroin, and boxing was in its glory days.

    On January 5, 1971, Sonny Liston was found dead in his home--of an apparent heroin overdose. But no one close to Liston believed that his death was acci-dental. Digging deep into a life that Liston tried hard to hide, investigative journalist Shaun Assael treats the boxer's death as a cold case. The result is a page-turning who-dunit that evokes a glorious and grimy era of Las Vegas.

    Elvis Presley was playing two shows a night at the International. Howard Hughes was running his empire from the penthouse suite of the Desert Inn. And middle America was flocking to the Strip, transforming it from an exclusive playground for the mob to a mecca for corporate dollars. But the city was also rotting from within. Heroin was pouring over the border from Mexico, and the segregated Westside was on the cusp of a race war. The cops, brutally violent, were barely holding it together.

    Driving through town with the top of his pink Cadillac down, Sonny Liston was the one celebrity who was unafraid to bridge the two sides of Las Vegas. Cashing in on his fading notoriety in the casinos, he was dealing drugs, working for a crime syndicate, and trying to break into Hollywood--all with a boxer's faith that he could duck any threat, slip any punch. Heroin addiction was the only knockout blow he didn't see coming.

    The Murder of Sonny Liston takes a fresh look at the legendary boxer, the town he called home, and one of America's most enduring mysteries.

    the Physics of Pitching

    the Physics of Pitching

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    The Physics of Pitching is a well-rounded and comprehensive study that explores the formula for success in pitching and the secret to staying healthy and injury free. It brings together the expertise of a professional scout and pitching consultant, a former major league pitcher and current pitching coach, a sports orthopedic surgeon, and a strength and conditioning specialist. Step-by-step instruction is combined with a discussion of the fundamentals of pitching mechanics and kinetics, physiology and orthopedics, weight training, and the mental and strategic sides of baseball. The Physics of Pitching is illustrated throughout with step-by-step photography and detailed illustrations of the key mechanics.

    The Pioneers of the Long Distance Racing Pigeon (USED)

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    The Spaceman Chronicles; The Life of the Earthling Named Bill Lee (USED)

    The Spaceman Chronicles; The Life of the Earthling Named Bill Lee (USED)

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    "William Francis Lee is my brother from another mother."-Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins

    "Bill is an avid reader and thoughtful, and yes, he was full of shit a lot, but who cared? He was a great character and a great competitor, but also a complete ballplayer." -Dan Shaughnessy - Boston Globe

    "Bill who?" -Hall of Famer Carlton "Pudge" Fisk

    Don't be disturbed by what you are about to read here. The Spaceman Chronicles is not trying to be your typical sports biography.

    There isn't anything typical about Bill "Spaceman" Lee anyway, is there? He is a veteran Baseball Player, Free Spirit, Candidate, Ambassador, Father, Eccentric, Husband, Rebel, and original Buffalo Head, all wrapped loosely together by the 108 nylon seams of a round, white baseball.

    Told by equally eccentric author Scott Russell in a wholly non-linear way, inspired by the disconnected scenes from a Kurt Vonnegut novel, Lee's tales are shared sideways, backwards, and upside-down, recounting stories and anecdotes that only Lee himself could muster. Seemingly travelling back and forth through time as Lee himself lived each moment, The Spaceman Chronicles offers one bizarre chapter after the other, one for each of his 119 major league wins, as only the Spaceman could have observed, experienced, and survived them. Yet somehow, in the end, it inexplicably all makes perfect sense this way-unstuck in time.

    The Spaceman Chronicles reads like a Bill Lee-pitched inning. Nothing straight, everything on the move, an occasional looping 'Leephus' pitch, and even a sneaky surprise fastball at the knees to push you back and stand you up straight. And the only promise is that every short tale begins with a high leg kick from the left side, and when you're done, you'll feel a hell of a lot closer to the Spaceman than 60 feet 6 inches.

    The Sports Afield Treasury of Fly Fishing (USED)

    The Sports Afield Treasury of Fly Fishing (USED)

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    Over fifty memorable, inspiring, and edifying pieces from the distinguished magazine's past hundred years. For more than a century, Sports Afield magazine has published a cornucopia of superb articles and stories about fly fishing. This treasury offers a creelful of the best, including articles written as early as 1889; an exciting article on steelhead fishing by Zane Grey; a lovely old meditation by Herbert Hoover; helpful advice on trout, saltwater, bass, and pike fishing by such titans of the field as Ted Trueblood, Jason Lucas, Homer Circle, Joe Brooks, Stu Apte, Charlie Waterman, Ernest Schwiebert, Mark Sosin, Len Wright, Dave Whitlock, A. J. McClane; and much more. There are articles on how to improve your technique (such as Add Forty Feet to your Fly Casting by Lefty Kreh and The Finer Points of Playing Fish by Lee Wulff); roughrful looks at fly fishing during all seasons by Jerome Robinson, Erwin Bauer, and John Gierach; heartwarming stories by Robert Traver and Lamar Underwood; and a host of other pieces on travel, theory, tactics, and just about every other aspect of fly fishing.This treasury not only makes superb fireside reader but also provides an historical overview of fly fishing over the past one hundred years - along with timeless practical advice.
    The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age (USED)

    The Victory Season: The End of World War II and the Birth of Baseball's Golden Age (USED)

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    The triumphant story of baseball and America after World War II.

    In 1945 Major League Baseball had become a ghost of itself. Parks were half empty, the balls were made with fake rubber, and mediocre replacements roamed the fields, as hundreds of players, including the game's biggest stars, were serving abroad, devoted to unconditional Allied victory in World War II.

    But by the spring of 1946, the country was ready to heal. The war was finally over, and as America's fathers and brothers were coming home, so too were the sport's greats. Ted Williams, Stan Musial, and Joe DiMaggio returned with bats blazing, making the season a true classic that ended in a thrilling seven-game World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. America also witnessed the beginning of a new era in baseball: it was a year of attendance records, the first year Yankee Stadium held night games, the last year the Green Monster wasn't green, and, most significant, Jackie Robinson's first year playing in the Brooklyn Dodgers' system.

    The Victory Season brings to vivid life these years of baseball and war, including the littleknown "World Series" that servicemen played in a captured Hitler Youth stadium in the fall of 1945. Robert Weintraub's extensive research and vibrant storytelling enliven the legendary season that embodies what we now think of as the game's golden era.

    Tossing Heat

    Tossing Heat

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    This is a story about a seventeen-year-old kid who, right after graduating from high school, signs a contract with the Boston Red Sox. It recounts his days of turmoil while in the minors and his rise up to the major leagues, the relationship with his fellow players and managers, and his daily thoughts of being released while in the lower minors. The pivotal point is an amazing event that occurred on the pitching mound on a hot night in Florida, which turned his career around and had him heading in the fast lane to the big leagues.
    Turning the Thing Around My Life in Football (USED)

    Turning the Thing Around My Life in Football (USED)

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    With the subhead An NCAA Championship and Two Super Bowl Wins--Now Will You Leave Me Alone Jimmy Johnson's outspoken football autobiography has been revised and updated to include the 1993-94 season. The ultimate insider's look at football--from one of the true masters of the sport. 16-page photo insert.
    Two Wheels Through Terror: Diary of a South American Motorcycle Odyssey

    Two Wheels Through Terror: Diary of a South American Motorcycle Odyssey

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    ?Glen Heggstad is an adventure motorcyclist who seeks out and rides the most rugged places on the planet. He has been a Hells Angel and a martial arts competitor, but no amount of training or experience was able to prepare him for what he became while riding to the southern tip of South America: a prisoner. This book is the shocking travelogue of Heggstad's journey through Central and South America, including his capture by Colombia's rebel ELN army, and the eventual realization of his dream to complete his journey. Follow along on his exciting, round-trip to the tip of the world, made all the more amazing by its interruption at the hands of terrorists. Heggstad was ripped from his motorcycle, robbed of everything, and forced to march through strange jungles with assault rifles at his back. He was fed only small amounts of rice and water and forced to carry heavy equipment, heavy packs, and heavy doubts about his future. Even with all the hand-to-hand and sophisticated combat training Heggstad possessed, it was his shrewd thinking, precise planning, and a "do-or-die" last act of desperation that eventually secured his freedom.
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    Ultra Marathon; Confessions of an All-Night Runner (USED)

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    In one of his most ambitious physical efforts to date, Dean Karnazes attempted to run 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 days to raise awareness of youth obesity and urge Americans of all fitness levels to "take that next step."

    "UltraMarathon Man: 50 Marathons - 50 States - 50 Days", a Journeyfilm documentary, follows Dean's incredible step-by-step journey across the country.

    Ultrarunning legend Dean Karnazes has run 262 miles-the equivalent of ten marathons-without rest. He has run over mountains, across Death Valley, and to the South Pole-and is probably the first person to eat an entire pizza while running. With an insight, candor, and humor rarely seen in sports memoirs (and written without the aid of a ghostwriter or cowriter), Ultramarathon Man has inspired tens of thousands of people-nonrunners and runners alike-to push themselves beyond their comfort zones and be reminded of "what it feels like to be truly alive," says Sam Fussell, author of Muscle.

    Ultramarathon Man answers the questions Karnazes is continually asked:

    - Why do you do it?
    - How do you do it?
    - Are you insane?

    And in the new paperback edition, Karnazes answers the two questions he was most asked on his book tour:

    - What, exactly, do you eat?
    - How do you train to stay in such good shape?

    Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Sports Spectacular (USED)

    Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Sports Spectacular (USED)

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    Hey, sports fans: Sports Spectacular is bigger and better than ever! The not-so-dumb jocks at the BRI have packed in all the best sports and games articles from the wildly successful Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series--and then bulked the whole thing up with more than 50 fan-tastic new pages. So place the ball on the tee, square up to the basket, and make sure your laces are laced tight, because it's time to throw the dice through the goalposts for a home run! You'll feel the thrill of victory and laugh at the agony of defeat as you read about . . .

    The origins of all the major sports (and a bunch of minor ones)
    Classic games, from poker and pinball to Monopoly and Donkey Kong
    How to play bathroom blackjack
    The world's worst matador
    The Goodyear Blimp
    Mascots gone wild
    Olympic scandals
    NASCAR's illegal origins
    Dodging the cow pies when you play pasture golf
    Finnish wife-carrying, gerbil racing, flagpole sitting, and other bizarre sports
    And much, much more!

    Unecessary Roughness; Inside the Trail and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez (USED)

    Unecessary Roughness; Inside the Trail and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez (USED)

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    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    The revelatory inside story of the trial and final days of New England Patriots superstar Aaron Hernandez, by his attorney and New York Times bestselling author Jose Baez.

    When renowned defense attorney Jose Baez received a request for representation from Aaron Hernandez, the disgraced Patriots tight-end was already serving a life sentence for murder. Defending him in a second, double-murder trial seemed like a lost cause--but Baez accepted the challenge, and their partnership culminated in a dramatic courtroom victory, a race to contest his first conviction, and ultimately a tragedy, when Aaron took his own life days after his acquittal.

    This riveting, closely-observed account of Aaron's life and final year is the only book based on countless intimate conversations with Aaron, and told from the perspective of a true insider. Written with the support of Hernandez's fiancée, Unnecessary Roughness takes readers inside the high-profile trial, offering a dramatic retelling of the race to obtain key evidence that would exonerate Hernandez, and later play a critical role in appealing his first conviction.

    With revelations about Aaron's personal life that weren't shared at trial, and an exploration of the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy diagnosis revealed by his autopsy, Jose Baez's Unnecessary Roughness is a startling courtroom drama and an unexpected portrait of a fallen father, fiancé, and teammate.

    Unicycling from Beginner to Expert (USED)

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    Up and Running (USED)

    Up and Running (USED)

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    Patinkin shares the gripping story of a young boy's battle with a life-threatening illness and how a community fought to save him.
    Upland Bird Hunting

    Upland Bird Hunting

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    You've just flushed an upland bird. What do you do next? Hunting upland birds, such as pheasants, quail, and grouse, requires quick thinking and accurate shooting skill. These birds fly away at the smallest sound, so you need to be ready to take your shot. If you're prepared, you'll have a great time hunting in woodlands, fields, and thick brush for upland birds.

    Enter the Great Outdoors Sports Zone to learn about the history, gear, rules, and best techniques connected to upland bird hunting. You'll discover:
    - What the best dog breeds are to train as bird dogs.
    - What gear you need to become an expert upland bird hunter.
    - How conservation groups have helped increase and preserve upland bird populations.
    - How to prepare and cook your birds.

    Are you into sports? Then get into your favorite zone!

    Vespa: 70 Years

    Vespa: 70 Years

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    Updated edition of the book Vespa 70 Years: The complete history from 1946, published in 2011 to celebrate Vespa's 65th anniversary. April 1946 was the debut date of the revolutionary little two-wheel vehicle, which, as well as leaving an indelible mark on the history of transport, became a real cultural phenomenon to successive generations. Simple and elegant, practical and comfortable, these are some of the characteristics that have ensured the popular scooter an unrepeatable success, with 35,000 of them built in 1949 alone. Seventy years after its birth, the Vespa has affirmed itself throughout the world. This book covers the fascinating epic of the Vespa, from its debut to the present day, through hundreds of pictures and invaluable documents of its various epochs. The work includes a systematic cataloguing of all the models that have appeared in those 70 years, each one accompanied by a detailed technical specification.

    Victor Cruz; Out of the Blue

    Victor Cruz; Out of the Blue

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    Victor Cruz, the Super Bowl-winning and record-breaking wide receiver, is best known for his explosive plays and salsa touchdown celebrations. While his meteoric rise in the NFL looked like the result of a magical year, it was actually a lifetime in the making.

    Raised in Paterson, New Jersey's gritty Fourth Ward, Cruz overcame numerous setbacks through hard work, perseverance, and the support of his loving family--from his grandmother who gave him his signature dance moves; to his late father, a former firefighter, who introduced him to football and taught him how to play; to his hard-working, single mother who never let him give up in the face of a challenge.

    In this inspiring and candid account, Cruz pays tribute to the people and places that made him the man he is today, recounts his most defining moments, and illustrates how his hardships ultimately unleashed his impenetrable will to win.

    INCLUDES A NEW EPILOGUE