“this is a book that has much to commend it and little to criticize. It is built on meticulous research and a strong overall conception of the significance of the subject.”
“The Big Fella is an essential addition to the Babe Ruth canon.
“Pomerantz has created a fascinating and sympathetic portrait of a superstar athlete whose human sensitivities are on display and whose complexities are laid bare.”
If Marcel Proust had been a 21st century baseball analytics expert, and chose as his subject a single game, his book might’ve ended up like Rob Neyer’s Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball
For better or worse, the United States Football League brought us football in the spring, challenge flags, and the two-point conversion after touchdown.
“a very accomplished piece of sport history and a very good read for any fan of the game.”
For those with even a rudimentary knowledge of pro football, names like Vince Lombardi and Bill Belichick may be familiar.
Every major sport in every country has at least one iconic venue associated with it.
Parts of this book might have been written by the American couple deliberately run over by a car driven by alleged ISIS supporters in Tajikistan this summer.
Remembering the Greatest Coaches and Games of the NFL Glory Years is a stroll down Memory Lane for this reviewer, who was raised as a diehard fan of the Tom Landry era Dallas Cowboys.
Over the past four decades, international soccer has served as a vehicle for those in charge of it to siphon off hundreds of millions of dollars in under-the-table payments and bribes.
Isn’t the publishing business supposed to be imploding, with printing costs rising, and the number of titles shrinking?
Babe Ruth was baseball’s biggest star, ever, his name appearing in the record books more than the Beatles sang the word “Yeah!,” a man who hit homers higher and farther than any fan had ever seen,
Keith Hernandez played first base better than anyone of the late 1970s and ’80s.
Greg LeMond was a kid from outside Reno, NV, who joined an elite cycling team in France and went on to unseat Europe’s reigning champions in the sport.
“this book should become a fixture in the library of any baseball player or coach.”
Given the title, The Pitcher and the Dictator, it would seem that this is a book about Satchel Paige and the legendary short season that he played in the Dominican Republic while in the em
Sports fans around the world are effusive in their adoration for the “beautiful game” of soccer.
“If you have any interest in Tiger Woods, golf, or the culture of celebrity and heroism, this volume will be worth your while.”
“Heavey is a master of the comedic non sequitur and has a fine-tuned sense of the overall absurdities of the human condition.”
Karen Crouse introduces us to the Norman Rockwellian town of Norwich, Vermont, and its denizens of hard work, modesty, social equity, and homespun support for its children.
As is suggested in the subtitle of Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh mounts an argument that the rise to prominence of the New York Football Giants between 1956 and 1963 produced two signif
David Foster Wallace, a competitive tennis player in his youth, once wrote that “Top athletes are compelling because they embody the comparison-based achievement we Americans revere—fastest
“an exceptionally good book. . . . Violated may be the honest portrayal of the seedy side of the college experience.”