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.
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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.”
Great academic philosophers love to write about sports. It gives them an opportunity to opine about issues that average people care about. Why must you follow the rules of the game?
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Baseball has served a distinctive slice of the American social experience for over 170 years. It has been the subject of countless fiction and nonfiction books, movies, plays, and music.
“Off Speed is very much like the perfect game it describes: a true gem.”
For Detroit Tigers fans and for baseball fans in general, Hank Greenberg is remembered as one of the greatest players in Tigers history.
For those who lived through the sixties, this account of some of the major events and people of the decade is certain to resonate.
Brian Kenny’s book, Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution, borders on heresy.
“an amazing true story that is told with immeasurable depth and compassion . . . an extraordinary glimpse . . .”
Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 transformed women’s sports in America and is now a familiar historical marker.
Charles “Sonny” Liston, former heavyweight champion turned drug dealer, was found dead in his Las Vegas home on January 5, 1971.
The current controversy over the name “Redskins” and the reputation of team owner Dan Snyder seem to be a natural legacy of the team founder and owner George Preston Marshall.
One definition of heroine, according to my dictionary is “a woman who is admired for great or brave acts or fine qualities.” Note the word brave; it is crucial.
Playing Through the Whistle captures the story of Aliquippa, a small city of just over 9,000 people in western Pennsylvania, not far from Pittsburgh.
It is understandable that the public focuses on the exploits of our football heroes both in the professional and college ranks. These young athletes perform boundless feats on the fields of play.
Every once in a while, every American needs to pick up and read a book like Fire in My Eyes: An American’s Journey from Being Blinded on the Battlefield to a Gold Medal Victory by