New Arrivals · Sports & Outdoor Recreation

August 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Strong as Sandow : how Eugen Sandow became the strongest man on earth

August 22, 2017
Tate, Don, author.
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2017]
40 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Introduces the life of Eugen Sandow, including his sickly childhood in Prussia, his defeat of strongmen Sampson and Cyclops, and his founding of the Great Competition in 1901.

Electric October : seven world series games, six lives, five minutes of fame that lasted forever

August 11, 2017
Cook, Kevin, 1956- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
x, 289 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue: Mortals -- Part one: Six lives. Young old Burt ; The fabulous breaker boy ; Zenith ; Cookie and the flea ; Bev and Snuffy ; They'll manage ; The year all hell broke loose -- Part two: Seven games. Sheer hysteria ; A horrendous afternoon ; Burns' rush ; The twenty-seventh out ; First and second guesses ; The robbery ; Battle of the Bronx -- Part three: Six futures. The year after hell broke loose ; Late innings ; Try, try again ; Warning signs ; This is Cooperstown ; Hero and hero ; Back back back -- Epilogue: The things they left behind.
"The story of six unlikely heroes and the epic World Series that changed their lives forever. The 1947 World Series was 'the most exciting ever' in the words of Joe DiMaggio, with a decade's worth of drama packed into seven games between the mighty New York Yankees and the underdog Brooklyn Dodgers. It was Jackie Robinson's first Series, a postwar spectacle featuring Frank Sinatra, Ernest Hemingway and President Harry Truman in supporting roles. It was also the first televised World Series--sportswriters called it 'Electric October.' Amid all the star power, the outcome hinged on role players: Bill Bevens, a journeyman who knocked on the door of pitching immortality; Al Gionfriddo and Cookie Lavagetto, who came off the bench to play key roles for the Dodgers; Snuffy Stirnweiss, a wartime batting champ who never got any respect; and managers Bucky Harris and Burt Shotton, each an unlikely choice to run his team. Six men plucked from obscurity to shine on the sport's greatest stage--but three would never play another big-league inning, and all six would soon be forgotten. [This book] introduces us to men who never knew they were bound for glory. For some, the '47 Series was a memory to hold on to. For others, it would haunt them to the end of their days. And for us, Kevin Cook offers insights--at once heartbreaking and uplifting--into what fame and heroism truly mean."--Jacket.

Running with Raven : the amazing story of one man, his passion, and the community he inspired

August 11, 2017
Huttenbach, Laura Lee P., 1982- author.
©2017
xxv, 224 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), 1 map ; 24 cm
Permanence -- Paint it black -- Only daddy that'll walk the line -- Authenticity -- The world's version of somebody -- "Fugative" on the run -- Grit -- Hooked -- Run free -- Castro is still laughing -- Fitness -- Not a race -- Better than alcohol -- Belonging -- Gentle soul -- Andrew -- Accountability -- Spinal stenosis -- You're the miracle -- The big wave -- Off their butts -- Camaraderie -- True story Lory -- Chuck Norris and Jesus Christ -- Legend -- Equal in running clothes -- Weaver.
The Amazing Story of One Man, His Passion, and the Community He Inspired. In 1975 Robert "Raven" Kraft, a high school dropout and aspiring songwriter, made a New Year's Resolution to run eight miles on Miami's South Beach each evening. Over 125,000 miles later, he has not missed one sunset. Along the way, Raven has changed the lives of thousands who have run with him-many of them hundreds of times. From all fifty states and dozens of countries, across all age groups and backgrounds, they come to run with Raven, and in the process find friendship, inspiration-and a nickname. Among them is author Laura Lee "White Lightning" Huttenbach, who has logged over a thousand miles of Raven Runs. Here she explores the stories of dozens of others about why they started running with Raven-and why they keep coming back. Taxman, an accountant in his mid-60s, has done 1800+ runs. Dizzy, a middle school principal from Cuba, met his wife and his best friend on Raven Runs. Butcher, an ex-convict, credits Raven with saving his life. In an uncertain world Raven shows up, no matter what. Quirky and appealing, tenacious and magnetic, Raven is a legend of the running world. As he says, "I may be the only thing that hasn't changed around here in the last forty years." Laura Lee Huttenbach reveals how one man's daily ritual has blossomed into an uncanny gift for weaving people together-and an invaluable reminder that the journey means little without the connections forged along the way. "Raven left an indelible impression upon me, as he has countless others. I am certain that you will find his story as fascinating and enthralling as I have. Raven, long may you run."-Dean Karnazes, New York Times bestselling author of Ultramarathon Man "An inspiring tale of unbreakable discipline and one-of-a-kind endurance."-Gerald Posner, bestselling author of Miami Babylon.

Discover Acadia National Park.

August 1, 2017
Boston, Mass. : Appalachian Mountain Club Books, 2005-
volumes : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Vols. for 2005-<2010> by Jerry & Marcy Monkman.
"AMC guide to the best hiking, biking, and paddling."

Remembering the stars of the NFL glory years : an inside look at the golden age of football

August 1, 2017
Stewart, Wayne, 1953- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2017].
222 pages ; 24 cm
The best offensive players -- Hall of Fame defenders...and more -- Funniest quotes and tales -- The toughest players -- The best of the rest -- The NFL then and now.
This book tells the story of professional football in the 1950s and 60s through the words of the players themselves. The chapters are full of anecdotes and reflections on the best and toughest players of the era, while two additional chapters include humorous quotes and the players' thoughts on how the game has changed since their heyday.

Playing hurt : my journey from despair to hope

August 1, 2017
Saunders, John, 1955-2016, author.
New York : Da Capo Press, 2017.
xxv, 293 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A candid memoir by the late ESPN and ABC Sports broadcaster reveals his longtime battle with depression and his investigations into modern medical and homeopathic treatments, exploring how the disease affected his career and relationships.

The arena : inside the tailgating, ticket-scalping, mascot-racing, dubiously funded, and possibly haunted monuments of American sport

July 31, 2017
Kohan, Rafi, author.
New York, N.Y. : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017].
401 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Before we begin (or: Preface) -- Taking the oath (or: The old-timers) -- Super subsidize me (or: The newcomers) -- All the ticket men (or: Beyond these walls) -- "As far as the eye can see, toilets" (or: Straight to the dome) -- Ed Mangan's burden (or: Field of dreams) -- Extremely loud and incredibly gross (or: Fans behaving badly) -- Identity 101 (or: Col-lege!) -- The other side of the t-shirt cannon (or: Are you not entertained?) -- The secret life of stadiums (or: Let's get logistical) -- Sex. War. America. (or: For god and country) -- Ghost world (or: Life after sports).
"The American sports stadium, for all its raucous glory, is an overlooked centerpiece&#x2015;a veritable temple&#x2015;of our national culture. A hallowed ground for communal worship, this is where history is made on grass, artificial turf, hardwood, and even ice; where nostalgia flows as freely as ten-dollar beers; where everything thrills, from exploding fireworks to grinning cheerleaders. In The Arena, "an altogether new and riveting sports classic" (Josh Wilker), intrepid sportswriter Rafi Kohan crisscrosses the country, journeying from one beloved monument to the next. As he finagles access to the unexpected corners and hidden corridors of our most frequented fields, he discovers just what makes them tick&#x2015;and what keeps us coming back time and time again."--Jacket flap.

A woman's place is at the top : a biography of Annie Smith Peck, queen of the climbers

July 28, 2017
Kimberley, Hannah, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
xvii, 347 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Providence -- The dangerous experiment -- Who ought to have been a boy -- Unmerited notoriety -- Search for the apex of America -- Almost, but not quite -- Born, not made -- It's just a walk -- Don't call me a woman climber -- You could not stop it if you would -- Uncommon glory.

The Cooperstown casebook : who's in the Baseball Hall of Fame, who should be in, and who should pack their plaques

July 26, 2017
Jaffe, Jay, 1969- author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2017.
xviii, 446 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Part I: Battles and Wars: The ins and outs of the Hall of Fame ; Stat school ; Swimming with JAWS ; How voters put third base in a corner ; The hall of cronyism ; Blyleven, Morris, and the war on WAR ; Booms, busts, bottlenecks, and ballot reform ; This is your ballot on drugs -- Part II: Around the diamond: Catchers ; First basemen ; Second basemen ; Shortstops ; Third basemen ; Leftfielders ; Centerfielders ; Rightfielders ; Starting pitchers ; Relief pitchers ; Slouching toward Cooperstown.
The Cooperstown Casebook by Jay Jaffe provides a definitive guide to the greatest players in baseball history, and the Hall of Fame.

It's only a game

July 18, 2017
Bradshaw, Terry.
New York : Pocket Books, 2002, ©2001.
xi, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 18 cm

Free roll

July 17, 2017
Tobler, Brandt, author.
©2017
297 pages : illustrations, 23 cm
Have you ever wondered: What it's like to daily bet hundreds of thousands of dollars working for some of the largest professional gamblers in Las Vegas?...How to spend a summer house sitting one of the biggest stars in the world's 11,000 square-foot mansion - without an invitation from it's celebrity owner...Whether the life of crime - specifically, running a shoplifting ring in a middle American mall - pays?... What causes a son to finally say enough is enough... and decide "Today is the day I am going to kill my dad." Comedian Brandt Tobler has the answers in this funny, touching and sometimes downright unbelievable memoir of a small town Wyoming-kid turned "mall-fia" don, turned nationally touring comic. Brand tells his life story with candor, detailing the many pit stops, wrong turns, crazy connections and lucky breaks he experienced along the way to his comedy career, all while trying to balance a toxic relationship with his unreliable jailbird dad. In these pages Brandt will make you laugh (he better - it's his job!) and believe as he does that, when it comes to defining family, blood isn't always thicker than water. -- back cover.

All our waves are water : stumbling toward enlightenment and the perfect ride

July 13, 2017
Yogis, Jaimal, author.
New York : Harper Wave, 2017
xix, 248 pages ; 22 cm
"In this meditative memoir, the author of Saltwater Buddha reflects on his "failing toward enlightenment," his continued search to find meaning and a greater understanding of the Divine in the world's oceans as well as everyday life."--Amazon.com.

The streak : Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and baseball's most historic record

July 13, 2017
Eisenberg, John, 1956- author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017.
xii, 299 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Ripken : A Victory Lap -- Gehrig : The Ghost of 2,131 -- Ironmen : First of Their Kind -- Ripken : Blue-Collar Stock -- Ironmen : Confusion -- Ironmen : Deacon -- Ripken : Influences -- Gehrig : A Famous Headache -- Gehrig : Playing every day -- Ripken : A Sour Year -- Gehrig : A Friend's Influence -- Ironmen : The Blessing of Good Fortune -- Ripken : A Guiding Philosophy -- Gehrig : Playing Hurt -- Ironmen : Shenanigans -- Ripken : Toughing It Out -- Gehrig : A Tragic Turn -- Ironmen : Is It Really a Good Idea? -- Ripken : Making History -- Ironmen : The True Believer -- Ripken : A Day Off, At Last -- Ironmen : A Philosophical Change.
"The fascinating story of baseball's most legendary "Iron Men," Cal Ripken Jr. and Lou Gehrig, who each achieved the coveted and sometimes confounding record of most consecutive games played. When Cal Ripken Jr. began his career with the Baltimore Orioles at age twenty-one, he had no idea he'd beat the historic record of playing 2,130 games in a row set by Lou Gehrig, the fabled "Iron Horse" of the New York Yankees.When Ripken beat that record by 502 games, the baseball world was floored. Few feats in sports history have generated more acclaim. But the record spawns an array of questions. Was his streak or Gehrig's the more difficult achievement? Who owned the record before Gehrig? When did someone first think it was a good idea to play in so many games without taking a day off? Through probing research, meticulous analysis, and colorful parallel storytelling, The Streak delves into this impressive but controversial milestone, unraveling Gehrig's at times unwitting pursuit of that goal and Ripken's fierce determination to play the game his way. Along the way Eisenberg dives deep into the history of the record and offers a portrait of the pastime in different eras, going back more than a century."--Provided by publisher.

God and Starbucks : an NBA superstar's journey through addiction and recovery / Vin Baker ; with Joe Layden.

July 12, 2017
Baker, Vin, author.
©2017
xiv, 282 pages ; 24 cm
Growing up -- Big fish, little pond -- The rookie -- "How bad can it be?" -- Playing high -- Scared straight (almost) -- A new home in Seattle -- Ego gets in the way -- A functional alcoholic -- A fractured life -- Back to New England -- Celtics intervention -- A career unravels -- Losing everything -- The prodigal son -- Abyssinian Baptist Church -- Starbucks and second chances -- Epilogue.

Ways of grace : stories of activism, adversity, and how sports can bring us together

June 30, 2017
Blake, James, 1979- author.
New York : Amistad, 2017.
240 pages : 22 cm.
Introduction: Mistaken identity -- Early trailblazers: accidental activists -- Changing the game: the unifying power of sports -- You run like a girl: gender biases in sports -- Shut up and play: the impetus and social ramifications of sports activism -- More than just a game: sometimes the end justifies the means -- A personal choice: the athlete as activist -- Epilogue: the power of protest.
"In Ways of Grace he reflects on his experiences and explores those of other sports stars and public figures who have not only overcome adversity, but have used them to unite rather than divide"--Amazon.

The cyclist who went out in the cold : adventures riding the Iron Curtain

June 29, 2017
Moore, Tim, 1964- author.
©2017
340 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Originally published: London : Yellow Jersey Press, 2016.
To the North -- Finnish Lapland -- The winter war -- Northern Ostrobothnia -- Central and southern Finland -- Russia -- Estonia and Latvia -- Lithuania and Kaliningrad -- Poland -- The German Baltic -- The inner German border -- The Czech Republic, Germany and Austria -- Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia -- Serbia -- Romania -- Serbia II -- Bulgaria and Macedonia -- Bulgaria II -- Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria.
"Not content with tackling the Italian Alps or the route of the Tour de France, Tim Moore sets out to scale a new peak of rash over-ambition: 6,000 mile route of the old Iron Curtain on a tiny-wheeled, two-geared East German shopping bike. Asking for trouble-- and getting it-- Moore sets off from the northernmost Norwegian-Russian border at the Arctic winter's brutal height, bullying his plucky MIFA 900 through the endless sub-zero desolation of snowbound Finland. Sleeping in bank vaults, imperial palaces and unreconstructed Soviet youth hostels, battling vodka-breathed Russian hostility, Romanian landslides, and a diet of dumplings, Moore and his 'so-small bicycle' are sustained by the kindness of reindeer farmers and Serbian rock gods, plus a shameful addiction to Magic Man energy drink. Haunted throughout his journey by mechanical failure and the border detritus of watchtowers and rusted razor wire, Moore reflects on the curdling of the Communist dream and the memories of a Cold War generation reared on the fear of apocalypse at a time of renewed East-West tension. After three months, twenty countries, and steadily warming temperatures, man and bike finally wobble up to a Black Sea beach in Bulgaria, older and wiser, but mainly older"-- Dust jacket.

Quiet genius : Bob Paisley, British football's greatest manager

June 28, 2017
Herbert, Ian, author.
©2017
xiv, 338 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

But seriously

June 28, 2017
McEnroe, John, 1959-
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
277 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The controversial tennis star and analyst presents a follow-up to "You Cannot Be Serious" that shares additional insights into his life and career while chronicling the past decade of Tour of Champions competitions and special events.

Leap in : a woman, some waves, and the will to swim

June 26, 2017
Heminsley, Alexandra, 1976- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
230 pages ; 24 cm
"At once inspiring, hilarious, and honest, the new book from Alexandra Heminsley chronicles her endeavor to tackle a whole new element, and the ensuing challenges and joys of open water swimming."--Jacket flap.

The fall of the house of FIFA : the multimillion-dollar corruption at the heart of global soccer

June 21, 2017
Conn, David, 1965- author.
New York, NY : Nation Books, [2017]
328 pages ; 25 cm
When Sepp Blatter joined FIFA in 1975 it had just twelve employees. Forty years later, the FBI have accused fourteen executives of forty-seven counts of money laundering, racketeering and tax evasion linked to kickbacks. This book tells the story of how football got big, how FIFA got corrupt and what this means for soccer fans around the world.

Into thin air : a personal account of the Mount Everest disaster

June 21, 2017
Krakauer, Jon, author.
©1997
xxv, 333 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 21 cm
"New afterword by the author"--Cover.
"Reeling from the brain-altering effects of oxygen depletion, Jon Krakauer reached the summit of Mt. Everest in the early afternoon of May 10, 1996. He hadn't slept in fifty-seven hours. As he turned to begin the perilous descent from 29,028 feet (roughly the cruising altitude of an Airbus jetliner), twenty other climbers were still pushing doggedly to the top, unaware that the sky had begun to roil with clouds ..." "This is the terrifying story of what really happened that fateful day at the top of the world, during what would be the deadliest season in the history of Everest. In this harrowing yet breathtaking narrative, Krakauer takes the reader along with his ill-fated expedition, step by precarious step, from Katmandu to the mountain's pinnacle where, plagued by a combination of hubris, greed, poor judgment, and plain bad luck, they would fall prey to the mountain's unpredictable fury."--Jacket.

A hole in the wind : a climate scientist's bicycle journey across the United States

June 20, 2017
Goodrich, David M., author.
New York, NY : Pegasus Books Ltd., 2017.
xv, 249 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (one color) ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
"An epic bicycle journey across the American hinterland that explores the challenges of climate change alongside a diverse array of American voices."--Amazon.com.

Chasing grace : what the quarter mile has taught me about God and life

June 14, 2017
Richards-Ross, Sanya, author.
©2017
203 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Sanya shares triumphant as well as heartbreaking stories as she reveals her journey to becoming a world-class runner. From her childhood in Jamaica to Athens, Beijing and London Olympics, readers will find themselves inspired by the unique insights she's gained through her victories and losses, including her devastating injury during the 2016 Olympic Trials forcing career retirement just weeks before Rio. Sanya demonstrates how even this devastating loss brought her closer to the ultimate goal of becoming all God created her to be.

Be a player : a breakthrough approach to playing better on the golf course

June 12, 2017
Nilsson, Pia, author.
©2017
viii, 247 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Introduction: A new way to improve -- Before the round: your fundamental human skills -- Awareness: all learning starts here -- Influence/Pia: the accidental coach -- Variability: welcome to the game of golf -- Influence/Lynn: the mad genius of Chuck Hogan -- Performance state 101: balance, tempo, and tension -- Influence/Pia: the superfluid Kjell Enhager -- During the round: your performance routine -- The shot: play box -- Influence/Lynn: Carol Dweck and the power of "yet" -- Before the shot: think box -- Influence/Pia: neuro-linguistic programming -- After the shot: memory box -- During the round: between shots--your body, mind, and emotions -- Your body: walk tall, create positivity -- Influence/Pia: JoAnne Whitaker--the doctor is in -- Your mind: manage your self-talk -- Your emotions: resilience and catching yourself mid-screwup -- Influence/Lynn: the beat of HeartMath -- Before, during, and after the round: your human inventory -- Master of variability: MY54 and NOT54 -- Influence/Lynn: the human potential of Michael Murphy -- Your human-skills game -- Influence/Pia: the integral Ken Wilber -- Become a supergolfer: glimpses into the future of performance.
"The founders of the world-renowned VISION54 training program and the authors of the bestselling Every Shot Must Have a Purpose take golf instruction to the next level in this groundbreaking new approach to mastering the game. Golf is a beloved yet technical game, so a sound swing and precise technique are essential. Most golfers who want to improve their skills go to the range and work painstakingly on their swings, not realizing it's often their performance state on the course that needs work, not their technique. Simple things such as awareness of your balance, tension, and tempo, as well as the ability to control mental, emotional, and social variables you encounter while playing can quickly take your game to a new performance level. Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, founders of VISION54's groundbreaking and innovative golf program are here to help. Aimed at both the weekend golfer and the advanced player, each chapter presents a series of 'human skills'--Including assignments, explorations, and mini-lessons--that strip away the complexity surrounding swing technique and playing consistency--the conditional variations that plague golfers. Be A Player is the must-have book for any golfer who wants to unite technical skills and on-course performance seamlessly and effectively. With this cutting-edge text by your side, you will become a true student of VISION54 and a better player better on the course"-- Provided by publisher.

Ultimate glory : frisbee, obsession, and my wild youth

June 9, 2017
Gessner, David, 1961- author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2017.
xii, 338 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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