New Arrivals · Sports & Outdoor Recreation

July 2, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The grind : inside baseball's endless season

July 1, 2015
Svrluga, Barry.
New York, New York : Blue Rider Press, [2015]
176 pages |:billustrations ; 21 cm
"What's it like to live through sports' longest season, the 162-game Major League Baseball schedule? THE GRIND captures the frustration, impermanence, and glory felt by the players, the staff, and their families from the start of spring training to the final game of the year; classy baseball writing in the Roger Angell or Tom Boswell tradition"-- Provided by publisher.

1988 All-Star Game : Major League Baseball official program.

July 1, 2015
New York : Sports Minded; East Rutherford, NJ : Meehan Tooker, printer, ©1988.
96 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"Cincinnati Reds, 1988, All-Star Game"--cover.

Going long : legends, oddballs, comebacks & adventures : the best stories from Runner's world

June 25, 2015
New York, NY : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, ©2010.
viii, 392 pages ; 23 cm
Inspirations. 16 minutes from home / Steve Friedman ; A second life / Charles Butler ; Team Hoyt starts again / John Brant ; Dogged / Steve Friedman ; Life and limb / Bruce Barcott ; A moment of silence / Steve Friedman -- Legends. A wicked good life / Kenny Moore ; Duel in the sun / John Brant ; After the fall / Steve Friedman ; The power and the glory / Michael Perry ; Determined / Cynthia Gorney ; Pure heart / Amby Burfoot ; Leading men / Kenny Moore -- True originals. The return of Boston Billy / Steve Rushin ; A long, strange trip / Stephen Rodrick ; A 6-minute difference / Cynthia Gorney ; The man who taught me everything / Amby Burfoot -- The runner's high. Finding my stride / Benjamin H. Cheever ; Running scared / Amby Burfoot ; Someone to run with / Sara Corbett ; The interval workout / John L. Parker, Jr. ; Long time gone / John L. Parker, Jr. -- Adventures & investigations. Secrets of the Tarahumara / Christopher McDougall ; Le grizz / Don Kardong ; Following Terry Fox / John Brant ; The fast and the curious / Robert Sullivan ; Wonder boy / Bill Donahue ; An army of run / Benjamin H. Cheever ; Welcome to Marathon / Stephen Rodrick ; Chasing justice / Kenny Moore.
This is an anthology of 30 unforgettable stories that explore what it means not only to be a runner, but to be human.

The a swing : the alternative approach to great golf

June 24, 2015
Leadbetter, David.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
x, 191 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"David Leadbetter's first book in a decade helps golfers around the world finally reach their potential. The "A" stands for "alternative," as in a new and different way to swing the club that makes it so much easier to consistently hit good golf shots. David has taken his 30-plus years of teaching experience, working with players of all abilities including the best who have ever played the game, and developed a more efficient and effective way to hit good shots with minimal practice. In essence, it's a shortcut to good golf. The genius behind the A Swing is that golfers will consistently play well after only a short series of seven-minute practice sessions. The A Swing doesn't require textbook precision in order to see improvement--just a basic understanding of the technique will synchronize the swing and have golfers repeatedly hitting solid shots. The A Swing also easily fixes many of the game's most common faults--including the dreaded slice. It's especially beneficial to those who have little time to play or practice, the aging golfer, and anyone who has struggled to realize their full potential. Until now, the standard paradigm for teaching the golf swing really hasn't changed. But the A Swing was developed on scientific principles and has been biomechanically tested to ensure it's a viable and easier alternative. Already adopted by pros and amateurs alike--the results have been transformative"-- Provided by publisher.

WWE ultimate superstar guide

June 24, 2015
Pantaleo, Steve, author.
©2015
207 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
See WWE Superstars like you've never seen them before! The Ultimate Superstars Guide by BradyGames is an illustrated compedium of all the biggest Superstars to ever grace the WWE ring. The Ultimate Superstars Guide is filled with more than 200 illustrations of your favourite WWE Superstars including Hulk Hogan, Triple H and more. You can learn everything you need to know about these amazing athletes with facts, stats, and more.

My fight/your fight

June 19, 2015
Rousey, Ronda, author.
New York : Regan Arts, 2015.
xv, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Foreword by Dana White, president of the UFC -- Why I fight -- Fight night -- I was born ready -- Winning is the greatest feeling in the world -- Everything can change in a split second -- Never underestimate an opponent -- Losing is one of the most devastating experiences in life -- Tragedy precedes success -- Do not accept less than what you're capable of -- Just because it's a rule doesn't mean it's right -- Pain is just one piece of information -- Turn limitations into opportunities -- Trust in knowledge, not in strength -- Know when to move on -- Find fulfillment in the sacrifices -- You have to be the best on your worst day -- No one has the right to beat you -- You will never win a fight by running away -- Don't rely on others to make your decisions -- People around you control your reality -- The end of a failed move is always the beginning of the next one -- Anything of value has to be earned -- Everything is as easy as a decision -- When do you cross the magical boundary that stops you from dreaming big? -- People appreciate excellence no matter who you are -- A loss is still a loss, but it's better to go out in flaming glory -- This is my situation, but this isn't my life -- You can't rely on just one thing to make you happy -- Disregard nonessential information -- Relationships that are easily ruined were never worth much -- Someone has to be the best in the world, why not you? -- Finding a coach is like finding a boyfriend -- You will be tested -- Champions always do more -- Plan out the first exchange -- Nothing will ever be perfect -- If it was easy, everyone would do it -- The only power people have over you is the power you give them -- Winning is a habit -- I'd rather expose myself willingly than wait in fear for it to happen against my will -- Refuse to accept any other reality -- The best fighters are patient at the right times -- There is a moment in a match where it's there for the taking and it comes down to who wants it most -- Fight for every single second -- You have to be willing to embarrass yourself -- Success is the best revenge -- Learn to read the rest beats -- Prepare for the perfect opponent -- Don't let anyone force you to take a step backward -- The answer is: there is no right answer -- I have been there -- The hardest part is knowing when to walk away -- Winning.
Ronda Rousey, the Olympic medalist in judo, reigning UFC women's bantamweight champion, and new Hollywood action hero, charts her difficult path to glory. Rousey's account of the toughest fights of her life -- in and outside the Octagon -- reveals the painful loss of her father when she was eight years old, the intensity of her judo training, her battles with love, her meteoric rise to fame, the secret behind her undefeated UFC record, and what it takes to become the toughest woman on Earth. Rousey shares hard-won lessons on how to be the best at what you do, including how to find fulfillment in the sacrifices, how to turn limitations into opportunities, and how to be the best on your worst day.

The mindful athlete : secrets to pure performance

June 19, 2015
Mumford, George.
Berkeley, California : Parallax Press, [2015]
234, 14 pages ; 24 cm
"Michael Jordan and countless other NBA stars credit George Mumford with transforming their game. A widely respected public speaker and coach, Mumford shares his story and strategies in The Mindful Athlete. His proven techniques transform the performance of anyone with a goal, be they an Olympian, weekend warrior, executive, hacker, or artist. A basketball player at the University of Massachusetts (where he roomed with Dr. J, Julius Erving), injuries forced Mumford out of the game he loved. The meds that relieved the pain of his injuries also numbed him to the emptiness he felt without the game and eventually led him to heroin. After years as a functioning addict, Mumford made meditation the center of his life. He kicked drugs, earned a master's degree, and began teaching meditation to inmates and others. Mumford went on to partner with coach Phil Jackson, a long-time mindfulness practitioner, working with him and each of the teams he coached to become NBA champions. His roster of champion clients now includes executives and Olympians. With a charismatic style that combines mindfulness with lessons from icons like Yoda and Bruce Lee, Mumford delivers an engrossing story and an invaluable resource. "-- Provided by publisher.

Lanterne Rouge : the last man in the Tour de France

June 17, 2015
Leonard, Max, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2015.
264 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm

The secret game : a wartime story of courage, change, and basketball's lost triumph

June 16, 2015
Ellsworth, Scott, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
viii, 387 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Spring 1944 -- Aubrey -- Negroes with LaSalles -- Big dog -- "Nobody wanted to mess with him" -- Fathers and sons -- Lawrence -- "That's how you do it!" -- Berlin, 1936 -- Racehorse basketball -- Hoosiers -- City of stone -- Blue devil -- Medicine ball -- "He can't sit there" -- Burgess -- A knock at the door -- "You could see it in their eyes" -- New York -- The secret game -- "Did you hear about ..." -- Look away -- The ghosts of Jim Crow.
Story of a 1944 illegal basketball game between the North Carolina College for Negroes in Durham and the Duke University medical school team.

Gorge : my journey up Kilimanjaro at 300 pounds

June 16, 2015
Whitely, Kara Richardson, author.
©2015
xii, 250 pages ; 21 cm
"Distributed by Publishers Group West"--T.p. verso.
Prologue -- Uphill battle -- Deep woods -- Hiker girl -- Bear Mountains -- Working it out -- Mad marathon -- Baggage -- Squeezed -- Doing good -- Briefing -- Trailhead -- Defeating mountain -- Green Mountains -- Bearing -- Facing truth -- Sweet fix -- Love letter -- Bucket List -- Catered -- Blue baby -- Getting up -- No trace -- Bet on me -- Self-Medicating -- Fresh start -- Crumbling -- Wreckage -- Burning nipples -- Cloud camp -- Unimpeded -- Squished lungs -- Losing it -- Deep in dark -- Frozen -- Dark times -- Stripping -- Kiss the sign -- Asante -- Booted -- Down time -- Checking out -- Coming home -- Last gorge.

Frozen teardrop : the tragedy and triumph of figure skating's "queen of spin"

June 15, 2015
Ruh, Lucinda.
New York : Select Books, c2011.
xi, 243 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
"World figure skating champion Lucinda Ruh, known as the "Queen of Spin" for her creative spinning and her holding of the Guinness world record for the longest spin on ice, tells her story of the harsh realities of the world of competitive figure skating to inspire young people to have the vision and strength to overcome adversity"--Provided by publisher.

Joe Black : more than a Dodger

June 11, 2015
Black, Martha Jo, 1969-
Chicago, Illinois : Academy Chicago Publishers, [2015]
viii, 376 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Historic Win -- A Shattered Dream -- A Second Newcombe? -- Joe College -- A Dodger at Last -- A Dream Reawakened -- Dizzy Dean Speaks Up -- GI Joe -- Joe to the Rescue -- Throwing Heat in Havana -- Dominating in the Dog Days -- From a Royal to a Saint -- First a Threat, Then a Pennant -- Career Change -- Dodger Disappointment-Again -- Mr. Greyhound -- A Question of Value -- A Single Parent -- A Star Fades -- Going to BAT for Others -- Playing on a Rep -- The Final Inning.
He was told that the color of his skin would keep him out of the big leagues, but Joe Black worked his way up through the Negro Leagues and the Cuban Winter League. He burst into the Majors in 1952 when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the face of segregation, verbal harassment, and even death threats, Joe Black rose to the top of his game; he earned National League Rookie of the Year and became the first African American pitcher to win a World Series game. With the same tenacity he showed in his baseball career, Black became the first African American vice president of a transportation corporation when he went to work for Greyhound. In this first-ever biography of Joe Black, his daughter Martha Jo Black tells the story not only of a baseball great who broke through the color line, but also of the father she knew and loved.

The secret of golf : the story of Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus

June 11, 2015
Posnanski, Joe. author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
241 pages ; 22 cm

The champion's mind : how great athletes think, train, and thrive

June 10, 2015
Afremow, James A., author.
Emmaus, PA : Rodale Books, [2013]
xvi, 269 pages ; 22 cm
Be your own champion -- Master the mental skills -- Be in it to win it -- The wisdom of a champion -- Exercise, nutrition, pain, injuries, and regeneration --- Take control of your personal destiny -- Zen in the zone -- Golden reflections -- Your world-class game plan -- Long-term survival of the most mentally fit.
"Even amongst the most elite performers, certain athletes stand out as a cut above the rest, able to outperform in clutch, game-deciding moments. These athletes prove that raw athletic ability doesn't necessarily translate to a superior on-field experience--it's the mental game that matters most.Sports participation--from the recreational to the collegiate Division I level--is at an all-time high. While the caliber of their game may differ, athletes at every level have one thing in common: they want to excel. In The Champion's Mind, sports psychologist Jim Afremow, PhD, LPC, now offers the same advice he uses with Olympians, Heisman Trophy winners, and professional athletes, including:[bullet] Tips and techniques based on high-performance psychology research, such as how to get in a "zone," thrive on a team, and stay humble[bullet] How to progress within a sport and sustain excellence long-term[bullet] Customizable pre-performance routines to hit full power when the gun goes off or the puck is droppedThe Champion's Mind distills actionable advice into clear and concise steps for athletes looking to find confidence, concentration, and mental preparedness--the mental edge that sets champions apart"-- Provided by publisher.

The domino diaries : my decade boxing with Olympic champions and chasing Hemingway's ghost in the last days of Castro's Cuba

June 9, 2015
Butler, Brin-Jonathan, author.
New York : Picador, 2015.
292 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"A memoir"--Jacket.
"Whether he's hustling his way into Mike Tyson's mansion for an interview, betting his life savings on a boxing match, becoming romantically entangled with one of Fidel Castro's granddaughters, or simply manufacturing press credentials to go where he wants, Brin-Jonathan Butler has always been the 'act first, ask permission later' kind of journalist. This book is the culmination of Butler's decade spent in the trenches of Havana, trying to understand a culture perplexing to Westerners: one whose elite athletes regularly forgo multimillion-dollar opportunities to stay in Cuba and box for their country, while living in penury"-- Provided by publisher.

715 : reflections on hammerin' Hank and the home run that made history

June 9, 2015
Neary, Kevin F.
New York, NY : Sports Publishing, 2015.
xxiv, 182 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm
"715, which celebrates the fortieth anniversary of Hank Aaron's legendary 715th home run (April 2014), is a tribute to Hank Aaron that features a collection of quotes, statements, and short stories from people whose lives he touched"-- Provided by publisher.

The whistleblower : rooting for the ref in the high-stakes world of college basketball

June 9, 2015
Katz, Bob.
Lebanon, NH : ForeEdge, [2015]
xi, 207 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction: the invisible gorilla -- The one we want on the road -- In a very partisan place -- Worst f**king ref in the world! -- Cotton fields back home -- One tough bracket -- To the next level -- Total quality control -- Screens from every angle -- The paradox of video review -- The road to Assembly Hall -- Disputed call in overtime -- Rooting for the ref -- The whistleblower.
A riveting tour of college basketball, guided by an unlikely sports hero: the referee.

Slaying the Tiger : a year inside the ropes on the new PGA tour

June 8, 2015
Ryan, Shane.
©2015
xiii, 414 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm

Ireland's best walks : a walking guide

June 5, 2015
Fairbairn, Helen, author.
Doughcloyne, Wilton, Cork : The Collins Press, 2014.
222 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 20 cm

Not a game : the incredible rise and unthinkable fall of Allen Iverson

June 5, 2015
Babb, Kent.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
viii, 311 pages ; 24 cm
"Former NBA superstar Allen Iverson was once one of America's most famous athletes: a trendsetter who transcended race, celebrity, and pop culture, and emerged from a troubled past to become one of the most successful and highly compensated athletes in the world. Now, his life and career comes vividly to light in this hard-hitting biography that examines what drove his successes and failures. Through extensive research and interviews with those closest to Iverson, acclaimed Washington Post sportswriter Kent Babb gets behind the familiar, sanitized, and heroic version of Iverson--the hard-charging, hard-partying athlete who played every game as if it were his last. Babb brings to life a private, loyal, and often generous Allen Iverson who rarely made the headlines, revealing the back story behind some of Iverson's most memorable moments, such as his infamous "Practice" rant, delving even deeper to discover where Iverson's demons lurked. He drank too much, stayed out too late, spent more money than most people could spend in a dozen lifetimes--blowing more than $150 million of his NBA earnings alone. His then wife Tawanna, seen often as the mild-mannered woman who tamed the bad boy, tried to keep her husband and family on the rails. But she was no match, as so many others learned on basketball courts, for the force of nature that Iverson was--jealousy, meanness, and a restlessness eventually wearing down even his biggest fan, teammate, and, eventually, his most formidable opponent. Over time, Iverson himself had come to believe his own hype: that he lived in a world where celebrity is eternal and riches are everlasting. He was about that life even when he was no longer the fastest man on the court, as endorsement deals and long-term contracts became a thing of the past. Some in his inner circle saw the writing on the wall and encouraged Iverson to embrace life beyond basketball. But instead, he remained in denial. Not a Game is an impeccably researched, sometimes uncomfortable look at the factors that led to the rise and fall of a basketball superstar. In doing so, it illuminates the dark side of our modern day, multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment culture in which talented players are disposable and all too often success and tragedy wear the same number."-- Provided by publisher.

The hidden game of baseball : a revolutionary approach to baseball and its statistics

June 5, 2015
Thorn, John, 1947- author.
©1985
xx, 432 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"Originally published by Doubleday & Company, Inc. in 1984."--Title page verso.
The music of sphere and ash -- What's wrong with traditional baseball statistics -- The new statistics -- The linear weights system -- There's no place like home -- The theory of relativity and other absolute truths -- The good old days are now -- The book . . . and the computer -- Rising to the occasion -- 44 percent of baseball -- Measuring the unmeasurable -- What makes teams win -- Great single-season performances -- The ultimate baseball statistic -- Rumblings in the pantheon.

The dad report : fathers, sons, and baseball families

June 3, 2015
Cook, Kevin, 1956- author.
New York : W.W. Norton and Company, [2015]
272 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"In The Dad Report, award-wining sportswriter Kevin Cook weaves a tapestry of uplifting stories in which fathers and sons--from sport's superstars to Cook and his own ball-playing father--share the game"--provided by publisher.

Money and soccer : a soccernomics guide

June 3, 2015
Szymanski, Stefan, 1960-
New York : Nation Books, [2015]
xvi, 298 pages ; 21 cm
"Why Chievo Verona, Unterhaching, and Scunthorpe United will never win the Champions League, why Manchester City, Roma, and Paris St. Germain can, and why Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Manchester United cannot be stopped."

Year of the dunk : a modest defiance of gravity

June 3, 2015
Price, Asher, author.
New York : Crown Publishers,[2015]
x, 269 pages ; 25 cm
The run-up. Assembling the gurus ; Evolution and the dunk -- The year of the dunk. The dunking year begins : twelve months to go ; Taking the measure of the man ; A natural history of leaping ; The rise of the dunk ; Besting the Fates ; A dunk contest : six months to go ; Girl on fire ; "Dayenu" ; Psyching myself up ; Aiming too high ; So, can white men jump? ; It's gotta be the shoes : one month to go ; Jumping secrets of the Ninjas ; Carrying capacity -- The touchdown. Allez hop!

Split season: 1981 : Fernandomania, the Bronx zoo, and the strike that saved baseball

June 3, 2015
Katz, Jeff.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2015.
x, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Pre-pre-season, December 1980-February 1981 -- Spring Training, February-April -- Opening Day, April-June -- Life during striketime, June -- "It's getting very nasty in there," July -- Start me up, July 31-August 9 -- Reopening day, August 10-October 5 -- Postseason, October 6-19 -- World Series, October 20-28 -- Beyond the split season, November 1981-present.
"1981 was a watershed moment in American sports, when players turned an oligarchy of owners into a game where they had a real voice. Midway through the season, a game-changing strike ripped baseball apart, the first time a season had ever been stopped in the middle because of a strike. Marvin Miller and the Players' Association squared off against Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and the owners in a fight to protect players' rights to free agency and defend America's pastime. Though a time-bomb was ticking as the 1981 season began, the game rose to impressive--and now legendary--heights. Pete Rose chased Stan Musial's National League hit record and rookie Fernando Valenzuela was creating a sensation as the best pitcher in the league when the stadiums went dark and the players went on strike. For the first time in modern history, there were first and second-half champions and the two teams with the overall best records in the National League were not awarded playoff berths. When the season resumed after an absence of 712 games, the season picked up again with a Nolan Ryan no-hitter. The Dodgers bested their long-time rivals in a Yankees-Dodgers World Series, the last classic matchup of those storied opponents. Pulling from incredible and extensive interviews with almost all of the strike's major players, Split Season: 1981 brings back the on-field and off-field drama of an unforgettable baseball year"-- Provided by publisher.

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