New Arrivals · Sports & Outdoor Recreation

November 9, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Roaring back : the fall and rise of Tiger Woods

November 8, 2019
Sampson, Curt, author.
New York : Diversion Publishing, 2019.
253 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"The incredible true story of Tiger Woods's dramatic return to glory at the 2019 Masters following his humbling and very public personal, physical, and professional setbacks. One publicly imploded marriage. Two car accidents. Eight surgeries. And now, a miracle of hard work and storied talent: five Masters wins. Once hailed as 'the greatest closer in history' before he fell further than any beloved athlete in America's memory, Tiger swung at the world's wildest expectations and beat the skeptics with his April 2019 championship. Roaring Back traces his road to Augusta and the improbable, phenomenal comeback of one of the greatest golfers in history. New York Times bestselling author Curt Sampson details the highs and lows of Woods’s career in three gripping acts. From his startling loss at the 2009 PGA Championship, detrimental obsession with his swing, and that infamous night involving an ex-wife and a nine-iron…to adoring fans and lucrative sponsors turning their backs, exclusive interviews with past instructors and PGA tour peers, and an arrest complete with a toxicology report…finally to Tiger coming from behind for his fifth green jacket as the crowd rumbled in Georgia, and how his comeback rivals those of the most dramatic in his sport. Sampson also places Woods’s defeats and triumphs in the context of historic comebacks by other notable golfers like Ben Hogan, Skip Alexander, Aaron Silton, and Charlie Beljan, finding the forty-three-year-old alone on the green for his trajectory of victory against all odds. As this enthralling book reveals, Tiger never doubted the perseverance of the winner in the mirror."

The City game : triumph, scandal, and a legendary basketball team

November 7, 2019
Goodman, Matthew, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]
xvi, 430 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Preface -- Harvard-on-Hudson -- The Bridge of Sighs -- Epilogue.
New York's City College was a tuition-free, merit-based college in Harlem known far more for its intellectual achievements and political radicalism than its athletic prowess. In 1949-1950 every single member of the City College Beavers was either Jewish or African American. Under the guidance of the legendary former player Nat Holman, this unheralded group of city kids would stun the basketball world by becoming the only team in history to win the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same year. During the following season, all of the team's starting five were arrested by New York City detectives, charged with conspiring with gamblers to shave points. Goodman creates a portrait of an era when college basketball was far more popular than the professional game, gangsters controlled illegal sports betting, and everyone was getting rich-- except for the young men who actually played the games. -- adapted from jacket

Scholastic year in sports.

November 6, 2019
New York : Scholastic Inc., c2003-
v. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.

Run to overcome : the inspiring story of an American champion's long-distance quest to achieve a big dream

October 30, 2019
Keflezighi, Meb, author.
Carol Stream, IL : Tyndale Momentum, [2014]
xii, 270 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
An American dream -- Out of Eritrea -- Coming to America -- UCLA days : student first, athlete second -- Turning pro and living small -- Athens -- another joyous moment -- Love story -- Life on the run : the elite game -- Trials and tribulations : a test of faith -- King of New York -- The bell lap -- Boston.
The inspirational story of Meb Keflezighi, the first American man in 31 years to win the Boston Marathon.

'This is what the top feels like' : Brian Kelly and the greatest team in Cincinnati football history

October 30, 2019
Koch, Bill, 1953-
252 pages : black and white photographs ; 23 cm
"Photos courtesy of the University of Cincinnati Athletic Dept. except where noted."--Title page.
'Clearly the best team I've ever seen' -- 'There goes Mardy' -- An unconventional coach -- Unranked -- Pike's awakening -- 'This team is a special team' -- 'We just cared about winning' -- Spotlight: 'We need a Cincinnati flavor' -- New twist to an ancient rivalry -- Spotlight: Pike for Heisman -- Pead and the Bearcats rule Ohio -- Pike goes down -- Collaros' first start -- Spotlight: Mitch's mission -- Collaros in charge -- Mardy on Tuesday or Mardy on Saturday? -- Pike returns -- Pike to Binns -- Kelly says goodbye -- The Sugar Bowl -- Hall of fame -- Team roster -- Season in review -- Season statistics.
"The greatest team in Cincinnati football history began the 2009 season unranked. It then proceeded to go 12-0 during the regular season despite losing star quarterback Tony Pike to injury for three games and parts of two others midway through the season. The Bearcats didn't skip a beat under backup quarterback Zach Collaros and rose to No. 3 in the BCS Standings by the end of the season, narrowly missing a chance to play for the national championship. Only days after the Bearcats staged a stirring comeback to beat Pittsburgh for the Big East title, head coach Brian Kelly left for Notre Dame, setting them up for a jarring defeat against Florida in the Sugar Bowl. This is the story of that remarkable season seen through the eyes of Kelly and his players, who lifted Cincinnati to a level of national prominence in college football that it had never before experienced. The season ended in disappointment and bitterness but that didn't overshadow what the Bearcats accomplished as they lifted up a city that was thrilled to climb aboard for the exhilarating ride."--Amazon website.

Beautiful on the outside : a memoir

October 25, 2019
Rippon, Adam, 1989- author.
245 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color portraits ; 24 cm
Former Olympic figure skater Rippon showcases his funny and inspiring personality in this entertaining memoir. From traveling to practices on the Greyhound bus next to ex convicts to being so poor he could only afford to eat the free apples at his gym, Rippon got through the toughest times with a smile on his face, a glint in his eye, and quip ready for anyone listening.

Montana horse racing : a history

October 24, 2019
Wahler, Brenda L., author.
Charleston, SC : History Press, 2019.
269 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Introduction: Montana's horse racing history -- In the beginning -- Fort Union to Fort Benton -- Virginia City: fast horses and vigilantes -- Deer Lodge: from racetrack to ranching -- Montana's derby horse: Spokane -- Historic Helena: when the Queen City reigned -- Butte and Anaconda: the highest highs and the lowest lows -- Daly's domain: Hamilton and the Bitter Root Stock Farm -- Galloping in the Gallatin: Bozeman and the Beaumont -- The Phoenix: determined Missoula -- Billings: Running under the Rims -- The "Bushy-Bush": rural Montana racing -- Montana's "Lady Jocks" -- Miles City: wild horses dragged them in -- Great Falls: Racing in the Electric City -- Native Future -- The horse and its future.
"For centuries, on prairie grasslands, dusty streets and racing ovals, everyday Montanans participated in the sport of kings. More than a century after horses arrived in the region, Lewis and Clark's Nez Perce guides staged horse races at Traveler's Rest in 1806. In response to hazardous street races, the Montana legislature granted communities authority to ban "immoderate riding or driving." Helena led the way to respectable racing, with Madam Coady's fashion course hosting the first territorial fair in 1868. Soon, leading citizens like Marcus Daly built oval tracks and glitzy grandstands. By 1890, a horse named Bob Wade set a world record for a quarter mile in Butte, a mark that stood until 1958. Horsewoman and historian Brenda Wahler highlights the Big Sky's patrons of the turf and courageous equine champions, including Kentucky Derby winner Spokane." -- Publisher's website.

Three seconds in Munich : the controversial 1972 Olympic basketball final

October 23, 2019
Sweet, David, 1963- author.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2019]
xviii, 225 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The guns of September -- A noble history -- "The games must go on" -- Team building -- Going for gold -- Hornswoggled -- "And this time it is over" -- Was the fix in? -- Taking a stand -- Picking up pieces -- Joyous reunion -- Searching for a silver lining.

The official history of the FIFA World Cup

October 22, 2019
London : Carlton Books, 2019.
320 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Packed with researched action photographs, and including never-before-published official documents and memorabilia from the FIFA World Football Museum, this authoritative book covers all 21 FIFA World Cups.

No excuses : the making of a head coach

October 22, 2019
Stoops, Bob, author.
New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
viii, 305 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 25 cm.
Includes index.
When Bob Stoops took over as football coach in 1999, the Oklahoma Sooners were in disarray with back-to-back losing seasons. But in just two years' time, Stoops achieved the seemingly impossible: winning a national championship and returning the struggling Sooners to their powerhouse status, churning out NFL talent, Heisman Trophy winners and conference championships, bowl wins and national title runs on a regular basis. During his 18 seasons at OU, his record was a remarkable 190-48. At only age 56, at the peak of his career, he stunned the college football world by walking away. For the first time, Bob opens up about his career alongside the evolution of the game itself. From his unlikely emergence as a star player at the University of Iowa, to his coaching apprenticeships under giants like Hayden Fry, Bill Snyder, and Steve Spurrier, Stoops recounts how the game he fell in love with as a boy has evolved into a billion-dollar business often compromised by recruiting wars, aggressive agents, overzealous boosters and alumni, and the emergence of the CEO head coach rather than mentor and teacher. Bob holds nothing back while explaining why it was time to step away from the game--and players--he still loves. Told with a rare combination of sincerity, vulnerability, and pure heart, No Excuses is both an engaging and eye-opening football memoir and an unprecedented portrait of a coach of one of the greatest legacy programs in the history of the college game.

Lady Tigers in the concrete jungle : how softball and sisterhood saved lives in the South Bronx

October 11, 2019
Baer, Dibs, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
xviii, 253 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm

Curveball : how I discovered true fulfillment after chasing fortune and fame

October 3, 2019
Zito, Barry, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2019]
xxi, 243 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Fame, Shame, and the Love of the Game -- Half-Italian, All-American -- Let the Games Begin -- The Point of Release Is Everything -- Method to the Madness -- At Least Now We're in the Building -- Ride That Wave -- Creating My Own Monster -- Tattoo That Number on Your Forehead -- Trying Everything, Getting Nowhere -- Nobody's Fault but Mine -- But He Was Never There, Until Right Now -- Stay on Your Side of the Fence -- No Regrets, No What-Ifs -- The Tale of Two Rings -- God's Gift of Mercer -- The Gospel According to Barry Zito -- Barry Zito Baseball Career Awards and Stats.
"The painfully honest and personal story of one of baseball's most intriguing players. For years, Barry Zito lived as a walking personification of the American Dream. Professionally, he was at the top of his game as a Cy Young Award winner in Major League Baseball. Financially, he signed the richest contract that had ever been given to a pitcher -- seven years for $126 million. Socially, he was one of the most eligible bachelors in Hollywood. Yet for years Barry Zito was miserable. Despite achieving the kind of fame and fortune that most people only dream about, he was plagued by both internal forces and external circumstances that robbed him of any sense of peace -- until he finally found a purpose worth living for."-- From publisher's description.

One-way ticket : nine lives on two wheels

October 3, 2019
Vaughters, Jonathan, 1973- author.
339 pages ; 21 cm
First published in Great Britain by Quercus, an imprint of Hachette, 2019.
Part 1: 1986-1988 -- Dead last -- Breakaway at Buckeye -- The orange Volvo Station Wagon -Moab -- Part 2: 1989-1995 -- The golden generation -- The grand adventure -- Ventrically challenged-Reality Bites -- Part 3: 1996 -- The end of innocence -- Bury my bike in Burgos -- 'Viva la Quimica!'-Goodfellas -- Part 4: 1997-2000 -- Hello, Edgar -- Going postal -- The puppet show-Passage du Gois -- Part 5: 2001-2006 -- Addicted-The Sting -- Into the dark -- Doug and the deal-Election Day -- Part 6: 2009-2012 -- The battle for Brad -- Do the right thing-Game Over -- Part 7: 2010-2019 -- Mergers and acquisitions -Roubaix -- Hanging on-Educating JV -- Break-up.
"Jonathan Vaughters' story is the story of modern cycling. From his early years as a keen cyclist in his hometown in Colorado to his unflinching rite of passage as a professional rider with US Postal to his elevation as one of cycling's most resilient, ethical and intelligent team bosses, the highs and lows of his career have mirrored those of the sport itself. Vaughters has had a front-row seat for most of the major events in cycling over the past three decades. He was both a former teammate of Lance and a leading witness against him. And he went on to renounce doping and start the first pro cycling team to dedicate itself to clean riding, which has grown into one of the most successful teams competing today and started a movement that has swept across the sport. This is also not simply a story of races won and lost: Vaughters shows readers how he navigated the complex, international business of building Slipstream into a world-class cycling team. Over the past decade, he has led the sport out of the scandal-plagued Armstrong era. By presenting the world with a team made of talented racers built around a rigorous approach to clean racing, he set a new standard within cycling that has since spread across the peloton. Written from the unique perspective of both a racer and a team manager, One-Way Ticket gives the complete story of what it takes to build a winning team and repair the reputation of a sport"-- Provided by publisher.

The unlikely thru-hiker : an Appalachian Trail journey

October 2, 2019
Lugo, Derick, author.
Boston, MA : Appalachian Mountain Club Books, [2019]
x, 210 pages ; 23 cm
"The memoir of a young African American man from New York City who decides to attempt a thru-hike of the entire 2,190-mile Appalachian Trial. "-- Provided by publisher.

NFL 100 : a century of pro football

September 20, 2019
New York : Abrams, 2019.
287 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
"Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes eight framable prints of the best players and top moments in NFL history."--Barnes & Noble website.
Foreward -- 1920s -- 1930s -- 1940s -- 1950s -- 1960s -- 1970s -- 1980s -- 1990s -- 2000s -- 2010s.
"Timed to coincide with the National Football League's 100th anniversary, NFL 100 celebrates the history of America's most popular and highly watched sport. From its humble beginnings in Canton, Ohio, to its emergence as a sport cherished by millions, all the key moments and famous athletes are honored within the pages of this handsomely produced book. In addition to the lively text, and action and portrait photography, the story of the game and the context in which it grew are animated by original lists, charts, creative statistics, and infographics, along with beautiful photos of the evolving equipment and artifacts essential to the story of the sport. A perfect gift, NFL 100 will be cherished by every football fan, new or old."--Amazon.

Behind the curtain : real pro wrestling stories

September 20, 2019
Cornette, Jim, author.
San Diego : IDW Publishing, 2019.
1 volume : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm

What is a girl worth? : my story of breaking the silence and exposing the truth about Larry Nassar and USA gymnastics

September 16, 2019
Denhollander, Rachael, 1984- author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale Momentum, the nonfiction imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2019]
xiii, 334 pages ; 24 cm
"Recipient of Sports Illustrated's Inspiration of the Year Award and one of Time's 100 Most Influential People (2018) "Who is going to tell these little girls that what was done to them matters? That they are seen and valued, that they are not alone and they are not unprotected?" Rachael Denhollander's voice was heard around the world when she spoke out to end the most shocking scandal in US gymnastics history. The first victim to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who abused hundreds of young athletes, Rachael now reveals her full story for the first time. How did Nassar get away with it for so long? How did Rachael and the other survivors finally stop him and bring him to justice? And how can we protect the vulnerable in our own families, churches, and communities? What Is a Girl Worth? is the inspiring true story of Rachael's journey from an idealistic young gymnast to a strong and determined woman who found the courage to raise her voice against evil, even when she thought the world might not listen. This deeply personal and compelling narrative shines a spotlight on the physical and emotional impact of abuse, why so many survivors are reluctant to speak out, what it means to be believed, the extraordinary power of faith and forgiveness, and how we can learn to do what's right in the moments that matter most"-- Provided by publisher.

The lucky thirteen : the winners of America's Triple Crown of horse racing

September 16, 2019
Bowen, Edward L., author.
302 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"In more than a century of American Thoroughbred racing, only thirteen horses have won the Triple Crown (the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes, all won in the same season). Veteran turf writer and racing historian Edward L. Bowen takes us through the rich history of one of the most formidable and exciting challenges in all of sport. Bowen covers the trainers, owners, and jockeys who etched their names into the annals of thoroughbred racing, and the "lucky thirteen" who captured all three jewels of the Triple Crown, racing's most prestigious prize." -- Provided by publisher.

Tough luck : Sid Luckman, Murder, Inc., and the rise of the modern NFL

September 9, 2019
Rosen, Richard Dean, 1949- author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2019.
x, 306 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"In the long annals of sports and crime, no story compares to the one that engulfed the Luckman family in 1935. As eighteen-year-old Sid Luckman made headlines across New York City for his football exploits at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, his father, Meyer Luckman, was making headlines in the same papers for a very different reason: the gangland murder of his own brother-in-law. Amazingly, after Sid became a star at Columbia and then led the Chicago Bears to multiple NFL championships, all while Meyer wasted away in Sing Sing, the connection between sports celebrity son and mobster father was ignored by the press and then overlooked for eight decades. Tough Luck traces two historic developments connected by a single immigrant family in Depression-era New York: the rise of the National Football League through the dynastic Chicago Bears, whose famed owner George Halas convinced Sid Luckman to help him turn the sluggish game of pro football into America's favorite pastime; and the demise-triggered by Meyer Luckman's crime-of the Brooklyn labor rackets and of Louis Lepke's infamous organization Murder Inc. Filled with colorful characters-from ambitious district attorney turned governor Thomas Dewey and legendary columnist Walter Winchell, to Sid Luckman's rival quarterback "Slingin'" Sammy Baugh; from hit men like "Tick Tock" Tannenbaum, to Sid's powerful post-career friends Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio-Tough Luck unforgettably evokes an era of vicious Brooklyn mobsters and undefeated Monsters of the Midway, a time when the media kept their mouths shut and the soft-spoken son of a murderer could become a beloved Hall of Fame legend with a hidden past"-- Provided by publisher.

Overtime : Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the crossroads of college football

September 5, 2019
Bacon, John U., 1964- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
viii, 424 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

No barriers : a blind man's journey to kayak the Grand Canyon

September 4, 2019
Weihenmayer, Erik, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2019
xiii, 200 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"The young adult adaptation" --Cover.
Erik Weihenmayer presents an exhilarating adventure story of arduous mountain climbing and whitewater kayaking, but he also offers broader life lessons. A wonderful tribute to the greatness of the human spirit.

Faith through flames : the Jim VanDeGrift story

August 27, 2019
Henderson, Joe, 1951- author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Joe Henderson], [2019]
165 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Date and publisher information from Amazon.
"Foreword by Marty Roe"--Cover.
The true and miraculous story of a beloved high school football coach and a fiery accident. Doctors said Jim VanDeGrift wouldn't live through the night. But a small-town on its knees took the case to a higher power.

NFL century : the one-hundred-year rise of America's greatest sports league

August 23, 2019
Horrigan, Joe, author.
xii, 370 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
From the executive director of the NFL Hall of Fame comes a sweeping and lively history of the NFL, timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary season. Compelling, eye-opening, and authoritative, it is a must-read for NFL fans and anyone who loves the game of football.

Into the planet : my life as a cave diver

August 19, 2019
Heinerth, Jill, author.
273 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color portraits ; 24 cm
Published in Canada in 2019 by Doubleday Canada.
"From one of the world's most renowned cave divers, a firsthand account of exploring the earth's final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planet. More people have died exploring underwater caves than climbing Mount Everest, and we know more about deep space than we do about the depths of our oceans. From one of the top cave divers working today--and one of the very few women in her field--Into the Planet blends science, adventure, and memoir to bring readers face-to-face with the terror and beauty of earth's remaining unknowns and the extremes of human capability. Jill Heinerth--the first person in history to dive deep into an Antarctic iceberg and leader of a team that discovered the ancient watery remains of Mayan civilizations--has descended farther into the inner depths of our planet than any other woman. She takes us into the harrowing split-second decisions that determine whether a diver makes it back to safety, the prejudices that prevent women from pursuing careers underwater, and her endeavor to recover a fallen friend's body from the confines of a cave. But there's beauty beyond the danger of diving, and while Heinerth swims beneath our feet in the lifeblood of our planet, she works with biologists discovering new species, physicists tracking climate change, and hydrogeologists examining our finite freshwater reserves. Written with hair-raising intensity, Into the Planet is the first book to deliver an intimate account of cave diving, transporting readers deep into inner space, where fear must be reconciled and a mission's success balances between knowing one's limits and pushing the envelope of human endurance." --Amazon.

Run like a girl 365 days a year : a practical, personal, inspirational guide for women athletes

August 9, 2019
Samuels, Mina author.
© 2019.
xi, 324 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
A fresh take on the thought-a-day books geared toward women athletes.


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