New Arrivals · Sports & Outdoor Recreation

March 26, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

They said it couldn't be done : the '69 Mets, New York City, and the most astounding season in baseball history

March 25, 2019
Coffey, Wayne R., author.
New York : Crown Publishers, 2019.
289 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"The story of the '69 Mets as it has never been told before--against the backdrop of the space race, Stonewall, and Vietnam, set in an ever-changing New York City. With dogged reporting and a storyteller's eye for detail, Coffey finds the beating heart of a baseball family. Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Mets' remarkable transformation.--Provided by publisher.

Hiking Ohio.

March 22, 2019
Guilford, Conn. : Falcon, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press,
v. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
"A guide to Ohio's greatest hiking adventures."

Let's play two : the legend of Mr. Cub, the life of Ernie Banks

March 20, 2019
Rapoport, Ron, author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2019.
ix, 454 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue: Omaha -- A blessed child. 1717 Fairmount ; Booker T ; On the road ; Leaving home -- Apprenticeship. Monarchs of all they surveyed ; Army life ; "Going to Chicago, sorry I can't take you" -- Ernie Banks and Mr. Cub. North side, South side ; The master builder ; Future shock ; MVP! MVP! ; The slough of despond ; The once and future Cub ; Let's play two ; The rock of the family ; Bright college days ; "He was why we fell in love with the game" ; The lull before the storm -- Himself. Taking over ; "Daddy, where were you?" ; Teammates ; And yet so far ; The most unpopular man in Chicago ; "This is not an eighth-place team" -- The best of times, the worst of times. "Change the flag!" ; Bleacher bums ; In the world ; "Break out the champagne" ; A bunch of old men ; Questions and answers ; Riding the pines ; Sunday in America ; Coda -- Being Ernie Banks. Man at work ; Family ties ; "How's your wife?" ; Rounding third ; Epilogue: Graceland.
"The definitive and revealing biography of Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, one of America's most iconic, beloved, and misunderstood baseball players, by acclaimed journalist Ron Rapoport"-- Provided by publisher.

After the miracle : the lasting brotherhood of the '69 Mets

March 15, 2019
Shamsky, Art, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
325 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The idea -- The lovable losers -- Opening day -- The streak -- The clubhouse lawyer -- A rivalry is born -- The imperfect game -- One small step for man, one giant leap for the Mets -- Gil sends a message -- The comeback -- The black cat -- Look who's no. 1 -- Expecting the unexpected -- The clincher -- A brave new world -- David versus Goliath -- Kooz to the rescue -- Agee puts on a clinic -- The catch -- A date with destiny -- To the victors go the spoils -- The journey -- Vineyard of dreams.
"The boys of summer of the 1969 'Miracle Mets,' this book brings together members of that team, including the author, and Mets' star player, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, as they reminisce about what made that team great"-- Provided by publisher.

26 marathons : what I learned about faith, identity, running, and life from my marathon career

March 15, 2019
Keflezighi, Meb, author.
New York : Rodale Books, [2019]
239 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
"Four-time Olympic marathoner Meb Keflezighi shares his lessons on life, family, faith, and running through a reflection on each of the 26 marathons he's run in his storied career. When four-time Olympian Meb Keflezighi ran his final marathon in New York City on November 5, 2017, it marked the end of an extraordinary distance-running career. Meb will be remembered as the only person in history to win both the Boston and New York City marathons as well as an Olympic marathon silver medal. Meb's last marathon was also his 26th, and each of those 26 marathons has come with its own unique challenges, rewards, and outcomes for him. Through focused narrative, Meb describes key moments and triumphs that made each marathon a unique learning experience and shows runners--whether recreational or professional--how to apply the lessons he's learned to their own running and lives. Chronologically organized by marathon, 26 Marathons offers wisdom Meb has gleaned about life, family, identity, and faith in addition to tips about running, training, and nutrition. Equal parts inspiration and practical advice, this book will provide readers an inside look at the life and success of one of the greatest runners living today"-- Provided by publisher.

Pounding the rock : basketball dreams and real life in a Bronx high school

March 7, 2019
Skelton, Marc, 1974- author.
New York : Doubleday, 2019.
xvi, 236 pages ; 22 cm
"Welcome to Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School, in a working-class corner of the Bronx, where a driven coach inspires his teams to win games and championship--and learn Russian history and graduate and go on to college"--Provided by publisher.

Unwavering perseverance : an olympic gold medalist finds peace

March 7, 2019
Wineberg, Mary, author.
vii, 119 pages : portraits ; 23 cm.
"The story of Mary Wineberg is one of extraordinary perseverance. She overcame astronomical odds and monumental challenges to grace the top step of the Olympic podium. Her path to Olympic Gold is unlike any the sport has ever seen. She was not a high school standout. She was not a star in college, and she came up short five years in a row trying to run post-collegiately. How could a young girl, abandoned by her mother, and from a disadvantaged background, take what seemed to be average talent all the way to Olympic gold? She is truly an inspiration to all!"--Back cover.

Running home : a memoir

March 6, 2019
Arnold, Katie, author.
New York : Random House, [2019]
xv, 358 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

The impossible climb : Alex Honnold, El Capitan, and the climbing life

March 5, 2019
Synnott, Mark, author.
New York, New York : Dutton, [2018]
viii, 405 pages, 16 unnumered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The Hon is going to freesolo El Cap -- Crazy kids of America -- A vision of the stone masters' lightning -- Stone monkey -- Crashing the gravy train on the vertical mile -- The secret weapon, Mr. safety, and Jimmy Chin -- Non-profit -- Secret dawn walls -- Alex's amygdala -- The source -- "Her attitude is awesome ..." -- Fun.
"One slip, one false move, one missed toehold, and you're dead. Alex Honnold, the #1 free solo climber in the world, chose the route known as Freerider on Yosemite's El Capitan, a series of pitches so hard that it's newsworthy when someone free climbs it with a rope. No one had ever 'free soloed' it before; only a few people have ever even contemplated it. That four-hour climb on June 3, 2017, was, simply, one of the boldest feats in human history. At the same time, it was almost unbearable to watch--as Mark Synnott did"-- Provided by publisher.

Triathlon for the every woman : you can be a triathlete, yes, you

March 5, 2019
Atwood, Meredith, author.
Boston : Da Capo Lifelong, 2019.
328 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Making the decision to become a triathlete -- Getting started -- Coaching and community -- Safety and smartness -- A brief interlude on data -- The swim -- The bike -- The run -- Other important training stuff -- The mental game -- Nutrition and the scale -- The trifecta: family, work, and triathlon -- Tri through tough times -- Lost in transition -- Race preparation and race day -- To long-distance triathlon and beyond.

Walking Hadrian's Wall

March 5, 2019
Niehoff, Buck, author.
207 pages : black and white photographs ; 23 cm
"On the orders of Emperor Hadrian in 122 AD, a great wall was constructed, coast to coast, across northern England. Separating the tribes in what is now Scotland from the Roman occupied area of Great Britain, this massive structure was one of the glories of the Empire. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes a path along its 84-mile length. Walking this trail to celebrate his seventieth birthday, the author shares the camaraderie of his three companions and other hikers, including a couple of dogs, who join them along the way. He struggles over the unexpectedly rugged, desolate terrain and discovers the spiritual magic of the hiking trail that clarifies the transition to his seventh decade."--Publisher's website.

The Cloudbuster Nine : the untold story of Ted Williams and the baseball team that helped win World War II

March 4, 2019
Keene, Anne R., author.
New York, NY : Sports Publishing, [2018]
xx, 351 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Prologue: Babe's Yanklands versus the Navy pilots, July 28, 1943 -- Foreword / by Claudia Williams -- Part I -- MAY 11, 1943. The "baseball squad" ; The comeback kid ; Ration-league baseball -- Part II -- The trunk. A trunk holding secrets ; The size of the dream ; My new friend Ted ; A dream team ; A train to Durham ; The last living player ; A batboy's perspective ; Ted who? -- Part III -- The world's most difficult training program. The pre-flight spark ; Tom Hamilton, the fighting American ; Winning the one big game -- Part IV -- The right stuff. The right stuff culture ; Caldwell Hall -- the theory of flight ; The fathers of survival training -- Part V -- Graham's field of dreams. When the Navy marched into Chapel Hill -- Part VI -- Playing baseball military style. Walking billboards for baseball and that ain't all ; The season continues ; Babe's last at-bat -- the Yanklands -- Part VII -- Graduation. Ted's next station ; A Cloudbuster reunion in Hawaii ; The nine -- after the war and the .5 percent ; Extra innings -- Part VIII -- Always a baseball player. The love of the game ; Longing for the old leaguer -- Epilogue: Forever a batboy.
"In 1943, while the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals were winning pennants and meeting in that year's World Series, one of the nation's strongest baseball teams practiced on a skinned-out college field in the heart of North Carolina. Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain were among a cadre of fighter-pilot cadets who wore the Cloudbuster Nine baseball jersey at an elite Navy training school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a child, Anne Keene's father, Jim Raugh, suited up as the team batboy and mascot. He got to know his baseball heroes personally, watching players hit the road on cramped, tin-can buses, dazzling factory workers, kids, and service members at dozens of games, including a war-bond exhibition with Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium. Jimmy followed his baseball dreams as a college All-American but was crushed later in life by a failed major-league bid with the Detroit Tigers. He would have carried this story to his grave had Anne not discovered his scrapbook from a Navy school that shaped America's greatest heroes including George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, John Glenn, and Paul "Bear" Bryant. With the help of rare images and insights from World War II baseball veterans such as Dr. Bobby Brown and Eddie Robinson, the story of this remarkable team is brought to life for the first time in The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II"--Dust jacket flap.

A beautiful work in progress : a memoir

March 4, 2019
Valerio, Mirna, author.
303 pages ; illustration ; 21 cm
Includes Appendix and Supplementary materials information at the end of the book.
Mirna Valerio has tied on her running shoes all across the country, from the dusty back roads of central New Jersey, to the busy Route 222 corridor in Pennsylvania, to the sweltering deserts of Arizona. When someone meets her on the trail, they might be surprised to see she doesn't quite fit the typical image of a long-distance runner. She's neither skinny nor white, and she's here to show just how misguided these stereotypes can be. In this prejudice-busting, body-positive memoir told with raw honesty, an adventurous spirit, and a sharp sense of humor, Valerio takes listeners along on her journey from first-time racer to ultramarathoner and proves that anyone can become a successful athlete.

This much country : a memoir

February 27, 2019
Pace, Kristin Knight.
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
327 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
A memoir from one of only a handful of women to have completed both the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod. In 2009, after a crippling divorce that left her heartbroken and directionless, Kristin decided to accept an offer to live at a friend's cabin outside of Denali National Park in Alaska for a few months. In exchange for housing, she would take care of her friend's eight sled dogs. That winter, she learned that she was tougher than she ever knew. She learned how to survive in one of the most remote places on earth and she learned she was strong enough to be alone. She fell in love twice: first with running sled dogs, and then with Andy, a gentle man who had himself moved to Alaska to heal a broken heart. Kristin and Andy married and started a sled dog kennel. While this work was enormously satisfying, Kristin became determined to complete the Iditarod -- the 1,000-mile dogsled race from Anchorage, in south central Alaska, to Nome on the western Bering Sea coast.

Secrets of successful coaching : winning tips & advice from 50 of America's most successful coaches

February 25, 2019
Bach, Greg, author.
xiv, 223 pages ; 23 cm
Yael Averbuch (soccer) -- Jennie Baranczyk (basketball) -- Doug Bruno (basketball) -- Jenny Boucek (basketball) -- Caroline Burckle (swimming) -- Jillian Carroll (soccer) -- Patrick Chambers (basketball) -- Chris Collins (basketball) -- Ty Detmer (football) -- Terry Fair (football) -- P.J. Fleck (football) -- David Fulcher (football) -- Jerod Haase (basketball) -- John Harbaugh (football) -- Monique Henderson (track) -- Ken Hitchcock (hockey) -- Misty Hyman (swimming) -- Kara Lynn Joyce (swimming) -- Karch Kiraly (volleyball) -- Mike Krzyzewski (basketball) -- Jim Larranga (basketball) -- Thomas Lott (football) -- Joe Maddon (baseball) -- Danny Manning (football) -- Cuonzo Martin (basketball) -- Mike Matheny (baseball) -- Nikki McCray-Penson (basketball) -- Archie Miller (basketball) -- DeLisha Milton-Jones (basketball) -- Porter Moser (baskeball) -- Philip Montgomery (football) -- Eric Musselman (basketball) -- Ken Niumatalolo (football) -- Leah O'Brien-Amico (softball) -- Cat Osterman (softball) -- Sean Payton (football) -- Samantha Peszek (gymnastics) -- Tyrone Poole (football) -- Matt Rhule (football) -- Greg Schiano (football) -- David Shaw (football) -- Buck Showalter (baseball) -- Audra Smith (basketball) -- Charlotte Smith (basketball) -- Lisa Stockton (basketball) -- John Tauer (basketball) -- Stephanie Wheeler (wheelchair basketball) -- Monty Williams (basketball) -- Roy Williams (basketball) -- Christy Winters-Scott (basketball) -- Marissa Young (softball).
"An impressive list of accomplished professional athletes share their insight and offer advice to volunteer coaches of youth sports"-- Provided by publisher.

Let's play two : the life and times of Ernie Banks

February 22, 2019
Wilson, Doug, 1961- author.
xiii, 239 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
"Distributed by NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK"--Title page verso.
When Ernie Banks passed away in 2015, he was regarded as one of the most beloved men in baseball history. Making his start as a shortstop with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues as a teenager, Banks went on to become the first African American to play for the Chicago Cubs. Known affectionately as "Mr. Cub," he brought exceptional talent and boundless optimism to the game of baseball, earning him a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a place in the Hall of Fame. In Let's Play Two: The Life and Times of Ernie Banks, Doug Wilson explores the life of one of baseball's most immortal figures, from his humble beginnings as a young boy living in the segregated South to his last few years and the public battles over his remains and will. Drawing on interviews of those close to Banks from all stages of his life, Wilson presents a portrait of the baseball player not just as an athlete, but also as a complex man with ambitious goals and hidden pains. Ernie Banks's enthusiasm and skill transcended issues of race and helped him to become one of the most highly-regarded men in baseball. Offering details that have never before been printed, this book discusses Banks's athletic prowess as well as the legacy he left behind. Let's Play Two is the essential Ernie Banks biography for sports fans and historians alike.

100 dives of a lifetime : the world's utlimate underwater destinations

February 19, 2019
Miller, Carrie, (Writer), author.
Washington, DC : National Geographic, [2019]
399 pages : color illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Foreword / by Brian Skerry -- Introduction -- Dive destinations -- Part 1. Beginner dives -- Part 2. Intermediate dives -- Part 3. Advanced dives -- Complete list of destinations -- Diving and conservations resources.

No beast so fierce : the terrifying true story of the Champawat Tiger, the deadliest animal in history

February 8, 2019
Huckelbridge, Dane, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, 2019.
xvi, 280 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
The full measure of a tiger -- The making of a man-eater -- A monarch in exile -- The finest of her fauna -- The hunt begins -- Darkness falls -- Together, in the old way -- On hostile ground -- An ambush in the making -- A literal valley of death -- Confronting the beast -- A moment of silence -- An unlikely savior.
In 1900 the single deadliest animal in recorded history began stalking humans, moving like a phantom through the lush foothills of the Himalayas. As the death toll reached an astonishing 436 lives, a young local hunter was dispatched to stop the now-legendary man-eater before it struck again. This is the gripping, true account of the Champawat Tiger and Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter who pursued it. Huckelbridge's masterful telling also reveals that the tiger, Corbett, and the forces that brought them together are far more complex and fascinating than a simple man-versus-beast tale.--Provided by publisher.

Cincinnati's 150-year opening day history : the hoopla started with a parade

February 8, 2019
Freking, Randy, author.
Cincinnati, OH : Cincinnati Book Publishing, c2018.
ix, 334 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Includes index.
Copy located in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room has original color pictorial paper wrappers.

The Giants of the Polo Grounds : the glorious times of baseball's New York Giants

February 7, 2019
Hynd, Noel.
Los Angeles, California : Red Cat Tales Publishing LLC, 2019.
634 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Why we fight : one man's search for meaning inside the ring

January 18, 2019
Rosenblatt, Josh.
New York : Ecco, 2019.
207 pages ; 22 cm
"Josh Rosenblatt was thirty-three years old when he first realized he wanted to fight. A lifelong pacifist with a philosopher's hatred of violence and a dandy's aversion to exercise, he drank to excess, smoked passionately, ate indifferently, and mocked physical activity that didn't involve nudity. But deep down inside there was always some part of him that was attracted to the idea of fighting. So, after studying Muay Thai, Krav Maga, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and boxing, he decided, at age forty, that it was finally time to fight his first—and only—mixed martial arts match: all in the name of experience and transcending ancient fears. An insightful and moving rumination on the nature of fighting, Why We Fight takes us on his journey from the bleachers to the ring. Using his own training as an opportunity to understand how the sport illuminates basic human impulses, Rosenblatt weaves together cultural history, criticism, biology, and anthropology to understand what happens to the human body and mind when under attack, and to explore why he, a self-described 'cowardly boy from the suburbs,' discovered so much meaning in putting his body, and others', at risk."--Inside dust jacket.

Athletes, ethics, and morality

January 18, 2019
New York : Greenhaven Publishing, 2019.
197 pages ; 23 cm.
What responsibilities do we place on athletes? With leadership comes responsibility / Dr. Chris Stankovich -- Few people believe athletes are role models / Daryl Adair -- Choose wisely when considering role models? / Frank L. Smoll -- Don't heap the burden of role model on athletes / Daniel Gallan -- Athletes should not protest on the field / Joe Elerson -- Athletes can be agents of social change if we let them / Clark Mindock -- Are athletes paid fairly? Rich college programs need to pay their athletes / Kareem Abdul-Jabbar -- The NCAA argues for amateurism / Jon Solomon -- Student athletes must make academics a priority / Kimberly S. Miloch and Michelle Buggs -- The fans are to blame for athletes' salaries / Gene Callahan -- Athletes' high salaries are a good sign for all of us / William L. Anderson -- Athletes have a right to go for the money and success / Tangient LLC -- What responsibilities do athletes have to their leagues? Some teams have an unfair advantage / Northwestern Business Review -- The MLB needs a salary cap / Duncan Weinstein -- Team owners are reaping most of the rewards / Jim Pagels -- Do NBA owners care about balance? / Dave Berri -- Athletes are getting away with doping / David Epstein -- Gender pay equity in sports is only fair? / Kevin Netto -- What responsibility do team owners have to their players? Team owners are guardians of their teams and communities / Father Raymond J. de Souza -- The United States is a haven for carpetbagging sports owners / Jakub Frankowicz -- US sports leagues are given too much latitude / Ken Reed -- NFL regulation of team relocation is an uphill battle / Beau Lynott -- Local governments should buy the franchise instead of the stadium / Neil deMause -- Why should public money be used to build stadiums? / Elaine S. Povich -- Cities are making bad investments on sports teams / Alexis Garcia.
"Athletes have a unique power in our world today. Their astronomical salaries, enviable lifestyles, and celebrity have tremendous influence over young people. This is reflected in advertising dollars as well as merchandise and ticket sales. For every athlete who uses their platform for charitable, political, and social good, there are many whose unethical or even criminal behavior sends the wrong message. What is the responsibility of athletes to their fans, to their teams, and to their leagues? And how much responsibility do we hold for holding them in such high esteem? The viewpoints in this volume explore this complicated issue" -- Provided by publisher.

Still in the game : finding the faith to tackle life's biggest challenges

January 9, 2019
Still, Devon, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson, [2018]
ix, 243 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Recounts the football player's journey from one challenge to the next, sharing the deeper story behind the headlines that prepared him to help his daughter fight cancer.

The forgotten Bearcats : how Mick Cronin and a band of unsung players saved Cincinnati basketball

December 31, 2018
Koch, Bill, 1953-
241 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The Forgotten Bearcats: How Mick Cronin and a band of unsung players saved Cincinnati basketball is the story of Cronin's determination to put the program back on solid ground after it had reached one of the lowest points in its history in 2006, a year after Bob Huggins was fired. It's also the story of his players, mostly junior college transfers, who agreed to play on Cronin's first Cincinnati team under trying circumstances, absorbed the unavoidable losses, and helped to create the culture of hard work, defense and rebounding that has defined the Bearcats under Cronin. When Cronin took over, he inherited an angry fan base, a depleted roster, and a program that had been penalized by the NCAA for the poor academic performance of its players. It fell to Cronin and his staff to quickly assemble a roster, improve the academic situation and somehow try to be competitive in the Big East Conference, one of the most competitive leagues in the country. Twelve years later, thanks in large part to the foundation those players laid, the Bearcats have played in eight straight NCAA Tournaments and produced back-to-back 30-win seasons, re-establishing Cincinnati basketball as one of the top programs in the country."--Amazon website.

Modern coliseum : stadiums and American culture

December 28, 2018
Lisle, Benjamin D., author.
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2017]
321 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Introduction: Stadiums for the affluent society -- Urban intimacy, urban anxiety : stadium culture and the old city -- Fiction and function : new spaces for sport in the 1950s -- From tenements to suburbs : the domestication of the modern stadium -- Past to future : the stadium and modern progress -- Downtown playground : the stadium as urban renewal -- Machines for sport : the stadium since the 1970s.
"From the legendary Ebbets Field in the heart of Brooklyn to the amenity-packed Houston Astrodome to the "retro" Oriole Park at Camden Yards, stadiums have taken many shapes and served different purposes throughout the history of American sports culture. In the early twentieth century, a new generation of stadiums arrived, located in the city center, easily accessible to the public, and offering affordable tickets that drew mixed crowds of men and women from different backgrounds. But in the successive decades, planners and architects turned sharply away from this approach. In Modern Coliseum, Benjamin D. Lisle tracks changes in stadium design and culture since World War II. These engineered marvels channeled postwar national ambitions while replacing aging ballparks typically embedded in dense urban settings. They were stadiums designed for the "affluent society"-brightly colored, technologically expressive, and geared to the car-driving, consumerist suburbanite. The modern stadium thus redefined one of the city's more rambunctious and diverse public spaces. Modern Coliseum offers a cultural history of this iconic but overlooked architectural form. Lisle grounds his analysis in extensive research among the archives of teams, owners, architects, and cities, examining how design, construction, and operational choices were made. Through this approach, we see modernism on the ground, as it was imagined, designed, built, and experienced as both an architectural and a social phenomenon. With Lisle's compelling analysis supplemented by over seventy-five images documenting the transformation of the American stadium over time, Modern Coliseum will be of interest to a variety of readers, from urban and architectural historians to sports fans."--Inside dust jacket.


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