New Arrivals · Sports & Outdoor Recreation

May 23, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Son of Havana : a baseball journey from Cuba to the big leagues and back

May 22, 2019
Tiant, Luis, 1940- author.
vi, 312 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm

Jackie Robinson West : the triumph and tragedy of America's favorite Little League team

May 17, 2019
Castle, George, author.
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
viii, 255 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A tarnished team now goes with Chicago's flow -- One woman's gateway leads to a proud story and lessons for today -- A nation's darlings bust the stereotypes -- A Chicago village blossoms from the ground up -- Defense also works off the field in the village -- Joseph Haley begins a Little League with a little help from some friends -- Challenge from the Hall of Fame: how bad do you want it? -- Two bloodlines converge to make a catcher-scholar -- The kid with an "old school" -- World-wise but still firmly a teenager -- JRW enjoys a doubleheader with Obama -- The choke points of baseball in color -- "Have a catch" keeps the game going, sometimes barely -- Teaching the game on the field of life -- Mishandling baseball's lightning in a bottle.
"The competition level in Little League has never been tougher, but the kids on the Jackie Robinson West team faced their own set of challenges on and off the baseball diamond. The Jackie Robinson West team takes their fans and followers on a rollercoaster ride of ups and downs as each player shares a different part of the team's history and experience, including a double-header with President Obama. Jackie Robinson West: The Story of the Youngest America's Team leads readers on their harrowing path to the Little League World Series."--Provided by

50 hikes in Michigan.

May 16, 2019
Woodstock, Vt. : Backcountry Publications ; New York, NY : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co.,
v. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Vols. for 1991-<2019> by Jim DuFresne.
"The best walks, hikes, and backpacks in Michigan's lower counties."

How to think like a fish

May 16, 2019
Wade, Jeremy, author.
New York, NY : Da Capo Press, 2019.
x, 260 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
"First published in Great Britain in 2019 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group Ltd."--Title page verso.

Just show up : and other enduring values from baseball's Iron Man

May 14, 2019
Ripken, Cal, Jr., 1960- author.
New York, N.Y. : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
xiii, 185 pages ; 22 cm

Mind and matter : a life in math and football

May 13, 2019
Urschel, John, 1991- author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2019.
xi, 238 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Puzzles -- The photograph -- Crashing calculus class -- Canisius -- Rocket science -- Recruitment -- Arriving at Penn State -- Pushing until failure -- Probability -- We are -- Q.E.D -- Who's Jerry Sandusky? -- Proof -- Sanctions -- Computers -- Who needs bowl games? -- Graph theory -- Senior season -- Spectral bisection -- Combine -- John Von Neumann -- Becoming a raven -- Challenging conventions -- Concussion -- Uncertainty -- MIT football -- Passing a test -- Moving on.
"John Urschel shares his passion for both football and mathematics in this memoir that also reveals the importance of grit and determination in all fields of endeavor."--Provided by publisher.

Full count : the education of a pitcher

May 13, 2019
Cone, David, 1963-
New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.
viii, 387 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
A Mets and Yankees All-Star pitcher shares lessons from his seventeen-year career, detailing his passion, frustrations, and strategies, and offering stories from the memorable teams he played on.

Ballpark : baseball in the American city

May 13, 2019
Goldberger, Paul, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019.
xiii, 364 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"An exhilarating, splendidly illustrated, new look at the history of baseball: told through the stories of the vibrant and ever-changing ballparks where the game was and is staged, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic. Paul Goldberger makes clear the inextricable bond between the American city and America's favorite pastime."--Provided by publisher.

Reclaiming 42 : public memory and the reframing of Jackie Robinson's radical legacy

May 10, 2019
Naze, David, author.
Lincoln, Nebraska : University of Nebraska Press, [2019]
xviii, 212 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction -- The post-career political Jackie Robinson -- The Robinson-Robeson clash -- The museum narratives -- "Jackie Robinson Day": the contemporary legacy -- Conclusion: taking inventory of a legacy.
"Reclaiming 42 centers on one of America's most respected cultural icons, Jackie Robinson, and the forgotten aspects of his cultural legacy. Since his retirement in 1956, and more strongly in the last twenty years, America has primarily remembered Robinson's legacy in an oversimplified way, as the pioneering first black baseball player to integrate the Major Leagues. The mainstream commemorative discourse regarding Robinson's career has been created and directed largely by Major League Baseball (MLB), which sanitized and oversimplified his legacy into narratives of racial reconciliation that celebrate his integrity, character, and courage while excluding other aspects of his life, such as his controversial political activity, his public clashes with other prominent members of the black community, and his criticism of MLB. MLB's commemoration of Robinson reflects a professional sport that is inclusive, racially and culturally tolerant, and largely post-racial. Yet Robinson's identity--and therefore his memory--has been relegated to the boundaries of a baseball diamond and to the context of a sport, and it is within this oversimplified legacy that history has failed him.The dominantversion of Robinson's legacy ignores his political voice during and after his baseball career and pays little attention to the repercussions that his integration had on many factions within the black community. Reclaiming 42 illuminates how public memory of Robinson has undergone changes over the last sixty-plus years and moves his story beyond Robinson the baseball player, opening a new, broader interpretation of an otherwise seemingly convenient narrative to show how Robinson's legacy ultimately should both challenge and inspire public memory"-- Provided by publisher.

KD : Kevin Durant's relentless pursuit to be the greatest

May 9, 2019
Thompson, Marcus, II, 1977- author.
New York : Atria Books, 2019.
244 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of unnumbered plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"The NBA has never seen a player quite like Kevin Durant. Larry Bird wasn't as quick, Magic Johnson didn't have such a range, and Michael Jordan wasn't seven feet tall. Durant handles the ball like Allen Iverson, shoots like Dirk Nowitzki, and has the scoring instincts of Kobe Bryant. He does it in a body that's about as big as Hakeem Olajuwon. But ultimately, Kevin Durant is like no one but himself. After an incredible first season with Golden State, Kevin Durant earned the coveted NBA Finals MVP award: he was the Warriors' top scorer in every game of the 2017 Finals, helping the team snatch the title from LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers. As a sports columnist for The Athletic Bay Area, and longtime beat reporter covering the Golden State Warriors, Marcus Thompson is perfectly positioned to trace Durant's inspirational journey. KD follows Durant's underdog story from his childhood spent in poverty outside DC; to his rise playing on AAU teams with future NBA players; to becoming a star and hometown hero for the Oklahoma Thunder; to his controversial decision to play for the NBA rival Golden State Warriors; to his growth from prodigy into a man, in the first true inside account of this superstar player."--Amazon.

At home with Muhammad Ali : a memoir of love, loss, and forgiveness

May 7, 2019
Ali, Hana, author.
New York, NY : Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
467 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Muhammad Ali's daughter presents a candid and intimate family memoir based on personal recordings her father kept throughout his adult life, detailing the everyday adventures their family shared and their collective experiences with pain, laughter, and love.

Chumps to champs : how the worst teams in Yankees history led to the '90's dynasty

May 7, 2019
Pennington, Bill, 1956- author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
xiii, 351 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
"The untold story of the time when the New York Yankees were a laughingstock--and how out of that abyss emerged the modern Yankees dynasty, one of the greatest in all of sports. The New York Yankees have won 27 world championships and 40 American League pennants, both world records. They have 26 members in the Hall of Fame.Their pinstripe swag is a symbol of "making it" worn across the globe. Yet some 25 years ago, from 1989 to 1992, the Yankees were a pitiful team at the bottom of the standings, sitting on a 14-year World Series drought and a 35 percent drop in attendance. To make the statistics worse, their mercurial, bombastic owner was banned from baseball. But out of these ashes emerged the modern Yankees dynasty, a juggernaut built on the sly, a brilliant mix of personalities, talent, and ambition. In Chumps to Champs, Pennington reveals a grand tale of revival. Readers encounter larger than life characters like George Steinbrenner and unexplored figures like Buck Showalter, three-time manager of the year, Don Mattingly, and the crafty architect of it all--general manager, Gene Michael, who assembled the team's future stars--Rivera, Jeter, Williams, O'Neill, and Pettitte. Drawing on unique access, Pennington tells a wild and raucous tale"-- Provided by publisher.

The sharp end of life : a mother's story

May 3, 2019
Wolownick, Dierdre, author.
© 2019.
253 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

Rough magic : riding the world's loneliest horse race

May 2, 2019
Prior-Palmer, Lara, author.
274 pages ; 22 cm
"At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior-Palmer discovered a website devoted to "the world's longest, toughest horse race"--an annual competition of endurance and skill that involves dozens of riders racing a series of twenty-five wild ponies across 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian grassland. On a whim, she decided to enter the race. As she boarded a plane to East Asia, she was utterly unprepared for what awaited her. Riders often spend years preparing to compete in the Mongol Derby, a course that re-creates the horse messenger system developed by Genghis Khan, and many fail to finish. Prior-Palmer had no formal training. She was driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses. She raced for ten days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she decided she had nothing to lose. Each dawn she rode out again on a fresh horse, scrambling up mountains, swimming through rivers, crossing woodlands and wetlands, arid dunes and open steppe, as American television crews chased her in their jeeps. Told with terrific suspense and style, in a voice full of poetry and soul, Rough Magic captures the extraordinary story of one young woman who forged ahead, against all odds, to become the first female winner of this breathtaking race."--Dust jacket flap.

The world's fastest man : the extraordinary life of cyclist Major Taylor, America's first Black sports hero

May 2, 2019
Kranish, Michael, author.
x, 365 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits : 24 cm
"In the tradition of The Boys in the Boat and Seabiscuit, a fascinating portrait of a groundbreaking but forgotten figure--the remarkable Major Taylor, the black man who broke racial barriers by becoming the world's fastest and most famous bicyclist at the height of the Jim Crow era"-- Provided by publisher.

Sprawlball : a visual tour of the new era of the NBA

May 2, 2019
Goldsberry, Kirk Patrick, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
245 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Prologue: the geography of the NBA -- The evolution of Steph Curry -- Pop time: the arms race on the outskirts of town -- The investor (James Harden) -- The interior minister (Lebron James) -- The man love left behind (Kevin Love) -- What a time to be a five -- The future aesthetic of the game.
"From the leading expert in the exploding field of basketball analytics, a stunning infographic decoding of the modern NBA: who shoots where, and how"-- Provided by publisher.

All the way : my life in four quarters / Joe Namath with Sean Mortimer and Don Yaeger.

April 29, 2019
Namath, Joe Willie, 1943- author.
vii, 232 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The NFL icon who first brought show business to sports relates the story of his spectacular rise and reign as "Broadway Joe" and discusses his struggles with alcoholism and the redemption he found in God later in life.

My dad, Yogi : a memoir of family and baseball

April 29, 2019
Berra, Dale, author.
New York : Hachette Books, 2019.
xiv, 237 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm

The rise of the ultra runners : a journey to the edge of human endurance

April 25, 2019
Finn, Adharanand, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
"Once the reserve of only the most hardcore enthusiasts, ultra running is now a thriving global industry, with hundreds of thousands of competitors each year. But is the rise of this most brutal and challenging sport, with races that extend into hundreds of miles (often in extreme environments) an antidote to modern life, or a symptom of a modern illness? In The rise of the ultra runners, award-winning author Adharanand Finn travels to the heart of the sport to investigate the reasons behind its rise and discover what it takes to join the ranks of these ultra athletes. Through encounters with the extreme and colorful characters of the ultramarathon world, and his own experiences of running ultras everywhere from the deserts of Oman to the Rocky Mountains, Finn offers a fascinating account of people testing the boundaries of human endeavor"--Provided by publisher.

Scouting and scoring : how we know what we know about baseball

April 24, 2019
Phillips, Christopher J. (Christopher James), 1982- author.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2019].
vii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Evergreen dreaming : trail tales of an aging hiker

April 23, 2019
Kurtz, Peter, 1958- author.
Cincinnati, Ohio : Longitudes Press, 2018.
250 pages ; 23 cm
"A 55-year-old man with a yen for the outdoors feels time running out. One day he decides to dig out his old backpack from the basement and hike a section of the Appalachian Trail. He doesn't know that his weeklong hike through Georgia and North Carolina will propel him into other mountain adventures, culminating in a mystical trip to the Continental Divide to follow the footsteps of a childhood friend. In this thoughtful, well-written memoir, Peter Kurtz leads the reader along dirt paths across multiple mountains, meeting eccentric characters, battling blisters and boulders, and sharing one campsite with a disgruntled bear. Along the way, he candidly shares his thoughts on age, environment, culture, and technology. His walking stick, which he names, "Kip", becomes a companion and talimsan, helping to trigger potent memories that eventually result in a hike into the "red-orange glow of the West" to get closet to the real Kip. This is a story about memory, aging, and the pursuit of natural in an increasingly artificial society. It is also a powerful tale of friendship and love"--Back cover.

Justify : 111 days to Triple Crown glory

April 18, 2019
Shulman, Lenny, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Triumph Books, LLC, [2019]
xx, 251 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
On history's doorstep -- Creating a dream -- To sell or not to sell -- From jesus to soros -- Early lessons at the farm -- California dreaming -- Finally, to the races -- Two for two -- The white-haired wonder -- Making his point -- Derby week -- History bathed in roses -- Bruised, fogged in, and still unbeaten -- The pilot -- Run-up to the crown -- Crowning achievement -- Change of plans -- One for the books.

Walking : one step at a time

April 17, 2019
Kagge, Erling, author.
177 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 19 cm
"Originally published in Norway as Å gå. Ett skritt av gangen by Kagge Forlag AS, Oslo, in 2018."

Before Jackie Robinson : the transcendent role of Black sporting pioneers

April 17, 2019
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2017]
313 pages ; 23 cm
Introduction / Gerald R. Gems -- Like a comet across the heavens : Isaac Burns Murphy, horseracing, and the age of American exceptionalism / Pellom McDaniels III -- John M. Shippen Jr. : testing the front nine of American golf / Sarah Jane Eikleberry -- When great wasn't good enough : Sam Ransom's journey from athlete to activist / Gerald R. Gems -- A league of their own : Rube Foster's "pitfalls of baseball" revisited / Michael E. Lomax -- Bessie Coleman : "the only race aviatrix in the world" / Bieke Gils -- Sol Butler : the fleeting fame of a world-class black athlete / James E. Odenkirk -- Robert L. "Bob" Douglas : "aristocracy on the court, an architect of men" / Susan J. Rayl -- Isadore Channels : the recovered life of a great African American sports star / Robert Pruter -- Tommy Brookins : pioneer in two worlds / Murry Nelson -- Tidye Pickett : the unfulfilled aspirations of America's pioneering African American female track star / Robert Pruter -- Harold "Killer" Johnson : making a career in the popular culture / James Coates -- Continuing the struggle : Teddy Rhodes and professional golf / Raymond Schmidt.
"While the accomplishments and influence of Jack Johnson, Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, and Muhammad Ali are doubtless impressive solely on their merits, these luminaries of the black sporting experience did not emerge spontaneously. Their rise was part of a gradual evolution in social and power relations in American culture between the 1890s and 1940s that included athletes such as jockey Isaac Murphy, barnstorming pilot Bessie Coleman, and golfer Teddy Rhodes. The contributions of these early athletes to our broader collective history, and their heroic confrontations with the entrenched racism of their times, helped bring about the incremental changes that after 1945 allowed for sports to be more fully integrated. Before Jackie Robinson details and analyzes the lives of these lesser-known but important athletes within the broader history of black liberation. These figures not only excelled in their given sports but also transcended class and racial divides in making inroads into popular culture despite the societal restrictions placed on them. They were also among the first athletes to blur the line between athletics, entertainment, and celebrity culture. This volume presents a more nuanced account of early African American athletes' lives and their ongoing struggle for acceptance, relevance, and personal and group identity."--Back cover.

Abused : surviving sexual assault and a toxic gymnastics culture

April 16, 2019
Haines, Rachel (Gymnast), author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2019]
xiii, 127 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Two-year-old Rachel Haines didn't know that she would be committing to twenty-one years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance as she jumped into the foam pit during her first 'mommy and me' gymnastics class. She had no idea that one day she would become a two-time National Team Member, two-time National Champion, and a Division I college gymnast at the University of Minnesota. Nor could she have known that she had just signed herself up for serious injury, emotional distress, and continuous sexual assault by world-renowned trainer turned serial molester, Larry Nassar. In Abused: Surviving Sexual Assault and a Toxic Gymnastics Culture, Rachel details her experiences as a competitive gymnast and the painful realities of being one of Nassar's many victims. With honesty and candidness, Rachel shares how the sport she loved that gave her so much—friendships, accomplishments, a college education—is also tangled in a dangerously toxic culture that needs to be fixed. In a world that was setting her up for a lifetime of recovery, she tells how faith, family, and an army of survivors made healing possible."--Inside dust jacket.


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