New Arrivals · Sports & Outdoor Recreation

June 28, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Muhammad Ali : a tribute to the greatest

June 27, 2016
Hauser, Thomas, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
235 pages ; 24 cm

127 hours : between a rock and a hard place

June 27, 2016
Ralston, Aron.
New York : Pocket Books, 2010.
xiii, 413 pages, [16] pages of plates : black and white photographs, maps ; 17 cm
"Previously published as Between a rock and a hard place."--Title page verso.
"Now a major motion picture from Danny Boyle"--Cover.
Hiking into the remote Utah canyonlands, Aron Ralston felt perfectly at home in the beautiful natural world. Then, at 2:41 p.m., eight miles from his truck, in a deep and narrow slot canyon, an eight-hundred-pound boulder tumbled loose, pinning Aron's right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. Through six days of hell, with scant water, food, or warm clothing, and the terrible knowledge that no one knew where he was, Aron eliminated his escape options one by one. Then a moment of stark clarity helped him to solve the riddle of the boulder, and commit one of the most extreme and desperate acts imaginable.

House of nails : a memoir of life on the edge

June 22, 2016
Dykstra, Lenny, 1963- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
x, 340 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Freedom -- In the shadow of angels -- Climbing the ladder -- Breaking into the bigs -- Chasing the pennant, 1986 NLCS: New York Mets vs Houston Astros -- 1986 World Series: New York Mets vs Boston Red Sox -- Rednecks & rifles -- 1988 NLCS: New York Mets vs Los Angeles Dodgers -- Play me or trade me -- A shot in the butt -- The politics of steroids -- The big blind -- Brass balls -- Charlie Sheen -- 1993 NLCS: Philadelphia Phillies vs Atlanta Braves -- 1993 World Series: Philadelphia Phillies vs Toronto Blue Jays -- Ambassador Lenny -- Car wash king -- Robes & room service -- 1994 MLB strike: no more Kool-aid for me -- Promised land -- Wheels up -- Richards & rehab -- Stock market guru -- Players club -- Baseball gods -- Beginning of the end -- I fought the law and the law won -- Detained -- In custody -- In the hole -- Legacy -- To be or not to be Lenny -- Afterword: Whale hunting with Lenny Dykstra.

When Shea was home : the story of the 1975 Mets, Yankees, Giants, and Jets

June 17, 2016
Topel, Brett, author.
xii, 169 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The birth of a crazy season -- The Queens Bombers -- Big Shea -- Meet the Mets -- New York State of Mind -- When baseball ended, and the football season began -- The aftermath of 1975.

Ali vs. Inoki : the forgotten fight that inspired mixed martial arts and launched sports entertainment

June 17, 2016
Gross, Josh.
Dallas, Texas : BenBella Books, [2016]
xvii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
""Inoki can use his bare fists. He can use karate. This is serious. There's $10 million involved. I wouldn't pull a fraud on the public. This is real. There's no plan. The blood. The holds. The pain. Everything is going to be real. I'm not here in this time of my life to come out with some phony action. I want you to know this is real." -Muhammad Ali, June 14, 1976, The Tonight Show On June 26, 1976, Muhammad Ali, possibly the most famous athlete in the world, flew to Japan to fight Antonio Inoki, Japan's iconic pro wrestling champion, for the so-called "martial arts championship of the world." Broadcast to an audience of 1.4 billion in 34 countries, the boxer versus grappler spectacle foreshadowed, and in many ways, led to the rise of mixed martial arts as a major sport. The contest was controversial, but the real action was behind the scenes, and various players in the underbelly of organized wrestling and boxing jockeyed for position. Egos, competing interests, and a general sense of apprehension over what would happen in the ring led to hodgepodge rules thrown together at the last minute. Bizarre plans to "save" Ali if the fight got out of hand were also concocted. One scheme-canceled at the last minute-involved having the boxer nicked with a razor blade if the fight got out of hand, forcing the referee to stop the fight. In Ali vs. Inoki: The Forgotten Fight That Inspired Mixed Martial Arts and Launched Sports Entertainment, author Josh Gross gets inside Ali's head leading up to the match by resurrecting pre-fight interviews that featured the boxer's famous pro wrestling-influenced trash talk he first encountered in Los Angeles in the early 1960s. Gross also introduces us to Inoki, little known in the United States but hugely influential in Japan. After the fight, Inoki became a household name throughout Asia, and his role in Japan's popular Pride Fighting Championships helped shape modern mixed martial arts"-- Provided by publisher.

50 moments that defined major league baseball

June 15, 2016
Constantino, Rocco, 1974- author.
Lanham : ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD, [2016]
xii, 231 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Chapter 1. Noteworthy Debuts, Pioneers and Baseball Firsts -- Chapter 2. Magic Numbers -- Chapter 3. Masterful on the Mound -- Chapter 4. Incredible Feats and Unbreakable Records -- Chapter 5. Tragedy, Trials and Tribulations -- Chapter 6. Passing Down Tradition and Influencing the Pros -- Chapter 7. The Immortals -- Chapter 8. Weird, Wild and Colorful Characters -- Chapter 9. Historic Home Runs -- Chapter 10. Hall of Famers' Last Hurrahs -- Chapter 11. The New Millennium -- Chapter 12. Baseball Odds and Ends -- Chapter 13. Extra Innings.

Handsome Ransom Jackson : accidental Big Leaguer

June 15, 2016
Jackson, Ransom, 1926-
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xxvi, 262 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Early Years and the Minor Leagues -- The Big Leagues -- Life After Baseball -- Ransom Thoughts -- Ransom Jackson Career Batting Statistics.

An Olympic dream : the story of Samia Yusuf Omar

June 15, 2016
Kleist, Reinhard, author, illustrator.
147 pages : chiefly illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Originally published in German as Der traum vom Olympia : die geschichte von Samia Yusuf Omar.
The image of Samia Yusuf Omar running for last place at the 2008 Beijing Olympics will forever be imprinted in the minds of all who saw it: The lean Somalian, wearing knee-length leggings and a baggy T-shirt, came in seconds behind her competitors. What the cheering crowd couldn't know then was what it took to get there. An Olympic Dream follows Omar's second attempt to represent her country at the Olympics, this time in London. Reinhard Kleist pictures the athlete training in one of the most dangerous cities in the world; her passage through Sudan and into Libya; and her fateful attempt to reach Europe. By telling the story of one remarkable woman, Kleist gives voice to the thousands of migrants who risk their lives daily for a better future.

Fall from grace : the truth and tragedy of "Shoeless Joe" Jackson

June 14, 2016
Hornbaker, Tim, author.
New York, NY : Sports Publishing, [2016]
xiii, 365 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Considered by Ty Cobb as zthe finest natural hitter in the history of the game,y zShoeless Joey Jackson is ranked with the greatest players to ever step onto a baseball diamond. With a career .356 batting average, still ranked third all-time, the man from Pickens County, South Carolina, was on his way to becoming one of the greatest players in the sport’s history. That is until the zBlack Soxy scandal of 1919, which shook baseball to its core. While many have sympathized with Jackson’s ban from baseball (even though he hit .375 during the 1919 World Series), not much is truly known about this quiet slugger. Whether he participated in the throwing of the World Series or not, he is still considered one of the game’s best, and many have fought for his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This book includes Jackson’s personal point of view of the zBlack Soxy scandal, which has never been covered before.--From page 2 of book jacket.

Fair play : how LGBT athletes are claiming their rightful place in sports

June 13, 2016
Zeigler, Cyd.
[Place of publication not identified] : Edge Of Sports, 2016.
207 p. ; 22 cm.
Discover key moments and issues that have shaped and transformed sports for LGBT people today.

Fastpitch : the untold history of softball and the women who made the game

June 13, 2016
Westly, Erica, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2016.
291 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"A history of fastpitch softball from its beginnings as an industrial worker's game to an Olympic sport with millions of fans traces the larger-than-life stories of the women and men who popularized it, profiling some of its most famous athletes in a chronicle complemented by 16 pages of vintage photos,"--NoveList.

Under the stars : how America fell in love with camping

June 13, 2016
White, Dan, 1967-
New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2016.
xii, 401 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
"From the Sierras to the Adirondacks and the Everglades, from remote wildernesses to public campgrounds and RV meccas, Dan White travels across America, searching through its history and landscapes to tell the story of how camping took hold of the national imagination and evolved alongside a changing country. Whether he has sought out the quietest place in the continental United States, gone on safari in California, or joined a girls-only adventure for urban teens, Dan White's wide-ranging enthusiasm and openness, his humor and insight reveals a vast and varied population of nature seekers, a nation still in love with its wild places"-- Provided by publisher.

50 hikes in Ohio.

June 9, 2016
Woodstock, Vt. : Backcountry Publications ; New York, NY : Distributed by W.W. Norton & Co.,
v. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Vols. for <1997-2016> by Ralph Ramey.
"Walks, hikes, and backpacking trips throughout the Buckeye State" (varies).

The way of the runner : a journey into the fabled world of Japanese running

June 9, 2016
Finn, Adharanand, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
ix, 326 pages ; 22 cm
Reprint. Originally published: London : Faber & Faber, 2015.
It may come as a surprise to many people, but Japan is the most running-obsessed country on earth. A 135-mile relay race, or "ekiden" is the country's biggest annual sporting event. Thousands of professional runners compete for corporate teams in some of the most competitive races in the world. The legendary "marathon monks" run a thousand marathons in a thousand days to reach spiritual enlightenment. Yet so much of Japan's running culture remains a mystery to the outside world, on par with many of the unique aspects of contemporary Japan. Adharanand Finn, the award-winning author of Running with the Kenyans, spent six months immersed in this one of a kind running culture to discover what it might teach us about the sport and about Japan. As an amateur runner about to turn 40, he also hoped to find out whether a Japanese approach to training might help him run faster. What he learns--about competition, team work, form, chasing personal bests, and about himself--will fascinate and surprise anyone keen to explore why we run and how we might do it better.

Hello, bicycle : an inspired guide to the two-wheeled life

June 9, 2016
Brones, Anna.
Berkley, CA : Ten Speed Press, [2016]
185 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Introduction -- Chapter 1: Why Bicycles? -- Chapter 2: What Do I Need to Know to Ride? -- Chapter 3: Taking Care of Your Bicycle -- Chapter 4: Biking for All Activities -- Chapter 5: Essential Provisions -- Chapter 6: More Than Just a Ride.

The green guide to low-impact hiking and camping

June 9, 2016
Waterman, Laura, author.
Woodstock, VT : Countryman Press, 2016.
xxvi, 276 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Revised edition of: Backwoods ethics. c1993.

Dallas Cowboys in the Hall of Fame : their remarkable journeys to Canton

June 8, 2016
Thomas, David, 1968 June 21-
Lanham : ROWMAN & LITTLEFIELD, [2016]
viii, 227 pages ; 24 cm
Troy Aikman: A winner -- Larry Allen: Quiet strength -- Tony Dorsett: "TD" for sure -- Charles Haley: Five rings -- Bob Hayes: A game-changer -- Michael Irvin: Contagious confidence -- Tom Landry: The man behind the image -- Bob Lilly: "Mr. Cowboy" -- Mel Renfro: Natural athleticism -- Deion Sanders: Created for Primetime -- Tex Schramm: Master innovator -- Emmitt Smith: Rushing champion -- Roger Staubach: Hall-of-Fame person -- Randy White: Complete dominance -- Rayfield Wright: Long road to Canton -- Other contributors.

I'd know that voice anywhere : my favorite NPR commentaries

June 7, 2016
Deford, Frank, author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2016]
xix, 268 pages ; 22 cm
Mass and class, together -- Words to play by -- Our indecent joys -- Sisters, 1 and 1-A -- By the seat of their pants -- The groundhog games -- Back in the day -- Sports are in the union, too? -- Spittin' image -- The other Winnie-the-Pooh -- Little Big Man -- Stoodint athaleets -- The real bad guys -- The volunteer state -- The pursuit of sports -- Baseball's sad lexicon -- To an athlete leaving young -- The all-purpose sports movie -- The other sports violence -- Another way to win -- Par for the course -- The Super Bard -- Worse even than us? -- Where have we gone? -- Me and Paul -- Bad bubbly -- We're number 33! -- Trading up -- Football are us -- The victim -- Euro exceptionalism -- I can work longer than you -- The snakes in the garden of sports -- Chicago -- Put an end to it -- Give and go -- Pretty good -- Mister Misses -- His refuge -- You're it is out -- The last in the line -- Hailing proudly too often -- Kept men -- Seashells and balloons -- Keeping the elephants away -- Real vs. reality -- That Sunday of ours -- Play a fore -- Home alone -- Match play -- Up to speed -- Did he say that? -- Da boys will be boys -- Time to go -- A good aim -- Deliverance -- Who needs war? -- Headmaster -- Girl watching -- Too much to care -- Namesake -- The Patriots Act -- The forgotten (well, briefly) -- All guys all the time -- Loyal (sports) alumni -- The old butterfly -- Sound off -- Past-ism -- Let's give 'em a hand -- Southern comfort -- Artful -- Gone fishin' -- Nouveau heart and mind -- Little Big Man -- Life in the time of drugs -- GMs and ADs -- End of a love affair -- Presidential exploitation -- Wistful day -- Fat chance -- Game changer -- There's no "I" in U.S.A. -- Gimme that old time momentum -- Mulligans -- The other state U's -- The Fenway Park address -- Getting to know you -- Patriot games -- August song -- The Rev. Mr. Coach -- Used to be -- Blessed are the pure -- Speaking of sports -- Life among the idle fans -- Juiced -- Don't tie one on -- Paying through the noseguard -- Sweetness and light.
"A contributing writer to Sports Illustrated for more than fifty years, and a longtime correspondent on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, these days Deford is perhaps best known for his ... commentaries on NPR's Morning Edition. Since 1980, Deford has recorded 1,600 of them, and in [this book] he brings together the very best, creating a ... wide-ranging look at athletes and the world of sports"

The ultimate bicycle owner's manual : the universal guide to bikes, riding, and everything for beginner and seasoned cyclists

June 7, 2016
Weiss, Eben, author.
240 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Obtaining a bike -- Understanding your bike -- Protecting and caring for your bike -- Operating your bike -- Your place in society -- Cycling subcultures -- Coexisting with drivers -- Competing on your bike -- Cycling with kids -- What the future holds.
"Everything you need to know to purchase, maintain, and ride a bike for recreation, commuting, competition, travel, and beyond! From the bike world's most beloved and trusted advocate."-- Provided by publisher.

Valley walls : a memoir of climbing & living in Yosemite

June 7, 2016
Denny, Glen.
[United States] : Yosemite Conservancy, [2016]
xiii, 225 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Includes index.
Prologue: into the valley -- Learning to climb -- Royal arches -- One day on Whitney -- The endless night -- Base of El Cap -- The wall of Conness -- Early season -- The ledge -- Bad weather -- The icy game -- One inch -- Climber central -- Dihedral wall -- Nice catch -- The grove -- The rostrum -- Dog days -- Staircase falls -- Planet half dome -- Season's end -- The nose.
"Before the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan captivated the world, a rag-tag group of innovators build the sport of modern American rock climbing from a makeshift home base in Yosemite's Camp 4. Photographer Glen Denny was a key figure in that Golden Age of climbing, capturing pioneering feats on camera while tackling challenging ascents himself. Now, in prose both exhilarating and poignant, he gives us true tales of colorful characters and a legendary locale, of brotherhood and sky-high quest, and of living cheap and dodging park rangers" -- Book cover.

Cuba's baseball defectors : the inside story

June 6, 2016
Bjarkman, Peter C.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xxxviii, 348 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Prologue -- The essence of "Puigmania" -- Cuba's hidden "Béisbol Paradiso" -- Sugar Cane Curtain fiascos -- Ninety miles of sea, one hundred miles of "Heater" -- Brothers in exile -- "The Best There Ever Was" -- No reservations for Cuba -- Go east, young men, go east -- The unsustainable dream -- Epilogue.

Jackie Robinson : an integrated life

June 6, 2016
Schutz, J. Christopher, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
vii, 175 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Before the legend: the young Robinson -- Freedom fighter -- The world of black baseball -- "A badge of martyrdom": Robinson's entry into white baseball -- The great experiment: Robinson ascends to the major leagues -- "To be Jackie Robinson": his further years in the majors, 1949-1956 -- Robinson off the diamond -- Early sunset on a legend.

Alexander Cartwright : the life behind the baseball legend

June 1, 2016
Nucciarone, Monica.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2009.
xxxiv, 267 pages, [22] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm

Herb Pennock : baseball's faultless pitcher

May 27, 2016
Craig, Keith, author.
Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, [2016]
xiv, 300 pages, 29 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Pennock's preliminary pitches -- Connie Mack's opportunity and mistake -- Blossoming in Beantown -- The first Yankee year: From "worst trade ever" to World Series hero -- From personal loss to peak of his profession -- World Series wins and a waning career -- Baseball bon voyage back at Boston -- Carpenter's call -- Fixing the foundering Phillies -- 1946: Season of surprise -- Robinson's revolution and Pennock's "protest" -- Prejudice, pain, and promise -- A short season, a long legacy.

Bobo Newsom : baseball's traveling man

May 26, 2016
McConnell, Jim, 1948- author.
Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2016]
xi, 243 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm


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