New Arrivals · Sports & Outdoor Recreation

May 21, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

War on the basepaths : the definitive biography of Ty Cobb

May 20, 2015
Hornbaker, Tim.
New York, NY : Sports Publishing, [2015]
xxi, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"During his twenty-four-year career, Ty Cobb was an MVP, Triple Crown-winner, twelve-time batting champion, and was elected in the inaugural ballot for the National Baseball Hall of Fame (along with Honus Wagner, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson). As someone who retired from the game over eighty-five years ago, he is still the leader for career batting average, second in runs, hits, and triples, and a mainstay in dozens of other categories. However, when most people think of “The Georgia Peach,” they’re reminded of his reputation as a “dirty” player. It was said that got so many of his steals because he would sharpen his metal cleats and “spike” the second basemen if they would try to tag him out. It’s also said that he was rude, nasty, a racist, and hated by peers and the press alike. As author Tim Hornbaker did for Charles Comiskey in Turning the Black Sox White, War on the Basepaths is an unbiased biography of one of the greatest players to ever grace a baseball diamond. Based on detailed research and analysis, Tim Hornbaker offers the full story of Cobb’s life and career; some of which has been altered for almost a century. While he retired in 1928 and passed away in 1961, War on the Basepaths will show how Ty Cobb really was and place readers in the box seats of his incredible life."--Provided by publisher.

Out at home : the true story of Glenn Burke, baseball's first openly gay player

May 20, 2015
Burke, Glenn.
New York : Berkley, 2015.
xii, 192 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published in 1995 by Excel.
"Before Jason Collins, before Michael Sam, there was Glenn Burke. By becoming the first--and only--openly gay player in Major League Baseball, Glenn would become a pioneer in his own way, nearly thirty years after another black Dodger rookie, Jackie Robinson, broke the league's color barrier. This is Glenn's story, in his own words . . . Touted by scouts and coaches alike as "the next Willie Mays," Burke, a charismatic outfielder, kept his sexuality off the radar for a good two seasons, which included a World Series appearance. He was even credited with inventing the high five with teammate Dusty Baker. But when the Dodgers' front office got wind of Burke's sexuality, the damage control started, including efforts by upper management to talk him into a sham marriage. When Burke refused, he was eventually traded to Oakland, where he received a less-than-warm welcome from incoming manager Billy Martin. The prejudice, coupled with an injured knee, forced Burke into retirement at only twenty-seven years old. Now, two decades after his death from AIDS-related complications, the man who started the conversation is finally being included in it. Major League Baseball recognized him as a gay pioneer at the 2014 All-Star game. And Burke has become a source of inspiration for athletes who refuse to be defined by who they love, while doing what they love"-- Provided by publisher.

Big data baseball : math, miracles, and the end of a 20-year losing streak

May 19, 2015
Sawchik, Travis.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2015.
242 pages ; 24 cm.
The Meeting -- Demons -- Proving Grounds -- The Hidden Value -- Point of No Return -- Shifting the Playing Field -- Attrition -- Spinning Gold -- The Missing All-Stars -- Geography Test -- Arms Race -- Magic Art -- Epilogue: A Perfect Circle -- Acknowledgments -- References.
"Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was old school and stubborn. But after twenty straight losing seasons and his job on the line, he was ready to try anything. So when he met with GM Neal Huntington in October 2012, they decided to discard everything they knew about the game and instead take on drastic "big data" strategies. Going well beyond the number-crunching of Moneyball, which used statistics found on the back of baseball cards to identify market inefficiencies, the data the Pirates employed was not easily observable. They collected millions of data points on pitches and balls in play, creating a tome of reports that revealed key insights for how to win more games without spending a dime. They discovered that most batters struggled to hit two-seam fastballs, that an aggressive defensive shift on the field could turn more batted balls into outs, and that a catcher's most valuable skill was hidden. Hurdle and Huntington got to work trying to convince the entire Pirates organization and disgruntled fans to embrace these unconventional, yet groundbreaking methods. All this led to the end to the longest consecutive run of losing seasons in North American pro sports history.The Pirates' 2013 season is the perfect lens for examining baseball's burgeoning big-data movement. Using flawless reporting, award-winning journalist Travis Sawchik takes you behind-the-scenes to reveal a game-changing book of miracles and math"-- Provided by publisher.

A history of baseball in 100 objects : a tour through the bats, balls, uniforms, awards, documents, and other artifacts that tell the story of the national pastime

May 18, 2015
Leventhal, Josh, 1971- author.
New York, NY : Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, [2015]
496 pages : illustrations (some color), facsimiles (some color), portraits (some color) ; 24 cm
The origins of baseball -- Baseball goes pro -- The dead-ball era -- Babe Ruth and the birth of the lively ball era -- War and integration -- Expansion -- The free-agent era -- Strikes and steroids.
A visual and historical record of the game as told through essential documents, letters, photographs, equipment, memorabilia, food and drink, merchandise and media items, and relics of popular culture, each of which represents the history and evolution of the game.

The journey home : my life in pinstripes

May 13, 2015
Posada, Jorge. author.
344 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (mostly color) ; 24 cm
The legendary New York Yankee catcher tells the incredible story of his personal journey, offering an unexpected, behind-the-plate view of his career, his past, and the father-son bond that fueled his love of the game.

In pursuit of pennants : baseball operations from deadball to Moneyball

May 12, 2015
Armour, Mark L.
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2015]
xvii, 458 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Analyzing and examining the strategies used by 14 winning baseball teams over the past few decades"-- Provided by publisher.

The league of outsider baseball : an illustrated history of baseball's forgotten heroes

May 12, 2015
Cieradkowski, Gary.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
233 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
"A Touchstone Book."

Baseball maverick : how Sandy Alderson revolutionized baseball and revived the Mets

May 7, 2015
Kettmann, Steve, author.
New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2015]
viii, 337 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Granted unprecedented access to a working GM over several seasons, bestselling author Steve Kettmann traces Alderson's history and his renewal of the Mets despite a limited budget, through big trades that brought back high-profile prospects to the development of young aces including Matt Harvey, Zach Wheeler, and Jacob deGrom"

Benchwarmer : a sports-obsessed memoir of fatherhood

May 7, 2015
Wilker, Josh.
© 2015.
303 pages ; 25 cm
"For most of his life, Josh Wilker has been on the sidelines. Spending his days in a cubicle in the far reaches of Chicago, and his nights in front of Red Sox games, he has been content to let others take center stage. From childhood onward, he sought comfort from anxiety and depression in the archival pages of sports almanacs and stat sheets: a place where forgotten players lingered, and time seemed to stop -- a welcome relief from worldly problems. He found joy in the trivia of long-lost athletes, like the former NFL player Walter "Sneeze" Achiu. But when his first child was born in 2011, Wilker found his anxieties put to the test: how do you remain on the sidelines when a tender, fragile baby needs everything from you? How do you go from third-string forward on the winless 1988 Johnson State College Badgers to a strong, responsible father? Bit by bit, Wilker learns to overcome his demons, protect his son, and eventually take a few wobbly steps with him"-- Provided by publisher.

The game must go on : Hank Greenberg, Pete Gray, and the great days of baseball on the home front in WWII

May 7, 2015
Klima, John.
New York, N.Y. : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2015.
x, 418 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The green light, 1941. Good-bye, Hank ; Ghost on his shoulder ; Billy and the Kid ; War! ; The green light -- Over the hump, 1942-1944. Earn it ; A new contraption ; Bad check ; Billy's war ; Too tall, too short, too young, too old ; Plasma for the soul ; Time for miracles ; Satisfied to be alive ; Guts of our kids ; Baseball in the ETO ; One man short ; He died on the water ; One arm, one leg, one nation -- Waiting for Hank, 1945. Long-lost hero ; Another war begins ; Waiting for Hank ; As large, as strong, as powerful ; No singing in the shower ; Take that, you fuckin' war ; The comeback kids ; The $300,000 home run.
"In the early days of WWII, President Roosevelt was faced with a difficult decision: stop all of professional baseball for the good of victory or lose a vital part of morale. Roosevelt's answer saved baseball for generations to come. He decided that THE GAME MUST GO ON. This is the story of American baseball during WWII, both the players who left to join the war effort, and the struggle to keep the game going on the home front. Many of the top players of the time left to join the war effort, such as Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Warren Spahn. However, no player symbolized the departing pro more than Hank Greenberg, one of the great power hitters of his time who joined the Army in 1941. Taking their place were replacement players who didn't belong in the majors in the first place, but who were resolved to keep the game going. Pete Gray was the most extreme of them all - a one-armed outfielder who played with the Browns. He overcame the odds and became a shining example of baseball on the home front. John Klima, former national baseball columnist for The Los Angeles Daily News, brings us this meticulously researched story and drops us straight into the action of WWII and classic American baseball. Culminating in the 1945 pennant race when Greenberg and Gray played each other, Klima shows us how baseball helped America win the war, and how baseball was shaped into the game it is today"-- Provided by publisher.


May 5, 2015
Martínez, Pedro, 1971-
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
xiii, 317 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
1971-1989. More than a game ; Heart of a lion -- 1990-1993. Dodgertown blues ; Sweet home Montana ; King of the jungle ; "It's Ramon's little brother" ; Off the bus ; Fragile: handle with care -- 1993-1997. Je ne parle pas français ; Far north of the border ; Señor plunk ; Click ; Dan, you made a bad trade -- 1998-2001. Well, I love that dirty water ; Command performance ; "Petey's in the house" ; Art and craft ; Alpha male ; The beginning of the end -- 2002-2004. An ugly chapter ; Body of work ; A little cranky, that's all ; Blame game ; "If you sneak into my house, I will shoot you" ; "Who's your daddy?" ; Top of the world -- Since 2004. "Take that computer and stick it..." ; Fresh start for an old goat ; Fading to black ; Last pitch.
From the 8-time All Star and 3-time Cy Young Award-winning pitcher, a bold, no-holds-barred memoir of his career, from his hardscrabble upbringing in the Dominican Republic to becoming one of the greatest pitchers of all time.

No such thing as failure : my life in adventure, exploration, and survival

May 5, 2015
Hempleman-Adams, David, 1956- author.
xiii, 242 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"A Herman Graf book".
"Ranking alongside Ranulph Fiennes and Chris Bonnington in the pantheon of British explorers, David Hempleman-Adams is the first person in history to achieve what is termed the Adventurers' Grand Slam, by reaching the Geographic and Magnetic North and South Poles as well as climbing the highest peaks on all seven continents. But this feat is merely tip of the iceberg. Having reaching the summit of Everest on the more difficult north side and flown across the Atlantic in a an open wicker basket hot-air balloon, Hempleman-Adams is without question of the hardest, toughest, most fearless men to push the limits of human survival. The question Hempleman-Adams is most often asked is, simply: what drives him on? Why risk frostbite pulling a sledge to the North Pole? Why experience the Death Zone on Everest? Why fly in the tiny basket of a precarious balloon across the Atlantic? Is it simply the case that he likes to push himself to the limits, or is there something more to it? No Such Thing as Failure answers these questions and more, uncovering what drives arguably the world's greatest adventurer,"

How champions think in sports and in life

April 30, 2015
Rotella, Robert J., author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
290 pages ; 22 cm
A "guide to success in all aspects of life--not just sports--from business to relationships to personal challenges of every variety"

On the clock : the story of the NFL draft

April 29, 2015
Wilner, Barry, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Taylor Trade Publishing, [2015]
ix, 201 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm

Pro wrestling FAQ : all that's left to know about the world's most entertaining spectacle

April 29, 2015
Solomon, Brian, 1974-
Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat Books, 2015.
xvii, 338 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm

Unplayable lies : (the only golf book you'll ever need)

April 29, 2015
Jenkins, Dan, author.
New York : Doubleday, [2015]
xx, 239 pages ; 20 cm
The author describes his favorite sport, from the strangest things that ever happened on a golf course to the most magical rounds he's ever seen.

The game : inside the secret world of major league baseball's power brokers

April 28, 2015
Pessah, Jon.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
viii, 648 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm

Meb for mortals : how to run, think and eat like a champion marathoner

April 27, 2015
Keflezighi, Meb, author.
xi, 196 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Includes index.

The Cy Young catcher

April 27, 2015
O'Brien, Charlie, 1960- author.
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, 2015.
viii, 191 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Pete Vuckovich (1987), 1982 American League Cy Young Award winner -- David Cone (1990-1992), 1994 American League Cy Young Award winner -- Frank Viola (1990-1991), 1988 American League Cy Young Award winner -- Dwight Gooden (1990-1992), 1985 National League Cy Young Award winner -- Bret Saberhagen (1992-1993), 1985 American League Cy Young Award winner, 1989 American League Cy Young Award winner -- John Smoltz (1994), 1996 National League Cy Young Award winner -- Steve Bedrosian (1994-1995), 1987 National League Cy Young Award winner -- Greg Maddux (1994-1995), 1992 National League Cy Young Award winner, 1993 National League Cy Young Award winner, 1994 National League Cy Young Award winner, 1995 National League Cy Young Award winner -- Tom Glavine (1994-1995), 1991 National League Cy Young Award winner, 1998 National League Cy Young Award winner -- Pat Hentgen (1996-1997), 1996 American League Cy Young Award winner -- Roger Clemens (1997), 1986 American League Cy Young Award winner, 1987 American League Cy Young Award winner, 1991 American League Cy Young Award winner, 1997 American League Cy Young Award winner, 1998 American League Cy Young Award winner, 2001 American League Cy Young Award winner, 2004 National League Cy Young Award winner -- Chris Carpenter (1997), 2005 National League Cy Young Award winner -- Jack McDowell (1998-1999), 1993 American League Cy Young Award winner -- Conclusion.

The complete guide to North American fishing

April 24, 2015
Schultz, Ken, author.
256 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Includes index.
First published in 2001, reissued in 2007.
Former Field & Stream Fishing Editor Ken Schultz provides details on major saltwater and freshwater fish, analyzes all the latest equipment, offers advice on techniques, and gives the pros and cons of different types of locations. The stunning photographs of beautiful places and great catches will whet every angler's appetite.

Soccer FAQ : all that's left to know about the clubs, the players, and the rivalries

April 24, 2015
Thompson, Dave, 1960 January 3-
Milwaukee, WI : Backbeat Books, 2015.
xxi, 337 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm

Baseball's top 10 : ranking the best major league players by position

April 24, 2015
Kuenster, Robert.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2015]
xi, 267 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Introduction -- First basemen -- Second basemen -- Third basemen -- Shortstops -- Left fielders -- Center fielders -- Right fielders -- Catchers -- Designated hitters -- Multi-Position players -- Right-Handed starting pitchers -- Left-Handed starting pitchers -- Relievers.

The greatest college football rivalries of all time : the Civil War, the Iron Bowl, and other memorable matchups

April 23, 2015
Gitlin, Marty, author.
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
viii, 345 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Ohio State vs. Michigan: Woody, Bo and beyond -- Alabama vs. Auburn: the Iron Bowl -- Army vs. Navy: war on the gridiron -- Oklahoma vs. Texas: the Red River rivalry -- Notre Dame vs. Southern California: the cross-country clash -- Harvard vs. Yale: the game -- Georgia vs. Florida: the world's largest cocktail party -- Lafayette vs. Lehigh: the first rivalry -- California vs. Stanford: the big game -- Florida State vs. Miami: the game without a name -- Grambling State vs. Southern: the Bayou Classic -- Utah vs. Brigham Young: the holy war -- Oregon vs. Oregon State: the civil war -- Clemson vs. South Carolina: the Palmetto Bowl.

Crazyball : sports scandals, superstitions, and sick plays

April 23, 2015
Wilner, Barry.
Lanham, Maryland : Taylor Trade Publishing, [2014]
viii, 217 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Sports' worst teams -- Botchball -- Sports' greatest scandals -- Crazy pranks, silly stunts -- Sick plays : Really, really awesome moments -- Chuckleball -- What were they thinking? -- Sports as theater -- Crazy superstitions, crazy fans, and other locker room tales -- Can you believe it? -- Mascots -- Say what?
Recounts some of the most unusual and humorous occurrences in sports history, from Evel Knievel's Grand Canyon adventures to George Brett's anger in the "pine tar incident," as well as strange superstitions, pranks, and blown calls.


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