New Arrivals · Sports & Outdoor Recreation

August 4, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Your short game solution : mastering the finesse game from 120 yards and in

August 3, 2015
Sieckmann, James, author.
©2015
xiii, 171 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
The dawning of a new wedge era -- Performance pitfalls (or why even harding, talented players often fail to improve) -- A plan for short-game success -- Finesse wedges: tour techniques for any player -- Finesse wedge flaws and fixes -- Finesse wedge skill development and adaptations -- World-class wedge training -- Wedging it with the mind of a champion -- Finesse wedge training plan -- Bunker shots: tour techniques for any player -- Greenside bunker flaws and fixes -- Specialty bunker shots and bunker swing training plan -- Distance wedges: tour techniques for any player -- Distance wedge flaws and fixes -- Distance wedge training plan -- Parting thoughts.
A renowned golf coach offers his "finesse wedge" system to avid golfers looking to improve their short games, describing how to develop and sustain correct habits, avoid common errors, and hone essential skills.

Kendo : culture of the sword

July 31, 2015
Bennett, Alexander, author.
©2015
xxxv, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
The art of killing : swordsmanship in medieval Japan -- The art of living : early-modern kenjutsu -- The fall and rise of samurai culture : kenjutsu's nationalization -- Sharpening the empire's claws -- Kendo and sports : path of reason or cultural treason? -- Crossing swords and borders : the global diffusion of kendo.
"Kendo is the first book in English to provide an in-depth historical, cultural, and political account of the Japanese martial art of swordsmanship, from its beginnings in military training and arcane medieval schools to its widespread practice today as a global sport. Alexander Bennett shows how kendo evolved through a recurring process of 'inventing tradition', which served the changing ideologies and needs of Japanese warriors and governments over the course of history. Kendo follows the development of Japanese swordsmanship from the aristocratic pretensions of medieval warriors in the Muromachi period, to the samurai elitism of the Edo regime, and to the patriotism of the Meiji state. Kendo was influenced in the 1930s and 1940s by ultranationalist militarists and ultimately by the postwar government, which sought a gentle form of cultural nationalism to rekindle appreciation of traditional culture among Japan's youth and to garner international prestige as an instrument of 'soft power'. Today kendo is becoming increasingly popular internationally. But even as new organizations and clubs form around the world, the sport remains closely linked to Japan's sense of collective identity"--Provided by publisher.

Saban : the making of a coach

July 31, 2015
Burke, Monte, author.
First Simon & Schuster Hardcover Edition. ©2015
ix, 341 pages ; 24 cm

Simple flies : 52 easy-to-tie patterns that catch fish

July 31, 2015
Lyle, Morgan, author.
Mechanicsburg, PA : Stackpole Books, Headwater Books, 2015.
ix, 166 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The sensible iconoclasts -- Tying simple flies -- Simple wet flies -- Simple nymphs -- Simple dry flies -- Simple streamers.

Everyday bicycling : how to ride a bike for transportation (whatever your lifestyle)

July 29, 2015
Blue, Elly, author.
Portland OR : Microcosm Publishing, 2015.
127 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
How to ride a bike -- Your life, by bike -- Bicycle adoption, care, and feeding -- Carrying things by bike -- Family bicycling -- Get organized.
"Everyday Bicycling is a guide to everything you need to know to get started riding a bicycle for transportation. Elly Blue introduces you to the basics, including street smarts, bike shopping, dressing professionally, carrying everything from groceries to children to furniture, and riding in all weather. With its positive, practical approach, this book is perfect for anyone who has ever dreamed of riding a bicycle for transportation. This new edition is revised and updated to include bike share, bicycling with pets, and carrying other adults by bike."--Provided by publisher.

The stylish life. Tennis.

July 24, 2015
Kempen : teNeues, 2015.
176 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm.

The stylish life. Golf.

July 24, 2015
Kempen : teNeues, 2015.
176 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm.

That's Muhammad Ali's brother! : my life on the undercard

July 21, 2015
Ali, Rahaman, 1940- author.
New York, NY : Page Publishing ; 2015.
163 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm

Yes! : my improbable journey to the main event of WrestleMania

July 20, 2015
Bryan, Daniel, 1981- author.
©2015.
vi, 308 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
One of the most popular WWE champions. This behind the scenes story is told for the first time by Bryan himself.

Barbarian days : a surfing life

July 20, 2015
Finnegan, William, author.
New York : Penguin Press, 2015.
447 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Off Diamond Head (Honolulu, 1966-67) -- Smell the ocean (California, ca. 1956-65) -- The shock of the new (California, 1968) -- 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky (Maui, 1971) -- The search (The South Pacific, 1978) -- The lucky country (Australia, 1978-79) -- Choosing Ethiopia (Asia, Africa, 1979-81) -- Against dereliction (San Francisco, 1983-86) -- Basso profundo (Madeira, 1994-2003) -- The mountains fall into the heart of the sea (New York City, 2002-15).
Describes the author's experiences as a lifelong surfer, from his early years in Honolulu through his culturally sophisticated pursuits of perfect waves in some of the world's most exotic locales.

The book : playing the percentages in baseball

July 20, 2015
Tango, Tom M.
[Place of publication not identified] : TMA Press, ©2006.
394 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.

The Pine Tar Game : the Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and baseball's most absurd and entertaining controversy

July 16, 2015
Bondy, Filip.
New York : Scribner, 2015.
246 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Aristocrats and Vandals -- The Renaissance -- The Entrepreneur and the Lady -- The Magnificent Robber Barons -- All The Boss's Men -- A Different Kind of Rivalry -- The Fan -- The Screw Turns -- One Last Kick in the Pants -- The Employee -- Can't Lose 'Em All -- Big Apple Circus -- When the Royals Were Not So Royal -- The Talent and the Temper -- The Game -- The Ninth -- The Rules Nerd -- In the Spirit of the Rules -- The Boss is Burning -- The Resumption -- Post-Pine-Tar Depression -- To the Victors? -- Different Kind of Rivalry -- All Is (Almost) Forgiven.
On July 24, 1983, during the finale of a heated four-game series between the dynastic New York Yankees and small-town Kansas City Royals, umpires nullified a go-ahead home run based on an obscure rule, when Yankees manager Billy Martin pointed out an illegal amount of pine tar, the sticky substance used for a better grip, on Royals third baseman George Brett’s bat. Brett wildly charged out of the dugout and chaos ensued. The call temporarily cost the Royals the game, but the decision was eventually overturned, resulting in a resumption of the game several weeks later that created its own hysteria. The Pine Tar Game chronicles this watershed moment, marking a pivot in the sport, when benign cheating tactics, like spitballs, Superball bats, and a couple extra inches of tar on an ash bat, gave way to era of soaring salaries, labor struggles, and rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs. Filip Bondy paints a portrait of the Yankees and Royals of that era, featuring two diametrically opposed owners, in George Steinbrenner and Ewing Kauffman; a host of bad actors and phenomenal athletes; and lots of yelling. Players and club officials like Brett, Goose Gossage, Willie Randolph, Ron Guidry, Sparky Lyle, David Cone, and John Schuerholz offer fresh commentary on the events along with their take on a rivalry that culminated in one of the most iconic baseball tantrums of all time. Rush Limbaugh, employed by the Royals at the time as a promotions director, offers his own insider’s perspective. Through this one fateful game, the ensuing protest, and ultimate fallout, The Pine Tar Game examines a more innocent time in professional sports, as well as the shifting tide that gave us today’s modern iteration of baseball.

Big Klu : the baseball life of Ted Kluszewski

July 15, 2015
Cook, William A., 1944-
Jefferson, NC : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, c2012.
vii, 186 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
"Ted Kluszewski played little baseball in his youth, making a name for himself instead as a hard-hitting football player at Indiana University. Between 1953 and 1956, no other player in major league baseball hit more home runs. This biography chronicles the unusual odyssey that took Kluszewski to the big leagues and ultimately made him an icon"--Provided by publisher.

Green hills of Africa : the Hemingway Library edition

July 15, 2015
Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961, author.
©2015
xxi, 281 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The Hemingway library edition.
Foreword / Patrick Hemingway -- Introduction / Seán Hemingway -- The book -- Appendixes. Pauline Pfeiffer Hemingway's 1933-1934 Safari journal ; Ernest Hemingway's Introductory letter and Safari notes ; The Tanganyika letters -- Early drafts and deleted passages from Green hills of Africa -- Acknowledgments -- Notes to the introduction.

The best team money can buy : the Los Angeles Dodgers' wild struggle to build a baseball powerhouse

July 13, 2015
Knight, Molly, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015.
324 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"The inside-the-clubhouse story of two tumultuous years when the Los Angeles Dodgers were re-made from top to bottom, from the ownership of the team to management to the players on the field, becoming the most talked-about and most colorful team in baseball"-- Provided by publisher.

It's good to be Gronk

July 13, 2015
Gronkowski, Rob, 1989- author.
New York : Gallery Books/Jeter Publishing, 2015.
218 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
NFL player Rob Gronkowski "takes fans from the field to the locker room to the VIP room to the talk show green room to his parents' kitchen table--a full tour of the world according to Gronk"--Amazon.com.

Just add water : a surfing savant's journey with Asperger's

July 7, 2015
Marzo, Clay.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
269 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
"From the best freestyle surfer in the world, an inspiring and moving memoir about his ascendance to the top of the surfing world while struggling for most of his young life with undiagnosed Asperger's syndrome Clay Marzo has an almost preternatural gift with a surfboard. From his first moments underwater (he learned to swim at two months old) to his first ventures atop his father's surfboard as a toddler, it was obvious that Marzo's single-minded focus on all things surfing was unique. But not until late in his teens, when this surfing phenom was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, did the deeper reasons for his obsession--and his astonishing gift for surfing--become clear. Just Add Water is the remarkable story of Marzo's rise to the top of the pro surfing world--and the personal trials he overcame in making it there. Marzo endured a difficult childhood. He was a colicky baby who his mother found could be soothed only with water. Later, as he entered school, his undiagnosed Asperger's made it tough for him to relate to his peers and fit in, but his relationship with the wave was elemental. Marzo could always turn to surfing, the only place where he truly felt at peace. Unflinching and inspiring, Just Add Water is a brave memoir from a one-of-a-kind surfing savant who has electrified fans around the world with his gift and whose story speaks boldly to the hope and ultimate triumph of the human spirit"-- Provided by publisher.

The Ultimate parkour & freerunning book : discover your possibilities

July 3, 2015
Witfeld, Jan, author.
Maidenhead : Meyer & Meyer Sport, 2013.
327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Original title: Parkour & freerunning
Introduces the sport of parkour, or freerunning, which combines the core elements of running, jumping, climbing, and other physical movements with the goal of moving the body over and around obstacles in an urban environment without stopping.

The grind : inside baseball's endless season

July 1, 2015
Svrluga, Barry.
New York, New York : Blue Rider Press, [2015]
176 pages |:billustrations ; 21 cm
"What's it like to live through sports' longest season, the 162-game Major League Baseball schedule? THE GRIND captures the frustration, impermanence, and glory felt by the players, the staff, and their families from the start of spring training to the final game of the year; classy baseball writing in the Roger Angell or Tom Boswell tradition"-- Provided by publisher.

1988 All-Star Game : Major League Baseball official program.

July 1, 2015
New York : Sports Minded; East Rutherford, NJ : Meehan Tooker, printer, ©1988.
96 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
"Cincinnati Reds, 1988, All-Star Game"--cover.

Going long : legends, oddballs, comebacks & adventures : the best stories from Runner's world

June 25, 2015
New York, NY : Rodale : Distributed to the trade by Macmillan, ©2010.
viii, 392 pages ; 23 cm
Inspirations. 16 minutes from home / Steve Friedman ; A second life / Charles Butler ; Team Hoyt starts again / John Brant ; Dogged / Steve Friedman ; Life and limb / Bruce Barcott ; A moment of silence / Steve Friedman -- Legends. A wicked good life / Kenny Moore ; Duel in the sun / John Brant ; After the fall / Steve Friedman ; The power and the glory / Michael Perry ; Determined / Cynthia Gorney ; Pure heart / Amby Burfoot ; Leading men / Kenny Moore -- True originals. The return of Boston Billy / Steve Rushin ; A long, strange trip / Stephen Rodrick ; A 6-minute difference / Cynthia Gorney ; The man who taught me everything / Amby Burfoot -- The runner's high. Finding my stride / Benjamin H. Cheever ; Running scared / Amby Burfoot ; Someone to run with / Sara Corbett ; The interval workout / John L. Parker, Jr. ; Long time gone / John L. Parker, Jr. -- Adventures & investigations. Secrets of the Tarahumara / Christopher McDougall ; Le grizz / Don Kardong ; Following Terry Fox / John Brant ; The fast and the curious / Robert Sullivan ; Wonder boy / Bill Donahue ; An army of run / Benjamin H. Cheever ; Welcome to Marathon / Stephen Rodrick ; Chasing justice / Kenny Moore.
This is an anthology of 30 unforgettable stories that explore what it means not only to be a runner, but to be human.

The a swing : the alternative approach to great golf

June 24, 2015
Leadbetter, David.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
x, 191 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"David Leadbetter's first book in a decade helps golfers around the world finally reach their potential. The "A" stands for "alternative," as in a new and different way to swing the club that makes it so much easier to consistently hit good golf shots. David has taken his 30-plus years of teaching experience, working with players of all abilities including the best who have ever played the game, and developed a more efficient and effective way to hit good shots with minimal practice. In essence, it's a shortcut to good golf. The genius behind the A Swing is that golfers will consistently play well after only a short series of seven-minute practice sessions. The A Swing doesn't require textbook precision in order to see improvement--just a basic understanding of the technique will synchronize the swing and have golfers repeatedly hitting solid shots. The A Swing also easily fixes many of the game's most common faults--including the dreaded slice. It's especially beneficial to those who have little time to play or practice, the aging golfer, and anyone who has struggled to realize their full potential. Until now, the standard paradigm for teaching the golf swing really hasn't changed. But the A Swing was developed on scientific principles and has been biomechanically tested to ensure it's a viable and easier alternative. Already adopted by pros and amateurs alike--the results have been transformative"-- Provided by publisher.

WWE ultimate superstar guide

June 24, 2015
Pantaleo, Steve, author.
©2015
207 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
See WWE Superstars like you've never seen them before! The Ultimate Superstars Guide by BradyGames is an illustrated compedium of all the biggest Superstars to ever grace the WWE ring. The Ultimate Superstars Guide is filled with more than 200 illustrations of your favourite WWE Superstars including Hulk Hogan, Triple H and more. You can learn everything you need to know about these amazing athletes with facts, stats, and more.

My fight/your fight

June 19, 2015
Rousey, Ronda, author.
New York : Regan Arts, 2015.
xv, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Foreword by Dana White, president of the UFC -- Why I fight -- Fight night -- I was born ready -- Winning is the greatest feeling in the world -- Everything can change in a split second -- Never underestimate an opponent -- Losing is one of the most devastating experiences in life -- Tragedy precedes success -- Do not accept less than what you're capable of -- Just because it's a rule doesn't mean it's right -- Pain is just one piece of information -- Turn limitations into opportunities -- Trust in knowledge, not in strength -- Know when to move on -- Find fulfillment in the sacrifices -- You have to be the best on your worst day -- No one has the right to beat you -- You will never win a fight by running away -- Don't rely on others to make your decisions -- People around you control your reality -- The end of a failed move is always the beginning of the next one -- Anything of value has to be earned -- Everything is as easy as a decision -- When do you cross the magical boundary that stops you from dreaming big? -- People appreciate excellence no matter who you are -- A loss is still a loss, but it's better to go out in flaming glory -- This is my situation, but this isn't my life -- You can't rely on just one thing to make you happy -- Disregard nonessential information -- Relationships that are easily ruined were never worth much -- Someone has to be the best in the world, why not you? -- Finding a coach is like finding a boyfriend -- You will be tested -- Champions always do more -- Plan out the first exchange -- Nothing will ever be perfect -- If it was easy, everyone would do it -- The only power people have over you is the power you give them -- Winning is a habit -- I'd rather expose myself willingly than wait in fear for it to happen against my will -- Refuse to accept any other reality -- The best fighters are patient at the right times -- There is a moment in a match where it's there for the taking and it comes down to who wants it most -- Fight for every single second -- You have to be willing to embarrass yourself -- Success is the best revenge -- Learn to read the rest beats -- Prepare for the perfect opponent -- Don't let anyone force you to take a step backward -- The answer is: there is no right answer -- I have been there -- The hardest part is knowing when to walk away -- Winning.
Ronda Rousey, the Olympic medalist in judo, reigning UFC women's bantamweight champion, and new Hollywood action hero, charts her difficult path to glory. Rousey's account of the toughest fights of her life -- in and outside the Octagon -- reveals the painful loss of her father when she was eight years old, the intensity of her judo training, her battles with love, her meteoric rise to fame, the secret behind her undefeated UFC record, and what it takes to become the toughest woman on Earth. Rousey shares hard-won lessons on how to be the best at what you do, including how to find fulfillment in the sacrifices, how to turn limitations into opportunities, and how to be the best on your worst day.

The mindful athlete : secrets to pure performance

June 19, 2015
Mumford, George.
Berkeley, California : Parallax Press, [2015]
234, 14 pages ; 24 cm
"Michael Jordan and countless other NBA stars credit George Mumford with transforming their game. A widely respected public speaker and coach, Mumford shares his story and strategies in The Mindful Athlete. His proven techniques transform the performance of anyone with a goal, be they an Olympian, weekend warrior, executive, hacker, or artist. A basketball player at the University of Massachusetts (where he roomed with Dr. J, Julius Erving), injuries forced Mumford out of the game he loved. The meds that relieved the pain of his injuries also numbed him to the emptiness he felt without the game and eventually led him to heroin. After years as a functioning addict, Mumford made meditation the center of his life. He kicked drugs, earned a master's degree, and began teaching meditation to inmates and others. Mumford went on to partner with coach Phil Jackson, a long-time mindfulness practitioner, working with him and each of the teams he coached to become NBA champions. His roster of champion clients now includes executives and Olympians. With a charismatic style that combines mindfulness with lessons from icons like Yoda and Bruce Lee, Mumford delivers an engrossing story and an invaluable resource. "-- Provided by publisher.

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