New Arrivals · Sports & Outdoor Recreation

September 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The goaltenders' union : hockey's greatest puckstoppers, acrobats, and flakes

September 29, 2014
Oliver, Greg, author.
Toronto, Ontario : ECW Press, [2014]
312 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm.
In hockey, goalies have always been a contradiction--solitary men in a team game, the last line of defence and the stalwarts expected to save the day after any and every miscue and collapse from his teammates. It's no wonder that anyone who played the position has had his sanity questioned; yet some of the biggest innovations in the game have come from its puckstoppers. In The Goaltenders' Union, Greg Oliver and Richard Kamchen talk to more than 60 keepers of yesterday and today, finding common threads to their stories, and in dozens of interviews about them with other coaches and players. From Gilles "Gratoony the Loony" Gratton, who refused to play because the moon was out of alignment with Jupiter, to Jonathan Quick, the athletically gifted master keeper of today's game, the book is an entertaining and enlightening peek behind the mask.

The last great walk : the true story of a 1909 walk from New York to San Francisco, and why it matters today

September 29, 2014
Curtis, Wayne.
[Emmaus, Pennsylvania] : Rodale, [2014]
xix, 236 pages ; 22 cm
"Distributed to the trade by Macmillan"--Copyright page.
Part 1. Body. Leaving New York -- Upright bearing -- I sit, therefore I am -- Part 2. Mind. Braincases -- Knowing where you are -- Part 3. Land. The geography of walking -- Walk, don't walk -- Learning to walk again.

Fifty places to paddle before you die

September 25, 2014
Santella, Chris, author.
New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2014.
223 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm


September 25, 2014
Guilford, CT : FalconGuides, 2014.
vii, 136 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm.
"Basic Illustrated Kayaking is a guide to recreational, flatwater kayaking aimed at both beginners and casual paddlers"-- Provided by publisher.

Game plan : the art of building a winning football team

September 24, 2014
Polian, Bill.
Chicago, IL : Triumph Books, [2014]
285 pages : black & white illustrations ; 24 cm.

The Graves County boys : a tale of Kentucky basketball, perseverance, and the unlikely championship of the Cuba Cubs

September 19, 2014
Walker, Marianne, 1933-
xxii, 237 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Previously titled: When Cuba conquered Kentucky, 1999.
Originally published: Nashville, TN : Rutledge Hill Press, 1999.

Roller derby rivals

September 19, 2014
Macy, Sue, author.
New York : Holiday House, [2014]
31 pages ; illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Tune in now for the thrills and spills of Roller Derby live in New York City, 1948, as Midge "Toughie" Brasuhn and Gerry Murray show their high-speed, hard hitting rivalry on the roller derby track at the dawn of the television era.

30 Years of WrestleMania

September 18, 2014
Shields, Brian, author.
223 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits ; 28 cm.
Includes index.
Celebrate 30 years of WrestleMania! 30 years of WrestleMania provides amazing in-depth coverage of WWE's Wrestlemania from its inception right up to the present day. You can relive each exciting match with exclusive interviews with Superstars, Divas and more. Stunning visuals and never-before-seen shots bring the world of Wrestlemania to life, plus there's behind-the-scenes coverage of historic matches and in-depth discussions of each Wrestlemania event. 30 years of WrestleMania is perfect for wrestling fans who want to get up close and personal with all their wrestling heroes.

A history of women's boxing

September 15, 2014
Smith, Malissa, author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
xxii, 311 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
She-devils and Amazonian tigresses : women enter the boxing ring -- Victorian ladies boxing -- Boxing, women, and the mores of change -- Encountering the modern : Flappers, Mae West, and the war years -- Boxing in the Age of the "Mighty Atom" -- Burning bras, taking on the "sheriff," and winning the right to fight -- A ring of their own -- These ladies love the ring -- Christy Martin and the pinking of the velvet ropes -- Women's boxing and the fame game -- The amateurs -- The state of things : 1722 to 2012 and beyond.
A History of Women's Boxing traces the history of the sport back to the 1700s, through the 2012 Olympic Games when women were first allowed to box, and up to the present. Rich in detail and exhaustively researched, this book illuminates the struggles, obstacles, and successes of the women who fought and continue to fight in the ring and out to gain respect in a sport traditionally considered for men alone. Inside-the-ring action is brought to life through photographs, newspaper clippings, and anecdotes, as are the stories of the women who played important roles outside the ring, from spectators and judges to managers and trainers.

Rickey & Robinson : the true, untold story of the integration of baseball

September 11, 2014
Kahn, Roger.
New York, NY : Rodale, [2014]
xi, 292 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"In Rickey & Robinson, legendary sportswriter Roger Kahn at last reveals the true, unsanitized account of the integration of baseball, a story that for decades has relied on inaccurate secondhand reports. This story contains exclusive reporting and personal reminiscences that no other writer can produce, including revelatory material he'd buried in his notebooks in the '40s and '50s, back when sportswriters were still known to "protect" players and baseball executives. That starts first and foremost with an in-depth examination of the two men chiefly responsible for making integration happen: Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson. Considering Robinson's exalted place in American culture (as evidenced by the remarkable success of the recent biopic), the book's eye-opening revelations are sure to generate controversy as well as conversation. No other sportswriter working today carries Kahn's authority when writing about this period in baseball history, and the publication of this book, Kahn's last, is a true literary event. In Rickey & Robinson, Kahn separates fact from myth to present a truthful portrait of baseball and its participants at a critical juncture in American history"-- Provided by publisher.

Adventure Carolinas : your go-to guide for multi-sport outdoor recreation

September 10, 2014
Miller, Joe, 1956- author.
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2014]
160 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
"Have you ever wanted to take up a new outdoor sport but thought, "Not me" or "Where do I begin"? In this unique take-it-with-you guide, Miller introduces you to sixteen adventure sports in the Carolinas, from water to land and through all four seasons. For each experience, Miller includes location, how to start, associated costs, organizations that can help you begin, physical and mental demands of each activity, and whether the activities are seasonal or competitive. Activities include mountain biking, flat-water and whitewater paddling, scuba diving, climbing, backcountry exploration, skiing, snowboarding and tubing, kiteboarding, hang gliding, and ziplining"-- Provided by publisher.

The storm and the tide : tragedy, hope and triumph in Tuscaloosa

September 10, 2014
Anderson, Lars, author.
229 pages : map ; 24 cm
Describes how, in the wake of the 2011 tornado that killed fifty-three people and became the most devastating storm of its kind in Alabama history, University of Alabama athletes aided the community.

Baseball's greatest comeback : the miracle Braves of 1914

September 8, 2014
Ross, J. Brian, 1952-
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
xv, 217 pages, 22 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In 1914 the Boston Braves experienced the greatest come-from-behind season in baseball history. A perennially woeful team, the Braves rose from the ashes of last place--fifteen games behind on July 4th--to battle in the World Series against the Philadelphia Athletics, one of the most dominant teams of all time. Baseball fans witnessed one of sport's most spectacular comebacks, and Boston's National League team earned a new designation: 'The Miracle Braves.' Baseball's Greatest Comeback: The Miracle Braves of 1914 follows the Boston Braves through this rollercoaster year, from their miserable start to their inspiring finish. A collection of likeable, determined, and highly unconventional ballplayers, the Braves endeared themselves to fans who rooted enthusiastically for the team. Sitting in last place midway through the season, the youthful group of castoffs and misfits, many of whom had been rejected by other major league teams, followed the lead of Walter 'Rabbit' Maranville, Johnny 'The Crab' Evers, and George 'Big Daddy' Stallings to turn things around. The Braves battled their way up the standings, finishing the second half of the season with a miraculous 52 and 14 record. They went on to defeat John McGraw's powerful New York Giants for the pennant and found themselves face-to-face with the talented Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series. On the 100th anniversary of this memorable season, the 1914 Boston Braves are still remembered as one of the greatest comeback teams in baseball history. Full of timeless images and memorable characters--including a fanatically superstitious manager, a cheerfully madcap star, and an obsessively driven, yet highly sensitive captain--this book will inform and entertain baseball fans and sports historians alike.

The life and career of David Beckham : football legend, cultural icon

September 2, 2014
Reavis, Tracey Savell.
Lanham, Md : Rowman & Littlefield, [2014]
xii, 237 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

Row for freedom : crossing an ocean in search of hope

September 2, 2014
Immonen, Julia, author, athlete.
xxii, 217 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plate : color illustrations ; 21 cm
"Thirty-two-year-old Julia Immonen and four other women take on a challenge completed by fewer people than have climbed Mount Everest or gone into space : row three thousand miles, unaided, from the Canary Islands to Barbados. 'Row For Freedom' chronicles that dramatic journey, detailing the grueling, peril-filled crossing, which broke two world records, as it weaves together Julia's search for hope and purpose against a background of relationships scarred by violence. As Julia's physical and emotional treks unfold, you also learn about the plight of the thirty million victims of the modern-day slave trade that serves as the motivation for her row. Be inspired by Julia's self-discovery and her team's triumph in one of the most formidable physical quests ever undertaken." -- back cover.

Why football matters : my education in the game

August 29, 2014
Edmundson, Mark, 1952-
New York : The Penguin Press, 2014.
229 pages ; 22 cm
Sons and fathers -- Earning a uniform: Character -- Going head on: Courage -- The Somerville game: Losing -- The blind-backer: Character times two -- Spirit in the sky: Patriotism -- A punch and a prayer: Faith -- That black kid: Manliness -- Tearing up the town: Loyalty.

Club Soccer 101 : the essential guide to the stars, stats, and stories of 101 of the greatest teams in the world

August 28, 2014
Dempsey, Luke.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
xiv, 448 pages ; 21 cm
Includes index.

Season of Saturdays : a history of college football in 14 games

August 25, 2014
Weinreb, Michael.
New York, NY : Scribner, [2014].
ix, 260 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Rutgers 6, Princeton 4 : November 6, 1869 : "You men will come to no Christian end" -- Notre Dame 35, Army 13 : November 1, 1913 : "Like a prayer" -- Minnesota 21, UCLA 3 (Rose Bowl, Ohio State votes to decline invitation) : January 1, 1962 : "An irascible man" -- Notre Dame 10, Michigan State 10 : November 11, 1966 : "Kissing your sister" -- Texas 15, Arkansas 14 : December 6, 1969 : "Does your conscience bother you?" -- Michigan 24, Ohio State 12 : November 22, 1969 : "The leaders and the best" -- Alabama 14, Penn State 7 (Sugar Bowl) : January 1, 1979 : "Bear's way" -- Miami 31, Nebraska 30 (Orange Bowl) : January 2, 1984 : "The resolution will be televised" -- Miami 58, Notre Dame 7 : November 30, 1985 : "In the air tonight" -- Texas 41, USC 38 (Rose Bowl) : January 4, 2006 : "The ballad of Reggie Bush" -- Boise State 43, Oklahoma 42 (Fiesta Bowl) : January 1, 2007 : "My blue heaven" -- Texas Tech 39, Texas 33 : November 1, 2008 : "Jokerman" -- Auburn 34, Alabama 28 (Iron Bowl) : November 30, 2013 : "Get behind me, Saban" -- An epilogue : Penn State 14, Miami 10 (Fiesta Bowl) : January 2, 1987 : "The grand experiment".
"Every Saturday in the fall, it happens: on college campuses, in bars, at gatherings of fervent alumni, millions come together to watch a sport that inspires a uniquely American brand of passion and outrage. It's a sport that so often hinges on the unpredictable: a hook-and-lateral, a Hail Mary, or a play so implausible that it is only known as The Play. It's a sport that, in these moments, feels a bit like life and death, if only slightly more important. This is college football: it has become one of the unifying cornerstones of American culture. Since the first contest in 1869, the game has grown from a stratified offshoot of rugby to a ubiquitous part of our national identity. Right now, as college conferences fracture and grow, as amateur-athlete status is called into question, as a playoff system threatens to replace big-money bowl games, we're in the midst of the most dramatic transitional period in the history of the sport. Season of Saturdays examines the evolution of college football, including the stories of iconic coaches like Woody Hayes, Joe Paterno, and Knute Rockne, and programs like the USC Trojans, the Michigan Wolverines, and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Michael Weinreb considers the inherent violence of the game, its early seeds of big-business greed, and its impact on institutions of higher learning. He explains why college football endures, often despite itself. Filtered through journalism and research, as well as the author's own recollections as a fan, Weinreb celebrates some of the greatest games of all time while revealing their larger significance. Part popular history and part memoir, Season of Saturdays is both a look back at how the sport became so entertaining, yet fraught, and a look ahead at how it might survive another century"-- Provided by publisher.

Pro cycling on $10 a day : from fat kid to Euro pro

August 20, 2014
Gaimon, Phil, author.
Boulder, Colorado : Velo Press, 2014.
xii, 295 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Take what you can get -- Get in your fucking car -- Put it in the 11 -- Pay your dues again -- Keep racing as long as you can -- Hold it down -- Get serious -- You gotta believe.
"Abandoning his former life as a couch potato and gamer, Phil Gaimon begin riding a bicycle in 2004 with the goal of shedding a few pounds. By sheer accident, he discovered he was a natural, advancing so rapidly through the amateur ranks that he entered the pro peloton utterly ignorant of a century of cycling etiquette. He recounts the difficulties of making ends meet on a salary of $166 a month, the politics and friendships of the peloton, and the ups and downs as he pursues a life as a pro cyclist"-- Provided by publisher.

Against football : a reluctant manifesto

August 15, 2014
Almond, Steve.
Brooklyn, NY : Melville House, 2014
xiii, 178 pages ; 20 cm

Under pressure : how playing football almost cost me everything and why I'd do it all again

August 15, 2014
Lucas, Ray, author.
251 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Foreword by Bill Parcells.
Lucas shares his remarkable and personal story, one that illustrates in sometimes horrifying detail exactly what life is like for the average player in today's NFL. A timely and uncensored peek into football's play-at-all-costs culture, his story sheds new light on today's headlines and will change the way fans watch their heroes on Sundays.

Football : great writing about the national sport

August 15, 2014
xxi, 463 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"An All-Pro line-up of writers including Red Smith, Frank Deford, Jimmy Breslin, George Plimpton, Richard Price, Charles Pierce, Michael Lewis, and Roy Blount Jr tackle our most popular pastime. Since football's meteoric rise in the mid-twentieth century, the standout writers on the sport have gone behind and beyond the spectacle to reveal the complexity, the contradictions, and the deeper humanity at the heart of the game. Now, in a landmark collection, The Library of America brings together the very best of their work: gems of deadline reportage, incisive longform profiles of football's storied figures, and autobiographical accounts by players and others close to the game. Celebrating the sport without shying away from its sometimes devastating personal and social costs, the forty-four pieces gathered here testify to football's boundless capacity to generate outsized characters and memorable tales."--Publisher's description.

Soccer around the world : a cultural guide to the world's favorite sport

August 14, 2014
Parrish, Charles.
Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2014]
xxxii, 400 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm

Build, discover, survive! : mastering Minecraft

August 14, 2014
Lummis, Michael, author.
207 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm


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