New Arrivals · Sports & Outdoor Recreation

October 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Ali : a life

October 20, 2017
Eig, Jonathan, author.
xv, 623 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Preface: Miami, 1964 -- Cassius Marcellus Clay -- The loudest child -- The bicycle -- "Every day was heaven" -- The prophet -- "I'm just young and don't give a damn" -- America's hero -- Dreamer -- "Twentieth-century exuberance" -- "It's show business" -- Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee -- The ugly bear -- "So what's wrong with the Muslims?" -- Becoming Muhammad Ali -- Choice -- "Girl, will you marry me?" -- Assassination -- Phantom punch -- True love -- A holy war -- No quarrel -- "What's my name?" -- "Against the furies" -- Exile -- Faith -- Martyr -- Song and dance and prayer -- The greatest book of all time -- Stand by me -- Comeback -- "The world is watching you" -- A different fighter -- The five-million-dollar match -- Ali v. Frazier -- Freedom -- Trickeration -- A fight to the finish -- Heart of darkness -- Fighter's heaven -- "Ali boma ye!" -- Rumble in the jungle -- Moving on up -- Impulses -- Ali-Frazier III -- Getting old -- "They may not let me quit" -- "Do you remember Muhammad Ali?" -- Staggered -- Crown Prince -- Old -- Humpty Dumpty -- The last hurrah -- Too many punches -- "He's human, like us" -- A torch -- The long, black Cadillac -- Postscript.
"Based on more than 500 interviews, including Muhammad Ali's closest associates, and enhanced by access to thousands of pages of newly released FBI records, this is a thrilling story of a man who became one of the great figures of the twentieth century."-- Provided by publisher.

Betaball : how Silicon Valley and science built one of the greatest basketball teams in history

October 18, 2017
Malinowski, Erik, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2017.
390 pages ; 24 cm
New blood -- In the name of his father -- Betaball -- Growing pains -- Mark's men -- Learning to fly -- Strength in numbers -- Kingslayers -- Level up -- The comeback -- "Because God said so" -- Independence day.
"A compelling look at how the Golden State Warriors organization embraced saavy business practices and the corporate culture of Silicon Valley to produce one of the greatest basketball teams in history and become a model franchise for the NBA"-- Provided by publisher.

Leading : learning from life and my years at Manchester United

October 18, 2017
Ferguson, Alex, 1941-
New York, NY : Hachette Books, 2015.
406 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"After an astonishing career-first in Scotland, and then over 27 years with Manchester United Football Club, Sir Alex Ferguson delivers Leading, in which the greatest soccer coach of all time will analyze the pivotal leadership decisions of his 38 years as a manager and, with his friend and collaborator Sir Michael Moritz, draw out lessons anyone can use in business and life to generate long-term transformational success. From hiring practices to firing decisions, from dealing with transition to teamwork, from mastering the boardroom to responding to failure and adversity, Leading is as inspiring as it is practical, and a go-to reference for any leader in business, sports, and life."--Provided by publisher.

The year of the pitcher : Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the end of baseball's golden age

October 16, 2017
Pappu, Sridhar, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
xv, 381 pages, 8 leaves of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The story of the remarkable 1968 baseball season: an epic battle of pitchers, Bob Gibson and Denny McClain, which culminated in one of the greatest World Series of all time.

To the finish line : a world champion triathlete's guide to your perfect race

October 11, 2017
Wellington, Chrissie, 1977- author.
New York : Center Street, 2017.
352 pages ; 24 cm
Includes index.
The Ironman world champion provides guidance for athletes of all levels who are interested in training for a triathlon, offering practical advice, inside information, and inspiration for meeting the challenges encountered in this type of race.

The Chicago Cubs : story of a curse

October 10, 2017
Cohen, Rich, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2017]
x, 273 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"There's no rooting in the press box" -- "Don't hate on '08" -- 1060 West Addison Street -- Big shoulders, tiny feet -- Year of the goat -- The wilderness -- The chemo coach -- The red line -- The big question -- What is the sound of one Cubs fan not clapping? -- Got milk? Got pot. -- Go Cubs go! -- Post-season -- World Series! -- Game seven -- Afterward.
After his first Cubs game when Rich Cohen was eight, his father asked him to make a promise. "Promise me you will never be a Cubs fan. The Cubs do not win," he explained, "and because of that, a Cubs fan will have a diminished life determined by low expectations. That team will screw up your life." Here he captures the story of the team, its players and crazy days-- not just what happened, but what it felt like and what it meant. He searches for the cause of the famous curse, and came to see the curse as a burden but also as a blessing.

Second nature : the legacy of Ric Flair and the rise of Charlotte

October 4, 2017
Flair, Ric, 1949- author.
xvi, 368 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Part I. Life as the nature boy. Introduction. Hello Dallas, my dear friend: History, fate, and destiny ; Entering immortality ; To be the man, you gotta beat the man ; I was in Paradise--it was all a mirage ; What a year ; An offer I couldn't refuse ; On my way home -- Part II. Growing up Fliehr: and so it begins...: A beautiful life ; A blessing and a curse ; Adversity comes in many forms ; Where do I go now? ; Lost ; I thought it was just dinner ; A whole new world -- Part III. Life will never be the same: Sweet child of mine -- Part IV. Reunited: Building the future: we are NXT ; You say you want a revolution ; Defining a generation -- Part V. Dedications.
"Ric Flair is a 16-time World Champion and two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee. His four-decades long career is recognized as one of the greatest of all time, but with success comes a price ... His life away from the cameras includes personal struggles, controversy, and family tragedy. Through his bond with [his daughter] Charlotte, he's becoming the father he needs to be while rediscovering the legend he has always been"--Provided by publisher.

Heard but not seen : Richard Nixon, Frank Robinson and the All-Star game's most debated play

October 3, 2017
Dressman, Denny, author.
Denver : Comserv Books, ©2015.
ix, 116 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
More than 16 million viewers saw the 1970 All-Star Game on national television, and more than 50,000 baseball fans watched in person at Riverfront Stadium. But a group of sports writers could only listen to a description of the most debated play in All-Star Game history, the Pete Rose-Ray Fosse home plate collision. Heard but not seen tells the best behind-the-scenes story, never told until now.

The dressage seat : achieving a beautiful, effective seat in every gait and movement

September 25, 2017
Beran, Anja, author.
167 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Includes index.
"Originally published in the German language as Der Dressursitz by Crystal Verlag, Wentorf" --Title page verso.
The dressage seat from the rider's point of view -- Advanced concepts : from a supple seat to aiding effectively -- A brief discussion of breathing -- Psychological aspects -- The dressage seat from the physiotherapist's point of view : advice for erect posture and a sensitive seat -- Practical exercises -- In conclusion -- Appendix : prerequisites for learning to sit well.

The quarterback whisperer : how to build an elite NFL quarterback

September 25, 2017
Arians, Bruce, author.
239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
The perfect QB -- Peyton Manning -- What to look for in a QB -- Kelly Holcomb -- Play calling -- Ben Roethlisberger -- Andrew Luck -- The year football beat cancer -- Carson Palmer -- The future.
A two-time Coach of the Year, Brian Arians has had a hand in developing more Pro Bowl quarterbacks than any coach in NFL history--from Peyton Manning to Ben Roethlisberger to Andrew Luck to Carson Palmer. If NFL quarterbacks are the kings of the sporting world, then Arians is the ultimate kingmaker.

The plan : Epstein, Maddon, and the audacious blueprint for a Cubs dynasty

September 22, 2017
Kaplan, David, 1960- author.
xiv, 290 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Tom Ricketts and the new Cubs -- Worse than they thought -- The GM job -- The money: Mesa, Wrigley, and the rooftops --Getting Theo -- Building the best front office in baseball -- Doubting the plan -- The Arrieta trade -- The odd arrival of Joe Maddon -- Jon Lester takes a leap of faith -- The three-headed monster -- 2015: the kids are ahead of schedule -- 2016: that magical year -- There never was a curse -- Celebration time in Chicago.
"How did the Chicago Cubs transform themselves from one of the worst organizations in baseball to a dynasty in the making? In The Plan, legendary Chicago sports personality David Kaplan takes you inside the Cubs organization with unparalleled access, including in-season and post-World Series interviews with Tom Ricketts, Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Joe Maddon, the players, industry insiders, and more. Kaplan shares how the Cubs devised their audacious plan and tenaciously followed it to a World Series championship"--From publisher description.


September 21, 2017
Walden, Tillie, 1996- author, illustrator.
New York : First Second, 2017.
395 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 22 cm
For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. Skating was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized she'd outgrown her passion--and she finally needed to find her own voice.

It takes a tribe : building the Tough Mudder movement

September 18, 2017
Dean, Will, author.
New York, New York : Portfolio / Penguin, [2017]
viii, 262 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes index.
"After five years as a British counterterrorism officer and two years at Harvard Business School, Dean was determined not to follow his classmates to Wall Street or Silicon Valley. Instead, he pursued his unique vision for an extreme obstacle course: a ten- to twelve-mile gauntlet pushing participants to their limits and helping them surpass those limits together. Instead of cutthroat competition, Tough Mudder would be about continual self-improvement and collective energy"

Unstoppable : my life so far

September 15, 2017
Sharapova, Maria, 1987- author.
292 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
The five-time Grand Slam winner presents the remarkable story of how her father relocated her at the age of 7 from their native Russia to America to develop her tennis talents before she embarked on a record-setting career shaped by astonishing competitions, her provocative beliefs and her recent fight to return to the court.

4th and goal every day : Alabama's relentless pursuit of perfection

September 13, 2017
Savage, Phil, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
xxix, 304 pages ; 25 cm
Includes index.
America's team seeds a dynasty: the Cowboys and the Crimson Tide -- The prescription: the Alabama recruiting formula -- Development: 4th and goal on the practice field -- Practice: "We played this game...already" -- Optic yellow goalposts: football plays big in Alabama -- Training the eyes: from the Rat, to Homer, to Bill and Nick -- A tilt toward the Tigers:...and then a turnaround -- The full toolbox: Saban has all the devices and gadgets to win -- Evolution of a defense: hardball to fastball to moneyball -- Alabama joins the modern game: Julio leads a parade of receivers into T-town -- My eyes to your ears: in the philm room for Nick Saban -- A oerfect marriage: Nick Saban and Alabama connect.
Phil Savage first worked with Nick Saban when they both joined the Cleveland Brown's coaching staff in 1991. They were reunited in 2009 when Savage became part of the Crimson Tide Sports Network as the radio color analyst. Since then, Savage has enjoyed an up-close view of the Alabama programs dedication to recruiting, its commitment to practice, and devotion to fundamentals. Through those years of observation, now comes his 360-degree perspective on Alabama football and Coach Nick Saban's unique coaching style, a style that has led the Crimson Tide to five Southeastern Conference titles, three consecutive College Football Playoff appearances and four national championships. In his words, Savage details Coach Saban's year-round preparation, his willingness to adjust and his belief in complimentary football. The book offers a close look at their player development and practice habits and gives a glimpse of the Crimson Tides approach of playing every single down like it is 4th and goal. With anecdotes from his days growing up in Alabama in the 1970s when the Tide was a consistent national championship contender, through his 20-year career in the National Football League as a coach, scout and general manager, Savage gives a rare look at what makes Coach Nick Saban and his teams so successful. You won't find another person who can intelligently discuss Alabama football in public better than Phil Savage. Together with Ray Glier, 4th and Goal Every Day chronicles how the Crimson Tide re-emerged as one of the true superpowers in college football.

Legends of the Jungle : introducing the initial candidates for a possible Cincinnati Bengals Hall of Fame

September 13, 2017
Powell, Mark, (Sportswriter), author.
Bloominton, IN : iUniverse, [2017]
xx, 318 pages ; 23 cm
Boomer Esiason still holds the Cincinnati Bengals' record for most passing yards in a game and is tied for the most 300-yard passing games. Jim Breech is the team's all-time leading scorer in points and remains a beloved figure more than twenty years after his retirement. Chris Collinsworth led the team in receptions and receiving yards several times in the 1980s-- and topped the team in receiving touchdowns three times. But these great players and many others aren't in the Bengals' Hall of Fame, and it's for a simple reason: It does not exist. By creating its own Hall of Fame or Ring of Honor, the team would be paying tribute to its great players and personalities. Get a detailed look at one of the NFL's most interesting franchises, discover its rich history, and decide for yourself who deserves to be among the Legends of the Jungle.

Seventy summits : life in the mountains

September 7, 2017
Tejas, Vernon, author.
Indianapolis, Indiana : Blue River Press, [2017]
239 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

No is a four-letter word : how I failed spelling but succeeded in life

August 30, 2017
Jericho, Chris, author.
Boston, MA : Da Capo Press, 2017.
v, 217 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Foreword / Paul Stanley -- Introduction: No is a four-letter word -- The Mike Damone principle -- The Jericho principle -- The Keith Richards principle -- The Vince McMahon principle -- The Richard Hayden principle -- The Negro Casas principle (aka the Bad Cow Incident) -- The Yoda principle -- The Paul Stanley principle -- The Viv Savage principle -- The Twelfth Ninja principle -- The Groundlings principle -- The Brian Pillman principle -- The America's Funniest Home Videos principle -- The Mike Lozanski principle -- The Ted Irvine principle -- The Shep Gordon principle -- The Ronnie James Dio principle (aka the Ellsworth Edict) -- The Gene Simmons principle -- The Steve Austin principle -- The Bowie principle -- Epilogue: Goodbye...if only for now.
The author and wrestling star presents an inspirational book organized around twenty-two principles on what it takes to make it to the top of one's field, featuring stories from legends and influencers along the way.

Champions Way : football, Florida, and the lost soul of college sports

August 28, 2017
McIntire, Mike, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
xix, 256 pages ; 24 cm
Chronicles the rise of the multibillion dollar college sports empire through the experience of the Florida State Seminoles, discussing how ethical and legal compromises undermine the academic missions of universities.

Strong as Sandow : how Eugen Sandow became the strongest man on earth

August 22, 2017
Tate, Don, author.
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, [2017]
40 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Introduces the life of Eugen Sandow, including his sickly childhood in Prussia, his defeat of strongmen Sampson and Cyclops, and his founding of the Great Competition in 1901.

Electric October : seven world series games, six lives, five minutes of fame that lasted forever

August 11, 2017
Cook, Kevin, 1956- author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
x, 289 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Prologue: Mortals -- Part one: Six lives. Young old Burt ; The fabulous breaker boy ; Zenith ; Cookie and the flea ; Bev and Snuffy ; They'll manage ; The year all hell broke loose -- Part two: Seven games. Sheer hysteria ; A horrendous afternoon ; Burns' rush ; The twenty-seventh out ; First and second guesses ; The robbery ; Battle of the Bronx -- Part three: Six futures. The year after hell broke loose ; Late innings ; Try, try again ; Warning signs ; This is Cooperstown ; Hero and hero ; Back back back -- Epilogue: The things they left behind.
"The story of six unlikely heroes and the epic World Series that changed their lives forever. The 1947 World Series was 'the most exciting ever' in the words of Joe DiMaggio, with a decade's worth of drama packed into seven games between the mighty New York Yankees and the underdog Brooklyn Dodgers. It was Jackie Robinson's first Series, a postwar spectacle featuring Frank Sinatra, Ernest Hemingway and President Harry Truman in supporting roles. It was also the first televised World Series--sportswriters called it 'Electric October.' Amid all the star power, the outcome hinged on role players: Bill Bevens, a journeyman who knocked on the door of pitching immortality; Al Gionfriddo and Cookie Lavagetto, who came off the bench to play key roles for the Dodgers; Snuffy Stirnweiss, a wartime batting champ who never got any respect; and managers Bucky Harris and Burt Shotton, each an unlikely choice to run his team. Six men plucked from obscurity to shine on the sport's greatest stage--but three would never play another big-league inning, and all six would soon be forgotten. [This book] introduces us to men who never knew they were bound for glory. For some, the '47 Series was a memory to hold on to. For others, it would haunt them to the end of their days. And for us, Kevin Cook offers insights--at once heartbreaking and uplifting--into what fame and heroism truly mean."--Jacket.

Running with Raven : the amazing story of one man, his passion, and the community he inspired

August 11, 2017
Huttenbach, Laura Lee P., 1982- author.
xxv, 224 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), 1 map ; 24 cm
Permanence -- Paint it black -- Only daddy that'll walk the line -- Authenticity -- The world's version of somebody -- "Fugative" on the run -- Grit -- Hooked -- Run free -- Castro is still laughing -- Fitness -- Not a race -- Better than alcohol -- Belonging -- Gentle soul -- Andrew -- Accountability -- Spinal stenosis -- You're the miracle -- The big wave -- Off their butts -- Camaraderie -- True story Lory -- Chuck Norris and Jesus Christ -- Legend -- Equal in running clothes -- Weaver.
The Amazing Story of One Man, His Passion, and the Community He Inspired. In 1975 Robert "Raven" Kraft, a high school dropout and aspiring songwriter, made a New Year's Resolution to run eight miles on Miami's South Beach each evening. Over 125,000 miles later, he has not missed one sunset. Along the way, Raven has changed the lives of thousands who have run with him-many of them hundreds of times. From all fifty states and dozens of countries, across all age groups and backgrounds, they come to run with Raven, and in the process find friendship, inspiration-and a nickname. Among them is author Laura Lee "White Lightning" Huttenbach, who has logged over a thousand miles of Raven Runs. Here she explores the stories of dozens of others about why they started running with Raven-and why they keep coming back. Taxman, an accountant in his mid-60s, has done 1800+ runs. Dizzy, a middle school principal from Cuba, met his wife and his best friend on Raven Runs. Butcher, an ex-convict, credits Raven with saving his life. In an uncertain world Raven shows up, no matter what. Quirky and appealing, tenacious and magnetic, Raven is a legend of the running world. As he says, "I may be the only thing that hasn't changed around here in the last forty years." Laura Lee Huttenbach reveals how one man's daily ritual has blossomed into an uncanny gift for weaving people together-and an invaluable reminder that the journey means little without the connections forged along the way. "Raven left an indelible impression upon me, as he has countless others. I am certain that you will find his story as fascinating and enthralling as I have. Raven, long may you run."-Dean Karnazes, New York Times bestselling author of Ultramarathon Man "An inspiring tale of unbreakable discipline and one-of-a-kind endurance."-Gerald Posner, bestselling author of Miami Babylon.

Discover Acadia National Park.

August 1, 2017
Boston, Mass. : Appalachian Mountain Club Books, 2005-
volumes : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Vols. for 2005-<2010> by Jerry & Marcy Monkman.
"AMC guide to the best hiking, biking, and paddling."

Remembering the stars of the NFL glory years : an inside look at the golden age of football

August 1, 2017
Stewart, Wayne, 1953- author.
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2017].
222 pages ; 24 cm
The best offensive players -- Hall of Fame defenders...and more -- Funniest quotes and tales -- The toughest players -- The best of the rest -- The NFL then and now.
This book tells the story of professional football in the 1950s and 60s through the words of the players themselves. The chapters are full of anecdotes and reflections on the best and toughest players of the era, while two additional chapters include humorous quotes and the players' thoughts on how the game has changed since their heyday.

Playing hurt : my journey from despair to hope

August 1, 2017
Saunders, John, 1955-2016, author.
New York : Da Capo Press, 2017.
xxv, 293 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
A candid memoir by the late ESPN and ABC Sports broadcaster reveals his longtime battle with depression and his investigations into modern medical and homeopathic treatments, exploring how the disease affected his career and relationships.


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