New Arrivals · Sports & Outdoor Recreation

July 26, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Games : a global history of the Olympics

July 25, 2016
Goldblatt, David, 1965- author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
516 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
"First published in the U.K. by Macmillan Publishers International Limited"--Title-page verso.
This grandiose and salutary task : the reinvention of the Olympic Games -- All the fun of the fair : The Olympics at the end of the Belle Époque -- Not the only game in town : the Olympics and its challengers in the 1920s -- It's showtime! : the Olympics as spectacle -- Small was beautiful : the lost worlds of the post-War Olympics -- The image is still there : spectacle versus anti-spectacle at the Games -- Things fall apart : bankruptcy, boycotts, and the end of amateurism -- Boom! : the globalization of the Olympics after the Cold War -- Going south : the Olympics in the new world order.
A renowned sportswriter describes the reinvention and modern history of the Olympic Games, from its rebirth in 1896 Athens to the present, highlighting all the classic moments of highest achievement, including Jesse Owens, Nadia Comaneci, the Miracle on Ice and Usain Bolt. --Publisher's description.

Run the world : my 3,500-mile journey through running cultures around the globe

July 25, 2016
Wade, Becky, 1989- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
271 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Trading the start line for the sideline: England -- Kitting up and forging ahead: Greater England and Ireland -- Flying high in a mountain running mecca: Switzerland -- Following the lead of the yaya girls: Ethiopia -- Striking a balance and tackling the track: Australia and New Zealand -- Pounding pavement, rethinking recovery: Japan -- Speeding Swedes and flying Finns: Sweden and Finland.
"An elite marathoner describes the year she spent running over 3,500 miles in nine different countries, living with host families and exploring diverse running communities and cultures all over the globe,"--NoveList.

LGBTQ+ athletes claim the field : striving for equality

July 19, 2016
Cronn-Mills, Kirstin, 1968- author.
Minneapolis, MN : Twenty-First Century Books, [2017]
104 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Wht this book matters -- Chapter 1. Power, Pride and Prejudice -- Chapter 2. Athletes come out -- Chapter 3. Athlete bodies, athlete genders -- Chapter 4. The gatekeepers -- Chapter 5. Future plays -- An open letter -- Timeline.

On trails

July 11, 2016
Moor, Robert (Environmental journalist), author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016.
340 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle on cover: "An exploration."
"In 2009, while thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, Robert Moor began to wonder about the paths that lie beneath our feet: How do they form? Why do some improve over time while others fade? What makes us follow or strike off on our own? Over the course of the next seven years, Moor traveled the globe, exploring trails of all kinds, from the miniscule to the massive. He learned the tricks of master trail-builders, hunted down long-lost Cherokee trails, and traced the origins of our road networks and the Internet. In each chapter, Moor interweaves his adventures with findings from science, history, philosophy, and nature writing--combining the nomadic joys of Peter Matthiessen with the eclectic wisdom of Lewis Hyde's The Gift. Throughout, Moor reveals how this single topic--the oft-overlooked trail--sheds new light on a wealth of age-old questions: How does order emerge out of chaos? How did animals first crawl forth from the seas and spread across continents? How has humanity's relationship with nature and technology shaped the world around us? And, ultimately, how does each of us pick a path through life? With a breathtaking arc that spans from the dawn of animal life to the digital era, On Trails is a book that makes us see our world, our history, our species, and our ways of life anew"-- Book jacket flap.

Sunfish sailing : a quick & easy guide

July 11, 2016
Kelly, Chaille, author.
Battleboro, Vermont : Echo Point Books & Media, LLC, [2015]
40 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Previously published: Sail ho! : a primer for sailfish, sunfish, sailboats, 1961.
"2nd revision including racing tactics"--Cover.
"Whether you want to race or enjoy the summer sun, Sunfish and Sailfish boats provide entertainment for the whole family. One great advantage of these small crafts is their simplicity. Not only are they easy to transport, assemble, and store, but even children can master the basics of sailing these boats. This adaptable boat design lends itself to whatever you make of it: a private yacht, a floating retreat, or a swift racer. In this concise guide, Chaille and Larry Kelly share the delight of their Sunfish and Sailfish experiences and cover the fundamentals of sailing and racing these boats."--Page [4] of cover.

The Baseball Whisperer : a small-town coach who shaped Big League dreams

July 6, 2016
Tackett, Michael, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
xvi, 255 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Includes index.
Foreword -- Changed lives -- A place to grow -- "Come out or get out" -- Where the work ethic still works -- Baseball family -- National champions -- Merl's rules -- "No bright lights" -- Opportunity -- Stepping off the field -- Keeping -- Renewal -- Blue goose -- Heading home -- Afterword.
"Traces the ... story of Merl Eberly and his Clarinda A's baseball team, which he tended over the course of five decades, transforming them from a town team to a collegiate summer league powerhouse. Along with Ozzie Smith, future manager Bud Black, and star player Von Hayes, Merl developed scores of major league players (six of which are currently playing). In the process, Merl taught them to be men, insisting on hard work, integrity, and responsibility"--Dust jacket flap.

50 hikes in the Berkshire Hills

July 5, 2016
Stevens, Lauren R., 1938- author.
New York, NY : The Countryman Press, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]
285 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 23 cm
Based on Hikes & walks in the Berkshire Hills.
Hikes and walks in Western Massachusetts. Often compared to the English Lake District, the Berkshires abound with country lanes, scenic vistas, and forest trails for hikers and strollers of all abilities. This book collects some of the best day hikes, overnights, and scenic walks into a compact and accessible guide. Hikes range from flat rambles through some of the region's most famous villages to the area's longest hikes along the Appalachian and Mohawk Trails. As with all the books in the 50 Hikes series, you'll find clear and concise directions, easy-to-follow maps, elevation profiles, and expert tips for enjoying what each hike has to offer.--Publisher's description.

The end of the perfect 10 : the making and breaking of gymnastics' top score --from Nadia to now

July 1, 2016
Meyers, Dvora, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2016.
xvi, 319 pages ; 24 cm
Part I: New ways to score -- 1. Sinew and spandex: the first--and last-perfect 10s -- 2. I don't care about your art: how gymnastic became less artistic and more athletic after Nadia -- 3. Peak 10: how gymnastics' most popular score reached its breaking point -- 4. Blame it on the men: the 2004 Olympics and the end of the 10 -- 5. New code, new gymnast: the rise of Simone Biles -- Part II: New ways to train -- 6. The guinea pig generation: the 2000 Olympic team and the blueprint for American gymnastics success -- 7. Camp Karolyi: inside the National Team training camp system -- 8. A tale of two gyms: the new wave of American coaches -- 9. The winners and losers of the new system -- 10. The perfect 10: the college years -- Conclusion: The 10 is not a time machine.
In The end of the perfect 10, Dvora Meyers provides an account of the controversial world of gymnastics, the recent changes to the scoring system, and what these changes mean for the future of American gymnastics.

Hairs vs. squares : the mustache gang, the big red machine, and the tumultuous summer of '72

June 30, 2016
Gruver, Ed, 1960- author.
386 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
"Hairs vs. Squares is an ode to an unforgettable season that began with the first major players’ strike in the history of North American sports and ended with a record-setting World Series played by two of the game’s greatest and most colorful dynasties. In a sign of the times it was Hippies vs. Hardhats, a clash of cultures with the hirsute, mod Mustache Gang colliding with the clean-cut, conservative Big Red Machine on the game’s grandest stage"--Publisher's website.

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.


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