Sports & Recreation

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    The Holy Grail of Hoops
    One Fan's Quest to Buy the Original Rules of Basketball
    By Josh Swade
    (Sports Publishing)
    When Josh Swade found out that the original 13 rules of basketball, penned by Dr. James Naismith—the father of modern basketball—were up for auction, he knew that it was his duty as a lifelong Jayhawks fan to make sure that they ended up where they belonged.Penned in 1891, Naismith’s original rules were... [READ MORE]
    Heaven Is a Playground
    4th Edition
    By Rick Telander
    (Sports Publishing)
    Heaven Is a Playground was the first book on the uniquely American phenomenon of urban basketball. Rick Telander, a photojournalist and former high school basketball player, spent part of the summer of 1973 and all of the summer of 1974 in Brooklyn living the playground life with his subjects at Foster... [READ MORE]
    Legends of the Dallas Cowboys
    Tom Landry, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Other Cowboys Stars
    By Cody Monk
    (Sports Publishing)
    Five Super Bowl titles, 13 Hall of Famers, and a litany of legendary players, characters, and games later, the Dallas Cowboys franchise has cemented itself among the most successful in all of sports and, with a fan base that extends all over the world, among the most well known. Legends of the Dallas... [READ MORE]
    Tales from the St. Louis Blues Locker Room
    A Collection of the Greatest Blues Stories Ever Told
    By Bob Plager, With Tom Wheatley
    (Sports Publishing)
    Nobody bleeds Blue like Bob Plager, considered one of the funniest men in hockey. This rollicking book details Plager’s romance with the Bluenotes from day one in 1967 to the present day. He was an original Blues player, a rugged defenseman whose specialty was the hip check. He remains an original personality... [READ MORE]
    Turning the Black Sox White
    The Misunderstood Legacy of Charles A. Comiskey
    By Tim Hornbaker, Foreword by Bob Hoie
    (Sports Publishing)
    Charles Albert “The Old Roman” Comiskey was a larger-than-life figure—a man who had precision in his speech and who could work a room with handshakes and smiles. While he has been vilified in film as a rotund cheapskate and the driving force, albeit unknowingly, behind the actions of the 1919 White Sox,... [READ MORE]
    A Summer to Remember
    Bill Veeck, Lou Boudreau, Bob Feller, and the 1948 Cleveland Indians
    By Lew Freedman
    (Sports Publishing)
    While the Cleveland Indians are known lately more for being cellar dwellers than world champions, that wasn’t the case in 1948. Ranked by the Sporting News as the ninth-best team in baseball history, the ’48 Indians were a colorful group of guys, led by the always colorful Bill Veeck, the future Hall... [READ MORE]
    Before Wrigley Became Wrigley
    The Inside Story of the First Years of the Cubs’ Home Field
    By Sean Deveney
    (Sports Publishing)
    Chicago’s Wrigley Field opened in 1914 as Weeghman Park, the new North Side stadium erected for use by the Federal League’s Chicago team, which would eventually be called the Whales. It was built in just 50 days, with a rectangular shape in the style of New York’s Polo Grounds, designed to fit the odd... [READ MORE]
    Tales from the Boston College Hockey Locker Room
    A Collection of the Greatest Eagles Hockey Stories Ever Told
    By Tom Burke, By Reid Oslin
    (Sports Publishing)
    With five Division I national championships to its credit—most recently in 2012—the men’s hockey program at Boston College is a force to be reckoned with year after year. Tales from the Boston College Hockey Locker Room details the long and highly successful history of ice hockey at Boston College, from... [READ MORE]
    Great Stuff
    Baseball’s Most Amazing Pitching Feats
    By Rich Westcott, Foreword by Paul Hagen
    (Sports Publishing)
    Who never heard of Johnny Vander Meer’s back-to-back no-hitters? Or Christy Mathewson’s three shutouts in one World Series? Or Steve Carlton winning 27 games for a last-place team that won a total of only 59 games? These and a variety of other pitching feats comprise the contents of Rich Westcott’s latest... [READ MORE]
    Five-Plus Tools
    The Past, Present, and Future of Baseball through the Eyes of a Scout
    By Dave Perkin
    (Sports Publishing)
    “Five-Plus Tools” is a scouting term that refers to a rare and elite type of amateur baseball prospect. A player with five-plus tools grades out well above average in all five skill areas, known as tools: hitting, power, running, throwing, and fielding.While most baseball fans critique players who are... [READ MORE]
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