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  Cover Art: Curveball : the Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League Ackmann, Martha
Curveball : the Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League
From the time she was a girl growing up in the shadow of Lexington Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Toni Stone knew she wanted to play professional baseball. There was only one problem---every card was stacked against her. Curveball tells the inspiring story of baseball's "female Jackie Robinson," a woman whose ambition, courage, and raw talent propelled her from ragtag teams barnstorming across the Dakotas to playing in front of large crowds at Yankee Stadium. Toni Stone was the first woman to play professional baseball in the Negro League.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: When the Garden Was Eden : Clyde the Captain Dollar Bill and the Glory Days of the Old Knicks Araton, Harvey.
When the Garden Was Eden : Clyde the Captain Dollar Bill and the Glory Days of the Old Knicks
The late 1960s and early 1970s, in New York City and America at large, were years marked by political tumult, social unrest—and the best professional basketball ever played. Paradise, for better or worse, was a hardwood court in Midtown Manhattan. When the Garden Was Eden is the definitive account of how the New York Knickerbockers won their first and only championships, and in the process provided the nation no small escape from the Vietnam War, the tragedy at Kent State, and the last vestiges of Jim Crow. The Knicks were more than a team; they were a symbol of harmony, the sublimation of individual personalities for the greater collective good.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Longest Race : a Lifelong Runner an Iconic Ultramarathon and the Case for Human Endurance Ayres, Ed.
The Longest Race : a Lifelong Runner an Iconic Ultramarathon and the Case for Human Endurance
"Among endurance runners, there are those who have run very long distances, and then there are those who have run very long distances for a very long time. Ed Ayres exemplifies the latter; having run in over 600 races across fifty-five years, he is arguably the most experienced American distance runner still competing today. 'The Longest Race' begins at the starting line of the 2001 JFK 50 Mile--the nation's oldest and largest ultramarathon and, like other such races, an epic test of human limits and aspiration. At age sixty, his sights set on breaking the age-division record, Ayres embarks on a course over the rocky ridge of the Appalachian Trail, along the headwind-buffeted towpath of the Potomac River, and past momentous Civil War sites such as Harpers Ferry and Antietam.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee Barra, Allen
Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee
In this revelatory biography, Allen Barra presents Yogi's remarkable life as never seen before, from his childhood in "Dago Hill," the Italian-American neighborhood in St. Louis, to his leading role on the 1949-53 Yankees, the only team to win five consecutive World Series, to the travails of the '64 pennant race, through his epic battles and final peace with George Steinbrenner. Features one hundred photos and countless "Yogi-isms."
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 B4493
  Cover Art: The Kid : the Immoral Life of Ted Williams Bradlee, Ben.
The Kid : the Immoral Life of Ted Williams
Ted Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than five hundred home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in World War II and Korea. He hit home runs farther than any player before him, and traveled a long way himself, as this biography reveals. Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted would spend most of his life disguising his Mexican heritage. During his twenty-two years with the Boston Red Sox, Williams electrified crowds across America, and shocked them, too. His notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation. Yet while he was a god in the batter's box, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate. His ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Boys in the Boat : Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Brown, Daniel, 1951-
The Boys in the Boat : Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans.
2013
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Last Hero : A Life of Henry Aaron Bryant, Howard
The Last Hero : A Life of Henry Aaron
As the steroid controversy has increasingly tarnished baseball’s image, Hank Aaron’s achievements have come to seem all the more remarkable: the first player to pass Babe Ruth in home runs, Aaron held that record for thirty-three years while shattering other records (RBIs, total bases, extra-base hits) and setting new ones (hitting at least thirty home runs per season fifteen times). But his achievements run much deeper than his stats. Chronicling the social up­heavals of the years during which Aaron played (1954 to 1976), Howard Bryant shows us how the dignity and determination with which he stood against racism—on and off the field, and as one of the first blacks in baseball’s upper management—helped transform the role and significance of the pro­fessional black athlete and turn Aaron into an national icon. Eloquently written, detailed, and penetrating, this is a revelatory portrait of both the great ballplayer and the complicated private man.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Playing the Enemy : Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation Carlin, John, 1956-
Playing the Enemy : Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation
Documents the anti-apartheid peace advocate's (Nelson Mandela) campaign to unite his country, tracing a ten-year effort during which he worked with the region's fiercest proponents of apartheid from his jail cell, won the presidency, and helped South Africa's national rugby team host the World Cup as part of a unifying campaign.
2008
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Wave : in Pursuit of the Rogues Freaks and Giants of the Ocean Casey, Susan, 1962-
The Wave : in Pursuit of the Rogues Freaks and Giants of the Ocean
Extreme surfers fly around the world trying to ride the ocean’s most destructive monsters. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. Casey follows this unique tribe of people as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100­ foot wave.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Hack's 191 : Hack Wilson and his Incredible 1930 Season Chastain, Bill
Hack's 191 : Hack Wilson and his Incredible 1930 Season
Hack Wilson's record 191 RBIs as member of the Chicago Cubs in 1930 may well stand the test of time, and so may the record of his hard-drinking lifestyle.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Boys of Winter : the Untold Story of a Coach a Dream and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team Coffey, Wayne R.
The Boys of Winter : the Untold Story of a Coach a Dream and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team
Looks back at one of the greatest moments of twentieth-century sports history, the victory of the U.S. hockey team over the Soviet Union, assessing the meaning of the triumph and the paths of the players and coaches on both sides since 1980.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig Eig, Jonathan
Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig
Recounts the life of the Hall of Fame ballplayer whose career was cut short by the disease now commonly called after him, in a portrait that shares details about his rivalry with Babe Ruth, the onset of his illness, and the final years of his life.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 G27
  Cover Art: Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season Eig, Jonathan
Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season
A chronicle of the 1947 baseball season during which Jackie Robinson broke the race barrier is a sixtieth anniversary tribute based on interviews with Robinson's wife, daughter, and teammates that covers such topics as his relationship with fellow players, the St. Louis Cardinals' proposed boycott of the Dodgers, and Robinson's associate with segregated hotel roommate and sportswriter Wendell Smith.
2007
Adult Nonfiction Book 921 R561
  Cover Art: Race of the Century : the Heroic True Story of the 1908 New York to Paris Auto Race Fenster, J. M. (Julie M.)
Race of the Century : the Heroic True Story of the 1908 New York to Paris Auto Race
Provides an account of a 1908 New York to Paris auto race that took the competitors westward across the United States, aboard a boat to the Far East, across Japan to a trek across Siberia, Asia, and Eastern Europe to Paris.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Coolest Race On Earth : Mud Madmen Glaciers and Grannies at the Antarctica Marathon Hanc, John.
The Coolest Race On Earth : Mud Madmen Glaciers and Grannies at the Antarctica Marathon
What would induce hundreds of people from all over the world to spend thousands of dollars each and two weeks of their lives just to run a marathon in Antarctica? Especially one with a reputation as the toughest marathon on Earth? John Hanc may have the answer.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend Hirsch, James S.
Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend
Authorized by Willie Mays and written by a "New York Times" bestselling author, this is the definitive biography of one of baseball's immortals. Willie Mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the passion he brought to the game. He began as a teenager in the Negro Leagues, became a cult hero in New York, and was the headliner in Major League Baseball's bold expansion to California. With 3,283 hits, 660 home runs, and 338 stolen bases, he was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that enraptured fans for more than two decades.
2010
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: Swinging for the Fences: Black Baseball in Minnesota Hoffbeck ,Steven R., ed.
Swinging for the Fences: Black Baseball in Minnesota
From the early formation of barnstorming teams that toured the state to the moment Dave Winfield hit number three thousand, Minnesota's African American ballplayers have made the state a land of baseball.
2005
Adult Nonfiction Book 796.357 S
  Cover Art: Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball Hogan, Lawrence D.
Shades of Glory: The Negro Leagues and the Story of African-American Baseball
An illustrated history honoring Negro League baseball and its remarkable players brings together historical anecdotes, biographical essays, archival photographs, and other artifacts that pay tribute to the players and teams that transformed American sports culture, from the nineteenth century to the integration of the Major Leagues in 1947.
2006
Adult Nonfiction Book 796.35764 H
  Cover Art: 56 : Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports Kennedy, Kostya
56 : Joe DiMaggio and the Last Magic Number in Sports
On May 15, 1941 at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio lined a hard single to left field in the first inning. It would be his only hit of the game. No one paid it any notice; after all, the Yanks lost 13-1 to the White Sox.Yet for two months in that tense summer, America was captivated by DiMaggio's incredible hitting streak. In 56, Kostya Kennedy tells the remarkable story of how the streak found its way into countless lives, from the Italian kitchens of Newark to the Oval Office of FDR to the Upper West side apartment where Joe's first wife Dorothy, the movie starlet, was expecting a child. Joe DiMaggio comes alive-a driven ballplayer, a mercurial star and a conflicted husband-as the tension and the scrutiny build, day by day, hit by hit.
2011
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: The Good Son : the Life of Ray Kriegel, Mark
The Good Son : the Life of Ray "Boom Boom" Mancini
Kriegel's smoothly written biography tells the story of a rust belt hero whose boxing career was marred by tragedy in the ring. Raised in gritty Youngstown, Ohio, Ray grew up obsessed with the boxing legacy of his father, Lenny "Boom Boom" Mancini. The older Mancini had been a lightweight contender, but injuries suffered in WWII denied him his title shot. Ray dedicated his life to winning the championship that had eluded his father, and at age 21, succeeded.
2012
Adult Nonfiction Book
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