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Download What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the United by Dave Zirin PDF

By Dave Zirin

“Zirin is America’s top sportswriter.”—Lee Ballinger, Rock and Rap Confidential

“Zirin is likely one of the brightest, such a lot audacious voices i will be mindful at the sportswriting scene, and my reminiscence is going again to the 1920s.”—Lester Rodney, N.Y. day-by-day Worker activities editor, 1936–1958

“Zirin has an awesome expertise for masking the activities and politics beat. Ranging like a good shortstop, he scoops up every little thing! He profiles the brave and encouraging athletes who're status up for peace and civil liberties during this repressive age. A needs to read!”—Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive

“This is state-of-the-art research added with wit and compassion.”—Mike Marqusee, writer, Redemption music: Muhammad Ali and the Spirit of the Sixties

Here sportswriter Dave Zirin indicates how activities convey the worst, in addition to the main artistic and fascinating, beneficial properties of yank society.

Zirin explores how Janet Jackson’s great Bowl flash-time convey uncovered greater than a breast, why the exertions flow has every thing to profit from activities unions and why a brand new new release of athletes is not any longer content material to “play one online game at a time” and is beginning to get political.

What’s My identify, Fool! attracts on unique interviews with former heavyweight champ George Foreman, Olympian and black energy saluter John Carlos, NBA basketball participant and anti-death penalty activist Etan Thomas, antiwar women’s university hoopster Toni Smith, Olympic venture for Human Rights chief Lee Evans and lots of others.

Popular sportswriter and commentator Dave Zirin is editor of The Prince George’s Post (Maryland) and writes the weekly column “Edge of Sports” ( he's a senior author at Zirin’s writing has additionally seemed in The Source, Common Dreams, College wearing News, CounterPunch, Alternet, International Socialist Review, Black activities Network, War Times, San Francisco Bay View and Z Magazine.

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Download They Called Me God: The Best Umpire Who Ever Lived by Peter Golenbock, Doug Harvey PDF

By Peter Golenbock, Doug Harvey

Within the pageantry of baseball, one pick out team is almost unknown within the open air global, derided via lovers, confronted with split-second offerings that spell victory or defeat. those males are up-close observers of the motion, aware about inside of jokes, blood feuds, benches-clearing brawls, and managers’ expletive-filled tirades. during this remarkable memoir, corridor of repute umpire Doug Harvey takes us inside baseball as you’ve by no means visible it, with unforgettable inside of tales of baseball greats corresponding to Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, and Whitey Herzog.

Doug Harvey used to be a California farm boy, a highschool athlete who however knew that what he particularly sought after used to be to turn into an unsung hero—a significant league umpire. operating his means during the minor leagues, incomes 300 cash a month, he survived on the subject of every little thing, even riots in stadiums in Puerto Rico. And whereas gamers and different umps hit the bars at evening, Harvey memorized the rule of thumb e-book. In 1962, he broke into the bigs and was once quickly hearing rookie Pete Rose being concerned that he will be minimize by way of the Reds and laying down the legislations with managers equivalent to Tommy Lasorda and Joe Torre.

This colourful memoir takes the reader at the back of the plate for a few of baseball’s so much memorable moments, including:
· Roberto Clemente’s 3 thousandth and ultimate hit
· The “I don’t think what I simply saw” heroic three-and-two pinch-hit domestic run via Kirk Gibson within the ’88 international Series
· The nail-biting pleasure of the close-fought ’68 international sequence, while Doug referred to as St. Louis Cardinal Lou Brock out at domestic plate and became the trajectory of the series

But past the drama, Harvey grew to become umpiring into an paintings. He used to be a guy so revered, whose calls have been so feared and infallible, that the gamers known as him God. and during all of it, he lived by way of 3 ideas: by no means take whatever from a participant, by no means backtrack from a choice, and not hold a grudge.

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Download Branch Rickey: Baseball's Ferocious Gentleman by Lee Lowenfish PDF

By Lee Lowenfish

He used to be no longer a lot of a participant and never even more of a supervisor, yet by the point department Rickey (1881–1965) complete with baseball, he had revolutionized the sport—not only once yet 3 times. during this definitive biography of Rickey—the guy sportswriters dubbed “The Brain,” “The Mahatma,” and, from time to time, “El Cheapo”—Lee Lowenfish tells the complete and colourful tale of a existence that endlessly replaced the face of America’s game. As the mastermind in the back of the Saint Louis Cardinals from 1917 to 1942, Rickey created the farm procedure, which allowed small-market golf equipment to compete with the wealthy and robust. less than his course within the Forties, the Brooklyn Dodgers turned actually the 1st “America’s team.” via signing Jackie Robinson and different black gamers, he single-handedly thrust baseball into the vanguard of the civil rights stream. Lowenfish conjures up the chiefly American complicated of God, kin, and baseball that trained Rickey’s activities and his accomplishments. His ebook bargains an interesting, richly unique portrait of a guy whose lifestyles is itself a very important bankruptcy within the historical past of yank company, game, and society. (20070901)

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Download Roger Angell Baseball Collection by Roger Angell PDF

By Roger Angell

An enthralling choice of 3 nonfiction baseball books by way of acclaimed author Roger Angell: The summer season video game, 5 Seasons, and *Season Ticket*

The summer season Game

This booklet, initially released in 1972, is a gorgeous selection of Angell’s essays at the significant leagues, masking a span of ten seasons. Angell brilliantly captures the nation’s such a lot cherished activity during the Nineteen Sixties, spanning either the successful groups and the “horrendous losers,” and together with famed gamers Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Willie Mays, and extra. With the panache of a professional sportswriter and the power of an avid baseball fan, Angell’s activities journalism is an insightful and compelling examine the nice American pastime.

Five Seasons

New Yorker sportswriter Roger Angell calls 1972 to 1976 “the most vital half-decade within the historical past of the game.” The early to mid-1970s introduced unheard of alterations to America’s historic hobby: miraculous performances by way of Nolan Ryan and Hank Aaron; the depth of the “best-ever” 1975 international sequence among the Cincinnati Reds and the Boston crimson Sox; the adjustments turning out to be from sour and prolonged hard work moves and lockouts; and the gigantic new impression of community tv at the video game. Angell, consistently a fan in addition to a author, casts a realizing yet noncynical eye on those occasions, providing a clean point of view to baseball’s carrying on with allure in this terrific and transformative era.

Season Ticket

Roger Angell once more trips via 5 seasons of America’s nationwide pastime—chronicling the larger-than-life narratives and on-field intricacies of baseball from 1982 to 1987. Angell’s accumulated New Yorker essays, written in his specified voice as a fan and baseball aficionado, hide the advance of the sport either at the diamond and rancid. whereas diving into matters reminiscent of Sparky Anderson’s ’84 Detroit Tigers, the mythical 1986 international sequence and the Curse of the Bambino, and the more and more pervasive factor of participant drug use, Angell unearths the craft and means of the sport, and the unforgettable tales of these who performed it.

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Download Connie Mack and the Early Years of Baseball by Norman L. Macht PDF

By Norman L. Macht

Connie Mack (1862–1956) was once the Grand previous guy of baseball and one of many game’s first real celebrities. This booklet, spanning the 1st fifty-two years of Mack’s existence, via 1914, covers his reviews as participant, supervisor, and membership proprietor and may stand because the definitive biography of baseball’s such a lot mythical and cherished figure.  Norman L. Macht chronicles Mack’s little-known beginnings. He tells how Mack, a college dropout at fourteen, created innovations for successful baseball and rules for dealing with males lengthy ahead of there have been notions of defining such matters. And he information how Mack, a key determine within the launching of the yankee League in 1901, gained six of the league’s first fourteen pennants whereas serving as supervisor, treasurer, normal supervisor, touring secretary, and public relatives and scouting director (all while) for the Philadelphia Athletics. This publication brings to existence the unruly origins of baseball as a activity and a company. It additionally offers the 1st whole and exact photograph of a personality who used to be greater than lifestyles and but little identified: the tough, rule-bending catcher; the peppery box chief and fan favourite; the hot-tempered younger supervisor. Illustrated with relatives photos by no means earlier than released, it offers targeted perception right into a colourful character who contributed to shaping baseball as we all know it this day. (20071126)

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