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Basketball Junkie

by Chris Herren & Bill Reynolds

I was dead for thirty seconds.

That’s what the cop in Fall River told me. 

When the EMTs found me, there was a needle in my arm and a packet of heroin in the front seat.

At basketball-crazy Durfee High School...


Miracle at Fenway

by Saul Wisnia & Dave Roberts

BEFORE THEY BECOME THE 2013 WORLD CHAMPIONS, THERE WAS THE SEASON THAT BROKE THE CURSE AND STARTED IT ALL…

The players and coaching staff of the 2004 Boston Red Sox are now and forever, legends. After all,...


Ya Gotta Believe!

by Michael Lichtenstein

Are you a true Mets fan? Were you there when they won the 1986 World Series in the seventh game? Did you stand and cheer as the Mets demolished the St. Louis Cardinals to become the National League Champions...


Shaq Talks Back

by Shaquille O'Neal

It's rare to discover a candid sports autobiography-- even rare when the author is one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. But in Shaq Talks Back, Shaquille O'Neal for the first time talks frankly...


Muscle Beach

by Marla Matzer Rose

The Story Behind America's Iconic Patch of Sand--Muscle Beach, California

Almost half a century before health clubs, fitness videos and weight training became American obsessions, a pioneering enclave in Santa...


My Greatest Day in Football

by Bob McCullough

As he did for his previous books, My Greatest Day in NASCAR and My Greatest Day in Golf, sports journalist Bob McCullough has crisscrossed the country interviewing legendary football players who are in the Hall...


Sailing the Pacific

by Miles Hordern

Solo sailors are widely known to be a breed apart, and here’s an unforgettable book that shows just how wide a berth they give themselves from the crowds. Several years ago, Miles Hordern, a schoolteacher...


Throwback

by Jason Kendall & Lee Judge

Ever Wonder What’s Being Said at Home Plate?How a Team Silently Communicates?What Goes on in the Clubhouse Behind Closed Doors?

America’s pastime has always left fans and amateur players alike yearning for...


Mistake-Free Golf

by Robert K. Winters, PhD & Rich Lerner

Mistake-Free Golf is the first and only book that directly applies to golfers of all levels on how to specifically correct their mental errors. By identifying the mental mistakes that golfers make on a consistent...


Black Noon: The Year They Stopped the Indy 500

by Art Garner

Before noon on May 30th, 1964, the Indy 500 was stopped for the first time in history by an accident. Seven cars had crashed in a fiery wreck, killing two drivers, and threatening the very future of the 500....


Cold Burial

by Clive Powell-Williams

For schoolboys in the 1920s, too young to have experienced first-hand the horrors of World War One, theirs was yet the age of adventure. Their imaginations fired by the exploits of Robert Scott, T. E. Lawrence,...


Basic Training

by Jon Giswold & David Morgan

A beautifully illustrated, indispensable guide for anyone embarking on a fitness program

Basic Training is an introductory guide to achieving health and fitness for men. This user-friendly source of information,...


Brooks: The Biography of Brooks Robinson

by Doug Wilson

The first complete biography of Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, the greatest defensive third baseman of all time

Brooks Robinson is one of baseball’s most transcendent and revered players....


Bad News for McEnroe

by Bill Scanlon, Sonny Long & Cathy Long

In the golden age of tennis, when players were just learning how to become media personalities, men like McEnroe, Connors, Borg and Lendl ruled the court . Now in a tell-all memoir, former top 10 seeded tennis...


Blacktop Cowboys

by Ty Phillips

Blacktop Cowboys chronicles the 2004 rodeo season through the eyes of several steer wrestlers trying to make it back to rodeo's version of the Super Bowl, the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas.

   Steer...


The Wonder Crew

by Susan Saint Sing

THE WONDER CREW is the fascinating story of how the salty coach of the Annapolis crew team, Coach Richard Glendon, seized the sport of rowing first from the Ivy League schools and then the imposing British with...


The Cut

by Wil Mara

After only his second year with the New York Giants, T. J. Brookman has become the best tight end in professional football. His stats are nothing short of amazing---and what’s even more amazing is that he...


The Blueprint

by Christopher Price

For years, the New England Patriots were a certifiable joke of a franchise. They were run on the cheap and were once the very example of how not to manage a team. They hired inept coaches---one of whom (Clive...


The Numbers Game

by Alan Schwarz & Peter Gammons

Most baseball fans, players and even team executives assume that the National Pastime's infatuation with statistics is simply a byproduct of the information age, a phenomenon that blossomed only after the arrival...


Smart Baseball

by Buddy Bell, Neal Vahle, David Bell & Mike Bell et al.

What goes on in a baseball player's mind is critical to the outcome of the game. Since most major leaguers are in peak physical condition, the difference between success and failure on the field often depends...