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Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football

A valuable resource for future scholars and for anyone interested in black college football.


Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact

Will appeal to readers wishing to learn more about Campbell and this era of both college and professional sports as well as Texas history.


America’s Game

This is more an unfocused grab bag than a book with a coherent narrative.


My Life on the Line: How the NFL Damn Near Killed Me, and Ended Up Saving My Life

This no-holds-barred account reveals O’Callaghan’s long journey to recovery and self-acceptance, and provides hope for anyone, not only professional athletes, living life in the shadows. Recommended for all sports fans and readers interested in social, cultural, and LGBTQ history.


Pioneer Coaches of the NFL: Shaping the Game in the Days of Leather Helmets and 60-Minute Men

An important study of coaches who helped to change professional football into the thriving game that would eventually surpass all other American sports in popularity. Recommended for sports fans, historians, scholars, and all library collections.

One-Way Ticket: Nine Lives on Two Wheels

Vaughters rode during a bike racing era that can be described as astonishingly wild and potently drug-fueled. His honest take is refreshing and required reading. For all libraries.


The MVP Machine: How Baseball’s New Nonconformists Are Using Data To Build Better Players

This data-driven account is intended for hard-core baseball fans; anyone interested in player development will find this extremely captivating.


Casting into the Light: Tales of a Fishing Life

Although Messineo’s voice is rough around the edges, it adds to the authenticity of her narrative. Readers interested in fishing and ocean ecology as well as women’s memoirs will be drawn to this story.


All the Wrong Moves: A Memoir About Chess, Love, and Ruining Everything

Chapin has an engaging way of describing chess games and the complexities in which players formulate their moves across the board. Chess enthusiasts will find this comical memoir with a sarcastic tone entertaining to the end when he shares the secret of chess.

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