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Olympic Pride, American Prejudice: The Untold Story of 18 African Americans Who Defied Jim Crow and Adolf Hitler To Compete in the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Even though the organization of the book could have been improved, overall it will appeal to readers interested in the history of the Olympics and World War II and might best serve as a companion piece to the documentary.
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No Way But To Fight: George Foreman and the Business of Boxing

Foreman fans and those who remember his Rumble in the Jungle will enjoy this adept look at the champion’s life inside the ring.

Full Dissidence: Notes from an Uneven Playing Field

Highly recommended: Bryant is a masterful writer and a voice of this generation. His passion and analysis on important topics is unparalleled.
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Start by Believing: Larry Nassar’s Crimes, the Institutions That Enabled Him, and the Brave Women Who Stopped a Monster

The authors’ exhaustive research and relentless pursuit of the truth create an unsettling and stark record of the abuse scandal that sent shockwaves across America and which continues to resonate deeply.
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The Athlete as National Symbol: Critical Essays on Sports in the International Arena

The scholarly nature of these essays limits the appeal to an academic readership, but general sports fans looking to research beyond recent incidents will find this a rich resource. Ideal for college and postgraduate students interested in the history and overall scope of nationalism as reflected through athletes and the various sports they play.

Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player

Fans of baseball history will thoroughly enjoy this well-written account of one of the sport’s greatest players.

Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football

While Michigan’s 2018 season may have ended in disappointment for fans, this work does not disappoint. For fans of the Wolverines, this is a must-read along with Bacon’s other titles about the team.
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Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero

A humorous and heartwarming book about not only running with donkeys but about community, our connections with one another, and our abilities to persevere and overcome physical and mental challenges. [See Prepub Alert, 4/1/19.]

Beautiful on the Outside: A Memoir

Recommended for all readers, especially those familiar with Rippon and who would like to learn more about his life and career. Highly recommended.
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Board Games in 100 Moves

With full-color illustrations of artifacts, art, components, and game boards, this is a great entry point into the history of board games that should appeal to everyone from chess enthusiasts to modern hobby gamers.
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No Excuses: The Making of a Head Coach

This book will appeal to fans of college football as well as the University of Oklahoma but may not have wide appeal to general sports fans.

What Is a Girl Worth? My Story of Breaking the Silence and Exposing the Truth About Larry Nassar and USA Gymnastics

Essential for sports fans and all readers concerned with the ongoing, widespread challenges of abuse and accountability. Denhollander’s story of empowerment deserves wide readership.
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The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team

Recommended for anyone interested in the history of post–World War II basketball; relevant to issues within amateur athletics today.
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A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History

This poignant story showcases the bonds of friendship over Olympic glory and will appeal to fans of women’s sports and anyone who has experienced the special kinship that comes from being part of a team.

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Billion Dollar Fantasy: The High-Stakes Game Between FanDuel and DraftKings That Upended Sports in America

The brisk narrative moves nimbly through the online entertainment industry and will find fans among those intrigued by fantasy sports. See David Kushner’s The Players Ball for another take on the world of wired entertainment.
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Net Work: Training the NBA’s Best and Finding the Keys to Greatness

McClanaghan has given basketball fans a unique behind-the-scenes look at the game and perhaps some inspiration to budding players with his “you get out of it what you put in” philosophy.
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The Last Stand of Payne Stewart: The Year Golf Changed Forever

Only worthwhile for those who haven’t read the earlier volume by Abraham and Stewart.

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The Everything Tabletop Games Book: From Settlers of Catan to Pandemic, Find Out Which Games To Choose, How To Play, and the Best Ways To Win!

From short, simple games such as Happy Salmon to longer, strategic ones, including Twilight Struggle, the selections here span a wide range on the current market. This appeal to gamers of all experience levels and is highly recommended for all libraries with tabletop programming.

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Chasing the Bear: How Bear Bryant and Nick Saban Made Alabama the Greatest College Football Program of All Time

A captivating comparison of two legendary figures in college football that will draw interest from all football fans.
 

The People's Team: An Illustrated History of the Green Bay Packers

The Packers have a national following and a history unlike any other. This beautiful book chronicles that legacy exceedingly well.
 
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Hell with the Lid Off: Inside the Fierce Rivalry Between the 1970s Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers

Worthy reading for all fans of football history.
 
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NFL Century: The One-Hundred-Year Rise of America's Greatest Sports League

This engagingly written chronicle of the most powerful and influential sports league in American history should be of wide interest.
 
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NFL 100: A Century of Pro Football

This appealing book contains a nice selection of text excerpts, but it doesn’t quite measure up to the NFL’s 75th anniversary celebration tribute.
 
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Shula: The Coach of the NFL's Greatest Generation

This is the most thorough biography yet of this seminal NFL figure, but it does not equal Ribowsky’s best work.
 
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War Football: World War I and the Birth of the NFL

For anyone interested in the early days of football and its interaction with the U.S. military, this book will prove to be a valuable reference.
 
Red Grange: The Life and Legacy of the NFL’s First Superstar
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Red Grange: The Life and Legacy of the NFL’s First Superstar

Willis, Chris
A highly recommended picture of a football legend and one of the league’s first superstars.
 
You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity

You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity

McPherson, Don.
From success as a football player to his mission as a feminist and educator, McPherson has spent decades sharing his story and advocating for a new definition of manhood. This timely and coherent study of gender roles is highly recommended for all public library collections.
 
Never Settle: Sports, Family, and the American Soul
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Never Settle: Sports, Family, and the American Soul

Smith, Marty
A personal, at times deeply moving, and breezy read. Highly recommended for all sports fans wishing to learn more about Smith and the variety of coverage he’s produced over the years.

The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down

The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down

Pesta, Abigail
While the book is difficult to read at times owing to the details of sexual violence, it may be the most important sports title of the year. Pesta’s in-depth reporting reveals the entire scope of Nassar’s history, and the many who enabled his behavior. Highly recommended.

Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up
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Homegrown: How the Red Sox Built a Champion from the Ground Up

Speier, Alex
Speier’s thorough account provides a fascinating look at the building of an elite baseball club. Fans of the Red Sox wishing to learn more about the work that went into assembling this team will not want to miss this.

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

White, Derrick E
A valuable resource for future scholars and for anyone interested in black college football.

Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact
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Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact

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

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

Maxymuk, John
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.

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

O’Callaghan, Ryan & Cyd Zeigler
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.

America’s Game
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America’s Game

Rice, Jerry & Randy O. Williams
This is more an unfocused grab bag than a book with a coherent narrative.

One-Way Ticket: Nine Lives on Two Wheels

One-Way Ticket: Nine Lives on Two Wheels

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

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

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

Chapin, Sasha
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.

Casting into the Light: Tales of a Fishing Life
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Casting into the Light: Tales of a Fishing Life

Messineo, Janet
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.

For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball

For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball

Selig, Bud
Selig’s extraordinary time as commissioner is a story worth telling. All baseball fans, especially those interested in how the sport overcame the steroid era, owe it to themselves to take a look.

Just Show Up: And Other Enduring Values from Baseball’s Iron Man

Just Show Up: And Other Enduring Values from Baseball’s Iron Man

Ripken, Cal, Jr. & James Dale
A thoughtful and uplifting selection for readers of all ages. This is an ideal choice for students and new graduates as well as anyone seeking inspiration, written by a beloved baseball legend.

Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed

Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed

Futterman, Matthew
A fascinating look at the history of U.S. distance running with plenty of grit, innovative approaches, near disasters, and fun.

The Rise of the Ultra Runners: A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance
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The Rise of the Ultra Runners: A Journey to the Edge of Human Endurance

Finn, Adharanand
Finn’s account of ultrarunning is a gripping read for the casual runner to the experienced athlete. New and established fans will be enthralled

Inside the Empire: The True Power Behind the New York Yankees
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Inside the Empire: The True Power Behind the New York Yankees

Klapisch, Bob & Paul Solotaroff
This work reads as a fun and candid conversation with friends who have inside access to your favorite team. It will be enjoyed by devoted Yankees fans and general baseball enthusiasts alike.

Football Families
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Football Families

John Maxymuk,  Aug 20, 2018
The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars
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The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer's Next Superstars

Abbot, Sebastian
Recommended for soccer fans, especially those who wonder why their favorite team doesn't have a Messi of its own.
What's Wrong with Us? A Coach's Blunt Take on the State of American Soccer After a Lifetime on the Touchline
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What's Wrong with Us? A Coach's Blunt Take on the State of American Soccer After a Lifetime on the Touchline

Steve Kettmann
Recommended for sports fans and soccer enthusiasts at all levels.
Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica: A Suboptimal Guide to Soccer, America's
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Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica: A Suboptimal Guide to Soccer, America's "Sport of the Future" Since 1972

Michael Davies
Whether read cover to cover or casually browsed, this mix of soccer history, personal accounts, and irresistible humor will engage and inform both new and seasoned fans, especially in time for the 2018 World Cup.
The Language of the Game: How To Understand Soccer
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The Language of the Game: How To Understand Soccer

Dubois, Laurent
Fans and neophytes alike will appreciate this eclectic offering and its passionate view of soccer's global influence.
I Believe That We Will Win: The Path to a US Men's World Cup Victory
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I Believe That We Will Win: The Path to a US Men's World Cup Victory

West, Phil
Recommended for all soccer fans and readers interested in a deep dive into the U.S. men's soccer team, specifically the developmental program. Casual sports fans or readers may have a difficult time owing to West's lack of narrative style, making for an occasionally dense read.
Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal
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Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World's Biggest Sports Scandal

Bensinger, Ken
Not solely for soccer fans but also those curious about organized crime—not least for the references to Eliot Ness and his team of Untouchables—and international intrigue.
Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World's Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game

Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World's Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game

Wahl, Grant
One of the best books on the sport, alongside Raphael Honigstein's Das Reboot and Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski's Soccernomics, this gem of a work will appeal to longtime soccer fans and budding enthusiasts.
I'm Keith Hernandez
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I'm Keith Hernandez

Hernandez, Keith
Hernandez's unique analysis of the immense pressure to succeed in an unforgiving game will be well received.
Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America
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Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America

Rapp, David
Highly recommended for baseball fans and those interested in early 20th-century American history.
A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle
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A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle

Johnny Smith
Highly recommended for fans of sports, Americana, and those seeking an informative historical read.
Gehrig and the Babe: The Friendship and the Feud
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Gehrig and the Babe: The Friendship and the Feud

Castro, Tony
A number of facts and elements of the story are repeated more than necessary, so the flow of the narrative sometimes feels disorganized. Still, this remains an intriguing read for baseball history buffs. Babe Ruth's early career off-field debauchery is not described explicitly but may make this title inappropriate for adolescent readers.
The Shift: The Next Evolution in Baseball Thinking
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The Shift: The Next Evolution in Baseball Thinking

Carleton, Russell A.
Carleton's refreshingly insightful, witty, and deceptively breezy exploration details the false sense of security that statistical methodology can offer. By highlighting the "human" aspects of the sport, Carleton succeeds in writing a "love poem (with decimal points)" that belongs on the shelf of every baseball fan.
Insight Pitch: My Life as a Major League Closer
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Insight Pitch: My Life as a Major League Closer

Lockwood, Skip
Casual baseball fans young and old will greatly enjoy this book.
Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Coach Reveals the Hidden Game of Baseball
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Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Coach Reveals the Hidden Game of Baseball

Scott Miller
While not quite practical enough for self-help, readers interested in how professional athletes mentally prepare for big (and little) games will enjoy the stories shared.
Alou: My Baseball Journey
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Alou: My Baseball Journey

Alou, Felipe & Peter Kerasotis
The authors give a full picture of Alou's arduous and, at times, lonely experience in MLB. Highly recommended for public libraries where baseball is followed, particularly for those who serve Latin American communities.
Gator: My Life in Pinstripes
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Gator: My Life in Pinstripes

Andrew Beaton
A worthy contribution to the many works by and about former New York Yankees. Baseball and sports lovers will enjoy this page-turning memoir.
Biz Mackey, a Giant Behind the Plate: The Story of the Negro League Star and Hall of Fame Catcher

Biz Mackey, a Giant Behind the Plate: The Story of the Negro League Star and Hall of Fame Catcher

Westcott, Rich
An excellent addition to works on the history of baseball.
Great Western Trail
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Great Western Trail

Great Western Trail is at its heart a racing game in which players try to buy the best cows to sell at the highest value at the highest market...
Five Tribes
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Five Tribes

In Five Tribes, players maneuver wooden meeples around the board, with each meeple having a special power...
El Grande
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El Grande

El Grande was released in 1995 and is considered to be the granddaddy of area control games (who has the most playing pieces in one area), winning the prestigious Spiel des Jahres in 1996...
Raiders of the North Sea
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Raiders of the North Sea

Raiders of the North Sea began as a Kickstarter project from Australia that went on to be nominated for the Kennerspiel des Jahres in 2017...
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