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The New England Patriots have become a dynasty, though it didn't begin that way. Love `em, hate `em, the Pats have captured this country's attention like no other franchise. From two award-winning authors this is the first complete story of a legendary team and its five championship trophies. In the tradition of their celebrated illustrated histories of some of sports' most iconic franchises, Stout and Johnson tell the history in full and in colorful detail. This is a lavishly illustrated tale full of larger-than-life characters - from founding owner Billy Sullivan, early stars like Syracuse running back Jim Nance and beloved wide receiver turned broadcaster Gino Cappeletti, to Hall of Famers and stars like John Hannah, Russ Francis, and Steve Grogan through to present-day stars like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick and owner Bob Kraft. Featuring essays by Richard Johnson, Upton Bell, Leigh Montville, Howard Bryant, Ron Borges, Lesley Visser and more, The Pats is a must-have gift for fans, old and new, and an indelible portrait of the most talked about team in NFL history.
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Halberstam selects the fifty best pieces of sports writing of this century. The Best American Sports Writing of the Century showcases the best sports journalists of the twentieth century, from Jimmy Cannon, Red Smith, William Mack, Gary Smith, and Frank Deford to A. J. Liebling, Tom Wolfe, and Hunter S. Thompson, and includes such classics as "What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?" by Richard Ben Cramer, "Louis Knocks Out Schmeling" by Bob Considine, and "The Rocky Road of Pistol Pete" by W. C. Heinz. This outstanding collection captures not only the century's greatest moments in baseball, boxing, horseracing, golf, and tennis, but some of the finest writing of our time. Guest editor David Halberstam is the author of The Reckoning, The Summer of Forty-Nine, The Breaks of the Game, and, most recently, The Children. Series editor Glenn Stout has written biographies of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Jackie Robinson.
Not very long ago, many people said girls and women were too weak and delicate to play sports.
Fortunately, a lot of girls didn't listen. Trudy Ederle, Louise Stokes, Tidye Pickett, Julie Krone and Danica Patrick sure didn't. Trudy Ederle swam the English Channel, Louise Stokes and Tidye Pickett made it into the Olympics running track, Julie Krone became jockey, and Danica Patrick decided to drive Indie cars. "Yes, She Can " tells the inspiring stories of these pioneers in sports. Thanks to them, everyone knows now that girls can do anything they want. Perfect for young athletes, ages 9-12.
J. R. Moehringer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning feature writer and the author of "The Tender Bar, " has selected the best in sports writing from the past year. Chosen from more than 350 national, regional, and specialty publications and, increasingly, the top sports blogs, this collection showcases those journalists who are at the top of their game.
The Best American Series(R)
In this exciting new collection, William Nack, veteran sportswriter
and author of the classic Secretariat, honors the year's finest
sports journalism and thus upholds the tradition that began
seventeen years ago, with David Halberstam at the helm. In these
pages, you will find the most provocative, compelling, tragic, and
triumphant moments in sports from 2007, captured by the knights of
the keyboard who make sports come alive for us day after day, week
after week, year after year.
Well established as the premier sports anthology, "The Best American Sports Writing" brings together the year's finest writing on sports. Chosen from more than 350 national, regional and specialty publications, the twenty five pieces here embrace the world of sports in all its drama, humanity, and excitement.
Well established as the premier sports anthology, The Best American Sports Writing brings together the finest writing on sports to appear in the past year. Chosen from more than 350 national, regional, and specialty publications, the twenty pieces here embrace the world of sports in all its drama, humanity, and excitement. Contributors include Scott Price, Rick Bragg, Gary Smith, J.R. Moehringer, and others.
For fans of sports and just plain great writing, this absorbing
collection, featuring twenty-eight of the finest pieces from the
past year, has something for everyone. Guest editor David Maraniss,
a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, has assembled a
fresh crop of the people and stories that dominated the sports
world in 2006.
For fans of sports and just plain great writing, this collection of
twenty-seven of the finest pieces from the past year features
"outstanding sports reporting on a wealth of different topics"
(Booklist). Guest editor Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of
Moneyball and Coach, has assembled a compelling look at the sports
stories and issues that dominated 2005.
The Best American series has been the premier annual showcase for
the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction since 1915. Each
volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of
periodicals. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field,
then chooses the very best twenty or so pieces to publish. This
unique system has made the Best American series the most
respected--and most popular--of its kind.
Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become
the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction
and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from
hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred
outstanding works. That selection is pared down to twenty or so
very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a
leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped
make the Best American series the most respected -- and most
popular -- of its kind.
Since its inception in 1915, the Best American series has become the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. For each volume, a series editor reads pieces from hundreds of periodicals, then selects between fifty and a hundred outstanding works. That selection is pared down to the twenty or so very best pieces by a guest editor who is widely recognized as a leading writer in his or her field. This unique system has helped make the Best American series the most respected -- and most popular -- of its kind.
Buzz Bissinger selects the very best writing on a vast variety of competitive endeavors, from baseball to weightlifting, skating to demolition derby. Herein today's foremost journalists -- among them Gary Smith, Elizabeth Gilbert, Bill Plaschke, and Rebecca Mead -- throw revealing light on a pantheon of stars: Shaquille O'Neal, Bobby Fischer, Mike Tyson, the San Diego Chicken, and more.
The 25th title in this top-selling sports series reviews the lives of two of the best tennis stars in the country.
Venus and Serena Williams have captured the attention of the tennis crowd like no pair has in recent years. Taken alone, each is a force to be reckoned with on the court. Booming serves clocked at speeds equal and surpassing that of many male tennis players. Powerful return shots that take opponents by surprise. Speed and agility unlike any other player. Each has the skills, the determination, and the strength to make it to the very top of their sport. Yet through all the competition—even at times when they face each other on opposite sides of the net—they remain true to each other, steadfast in their sisterly love.
The Red Sox have long been the favorite subject of baseball's literati, more for what they haven't accomplished than for what they have. The mystery that shrouds this storied franchise has made for great copy for more than 100 years. But much of the very best writing on the team has often been obscured by romantic tales of legend and destiny, curses and conspiracies - until now. Turning solidly to the bedrock of traditional baseball writing, Glenn Stout has collected the best writing on the Sox that best tells the story of the franchise. A veritable sourcebook of more than a century of unforgettable baseball, Impossible Dreams is a book no self-respecting Sox fan can afford to miss.
Perhaps more has been written about the New York Yankees than about any other sports team. And the magic that has played out on the field over the years has been rivaled only by baseball scribes' prowess on the page. Excellence breeds excellence, and for 100 years some of the best writers in America have chronicled the New York Yankees, taking a single swing or game and somehow making it singular. This brand-new anthology from the series editor of The Best American Sports Writing and author of Yankees Century collects the best writing about the Yankees over the course of their long history. Published to coincide with the team's centenary celebration, this is a must-have volume for fans the world over who claim the New York Yankees as their own.
From his appearance on the "Mike Douglas Show" at age three (he putted for Bob Hope and Jimmy Stewart) to his winning the U.S Junior Amateur title at fifteen (he was the youngest champion ever) to his recent victories in four Grand Slam events in a row (though not in the same year), Tiger Woods has pursued with single-minded determination his dream of becoming the greatest golfer in history. But who is the real Tiger Woods? From his Nike commercials to his conflicting statements on race, Tiger has stirred up plenty of controversy off the golf course. And now in "Chasing Tiger"--an up-to-date collection of profiles, commentary, and reporting on Tiger's career by both U.S. and British writers from the late 1980s to now -we chart the trajectory of "the chosen one" from young prodigy to the most popular athlete in the world. With stellar profiles by esteemed sports writers such as Gary Smith and Charles Pierce, reportage by Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriters Tom Boswell and the late Jim Murray, and pithy commentary by Ellen Goodman, Maureen Dowd, and Frank Deford, "Chasing Tiger" is a multi-dimensional portrait of the making of a legend.
For almost fifty years, Bud Collins has ranked as one of America’s premier sports journalists, best known for his tennis commentary on NBC and his sports column in the Boston Globe. From surfing to golf, baseball to bodybuilding, Collins’s selections for this tenth anniversary edition celebrate sports of all stripes, in pieces by H. G. Bissinger, Charles P. Pierce, Jim Harrison, Rick Reilly, and others.
Tony Hawk is a skateboarding sensation. At the 1999 ESPN X Games, he astonished viewers by performing a 900, a trick thought impossible to do. But astonishing people was nothing new for Hawk. Since taking up skateboarding at age nine, he's almost single-handedly revolutionized the sport. Whether dominating vert competitions, inventing new tricks, or providing a positive role model for young skaters, Hawk's sheer athleticism and dedication have helped change the way skateboarding is viewed by the general public.
As its tenth birthday approaches, THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING is at the top of its game. In the past decade, it has been hailed as “a must for any sports fan” and “a venerable institution” and has showcased promising new talents along with Pulitzer Prize winners such as David Halberstam, Richard Ford, and John McPhee. With the 2000 edition, best-selling author and Emmy Award–winning sports journalist Dick Schaap continues this tradition of excellence by bringing together the finest sports writing to appear in the past year. These pieces will delight fans of all athletic endeavors, from football to fishing, from basketball to birdwatching. From more than 350 publications, Schaap has chosen essays that reach beyond the scores to the people and emotions behind the game.
Well established as the premier sports anthology, The Best American Sports Writing embraces the world of sports in all its drama, humanity, and excitement. This year's illustrious contributors join the ranks of such celebrated writers as George Plimpton, David Remnick, and David Halberstam. Their exceptional talent and experience continue the series' tradition of excellence, which prompted the Boston Globe to hail it as a "venerable institution".
Chosen from more than 350 national, regional, and specialty publications, this eighth edition of The Best American Sports Writing once again brings together the finest writing on sports to appear in the last year.
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