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Surprising, entertaining, and always imparting an important life lesson, Its How You Play the Game features anecdotes and vignettes that are sure to benefit any reader. As Brian Kilmeade writes, "e;Regardless of who you are, what sport you chose, or how much success you achieved, playing the game is all about getting you ready for life. Winning or losing has little to do with who you will become. Instead, its how you prepared for the game that determines whether youll be a winner or loser in life."e;From competition to camaraderie, failure to success, humiliation to glory, individual achievement to teamwork, the world of sports encompasses it all and enriches our lives. The Games Do Count reveals that Americas best and brightest havent just worked hardtheyve played hardand the results have been staggering!
When I die and people realize that I will not be resurrected in three days, they will forget me. That is the way it should be. For reasons known only to God, I was asked to write an autobiography. Most people who knew me growing up didn't think I would ever read a book, let alone write one.—Lou HoltzFew people in the history of college sports have been more influential or had a bigger impact than Lou Holtz. Winner of the three national Coach of the Year honors, the only coach ever to lead six different schools to season-ending bowl games, and the ninth-winningest coach in college football history, Holtz is still teaching and coaching, although he is no longer on the gridiron. In his most telling work to date, the man still known as "e;Coach"e; reveals what motivated a rail-thin 135-pound kid with marginal academic credentials and a pronounced speech impediment to play and coach college football, and to become one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in history. With unflinching honesty and his trademark dry wit, Holtz goes deep, giving us the intimate details of the people who shaped his life and the decisions he would make that shaped the life of so many others.His is a storied career, and Holtz provides a frank and inside look at the challenges he overcame to turn around the programs at William and Mary, North Carolina State, Arkansas, and Minnesota. From growing up in East Liverpool, Ohio, to his early days as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa, to his national championship runs at Notre Dame and his final seasons on the sidelines in South Carolina, Lou Holtz gives his best, a poignant, funny, and instructive look into a life well lived.
If the animals knew about this book they would, without doubt, confer on Wayne Pacelle, their highest honor.Jane GoodallThe Bond is the best overall book on animals I have ever read. Brilliant and moving.John Mackey, CEO and Co-founder of Whole Foods MarketThe Bond is at once heart-breaking and heart-warming. No animal escapes Wayne Pacelles attention; nor should his book escape any human animals attention.Alexandra Horowitz, New York Times Bestselling Author of Inside of a Dog The president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, the worlds largest animal protection organization, Wayne Pacelle brings us The Bond, a heartfelt, eye-opening exploration of the special bond between animals and humans. With the poignant insight of Animals Make Us Human and the shocking reality of Fast Food Nationfilled with history, valuable insights, and fascinating stories of the authors experience in the fieldThe Bond is an important investigation into all the ways we can repair our broken bond with the animal kingdom and a thrilling chronicle of one mans extraordinary contribution to that effort.
I de første år som professionel var Jørgen Hansen en middelmådig bokser, der ofte var udskældt i pressen, men da den ugandiske amatørverdensmester Ayub Kalule kom til Danmark i 1976, vendte karrieren. „Gamle” Hansen fandt sin anden ungdom, vandt ni europamesterskaber og rakte ud efter en VM-kamp i USA.Gamle Hansen er historien om bokseren, der fik tæsk som dreng og indimellem i ringen slog fra sig i ren angst. Oftest var han farligst, når han blev presset, men med en kompleks psyke kunne han også finde på nærmest at opgive uden kamp. Uden sin kone, Hanne, som Jørgen konsekvent kalder “Fru Hansen”, og sin bedste ven og promotor, Mogens Palle, havde Jørgen nok aldrig drevet karrieren så vidt.“De tre var en treeninghed, Mogens og Hanne lagde planerne og Jørgen udførte dem,” som vennen Hans Henrik Palm fortæller i bogen. “Uden Fru Hansen havde der slet ikke været nogen Hr. Hansen”Som 39-årig – og efter mere end tyve års gigantiske op- og nedture, skandaler, triumfer, sygdom og uhyggelige knockouts – sagde Jørgen Hansen stop. Herefter blev han i en årrække kendt som den karismatiske bartender på “Hviids Vinstue” i København. I dag har han fået konstateret demens, men langtidshukommelsen er der stadig og i selskab med Mogens Palle, Hanne Hansen, Hans Henrik Palm, Ayub Kalule, Børge Krogh og mange flere fortæller han i GAMLE HANSEN om en karriere uden sidestykke i dansk boksning.Jørgen Hansen var en ringens gentleman og det er i dette interessante spændingsfelt mellem mandens harehjerte og uventede evne til indimellem at slå knockout, at den store læseroplevelse venter. ***** VEJLE AMTS FOLKEBLAD: Slagkraftig bog om den gamle Hansen: Birgitte Lorentzens bog om den ni-dobbelte europamester, Jørgen “Gamle” Hansen er en hjertevarm fortælling, om en af dansk idræts mærkværdigeste karrierer – og en skæbnefortælling om et sårbart menneske. ***** JYDSKE VESTKYSTEN ” “Gamles” historie er ikke blot historien om en mand, der blev bokser på trods, men også dansk idrætshistorie om overgangen fra amatørsport til professionel sport og alle de sværdslag, det bragte med sig **** JYLLANDSPOSTEN “Forfatteren har skildret både Jørgen Hansens barndom, hvor han boede hos sine bedsteforældre, fordi faderen var alkoholiker, fodboldkarrieren i AIA, amatørkarrieren med 159 kampe i bokseklubberne FAK og Lindholm og karrieren som professionel, hvor hans triumfer og fiaskoer skildres med præcision og troværdighed … ”Gamle Hansen” er meget mere end en bog om boksning ***** HORSENS FOLKEBLAD“Gamle Hansen er både udgivet som både bog, E-bog og lydbog.”
As heard on Sirius XM and NPR stations, this is six hours of audio theater from the mind of Daws Butler, the voice of Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear and many other cartoon characters. In 1975, Butler began an acting workshop that spawned such talents as Nancy Cartwright (The Simpsons), Corey Burton (Old Navy, Disney), and Joe Bevilacqua (NPR). In this series, host Joe Bevilacqua presents performances of scripts Butler wrote for his acting workshop.
OTR fans rejoice! Tired of listening to the same shows? Here are two new OTR stories, produced with wonderful sound effects and music by veteran radio theater producer Joe Bevilacqua. This hour of comedy was recorded before a live audience at SUNY Dutchess in Poughkeepsie, New York on March 20, 2007. Includes: Fibber McGee and Molly: "e;The House of Wax"e; It's 1953 when Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve makes a less than triumphant return to Wistful Vita to introduce Vincent Price at the Wistful Vista Bijou premiere of the 3-D movie The House of Wax. Meanwhile, Fibber tries to save five cents by making his own 3-D glasses. Teeny, Mr. Oldtimer, Wally Wimple, Mrs. Uppington, Harlow Wilcox, and even Fibber's closet are all there in this brand new "e;Fibber"e; tale! Duffy's Tavern: "e;If We All Talked Like Allen Jenkins"e; Archie, Finnegan, Eddie, Miss Duffy, and all the gang are back "e;where the elite meet to eat"e; in this first new Duffy's Tavern outing since 1952. Archie tries to lure the Shriner's Convention to the tavern with promises of big stars he can't deliver, not knowing the real Warner Brothers movie actors Edward G. Robinson and Allen Jenkins are hiding in the kitchen.
"e;In The Laugh Makers, Bob Mills takes us on a delightful, side-splitting journey back to the slapstick sketch comedy of television's golden age-a long-ago era of variety, song-and-dance, brilliant patter, and a seemingly endless parade of laughs-sprung from the genius of 'gag men,' that talented group of wit-blessed wordsmiths to whom the book pays well-deserved homage. The Laugh Makers is a priceless collection of heretofore unpublished recollections revealing untold secrets and goings-on behind the scenes on The Bob Hope Show from Stockholm to Bora Bora, London to Peking. It's jam-packed with stories [and] anecdotes, his guest stars, and his writers-all from a fondly remembered past that will have you chuckling from start to finish. Bob Mills is well qualified to salute the famous corps of gag men who kept the comedian knee-deep in jokes. These firsthand recollections summon up the final phase of Hope's careerand the end of the trail for an entire brand of show business."e;-Gary Owens, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
As heard on Sirius XM Radio and NPR stations!Daws Butler was the voice magician behind such classic cartoon characters as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, and Quick Draw McGraw. Daws talks directly to you, demonstrating his dialect technique and entertaining you at the same time! Dialects featured include British, Cockney, Irish, Scottish, Italian, Brooklyn, Hindu, German, French, and Southern. For further information, check out the companion book, Scenes for Actors and Voices.
A little over 100 years ago, East Africa was terra incognita to most whites: a land largely unmapped, sparsely settled by Europeans, and teeming with wildlife. It was the hunter-adventurer's paradise, and by the early 20th century a small, lionhearted clan of explorers and big-game hunters began leading safaris there for money. They became the legendary White Hunters, men who led manifold adventurers in pursuit of the world's biggest, most dangerous, and most sought-after game. White Hunters is a nostalgic and densely-packed history of these men and their adventures, from the turn of the century until the 1970s, when politics, a growing population, civil strife, and concern about species destruction intervened.
The Masters golf tournament weaves a hypnotic spell. Success at Augusta National breeds legends, while failure can overshadow even the most brilliant of careers. But as Curt Sampson, author of the bestseller Hogan, reveals in The Masters, a cold heart beats behind the warm antebellum facade of this famous Augusta course. The Masters is an amazing slice of history. Sampson takes us inside the presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower, Augusta's most famous member. He explores the relationships between races, between Southerners and Northerners, between rich and poor-with such characters as famous soul musician James Brown, the great boxer Beau Jack, and Frank Stranahan, the only white professional golfer ever banned from the tournament. Club and tournament founder Clifford Roberts, who killed himself on the grounds two decades ago, still seems to run the place from his grave. An elusive and reclusive figure, Roberts pulled the strings that made the Masters one of the greatest golf tournaments in the world. Roberts's relationship with presidents, power brokers, and the great golf champions of the time-Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, and Jack Nicklaus, to name a few-are brought to light in this spellbinding portrait of a tournament unlike any other.
Siroccos, Santa Anas, chinooks, monsoons ... the wind has as many names as moods. Few other forces have so universally shaped the lands and waters of the earth and the patterns of exploration, settlement, and civilization. Few other phenomena have exerted such a profound influence on the history and psyche of humankind. In Wind, Jan DeBlieu brings a poet's voice and a scientist's eye to this remarkable natural force, showing how the bumping of a few molecules can lead to the creation of religions, the discovery of continents, and the destruction of empires. She talks to survivors of a deadly tornado in Iowa, tries hang gliding over North Carolina's Outer Banks, climbs sand dunes in Oregon and slickrock formations in Utah-everywhere exploring the effects, subtle and brutal, comforting and terrifying, of the wind.
A breakthrough examination of professional wrestling-its history, its fans, and its wider cultural impact-that does for the sport what Chuck Klosterman did for heavy metal The Squared Circle grows out of David Shoemaker's writing for both Deadspin, where he started the column "e;Dead Wrestler of the Week"e;-a feature on the many wrestling superstars who died too young because of the abuse they subjected their bodies to-and Grantland, where he covers the pro-wrestling world and its place in the pop culture mainstream. Shoemaker's sports writing has since struck a nerve with generations of wrestling fans who, like him, grew up worshiping a sport often derided as "e;fake"e; in the wider culture. To them, these professional wrestling superstars are not just heroes but an emotional outlet and the lens through which they learned to see the world. Starting in the early 1900s and exploring the path of pro wrestling in America through the present day, The Squared Circle is the first book to acknowledge both the sport's broader significance and wrestling fans' keen intellect and sense of irony. Divided into eras, each section offers a snapshot of the wrestling world, profiles some of the period's preeminent wrestlers, and examines the sport's influence on our broader culture. Through the brawling, bombast, and bloodletting, Shoemaker argues that pro wrestling can teach us about the nature of performance, audience, and, yes, art.Full of unknown history, humor, and self-deprecating reminiscence-but also offering a compelling look at the sport's rightful place in pop culture-The Squared Circle is the book that legions of wrestling fans have been waiting for. In it, Shoemaker teaches us to look past the spandex and body slams to see an art form that can explain the world.
Everyone knows that baseball is a game of intricate regulations, but it turns out to be even more complicated than we realize. What truly governs the Major League game is a set of unwritten rules-some of which are openly discussed, and some of which only a minority of players are aware. In The Baseball Codes, old-timers and all-time greats share their insights into the game's most hallowed and least known traditions. For the learned and the casual baseball fan alike, the result is illuminating and thoroughly entertaining. At the heart of The Baseball Codes are incredible and often hilarious stories. Tales involving national heroes and notorious headhunters-Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Bob Gibson, and Don Drysdale, to name a few- reveal a century-long series of confrontations over respect, honor, and the soul of the game. With The Baseball Codes, we see the game as it is actually played, through the eyes of the players on the field. With rollicking stories from the past and new perspectives on baseball's informal rulebook, this collection of unwritten rules is a must for every baseball fan.
In the aftermath of World War II, few events in the United States were as eagerly awaited as baseball's spring training. But the national pastime was as unsettled as the rest of the country. Had some of the stars seen their careers ended by their service? How would wartime players fare against returning veterans? These questions would be answered as the dramatic season unfolded-a season that included Jackie Robinson's signing by the Brooklyn Dodgers, a pennant race in the National League that ended in history's first tie, challenges from a rival Mexican league, and a World Series culminated in the seventh game by Enos Slaughter's legendary dash from first to home. Drawing on new interviews with many of the players who wrote the season's history, Frederick Turner brings this historic chapter in American culture to life.
One of the most colorful and beloved characters in major league baseball, Durwood Merrill talks about the game's many personalities and gives an up-close and personal account of life on the diamond, in the clubhouse, and beyond. With over two decades of laugh-out-loud anecdotes and controversial opinions, Merrill makes the call on managers, relating his explosive relationships with them and the viciously hilarious barbs they trade. He allows the listener to enter baseball's most private places, from the clubhouse to the mound and home plate, and he rates all the top players he's seen in his career. You're Out and You're Ugly, Too! covers all the bases as Merrill offers his most colorful experiences and his seasoned, experienced insights on the state of baseball today.
Cardboard Gods is the memoir of Josh Wilker, a brilliant writer who has marked the stages of his life through the baseball cards he collected as a child. It also captures the experience of growing up obsessed with baseball cards and explores what it means to be a fan of the game. Along the way, as we get to know Josh, his family, and his friends, we also get Josh's classic observations about the central artifacts from his life-the baseball cards themselves. Josh writes about an imagined correspondence with his favorite player, Carl Yastrzemski; he uses the magical bubble-blowing powers of journeyman Kurt Bevacqua to shed light on the weakening of the powerful childhood bond with his older brother; he considers the doomed utopian back-to-the-land dreams of his hippie parents against the backdrop of inimitable 1970s baseball figures such as pinch runner Herb Washington and Mark "e;The Bird"e; Fidrych. Cardboard Gods is more than just the story of a man who can't let go of his past, it's proof that-to paraphrase Jim Bouton-as children we grow up holding baseball cards, but that in the end, we realize it's really the other way around.
On the evening of July 27, 1985, five hikers made a fateful choice to climb Yosemite's fabled Half Dome, even as the sky darkened and thunder rolled. By night's end, two would be dead from a lightning strike, three gravely wounded, and desperate EMTs would be overseeing a harrowing midnight helicopter rescue. Shattered Air is a haunting account of recklessness, tragedy, courage, and rescue, a book whose depiction of Nature's power is tempered by unforgettable portraits of human courage and the will to survive. Listeners are sure to walk away with a newfound respect for lightning-and nature in general-after hearing this incredible true story.
This collection of A. J. Liebling's classic New Yorker pieces on the "e;sweet science of bruising"e; brings vividly to life the boxing world as it once was. It depicts the great events of boxing's American heyday, including Sugar Ray Robinson's dramatic comeback, Rocky Marciano's rise to prominence, and Joe Louis's unfortunate decline. Liebling never fails to find the human story behind the fight, and he evokes the atmosphere in the arena as distinctly as he does the goings-on in the ring-a combination that prompted Sports Illustrated to name The Sweet Science the best American sports book of all time.
This is the true story of ten tough and tattooed bikers who rescue animals in danger while spreading the message that "e;Abusers Are Losers."e; When Joe Panz, Johnny O, Batso, Big Ant, G, Angel, Des, and Eric initially met at tattoo and motorcycle conventions, they soon learned that they shared another passion: animals. Each had been rescuing troubled animals on their own for years. Together they decided to form Rescue Ink to combat the problem of animal abuse on a bigger scale. Working from tip-offs from concerned neighbors and anonymous sources, they have rescued countess animals. Former Newsday writer Denise Flaim chronicles just what these brawny bikers, who will stop at nothing within the bounds of the law, can teach us about respecting the creatures in our midst.
This memorable collection of anecdotes about America's national pastime will take you into the dugout, clubhouse, and press box with some of the game's greatest players and storytellers. From Hall-of-Famers Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays to the always-quotable Casey Stengel, to modern-day stars Ken Griffey, Jr. and Larry Walker, Tales from the Dugout features more than 150 priceless stories. You'll hear about George Steinbrenner's revolving-door hiring policies, Tommy Lasorda's feud with the Phillie Phanatic, Yogi Berra's expansive strike zone, Earl Weaver's battles with American League umpires, and Phil Rizzuto's struggle with the English language. This intimate and entertaining collection is sure to delight fans of all generations.
Christy "e;Matty"e; Mathewson was one of the most dominant pitchers ever to play baseball. Posthumously inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the "e;Five Immortals,"e; he was an unstoppable force on the mound, winning at least twenty-two games for twelve straight seasons and pitching three complete-game shutouts in the 1905 World Series. Pitching in a Pinch, originally published in 1912, is an insider's account of the world of baseball, blending anecdote, biography, instruction, and social history. Always sensitive to psychology as well as technique, Mathewson describes the game as it was played in the first decade of the twentieth century: the "e;dangerous batters"e;; the "e;peculiarities"e; of big-league pitchers; the "e;good and bad"e; of coaching, umpiring, sign-stealing, base-running, and spring training; and the importance of superstition to athletes. Baseball fans will enjoy first-hand accounts of Mathewson's famous contemporaries, including players Honus Wagner and Rube Marquand, managers like John McGraw and Connie Mack, and many others, and will learn how much-and just how little-has really changed in one hundred years.
Simon Barnes is one of Britain's leading bird writers and humorists. His weekly column in The Times, his essays for the RSPB magazine and his two books on bad bird-watching have made him one of the characters of the bird world. Here he reads his own illuminating introductions to the fifty main birds of Britain, supported by the distinguishing bird song of each species. He not only gives helpful identifying features, but enriches them with whimsical observations on their characters and tendencies. It is a delightful text, superbly presented by the author himself. Runtime: 4 hours 47 minutes
Ray Lewis, legendary Baltimore Ravens linebacker and one of the greatest defensive players of his generation, holds nothing back on the state of football as well as his troubled childhood, his rise to athletic greatness, the storm that threatened to ruin his NFL career, and the devastating injury that nearly cost him a final moment of glory.A lot of folks, they know my game, but they dont know my deal. This book right here, it tells the story of my seventeen-year NFL career. It tells of my two Super Bowls, the mark I was blessed to be able to make on the game, on the city of Baltimore. But it also tells the story of how I grew upabandoned by my no-account father, raised with my siblings by our God-fearing, hardworking single mother. It tells how I sometimes struggled off the field. It tells of the anguish and controversy that found me away from the game. Mostly, it tells how heartbreak can sometimes lift you to greatness and gloryif you find a way to put your focus in faith, and faith in your focus. When I left the game, confetti raining down on me and my teammates after winning the Super Bowl, I made a promise to myself to show how the game is really played at the highest level. Thats what youll find in these pagesa raw, honest look at the business of football and a look behind the scenes at some of the most torturous aspects of the game. The grind of the NFLthats what shines through. My deal? That grind is a given. Every player who wears an NFL uniform has to slog through the same battles just to get to the league. But its how you prepare for those battles that defines youand here I hope to show how an unwavering trust in God and an unbreakable sense of purpose can lift you from tragedy to triumph. From strength to strength, manthats the deal.
This fascinating collection of archive interviews with Muhammad Ali begins in 1965 with an interview with Harry Carpenter, and culminates with a TV interview with Joanna Lumley in 1989. Along the way Ali makes several famous appearances on Parkinson in the 1970s, and talks to David Frost in The Frost Interview. The 1980s find him answering questions about his impending retirement and rumours that he is suffering from Parkinson's disease. In the course of these appearances he also discusses his fighting career, his frank views on religion and society, his vision of a separate black-only American state, and his lack of formal education.
The Ashes remains one of cricket's most celebrated rivalries. This fiercely contested test series has a history of duels and battles that live long in the memory. Among those stars from England and Australia recalling their favourite stories and dramatic moments from the crease are Ian Botham, Merv Hughes, Darren Gough, Mike Gatting, Graham Gooch, Alec Stewart, Derek Pringle, Gladstone Small, Jack Russell, John Emburey, Angus Fraser and Derek Underwood. Hilarious, embarrassing and memorable, this is a special recording which captures the passion and pride of this legendary series. It features many new interviews specially recorded for this edition, introduced and linked by Jonathan 'Aggers' Agnew. '...goes down as nicely as one of the endless fruit cakes that listeners make for the Radio 4 commentators' - South Wales Argus.
George Mallory's collected writings on his mountaineering - and his motivations. Famously impelled to climb Mount Everest simply because it was there, Mallory made three attempts to be the first to reach its summit, and perished on the third. His writing reveals the emotional life of the mountaineer. With eloquence, Mallory captures the struggles and the rewards involved, the climber's sense of triumph, and experiences of staggering beauty. The reader is Tim Pigott Smith.
All golfers have fourteen clubs in their bag, but the real winners have a little something extrathat mental attitude that puts their game above the others. Dr. Bob Rotella, author of the bestselling book Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, brings together his skills and years of experience as a golf psychologist to give readers the insight they need to improve their gamebefore they ever step up to the tee.The 15th Club is the tool that golf stars like Tiger Woods use to block out negative thoughts, doubt, and fear. It is what allows champions to perform at their peak both in practice and during the game. Golfers who lack it find the game elusive and frustrating. Confident golfers play the game as they have always sensed they could play it. Now, one of the most renowned golf writers offers up the foolproof methods that will allow golfers at any skill level to give their game that extra boost. Dr. Rotella provides tips and techniques for how to learn from better golfers, overcome fear in pressure situations, and keep a clear mind, no matter what. He tells golfers that inner arrogance is not a negative trait, but instead is something that can improve performance on and off the course. In order to perform at peak levels and achieve your goals, you must believe that you can win. Positive thinking is an incredibly powerful tool, and it can change the way a player approaches the game. Knowing how to focus on the challenge at hand and understanding your own talent are crucial parts of becoming a confident golfer. Dr. Rotella provides a detailed plan that anyone can use to build the self-image of a winner. He offers a one-year schedule in diary and calendar form that will incorporate the daily mental routines that he assigns to players on the PGA Tour. This is how the pros learn to ignore negative influences, focus on productive advice, and take pride in their abilities. Your 15th Club will tell golfers of all abilities how to develop the confidence they need to maximize their physical gifts and defeat the Tigers of their world, whether that world is the PGA Tour or the third flight of the club championship.
This old adage is familiar to all golfers but is especially resonant with Dr. Bob Rotella, the bestselling author of Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect and one of the foremost golf authorities today. In Putting Out of Your Mind, Rotella offers entertaining and instructive insight into the key element of a winning gamegreat putting. He here reveals the unique mental approach that great putting requires and helps golfers of all levels master this essential skill.Much like Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect and Golf Is a Game of Confidence, Putting Out of Your Mind is an informative and valuable guide to achieving a better golf game. While most golfers spend their time trying to perfect their swing so they can drive the ball farther, Rotella encourages them to concentrate on their puttingthe most crucial yet often overlooked aspect of the game. Great players are not only aware of the importance of putting, they go out of their way to master it, and mastery can only begin with the understanding of the attitude needed to be a better putter. Rotella's mental rules have helped some of the greatest golfers in the world become champion putters and, for the first time, are now available to golfers everywhere. With everything from true-to-life stories of such greats as Davis Love III, David Duval, and Brad Faxon to dozens of game-changing practice drills, Putting Out of Your Mind is the new bible of putting for amateurs and pros alike.
The Untold Story Behind The Shot Heard Round The World The 1951 regular baseball season was as good as over. The Brooklyn Dodgers led the New York Giants by three runs with just three outs to go in their third and final playoff game. Not once in the 278 preceding playoff and World Series games had a team overcome a three-run deficit in the ninth inning. But New York rallied, and at 3:58 pm on October 3, 1951, Bobby Thomson hit a home run off Ralph Branca. The Giants won the pennant. The Echoing Green follows the reverberations of that one moment from the West Wing of the White House to the Sing Sing death house to the Polo Grounds clubhouse where, in Harlem, a home run forever turned hitter and pitcher to hero and goat. It was also in that center-field block of concrete where, after a home run, one of the Giant's coaches tucked away a Wollensak telescope. The spyglass would remain undiscovered until 2001 when Joshua Prager laid bare on the front page of the Wall Street Journal a Giant secret: from July 20, 1951, through the very day of the legendary game, the orange and black stole the finger signals of opposing catchers. The Echoing Green places that revelation at the heart of a larger story, recreating in extravagant detail the 1951 pennant race and illuminating as never before the impact of both one moment and a long-guarded secret on the lives of Bobby Thomson and Ralph Branca. A wonderfully evocative image of the great American pastime, The Echoing Green is baseball history, social history and biography -- an irresistible story from any angle.