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December 2018

 

Baseball:

 

Beep: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind by David Wanczyk

DB 90850 

Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time: 9 hours, 56 minutes.

BR 22265; 4 volumes of braille.

A sportswriter examines beep baseball, a version of the sport played by the blind, in which the rules have been tweaked and the equipment made audible. The author travels the world to follow the sport, interviewing players and coaches while describing the action during the Beep Baseball World Series. Some strong language. 2018.

 

Miracle Moments in Kansas City Royals History: The Turning Points, the Memorable Games, the Incredible Records by Jeff Deters

DBC09754

Read by Keith Szarabajka. Reading time: 9 hours, 26 minutes.

A history and celebration of the Kansas City Royals baseball franchise. 2017.

 

Papi: My Story by David Ortiz

DB 88263

Read by Alec Volz. Reading time: 8 hours, 59 minutes.

Memoir of Boston Red Sox power hitter. Covers his youth in the Dominican Republic, his early years in the MLB, and his success with the Red Sox. Also discusses his role as a spokesperson for "Boston Strong" after the 2013 marathon bombing. Some strong language. Bestseller.  2017.

 

The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life by Rick Ankiel

DB 88800

Read by Rick Ankiel. Reading time: 6 hours, 30 minutes.

As a young pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, the author was in the middle of a playoff game when the anxiety known to baseball players as "the Yips" struck. He became unable to pitch and thought his career was over, but he managed to turn things around. Strong language and some violence. 2017.

 

The Streak: Lou Gehrig, Cal Ripken Jr., and Baseball’s Most Historic Record by John Eisenberg

DB 89250

Read by Richard Davidson. Reading time: 15 hours, 46 minutes.

A sportswriter looks at one of the iconic streaks in baseball, that of the largest number of consecutive games played--a record once held by Lou Gehrig and subsequently surpassed by Cal Ripken. Looks at why this record matters, and other significant baseball streaks. Some strong language. 2017.

 

Tinker to Evers to Chance: The Chicago Cubs and the Dawn of Modern America by David Rapp

DB 91137

Read by David Hartley-Margolin. Reading time: 10 hours, 10 minutes.

At the turn of the twentieth century, the Chicago Cubs were the dominant team in baseball. This history focuses on the three infield players responsible for much of their success: Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance. 2018

 

Basketball:

  

Coach Wooden and Me: Our Fifty-Year Friendship On and Off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

DB 88135

Read by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Reading time: 6 hours, 2 minutes.

When the NBA star was in high school, he decided to attend UCLA, largely because of the reputation of its basketball coach, John Wooden. Wooden coached the author to three NCAA championships, but they also built a friendship and mentoring relationship that endured until Wooden's death. Unrated. 2017.

 

Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed its way to Basketball Glory by Lydia Reeder

DB 89622

Read by Virginia Wolf. Reading time: 8 hours, 29 minutes.

BR 22359

Author tells the true story of her great-uncle, Sam Babb, who went from farm to farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression, recruiting young women to play for his basketball team. The women left their families, finding a passion for the sport and camaraderie with teammates. 2017.

 

Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs, and Poor Shot Selection by George Matthew Karl

DB 87958

Read by Patrick Downer. Reading time: 8 hours, 42 minutes.

An NBA coach known for being outspoken shares anecdotes from the world of basketball. He also discusses the two battles he fought against cancer and voices regrets that his focus on his career left little time for his family. Strong language. 2017.

 

Return of the King: LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Greatest Comeback in NBA History by Brian Windhorst

DB 87760

Read by Dave McMenamin. Reading time: 9 hours, 30 minutes.

In 2010, NBA basketball player James left the Cleveland team that had made him a star, to play in Miami. Two sports journalists tell the story of James's decision to return to his hometown, and how he won a championship with the Cavaliers in 2016. 2017.

 

The Soul of Basketball: The Epic Showdown between LeBron, Kobe, Doc, and Dirk that Saved the NBA by Ian Thomsen

DB 91113

Read by Alec Volz. Reading time: 17 hours, 3 minutes.

A sports journalist looks at the 2010-2011 NBA season. Beginning with the momentous announcement that LeBron James would be leaving Cleveland to play for the Miami Heat, he follows James and other key players in this pivotal season. Some strong language. 2018.

  

Football:

  

Belichick and Brady: Two Men, The Patriots, and How they Revolutionized Football Michael Holley

DB 88602

Read by Dan Woren. Reading time: 14 hours, 1 minute.

A sportswriter looks at the relationship between head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots football team. Chronicles the path that brought the pair together at the Patriots, and their many successes, including multiple Super Bowl wins. 2016.

 

Jim Brown: Last Man Standing by Dave Zirin

DB 91377

Read by Bob Moore. Reading time: 9 hours, 28 minutes.

Sports journalist presents a biography of Brown, star running back with the Cleveland Browns from 1957 to 1966. In retirement, he pursued an acting career, was a civil rights activist, and was active in politics, but also faced charges of domestic abuse. Some strong language. 2018.

 

Present at the Creation: My Life in the NFL and the Rise of America’s Game by Upton Bell and Ron Borges

DB 90551

Read by Joe Wilson. Reading time: 18 hours, 14 minutes.

The son of Bert Bell, legendary commissioner of the NFL in the years after WWII, describes learning about the game from his father. Also discusses his own life with football. In his long career, he has been a team owner, general manager, scouting director, and media commentator. Some strong language. 2017.

 

Thursday Night Lights: The Story of Black High School Football in Texas by Michael Hurd

DB 87986

Read by Chuck Young. Reading time: 10 hours, 58 minutes.

Historian chronicles African American high school football in Texas, in particular the Prairie View Interscholastic League. During the decades of segregation in the state, the PVIL nurtured the talent of countless players, many of whom went on to successful NFL careers. 2017.

 

Sports – Other:

 

12 Rounds in Lo’s Gym: Boxing and Manhood in Appalachia by Todd Snyder

DB 91146

Read by Joe Wilson. Reading time: 10 hours, 20 minutes.

An English professor who grew up in a coal town in West Virginia reflects on his youth. His father was a football star who went to work in the mines after school and opened boxing gyms to provide an outlet for at-risk kids. Some violence and some strong language. 2018.

 

The Arena: Inside the Tailgating, Ticket-Scalping, Mascot-Racing, Dubiously Funded, and Possibly Haunted Monuments of American Sport by Rafi Kohan

DB 90098

Read by Robert Sams. Reading time: 14 hours, 17 minutes.

Explores behind the scenes at some of America's most famous sports venues. Looks at the team mascots, groundskeepers, and fans who keep traditions alive. Also examines the commercial side of arenas, including ticket scalpers and the financial costs for the communities that host these sports palaces. Some strong language. 2017.

 

The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer’s Next Superstars by Sebastian Abbot

DB 90896

Read by Robert Fass. Reading time: 8 hours, 55 minutes.

A journalist chronicles a program called Football Dreams, which holds tryouts in Africa to find soccer's next great players. Follows the small group of boys chosen one year as they train in Doha, Qatar, to have a chance to join one of the top clubs in Europe. Unrated. 2018

 

But Seriously by John McEnroe

DB 88388

Read by John McEnroe. Reading time: 8 hours, 27 minutes.

Tennis legend and author of You Cannot Be Serious (DB 54346) returns with another memoir. While he recounts some of his famous matches, he focuses on his years as a sports commentator and general celebrity, as well as his feelings about his reputation and his family. Strong language. 2017.

 

The Captain Class: The Hidden Force that Creates the World’s Greatest Teams by Sam Walker

DB 91447

Read by Keith Szarabajka. Reading time: 9 hours, 26 minutes.

A journalist from the Wall Street Journal examines the role of dynamic team captains in the success of a sports team. He identifies the qualities shared by great captains, using examples from different sports franchises from around the globe and spanning more than a hundred years. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

 

Dueling With Kings: High Stakes, Killer Sharks, and the Get-Rich Promise of Daily Fantasy Sports by Daniel Barbarisi

DB 88291

Read by Bill Wallace. Reading time: 14 hours, 51 minutes.

A sportswriter quits his job and goes deep inside the world of daily fantasy sports, which combines fantasy sports leagues with high stakes gambling. He looks at two companies that dominate this arena, observes the sharks who bet millions, and puts his own money on the line. Some strong language. 2017.

 

Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women by Roseanne Montillo

DB 89403

Read by Kathleen McInerney. Reading time: 8 hours, 51 minutes.

Biography of Betty Robinson, who was an inexperienced but talented runner when she won a gold medal at the 1928 Olympics. Her life and career almost ended soon afterwards in a plane crash, but she trained hard to again make the US Olympic team in 1936. Unrated. 2017.

 

Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey by Den Dryden

DB 90074

Read by Den Dryden. Reading time: 11 hours, 24 minutes.

A former NHL hockey player looks at the rise of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in the sport of hockey due to repeated head injuries. In particular, he follows the story of player Steve Montador, who was diagnosed with CTE after his death. Some strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2017.

 

The Games: A Global History of the Olympics by David Goldblatt

DB 91775

Read by Napoleon Ryan. Reading time 18 hours, 25 minutes.

An expert on the sociology of sports looks at the history of the modern Olympic Games. From the founding of the contemporary Olympics in 1896 in Athens through the grand spectacles of more recent years, he stresses the political and social forces that impacted the games. 2016.

 

One Goal: A Coach, a Team, and the Game that Brought a Divided Town Together by Amy Bass

DB 90786

Read by Amy Bass. Reading time: 10 hours, 44 minutes.

LP 33173; 423 pages.

The Maine town of Lewiston has become home for thousands of Somali refugees in recent decades. When the high school soccer coach integrated some of these Somali students into the team, it inflamed existing tensions, but also provided opportunities for cultural exchange and understanding. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

 

Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope by John Saunders

DB 89080

Read by Dion Graham. Reading time: 8 hours, 19 minutes.

Before his death in 2016, the ESPN host penned this memoir about his struggles with depression. An athlete in his youth and a successful sports commentator, the author discusses the depression he battled since childhood, hoping to help other African American men seek the assistance they need. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some strong language, and violence. 2017.

 

The Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer by Laurent Dubois

DB 90974

Read by John Jessup. Reading time: 10 hours, 9 minutes.

A professor at Duke University sets out to give readers a primer on the game of soccer, including the game's history, positions, tactics, and fandom. Shares stories of both famous and little-known players. Arranged in chapters named for key positions. 2018.

 

Return to Glory: the Story of Ford’s Revival and Victory at the Toughest Race in the World by Matthew Debord

DB 88899

Read by Bill Burton. Reading time: 8 hours, 46 minutes.

A journalist chronicles Ford's quest to win the Le Mans automobile race fifty years after first winning it in 1966. Discusses technological evolutions, business challenges, and the competition with Ferrari for dominance. 2017.

 

Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict

DB 90888

Read by Barry Bernson. Reading time: 17 hours, 32 minutes.

Two sports journalists present a portrait of professional golfer Woods. Covers his relationships with the parents who pushed him to succeed, his rise as a superstar athlete, his public life and marriage to a Swedish model, and the scandals that brought him low. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller.  2018.

 

Unstoppable: My Life So Far Maria Sharapova

DB 89048

Read by Maria Sharapova. Reading time: 8 hours, 14 minutes.

A memoir from tennis champion Maria Sharapova. Maria arrived in Florida from Russia with her father at the age of seven; neither spoke any English. She recounts her youth spent training, her first win at Wimbledon at seventeen, and her fight to get back on the court. Unrated. 2017.