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Bill Veeck's Crosstown Classic (Chicago Shorts)

Baseball Hall of Famer Bill Veeck (1914-86) was an inspired team builder, a consummate showman, and one of the greatest baseball men ever involved in the game. Bill Veeck's Crosstown Classic, drawn from his uproarious autobiography (cowritten with the talented sportswriter Ed Linn), is an unforgettable trip packed with anecdotes and insight about the history of baseball and tales of players and owners--some of the most entertaining stories in all of sports literature. Veeck's own love for the game began when his father was manager and then President of the Chicago Cubs; upon his father's death in 1930, Veeck was hired as an office boy for eighteen dollars a week. Here, Veeck recollects those halcyon days and how they underscored his development as a wily franchise owner, leading up to quite a rumpus, many years later, during his purchase of the White Sox from the "Battling Comiskeys."

Their Glorious Summer

[Article] The summer of 1981 was indeed a fateful one for several young men who played collegiate summer ball in the Valley Baseball League (VBL) in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. For a trio of players on the New Market Rebels, it was the beginning of a journey that would see them enjoy lengthy major league careers. For three players on the Winchester Royals, Fate had seemingly propped open the door to legitimate dreams of future seasons in the big league sun as well, but 1981 would be the pinnacle of their baseball glory. It was a summer in which the team with Dennis Clow and Steve Peruso and Clay Daniel bested the team with Tom Browning and John Kruk and Dan Pasqua. Clow, Peruso, and Daniel together totaled 11 minor league seasons. Browning, Kruk, and Pasqua each played in the majors for 10 years or more.

Few would have predicted the degree of big league success for the Rebel trio. Browning was almost not allowed to return to the team, Pasqua was briefly dismissed from the team, and John Kruk, well "Johnny" did not fare well when he came up against a broom-stick wielding grandma after he accidentally spit tobacco juice on her carpet.

It was the Winchester Royals, founded by Keith Lupton who would go on to be named the executive of the year three times in three different minor leagues, who were the superior team. Their determination, their ability to stage improbable comebacks, and most of all their talent made the 1981 Winchester Royals one of the great summer league teams ever assembled.

Set as it was against the backdrop of the 1981 major league players' strike, the story of the battle for the President's Cup between the Rebels and the Royals epitomizes that mix of glory and poignancy that produces such passion in those who love the game.

An inspiring and easy read at only 7,000 words.

Fourth and Forever

Not sex. Football. Not drugs. Football. Not rock 'n' ro. . . okay, wait. Maybe rock 'n' roll. At Riverton High School, football is life. That is until sex and drugs screw it up.

High school quarterback Lance "Tuff" Stratton really only wants two things--to score with his girlfriend Amy and to win the Washington State

8-man football championship. Amy seems to be coming around, and Lance's teammates, the Riverton River Otters, are pulling together at the right time. But alcohol and small-town bravado result in tragedy and may combine to ruin any hope Lance has for a run at the trophy.

This young adult novel features fast-paced gridiron action and an inside look at the high school halls of small-town America. Racism, peer pressure, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, and teen pregnancy--these issues are just part of the first quarter action for students at Riverton High. Join Lance and his friends for a journey into the locker room, and into the heart.

Give Me The Ball: How To Transform Yourself Into a Big-Game Pitcher

No one dreams of being a middle-reliever, and no one dreams of pitching the fifth inning of a 7-2 game.

Rather, you play baseball to be the guy your team turns to, like a superhero, when the game is on the line.

Give Me The Ball provides a blueprint of how to get there. Pitchers and coaches will learn what it takes to become the Ace of the staff, the guy everyone turns to in a jam.

What you need to realize is this: The mental side of pitching is EVERYTHING.

Whether you throw 62 or 92 miles per hour, your goal on the mound is to maximize what you've got right now.

Give Me The Ball covers the mental aspects of pitching that separate the big-game pitcher who puts his team on his back, from everyone else. It's not enough to throw hard, or have a nasty slider. You need to have pitching savvy, situational knowledge, intense focus, competitiveness and impeccable practice habits to make it to the top.

In this book, you'll learn:

1. How pro pitchers hold runners: prevent cheap runs by keeping runners on first base.

2. How to pitch to the situation: Learn how to get out of jams and hold the lead.

3. How to remain calm under pressure, so you can execute the pitch you need when the game is on the line.

4. How to call a smart game, so you get more outs in fewer pitches.

5. How to practice and build a routine that helps you get more out of your practice and throwing drills.

Everything I'll teach you is simple, but often overlooked even by pro pitchers. To make it from varsity to college baseball, or college baseball to pro ball, you need to prepare and take the mound with a calm, aggressive focus that is backed with knowledge, experience and professionalism.

I was once a walk-on at a small Division-I University, and I was one of the last pitchers on the depth chart. I HATED being one of the guys my coaches and teammates didn't trust.

I worked hard and improved physically and mentally. I ended up not only becoming the #1 pitcher by my Junior year in college, but I also extended my career well beyond college, playing six seasons of professional baseball, earning two All-Star selections before retiring at age 31.

I was once the last guy, and grew up into the #1 guy. I can show you how to do the same.

- Dan Blewett

Basketball Diet: Winning Eating Habits for Basketball Games and Life

BEAT FOOD ADDICTIONS. Eat the Right Foods to Reach Your Basketball & Life Goals, Improve Your Health and Longevity

Imagine what your basketball game would be like if you ate the right foods. What would your everyday life be like if you knew exactly what ingredients were in all the foods you were eating? You follow your basketball workout & practice schedule, lift weights, and have great conversations with your coaches and trainers. Then, after practice you go home and eat junk food, drink beverages that are high in sugar or alcohol, and stay up late at night. The next morning you're feeling less fulfilled and guilty.


From youth development to retirement Basketball Diet is your guide to developing practical skills to: creating a plan to stop late night eating, eliminating snacking on high sugar and fatty foods, dining out without overeating, and knowing what to eat before and after practice and more. Learning these skills is a necessary addition to any education, diet, or fitness training plan.

In Basketball Diet you will discover:

oHidden reasons of why certain foods are chosen to be eaten

oHow to build eating habits around important basketball and life after basketball longevity goals

o5 Habits to Defeat as a Basketball Player

oEffective strategies to use to eat the right foods during the basketball season and in the off season

oHow to overcome challenges that basketball players experience when they try to eat healthy

David Smith is an entrepreneur, author, and college instructor. He is the founder of the product B180 Basketball Fundamental Skills Program. Smith is the author of Answers to the Struggles of Life, Champion's Vision, Sports Entrepreneur, and Basketball Diet. He is a talented writer and speaker that inspires individuals from all walks of life.

The Dallas Cowboys: The Outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America

The Dallas Cowboys "From Dandy Don Meredith and Roger Staubach to the three Super Bowls won by the unbeatable trio of Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, and Emmitt Smith in the mid-nineties, to TO, Tony Romo, and the glitzy soap opera team of today, the Cowboys have been the NFL's star franchise for 50 years. Love them or hate them-the Dallas Cowboys are known as "America's Team." But the Cowboys have never been just about Full description

La Guia Definitiva para la Nutricion del Beisbol: Maximiza tu Potencial

La Guia Definitiva para la Nutricion del Beisbol te ensenara como incrementar tu TMR (tasa metabolica en reposo) para acelerar tu metabolismo y ayudarte a cambiar tu cuerpo para bien. Aprende como ponerte en optima forma y alcanzar tu peso ideal mediante nutricion inteligente para que puedas desempenarte al maximo. El comer carbohidratos completos, proteinas y grasas naturales en las cantidades y porcentajes adecuados e incrementar tu TMR te hara mas rapido, mas agil y mas resistente. Este libro te ayudara a: -Prevenir los calambres -Tener menos lesiones -Recuperarte mas rapido tras una competencia o entrenamiento -Tener mas energia antes, durante y despues de la competencia El comer bien y mejorar la manera en que alimentas a tu cuerpo tambien reducira las lesiones y seras menos propenso a ellas en el futuro. El ser muy grueso o muy delgado son dos causas comunes de que sucedan las lesiones y son la causa principal por la que muchos atletas tienen problemas alcanzando su desempeno maximo. Se explican a detalle tres opciones de planes nutricionales. Puedes seleccionar cual es la mejor para ti dependiendo de tu condicion fisica general. Uno de los primeros cambios que ve la mayoria de la gente que inicia este plan nutricional es la resistencia. Se cansan menos y tienen mas energia. Cualquier atleta que quiera estar en su mejor forma necesita leer este libro y comenzar a realizar cambios a largo plazo que los llevaran al lugar en el que quieren estar. No importa donde estas ahora o lo que estas haciendo, siempre puedes mejorarte a ti mismo. COME BIEN PARA GANAR MAS! Joseph Correa es un nutricionista deportivo certificado y un atleta profesional."

Nonfiction Sampler

Nonfiction Sampler contains sample chapters from seven of Barbara Gregorich's nonfiction books:Women at Play: The Story of Women in Baseball; Jack and Larry: Jack Graney and Larry, the Cleveland Basebal Dog; Research Notes for Women at Play, Volumes 1, 2, and 3: Guide to Writing the Mystery Novel: Lots of Examples, Plus Dead Bodies; Charlie Chan's Poppa: Earl Derr Biggers.

The Greatest Hockey Players and Teams of All Time: 1875-2019

This book dispells the myth-making that surrounds hockey. Adam Leverton, host of the Hockey History Podcast, has ranked the greatest hockey players and teams of all time. He has used an objective method, and his results are sure to surprise hockey fans all around the world.

10 Tips for Getting a College Football Scholarship

Including D1, D1-AA, DII, NAIA, DIII, and JUCO, there are almost 1000 colleges with football programs in the United States. If you are at least an average to above average player, with some hard work, diligence and flexibility you should be able to play at the next level with some or all your tuition paid for. But, you can't just sit back and wait to be discovered or expect your football coach to do it (or your parents). All those people may (and should) play some role in your recruiting process. However, no one but you is going to go earn one. With that in mind, I've assembled a list of tips that I've found to incredibly helpful in getting you (or your kid) through the College Football Recruiting Process.

Triple Threat 2.0: The Death of Basketball's Most Fraudulent Fundamental

The traditional Triple Threat has been taught by basketball coaches for generations. To me, it's the most fraudulent fundamental the basketball world has ever known. For years I have struggled with the way it was taught and with just how truly inefficient the old Triple Threat really was. After years of researching and game testing, I finally have a solution to the problem.

I call it the Triple Threat 2.0.

If you, or somebody you know is serious about the game, whether as a player or coach, then I implore you to have an open mind. In the right hands, this updated version of the Triple Threat is destined to change the game, and give defenders nightmares for years to come.