Chasing October:The Dodgers-Giants Pennant Race of 1962. Digital Only David Plaut
Tale of Two Cities:The 2004 Yankees-Red Sox Rivalry And The War For The Pennant Lyons Press Tony Massarotti, John Harper
It Ain´t Over ´Til It´s Over:The Baseball Prospectus Pennant Race Book Steven Goldman
Southern League:A True Story of Baseball, Civil Rights, and the Deep South´s Most Compelling Pennant Race Grand Central Publishing Larry Colton
Chris Von der Ahe knew next to nothing about baseball when he risked his life’s savings to found the St. Louis Browns, the franchise that would become the St. Louis Cardinals. Yet the German-born beer garden proprietor would become one of the most important - and funniest - figures in the game’s history. Von der Ahe picked up the team for one reason - to sell more beer. Then he helped gather a group of ragtag clubs into a maverick new league that would fight the haughty National League. Sneered at as The Beer and Whiskey Circuit,” their American Association ended up revitalizing the sport, bringing Americans of all classes back to the ballpark. Their recipe: Sunday games, booze, 25-cent-tickets, with teams comprised of exciting, renegade, and often drunk, players. Edward Achorn re-creates this wondrous and hilarious world and illuminates a long-forgotten turning point in American baseball history. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ax Norman. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011801/bk_adbl_011801_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
On January 1, 1966, New York came to a standstill as the city´s transit workers went on strike. This was the first day on the job for Mayor John Lindsay - a handsome, young former congressman with presidential aspirations - and he would approach the issue with an unconventional outlook that would be his hallmark. He ignored the cold and walked four miles, famously declaring, ´´I still think it is a fun city.´´ As profound social, racial, and cultural changes sank the city into repeated crises, critics lampooned Lindsay´s ´´fun city´´. Yet for all the hard times the city endured during and after his tenure as mayor, there was indeed fun to be had. Against this backdrop, too, the sporting scene saw tremendous upheaval. On one hand, the venerable Yankees - who had won 15 pennants in an 18-year span before 1965 - and the NFL´s powerhouse Giants suddenly went into a level of decline neither had known for generations, as stars like Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford on the diamond and Y. A. Tittle on the gridiron aged quickly. But on the other, the fall of the city´s sports behemoths was accompanied by the rise of antiestablishment outsiders - there were Joe Namath and the Jets as well as the shocking triumph of the Amazin´ Mets, who won the 1969 World Series after spending the franchise´s first eight seasons in the cellar. Meanwhile, the city´s two overlooked franchises, the Knicks and Rangers, also had breakthroughs, bringing new life to Madison Square Garden. The overlap of these two worlds in the 1960s - Lindsay´s politics and the reemerging sports landscape - serves as the backbone of Fun City. In the vein of Ladies and Gentlemen: The Bronx Is Burning, the book tells the story of a remarkable and thrilling time in New York sports against the backdrop of a remarkable and often difficult time for the city, culturally and socially. The late ´60s were an era in which New York toughened up in a lot of ways; it also was an era in which a changing o... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Christopher Price. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025209/bk_adbl_025209_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A work of 1980s nostalgia by one who grew up amidst it, this book takes an in-depth look at the entire decade, from the moments that seem like they happened yesterday to those that time forgot. You’ll read about the following… The epic Miracle On Ice, the run of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team and how it impacted a nation. The NBA’s greatest individual rivalry, Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson and their finest moments on the NBA’s biggest stage. The NFL decade starts with Joe Montana leading a historic drive that upended the balance of the power. The decade ends with Montana leading another historic drive that sealed the San Francisco 49ers Dynasty. Some of the greatest pennant races in the history of baseball, a one-game showdown that is a forgotten historical treasure and a series of memorable Octobers. NCAA basketball championship games that went down to the wire. You’ll learn further how the 1980s saw the NCAA Tournament transform into the cultural celebration that is March Madness. The greatest college football games of the decade, with a special look at the games that turned a small private college in Miami into a national brand known simply as ´´The U”. Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and the showdowns that made fresh memories through the decade. On the men’s side, you’ll see the biggest matches of John McEnroe, Mats Wilander, Boris Becker and more. Historic moments in horse racing, greatness in pro hockey and thrilling moments in golf. Great 1980s Sports Moments is a sweeping look at an entire decade, both comprehensive and concise, that is a must-have for the library of any serious sports reader. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Flaherty. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/104234/bk_acx0_104234_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From Mike Pesca, host of the popular Slate podcast The Gist, comes the greatest sports minds imagining how the world would change if a play, trade, injury, or referee´s call had just gone the other way. No announcer ever proclaimed: ´´Up Rises Frazier!´´ ´´Havlicek commits the foul, trying to steal the ball!´´, or ´´The Giants Lose the Pennant, The Giants Lose The Pennant!´´ Such moments are indelibly etched upon the mind of every sports fan. Or rather, they would be, had they happened. Sports are notoriously games of inches, and when we conjure the thought of certain athletes - like Bill Buckner or Scott Norwood - we can´t help but apply a mental tape measure to the highlight reels of our minds. Players, coaches, and of course fans, obsess on the play when they ask, ´´What if?´´ Upon Further Review is the first audiobook to answer that question. Upon Further Review is an audiobook of counterfactual sporting scenarios. Inside the listener will hear expertly reported histories, where one small event is flipped on its head, and the resulting ripples are carefully documented, the likes of... What if the US boycotted Hitler´s Olympics? What if Bobby Riggs beat Billie Jean King? What if Bucky Dent popped out at the foot of the Green Monster? What if Drew Bledsoe never got hurt? Upon Further Review takes classic arguments conducted over pints in a pub and places them in the hands of dozens of writers, athletes, and historians. From turning points that every sports fan rues or celebrates to the forgotten would-be inflection points that defined sports, Upon Further Review answers age-old questions, and settles the score, even if the score bounced off the crossbar. Full cast of narrators includes Shira Springer, Peter Thomas Fornatale, Jesse Eisenberg, Ben Lindbergh, Jonathan Hock, Mary Pilon, Steve Kornacki, Louisa Thomas, Nate DiMeo, Jeremy Schaap, Neil Pain, Will Leit... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeremy Schaap, Shira Springer, Steve Kornacki, Jesse Eisenberg, Liam Boylan-Pett, Julian E. Zelizer, Peter Thomas Fornatale. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/004474/bk_hach_004474_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is a short story for middle school students or for any young boy who loves baseball. A family has moved to the United States from China during Christmas break and their young son will be going to Brookdale Middle School after the break. But by the spring the local Little League team, the Brookdale Badgers, need a hot new pitcher to help them keep their annual winning streak intact. Will a little added touch of Chinese good luck help the Badgers win the Pennant this season? This is a story about teamwork and getting to know people from other countries and cultures. It´s also a great lesson about how teamwork and good sportsmanship will help any child succeed in school, in sports and in their life ahead. And it´s inspired by my nephew´s own journey to America from China! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Michael A. Adashefski. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/010999/bk_acx0_010999_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The New York Yankees. The Boston Red Sox. For a hundred years, no two teams have locked horns as fiercely or as frequently, and no two seasons frame the colossal battle more perfectly than 2003 and 2004. Now, with incredible energy and access, leading sports columnist Mike Vaccaro chronicles the history of the greatest rivalry in sports, and the two stunning American League Championship Series that define a century of baseball. October 17, 2003: A night no Yankees or Red Sox fan will ever forget. At 12:15 am, bottom of the eleventh inning of game seven of the ALCS, New York third-baseman Aaron Boone launches a ball over Yankee Stadium´s left-field fence. The Yankees win their 39th pennant, and send the perennially vexed Boston Red Sox home...again...suffering another devastating loss to their longtime nemesis. October 20, 2004: A year later, an eerie reprise, but this time things are different. After losing three straight to the Yankees, Boston has charged back to win the next three, forcing a decisive game seven. From the start of the game Boston is in control, and by winning this game they march toward their first World Series victory since 1918. With the razor-sharp instincts that have made him a top sports journalist, Mike Vaccaro delves into the history of the rollicking rivalry: a vicious collision in 1903 that draws first blood; the era of Babe Ruth and his legendary trade from the Red Sox to the Yankees, ushering in the notorious Curse; the golden age of DiMaggio and Williams; the unstoppable power of Mantle and Maris; the heart and soul of Fisk and Yazstremski versus Pinella and Munson; and the modern era of dueling owners, skyrocketing payrolls, and a renewed rivalry that attracts sell-out crowds even to Yankees-Red Sox spring training games. Emperors and Idiots is as lively, fascinating, and raucous as the teams themselves, a must-have volume for any Yankees or Red Sox fan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Richmond Hoxie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/000567/bk_rand_000567_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.