Birmingham is probably the most thoroughly segregated city in the United States. Its ugly record of brutality is widely known. Negroes have experienced grossly unjust treatment in the courts. There have been more unsolved bombings in Negro homes and churches in Birmingham than in any other city in the nation. Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from a Birmingham Jail - 1963 Anybody who is familiar with the Civil Rights movement knows that 1964 was a pivotal year. And in Birmingham, Alabama - perhaps the epicenter of racial conflict - the Barons amazingly started their season with an integrated team. Johnny ´´Blue Moon´´ Odom, a talented pitcher and Tommie Reynolds, an outfielder - both young black ballplayers with dreams of playing someday in the big leagues, along with Bert Campaneris, a dark-skinned shortstop from Cuba, all found themselves in this simmering cauldron of a minor league town, all playing for Heywood Sullivan, a white former major leaguer who grew up just down the road in Dothan, Alabama. Colton traces the entire season, writing about the extraordinary relationships among these players with Sullivan, and Colton tells their story by capturing the essence of Birmingham and its citizens during this tumultuous year. (The infamous Bull Connor, for example, when not ordering blacks to be blasted by powerful water hoses, is a fervent follower of the Barons and served as a long-time broadcaster of their games.) By all accounts, the racial jeers and taunts that rained down upon these Birmingham players were much worse than anything that Jackie Robinson ever endured. More than a story about baseball, this is a true accounting of life in a different time and clearly a different place. Seventeen years after Jackie Robinson had broken the color line in the major leagues, Birmingham was exploding in race riots... and now, they were going to have their very first integrated sports team. This is a story that 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fleet Cooper. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/001316/bk_hach_001316_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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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 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: Shira Springer, Peter Thomas Fornatale, Jesse Eisenberg, Ben Lindbergh, Jonathan Hock, Mary Pilon, Steve Kornacki, Louisa Thomas, Nate DiMeo, Jeremy Schaap, Neil Pain, Will Leitch, Julian E. Zelizer, Liam Boylan-Pett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/004474/bk_hach_004474_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.