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Home Game

Author: Bret Boone
Publisher: Crown Archetype
ISBN: 1101904917
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From the first third-generation player in Major League history, a sometimes moving, always candid inside look at his family’s seventy years in baseball A five-foot-ten fireball questioned by scouts because of his small stature, supposed lack of power, and cocky attitude, Bret Boone didn’t care about family legacy as he fought his way to the Major Leagues in 1992; he wanted to make his own way. He did just that, building a career that featured three All-Star appearances, four Gold Gloves, a bout with alcohol­ism, and the mixed blessing of being traded three times. But now that he’s coaching minor leaguers half his age—and his fifteen-year-old son has the potential to be the first fourth-generation Major Leaguer—Bret has a new perspective on his remarkable family, with its ten All-Star appearances, 634 home runs, 3,139 RBIs, and countless kitchen-table debates about the game’s great­est players. For the first time, he’s ready to share his adventures as part of the sport’s First Family. Infused with Bret’s candor and deep love of the game, Home Game traces baseball’s evolution—on the field and behind the scenes—from his grandfa­ther Ray’s era in the 1950s to his father Bob’s in the ’70s and ’80s to the one he shared with his brother Aaron in the ’90s and 2000s—sometimes called the PED era—when players made millions, dined on lobster in the clubhouse, and, in some cases, indulged in performance-enhancing drugs. Along the way, his book also touches on Boone family lore, from Ray playing with his hero Ted Williams and Bob winning a World Series with the 1980 Phillies to Bret’s flop in a nationally televised home-run derby and Aaron’s historic home run in the 2003 playoffs. Blending nostalgia, close analysis of the game, insight into baseball’s un­written codes, and controversial thoughts on its future as a sport and a busi­ness, Bret Boone offers a one-of-a-kind look at the national pastime—from the colorful, quotable scion of a family whose business is baseball. From the Hardcover edition.

The Dad Report Fathers Sons And Baseball Families

Author: Kevin Cook
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393246019
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An unforgettable look at how baseball families share our national pastime. Baseball honors legacies—from cheering the home team to breaking in an old glove handed down from father to son. In The Dad Report, award-winning sportswriter Kevin Cook weaves a tapestry of uplifting stories in which fathers and sons—from the sport's superstars to Cook and his own ball-playing father—share the game. Almost two hundred father-son pairs have played in the big leagues. Cook takes us inside the clubhouses, homes, and lives of many of the greats. Aaron Boone follows grandfather Bob, father Ray, and brother Bret to the majors—three generations of All-Stars. Barry Bonds and Ken Griffey Jr. strive to outdo their famous dads. Michael Jordan walks away from basketball to play minor-league baseball—to fulfill his father's dream. In visiting these legendary families, Cook discovers that ball-playing families are a lot like our own. Dan Haren regrets the long road trips that keep him from his kids. Ike Davis and his father, a former Yankee, debate whether Ike should pitch or play first base. Buddy Bell leads a generation of big-leaguers determined to open their workplace—the clubhouse—to their kids. Framing The Dad Report is the story of Kevin Cook's own father, Art Cook, a minor-league pitcher, a loveable rogue with a wicked screwball. In Art's later years, Kevin phoned him almost every night to talk baseball. They called those nightly conversations "the Dad Report." In time, Kevin came to see that these conversations were about much more than the game. That's what this book is about: the way fathers and sons talk baseball as a way of talking about everything—courage, fear, fun, family, morality, mortality, and how it's not whether you win or lose that counts, it's how you share the game.


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EBONY is the flagship magazine of Johnson Publishing. Founded in 1945 by John H. Johnson, it still maintains the highest global circulation of any African American-focused magazine.

Cleveland Indians Iq

Author: Tucker Elliot
Publisher: Black Mesa Publishing
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Cleveland ranks right up there with the Chicago Cubs and the pre-2004 Boston Red Sox when it comes to breaking hearts—its fans have suffered much, wandering in the proverbial desert since tasting postseason success for the second time in team history in 1948—but the Indians have never disappointed when it comes to producing great players and unforgettable moments … and they’re all in this book. Are you an expert on Cleveland Indians history and trivia? Think you know it all? It’s time to find out. Test your skills. Wrack your brain. It’s your Cleveland Indians IQ, the Ultimate Test of True Fandom.

Tucker Elliot Bundle 2 Cincinnati Reds And Cleveland Indians Baseball

Author: Tucker Elliot
Publisher: Black Mesa Publishing
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Three full-length sports history and trivia books from Black Mesa Publishing and author Tucker Elliot. Cincinnati Reds IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom In 1968, Johnny Bench was a 20-year-old rookie embarking on his first full Major League season with the Cincinnati Reds. He was also the Reds starting catcher, an All-Star, and the National League Rookie of the Year. And he was one other thing as well: the foundation for one of the greatest teams ever assembled in Major League history—the Big Red Machine. Bench’s Major League journey lasted 17 seasons—all in Cincinnati—and earned him a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of the game’s greatest legends. But when talking about the legendary Reds teams of the 1970s, it was Bench who said, "The Big Red Machine teams will never be forgotten ... They'll be remembered because of the professionals they had, the character they had, the skill they had. Those teams were a symbol of what baseball really should be." The professionals included Tony Perez and Pete Rose, who were already on the club when Bench burst on the scene in 1968, and then one by one the rest of the pieces fell into place: manager Sparky Anderson (1970), followed by Dave Concepcion and George Foster (1971), Joe Morgan and Cesar Geronimo (1972), and Ken Griffey (1973). In 1975, with all the pieces firmly in place, the Reds were World Champions. In 1976, the Reds defended their title and became a dynasty. This is a book of history and trivia that covers all eras of Reds baseball but it is also a tribute to the legacy of Sparky Anderson and the professionals who made up the Big Red Machine. Think you know everything about Reds baseball? Think again. With ten chapters and 200 brand new trivia questions to challenge fans of all ages and skill levels, it’s time to find out how smart you really are about the Cincinnati Reds. Each chapter profiles a member of the Big Red Machine and then offers 20 brand new exciting and challenging trivia questions. And we’re keeping score … so test your skills, wrack your brain, and get ready for the ultimate Cincinnati Reds IQ test! Cleveland Indians IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom Cleveland ranks right up there with the Chicago Cubs and the pre-2004 Boston Red Sox when it comes to breaking hearts—its fans have suffered much, wandering in the proverbial desert since tasting postseason success for the second time in team history in 1948—but the Indians have never disappointed when it comes to producing great players and unforgettable moments … and they’re all in this book. Are you an expert on Cleveland Indians history and trivia? Think you know it all? It’s time to find out. Test your skills. Wrack your brain. It’s your Cleveland Indians IQ, the Ultimate Test of True Fandom. Major League Baseball IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom Think you know everything about our National Pastime? Think again! It's time to find out how much trivia you really know about Major League Baseball. Are you a rookie? Are you a tested, hardcore veteran? Or will you be clearing waivers for your pending release halfway through the book? We'll let you know. Ten chapters, 200 brand new questions, fascinating history, the best trivia from every era of the game, and all the big name players you'd expect to find, Major League Baseball IQ is the most comprehensive and challenging book of baseball trivia available today. Test your skills. Wrack your brain. It's your MLB IQ, the ultimate test of true fandom!

Long Shot

Author: Mike Piazza
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439150230
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The twelve-time All-Star catcher describes the inspiration he gleaned from his self-made father, his early career with the Dodgers, his memorable 2000 World Series with the Mets, and the controversies that have marked his career.

Diamond Dishes

Author: Julie Loria
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0762767928
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Twenty top Major League Baseball players share stories about life off the field and their favorite foods—with nearly 100 full-color photos and more than 60 easy-to-make recipes Baseball and food are two of life’s uncomplicated pleasures, stirring up sizzling passion across all generations. Now, for the first time, baseball fans and food lovers get a behind-the-scenes look into the kitchens of twenty of their favorite Major League All Stars. Author Julie Loria shares their stories, from memorable meals growing up, to their current fitness routines, food rituals, and guilty food pleasures. And within these pages you will even discover quite a few amusing anecdotes about life beyond the diamond, and so much more. And, oh what great food! America’s favorite game not only brings together people from around the world but also blends a wonderful variety of cuisines—including classic dishes native to all corners of the United States and spicy Latin American fare. Julie recreates and collects the down-home family recipes, favorite authentic meals, and top dishes from on-the-road eateries of today’s top players—from Derek Jeter’s buttermilk pancakes and Dustin Pedroia’s pasta primavera to Albert Pujols’ Home Run Chicken and Ryan Howard’s macaroni and cheese. An official Major League Baseball publication, Diamond Dishes is more than a cookbook. It’s a singular and scrumptious backstage look at ballplayers flexing their culinary muscles and discussing the roles of family, friends, and food in their lives. With exclusive, full-color photos of Major League stars at home and in their kitchens, and more than sixty easy-to-prepare recipes, this book is a treasure trove of sights, sounds, tastes, and aromas that penetrate the hearts and souls of the players and their fans alike. -- Players featured in the book include: Lance Berkman, St. Louis Cardinals Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers Andre Ethier, Los Angeles Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez, Boston Red Sox Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies Derek Jeter, New York Yankees Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins Paul Konerko, Chicago White Sox Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals Hanley Ramirez, Florida Marlins Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees Johan Santana, New York Mets Grady Sizemore, Cleveland Indians Chase Utley, Philadelphia Phillies David Wright, New York Mets VIDEOS: Book trailer Behind the Scenes: Players During the Photo Shoots Martha Stewart Television MLB Network Local NBC Miami News

Tom Gamboa

Author: Tom Gamboa
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476667411
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"Tom Gamboa has been one of the most influential baseball teachers in my life. I was lucky to have him as my manager in the Tigers' minor league system. He dedicated his life to our sport, and some of my best memories as a young player were listening to his amazing stories. He is a man who makes a lasting impression on every person he meets. I'm so grateful he has taken the time to share his incredible journey with all of us."--Billy Bean, Major League Baseball, VP, Social Responsibility & Inclusion "In a game that is absolutely a business, Tom Gamboa was a manager, coach, father and friend. Tom took athletes from all walks of life and made us not only a team, but champions."--Jim "The Rookie" Morris "I never had the privilege to actually play for Tom Gamboa, but I've been witness to the legacy he has left both on and off the baseball field for decades. He scouted me at age 17, played golf as a friend at 23, swapped stories from the coaches box through my 30's and will soon become my father-in-law at 52. His passion, integrity, sense of humor and love of family has made him an amazing teacher and leader on the field and in the clubhouse, as well as man I admire outside of baseball altogether."--Todd Zeile, Major League Baseball 1986-2004 "I first met Tom Gamboa in 1987. He was the manager of the Glens Falls Tigers, and I was playing for the Pittsfield Cubs of the old Eastern League in Double-A. I met him there. He was very respectful to me as an opposing player. Then a few years later he became a coach with the Chicago Cubs, developed a great friendship with him. He's a great baseball man, knows the game, and is an even nicer guy. He always had time to try to help you out with anything you needed and was always available. He was a very good third base coach and seemed to always make the right decisions - whether to send you or hold you. The relationship moved on after that, and he had to go on to other teams, but I always look back at Tom Gamboa as one of the favorite coaches I ever had."--Mark Grace, Diamondbacks pre- and post- game analyst, Fox Sports Arizona, Major League Baseball 1988-2003. Tom Gamboa played baseball professionally, coached, scouted, managed in the minors and in Puerto Rico and coached in the majors with the Cubs and Royals. Scouring the country for talent, he discovered Jesse Orosco and helped develop Doug Glanville and Jose Hernandez in Puerto Rico and in the Cubs organization. Before Jim "The Rookie" Morris made it to the majors, Gamboa coached him on a title team in the Brewers organization. Sammy Sosa promised him a fist-bump for each home run Sosa hit--Tom didn't suspect he was due 60 of them over each of the next two seasons. With a lot of humor, Gamboa takes his readers well inside the dugouts and clubhouses.

Jackie Robinson

Author: Arnold Rampersad
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 0307788482
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The extraordinary life of Jackie Robinson is illuminated as never before in this full-scale biography by Arnold Rampersad, who was chosen by Jack's widow, Rachel, to tell her husband's story, and was given unprecedented access to his private papers. We are brought closer than we have ever been to the great ballplayer, a man of courage and quality who became a pivotal figure in the areas of race and civil rights. Born in the rural South, the son of a sharecropper, Robinson was reared in southern California. We see him blossom there as a student-athlete as he struggled against poverty and racism to uphold the beliefs instilled in him by his mother--faith in family, education, America, and God. We follow Robinson through World War II, when, in the first wave of racial integration in the armed forces, he was commissioned as an officer, then court-martialed after refusing to move to the back of a bus. After he plays in the Negro National League, we watch the opening of an all-American drama as, late in 1945, Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers recognized Jack as the right player to break baseball's color barrier--and the game was forever changed. Jack's never-before-published letters open up his relationship with his family, especially his wife, Rachel, whom he married just as his perilous venture of integrating baseball began. Her memories are a major resource of the narrative as we learn about the severe harassment Robinson endured from teammates and opponents alike; about death threats and exclusion; about joy and remarkable success. We watch his courageous response to abuse, first as a stoic endurer, then as a fighter who epitomized courage and defiance. We see his growing friendship with white players like Pee Wee Reese and the black teammates who followed in his footsteps, and his embrace by Brooklyn's fans. We follow his blazing career: 1947, Rookie of the Year; 1949, Most Valuable Player; six pennants in ten seasons, and 1962, induction into the Hall of Fame. But sports were merely one aspect of his life. We see his business ventures, his leading role in the community, his early support of Martin Luther King Jr., his commitment to the civil rights movement at a crucial stage in its evolution; his controversial associations with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Humphrey, Goldwater, Nelson Rockefeller, and Malcolm X. Rampersad's magnificent biography leaves us with an indelible image of a principled man who was passionate in his loyalties and opinions: a baseball player who could focus a crowd's attention as no one before or since; an activist at the crossroads of his people's struggle; a dedicated family man whose last years were plagued by illness and tragedy, and who died prematurely at fifty-two. He was a pathfinder, an American hero, and he now has the biography he deserves. From the Hardcover edition.

The Baffling Baseball Mystery

Author: Carole Marsh
Publisher: Gallopade International
ISBN: 0635080826
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It's time to "Play bal!" when Christina, Grant, Mimi, and Papa take a tour of baseball's most famous places and slide head-first into a mystery complete with broken bats, blistering fastballs, and a diamond more valuable than a game-winning home run! Look What's Inside This Mystery -people, places, history and more!Places: Turner Field, Atlanta, GA National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY Babe Ruth Birth Place Museum, Baltimore, MD Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, Williamsport, PA Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, Louisville, KY Fenway Park, Boston, MA Yankee Stadium, NY Puerto Rico Plaza at Turner Field Adirondack Mountains The Grandstand Theater Otsego LakeEducational Items: Rules of Baseball Negro American League All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Delta Airlines Coca Cola Atlanta Braves Boston Braves/Beaneaters 1996 World Series 1996 Summer Olympics Baseball Statistics New York Yankees The Great Depression Civil War Milwaukee BravesPeople: Babe Ruth Chipper Jones Hank Aaron Abner Doubleday Jackie Robinson Roberto Clemente Derek Jeter Ty Cobb Honus Wagner CY Young Mickey Mantle Lou Gehrig Phillip WrigleyThis mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that keep kids begging for more! Each mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, a scavenger hunt and activities. This Carole Marsh Mystery has Accelerated Reader Reading Levels, Lexile Measures, Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Levels and Developmental Reading Assessments Levels.