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By Joel Levin. 2018
In 1970 a vendor at Wrigley Field had an amazing idea to turn his personal camera away from the… baseball diamond and toward his fellow ballpark hawkers as they went about their daily jobs of selling souvenirs programs hot dogs ice cream and soft drinks Along the way he also captured images of other employees--ushers security staff commissary workers and union officials The result Wrigley Field s Amazing Vendors offers a never-before-seen perspective of major-league baseball that Arcadia Publishing is proud to include in its Images of Modern America series The subjects themselves are amazing a blind Frosty Malt vendor a singing peanut vendor a Coca-Cola vendor who went on to become an economic adviser to the president of the United States Many of the vendors photographed in the 1970s are still in the aisles of Wrigley Field today Others left for new career opportunities A few became legends in vending history
By David Lee Poremba. 1998
Covering over 80 years of America's favorite pastime, Baseball in Detroit 1886-1968 takes fans back to the glory days of… Ty Cobb in the early 20th century and follows the progress of the Detroit Tigers. From the three-time pennant winners of this century's first decade to the last real championship team of 1968, Detroiters have flocked to see their team play, win or lose. The fact that they have played at the same intersection of town for over a century is a tribute to the pride and loyalty that each has shown for the other. It could be said that no other baseball franchise has such a close relationship with its constituency. This relationship is clearly shown in a fascinating photographic collection, and sports fans everywhere will appreciate this candid glimpse into our nation's favorite game. As we approach the next millennium, a new stadium is under construction for this historic team. It, too, will be the place of legends, where great players and fans will create another glorious 100 years of baseball history in Detroit. The American League, to which the Detroit Tigers belong as charter members, is fast approaching its own centennial.
By Rich Marazzi, Peter E Meltzer. 2013
Essential for armchair umpires and scorekeepers, this guide challenges aficionados on every significant part of the Official Baseball Rules. Few… sports lovers are as obsessed with rules and statistics as baseball fans. In So You Think You Know Baseball?, lifelong baseball enthusiast Peter E. Meltzer catalogues every noteworthy baseball rule from the Major League rulebook and illustrates its application with actual plays, from the historical to the contemporary. You can read the book from start to finish or consult it while watching a game to understand the mechanics of a play or how it should be scored. Meltzer analyzes the entire Official Baseball Rules using hundreds of Major League plays involving both plays on the field situations and plays which have involved the official scorer. This is the first book ever written which analyzes the entire rulebook in this fashion and which is based on actual plays. With Meltzer's unique and thoroughly entertaining guide in hand, which includes a foreword by baseball rules expert Rich Marazzi, you'll never have to scratch your head over an umpire or scorekeeper's call again.
Impending motherhood serves up a confusing cocktail of heroic strength and terrifying vulnerability. Our culture has seized on the “vulnerability”… part of this experience and tends to reinforce a pregnant woman’s insecurities instead of encouraging her to embrace this most natural time and trust her body, her intuition, and her own mind. Feng Shui Mommy takes a different approach, helping the expecting mother build her own unique, epic journey to motherhood. It’s about supporting her while she shores up her mind-body-spirit alignment so she can best handle the cosmic kick in the uterus and juicy kiss on the soul that pregnancy is. Bailey Gaddis guides women through the experience, providing specific suggestions for mind, body, and spirit for each trimester (including the “fourth,” after birth), leading to birth preparation designed for each mother and baby, and culminating in strong mother-child bonding. She includes detailed and practical information about prenatal exercise and nutrition, birth preferences and birthing positions, breath work, breastfeeding, and much more. Her advice allows mothers to welcome delight and curiosity into the journey while taking each phase with purpose and calm — and even a sense of fun. This comprehensive guide makes challenge and change joyful, allowing new life to be as incomparably wonder-filled as it is meant to be.
By James P. Brosnan. 2002
A timeless classic from baseball's golden era, legendary pitcher Jim Brosnan's witty and candid chronicle of the 1959 Major League… Baseball season, which set the standard for all sports memoirs to follow.Arguably the greatest sports memoir ever penned, The Long Season was a revelation when it was first published in 1960. Here is an insider's perspective on America's national pastime that is funny, honest, and above all, real. The man behind this fascinating account of baseball and its players was not a sportswriter but a self-proclaimed "average ballplayer"--a relief pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Called "Professor" by his teammates and "Meat" by his wife, Jim Brosnan turned out to be the ideal guide to the behind-the-scenes world of professional baseball with his keen observations, sharp wit, and clear-eyed candor.His player's diary takes readers on the mound and on the road; inside the clubhouse and most enjoyably inside his own head. While solving age-old questions like "Why can't pitchers hit?" and what makes for the best chewing tobacco, Brosnan captures the game-to-game daily experiences of an ordinary season, unapologetically, "the way I saw it"--from sweating it out in spring training to blowing the opening game to a mid-season trade to the Cincinnati Reds. In The Long Season, Brosnan reveals, like no other sportswriter before him, the human side of professional ballplayers and has forever preserved not only a season, but a uniquely American experience."One of the best baseball books ever written. It is probably one of the best American diaries as well."--New York Times
By Michael Leahy. 2016
From an award-winning journalist comes the riveting odyssey of six Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1960s--a chronicle of a team,… a game, and a nation in transition during one of the most exciting and unsettled decades in history.Legendary Dodgers Maury Wills, Sandy Koufax, Wes Parker, Jeff Torborg, Dick Tracewski, and Tommy Davis encapsulated 1960s America: white and black, Jewish and Christian, wealthy and working class, pro-Vietnam and anti-war, golden boy and seasoned veteran. The Last Innocents is a thoughtful, technicolor portrait of these six players--friends, mentors, confidants, rivals, and allies--and their storied team that offers an intriguing look at a sport and a nation in transition. Bringing into focus the high drama of their World Series appearances from 1962 to 1972 and their pivotal games, Michael Leahy explores these men's interpersonal relationships and illuminates the triumphs, agonies, and challenges each faced individually.Leahy places these men's lives within the political and social maelstrom that was the era when the conformity of the 1950s gave way to demands for equality and rights. Increasingly frustrated over a lack of real bargaining power and an oppressive management who meddled in their personal affairs, the players shared an uneasy relationship with the team's front office. This contention mirrored the discord and uncertainty generated by myriad changes rocking the nation: the civil rights movement, political assassinations, and growing hostility to the escalation of the Vietnam War. While the nation around them changed, these players each experienced a personal and professional metamorphosis that would alter public perceptions and their own.Comprehensive and artfully crafted, The Last Innocents is an evocative and riveting portrait of a pivotal era in baseball and modern America.
By James P. Brosnan. 1962
From the author of The Long Season--considered by many to be the greatest baseball book of all time--comes another classic… sports memoir by legendary pitcher Jim Brosnan, which chronicles how his team, the Cincinnati Reds, went on to win the 1961 National League pennant.With legendary pitcher Jim Brosnan's first book, The Long Season, he not only entered the canon of great sports literature, but also redefined it when he returned two years later to write Pennant Race--his memoir of his days playing for the Cincinnati Reds and how the team went from not being taken seriously as a pennant contender to having a shot at the 1961 National League pennant. In Pennant Race, Brosnan--with his trademark wise-guy wit and plain-spoken practicality--once again offers a refreshingly candid alternative to hackneyed baseball mythologizing. Day by day, game by game, Brosnan reveals the real lives of professional ballplayers: their exhilaration and frustration, hope and despair, chronic worry over job security, playful camaraderie, world-weary cynicism, and boyish--if cautious--optimism. Although the Reds would ultimately lose the World Series to the Yankees, for Brosnan and his teammates, this was a winning season. Pennant Race vividly captures a remarkable year in the life of a ball club and the golden age of one of Major League Baseball's most memorable eras."Brosnan obviously knows his baseball, writes about it wittily, informally and with irony. He is a cynical, tough professional athlete and his book makes wonderful reading."--New Yorker
By Jerald Podair. 2017
On the sixtieth anniversary of the Dodgers' move to Los Angeles, the full story of the controversial building of Dodger… Stadium and how it helped transform the city.When Walter O'Malley moved his Brooklyn Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1957 with plans to construct a new ballpark next to downtown, he ignited a bitter argument over the future of a rapidly changing city. For the first time, City of Dreams tells the full story of the controversial building of Dodger Stadium—and how it helped create modern Los Angeles by transforming its downtown into a vibrant cultural and entertainment center.In a vivid narrative, Jerald Podair tells how Los Angeles was convulsed between 1957 and 1962 over whether, where, and how to build Dodger Stadium. Competing civic visions clashed. Would Los Angeles be a decentralized, low-tax city of neighborhoods, as demanded by middle-class whites on its peripheries? Or would the baseball park be the first contribution to a revitalized downtown that would brand Los Angeles as a national and global city, as advocated by leaders in business, media, and entertainment?O'Malley's vision triumphed when he opened his privately constructed stadium on April 10, 1962—and over the past half century it has contributed substantially to the city's civic and financial well-being. But in order to build the stadium, O'Malley negotiated with the city to acquire publicly owned land (from which the city had uprooted a Mexican American community), raising sharply contested questions about the relationship between private profit and "public purpose." Indeed, the battle over Dodger Stadium crystallized issues with profound implications for all American cities, and for arguments over the meaning of equality itself.Filled with colorful stories, City of Dreams will fascinate anyone who is interested in the history of the Dodgers, baseball, Los Angeles, and the modern American city.
By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Patty Aubery, Nancy Mitchell. 1989
Every year millions of women wait with anticipation as they watch their test strip change from white to pink… thus beginning the awesome adventure of becoming a mother This Chicken Soup book will find a place in the loving hearts and anxious minds of expectant mothers and some fathers too Written by expectant mothers veteran moms and fathers-to-be these stories relate the physical emotional and spiritual joys and challenges of each stage of motherhood from barely showing to the awkward last months from labor and delivery to watching and caring for Baby Some stories offer hope when the pregnancy isn t medically perfect others offer light-hearted humor to cope with weight gain morning sickness and other pregnancy woes and still others offer words of wisdom for the seemingly daunting responsibilities of choosing a name going through labor and bringing a new life into the world By relaying the insecurities and triumphs of a variety of moms and moms-to-be--including multiple births premature births adoptions and single-parent families--this book will tug at the heartstrings and ease the fears of any expectant mother regardless of her situation Chapters include Special Moments Delivery Day Challenges On Adoption Advice from Others For Expectant Fathers and The First Few Years Chicken Soup for the Expectant Mother s Soul will be a must-have on every baby-shower gift list and an essential requirement for every birthing bag
In The Old Ball Game Frank Deford NPR sports commentator and Sports Illustrated journalist retells the story of… an unusual friendship between two towering figures in baseball history At the turn of the twentieth century Christy Mathewson was one of baseball s first superstars Over six feet tall clean cut and college educated he didn t pitch on the Sabbath and rarely spoke an ill word about anyone He also had one of the most devastating arms in all of baseball New York Giants manager John McGraw by contrast was ferocious The pugnacious tough guy was already a star infielder who with the Baltimore Orioles helped develop a new scrappy style of baseball with plays like the hit-and-run the Baltimore chop and the squeeze play When McGraw joined the Giants in 1902 the Giants were coming off their worst season ever Yet within three years Mathewson clinched New York City s first World Series for McGraw s team by throwing three straight shutouts in only six days an incredible feat that is invariably called the greatest World Series performance ever Because of their wonderful odd-couple association baseball had its first superstar the Giants ascended into legend and baseball as a national pastime bloomed
By Rich Cohen. 2017
A captivating blend of reportage and memoir exploring the history of the Chicago CubsWhen Rich Cohen was eight years old,… his father took him to see a Cubs game. On the way out of the park, his father asked him to make a promise. “Promise me you will never be a Cubs fan. The Cubs do not win,” he explained, “and because of that, a Cubs fan will have a diminished life determined by low expectations. That team will screw up your life.” As a result, Cohen became not just a Cubs fan but one of the biggest Cubs fans in the world. In this book, he captures the story of the team, its players and crazy days. Billy Sunday and Ernie Banks, Three Finger Brown and Ryne Sandberg, Bill Buckner, the Bartman Ball, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo—the early dominance followed by a 107 year trek across the wilderness. It’s all here—not just what happened, but what it felt like and what it meant. He searches for the cause of the famous curse. Was it the billy goat, kicked out of Wrigley Field in Game 5 of the 1945 World Series, or does it go back further, to the very origins of the franchise? Driven mad with futility, he went on the road with the team in search of answers, interviewed great players present and past, researched in libraries but also in the bleachers, double-fisted, a frosty malt in each hand, demanding answers. He came to see the curse as a burden but also as a blessing. Cubs fans are unique, emissaries from a higher realm, warning of hubris and vanity. The blue cap with the red C said, “My Kingdom is not of this world.” He interviewed the architects of the 2016 Cubs, the team that broke the curse. Here’s what he asked: How the hell did you do it? He was at (almost) every game of the 2016 playoff run—a run that culminated in (maybe) the single greatest baseball game ever played. He was excited but also terrified. Losing is easy. What would it mean to win? Wearing a Yankees hat meant corporate excellence. Wearing a Mets hat meant miracles. But wearing a Cubs hat meant loving the game on its most humdrum afternoon—September 13, 1979, say, 14 games out of first place, Larry Bittner driving in Ivan DeJesus. Would we lose that? Would being a Cubs become ordinary? A mix of memoir, reporting, history and baseball theology, this book, forty years in the making, has never been written because it never could be—only with the 2016 World Series can the true arc of the story finally be understood.
By Tom Dunkel. 2013
A 2013 CASEY Award Finalist for Best Baseball Book of the YearWhen baseball swept America in the years after the… Civil War independent semipro and municipal leagues sprouted up everywhere With civic pride on the line rivalries were fierce and teams often signed ringers to play alongside the town dentist insurance salesman and teen prodigy In drought-stricken Bismarck North Dakota during the Great Depression one of the most improbable teams in the history of baseball was assembled by one of the sport s most unlikely champions A decade before Jackie Robinson broke into the Major Leagues car dealer Neil Churchill signed the best players he could find regardless of race and fielded an integrated squad that took on all comers in spectacular fashion Color Blind immerses the reader in the wild and wonderful world of early independent baseball with its tough competition and its novelty Dunkel traces the rise of the Bismarck squad focusing on the 1935 season and the first National Semipro Tournament This is an entertaining must-read for anyone interested in the history of baseball A tale as fantastic as it is true -Boston Globe
By Lakshmy Ramanathan. 2015
In India the arrival of a child is not very different from a wedding It is a family… event that every one looks forward to with great eagerness and enthusiasm Each family member also knows of an age-old custom or belief they know to have benefited expectant mothers and newborns But how does a first-time mother balance quirky community-based rituals alongside New Age scientific norms For Bumpier Times is an attempt to capture the complexities of being pregnant in our society and to arm you with information that enables you to make empowered decisions By recording 101 practices from across the country and by having them reviewed by an eminent panel of doctors and experts the book hopes to dismiss your doubts and fears trace the origin behind these myths and beliefs and keep up with the latest in childbirth and care to help you achieve that balance crucial to welcoming your little one into your culture and world Written in an easy-to-understand Q A format Ramanathan has managed to create an elaborate guide on pregnancy and childcare specific to Indian mothers
By Gopika Kapoor. 2011
Let your pregnancy be the joyous exciting and spiritual journey it was always meant to be While… having a baby is a time of great happiness it can also be the most bewildering experience for those involved Luckily this book provides the perfect antidote to all your pregnancy and baby concerns Right from deciding whether to have a baby to choosing the best hospital for the d-day deliveryday Spiritual Pregnancy shows you how to make the most of your pregnancy so that you come through those nine months not only relaxed but also confident and prepared This unique volume shows you the best ways to handle the dilemmas that accompany having a baby while preparing you for the incredible job that lies ahead becoming a parent Allow Gopika Kapoor to share with you the learning from her own journey as a mother of twins and the spiritual insights that guided her Her pragmatic and reassuring voice not only tells you how to deal with surprise pregnancies crazy hormones overbearing relatives and tired sex lives but also gives great advice on baby showers alternative birthing methods post-baby body image and how to stay energized and positive through it all Since parental bonds first form while the baby is still in the womb Spiritual Pregnancy is your guide to making the most of this very special time with your child
Discover tried-and-tested techniques to help you relax during labour so that you can work with your body for an… empowering positive birth Birth is a natural and normal event and while it can be unpredictable this book will show you how you can make it a gentle and enjoyable experience In The Calm Birth Method hypnobirthing expert Suzy Ashworth helps you to build confidence in your body and its abilities and shares practical techniques to support you so that no matter what happens you feel prepared Walking you and your birth partner through the whole process of birth preparation Suzy explores Why many women feel so scared of giving birth and how to eliminate these fears during pregnancy How relaxing your mind and body during birth transforms your physiology Practical tools and techniques to promote deep relaxation and mindfulness How to unify birth partners and care providers to ensure the birthing environment is stress-free and has the most conducive set up for a calm and relaxing birth Breathing techniques and visualizations to help with the sensations of birthTake the power back into your own hands so that you can learn to trust your body and look forward to welcoming your child into the world with confidence
By G. Edward White. 1996
At a time when many baseball fans wish for the game to return to a purer past, G. Edward White… shows how seemingly irrational business decisions, inspired in part by the self-interest of the owners but also by their nostalgia for the game, transformed baseball into the national pastime. Not simply a professional sport, baseball has been treated as a focus of childhood rituals and an emblem of American individuality and fair play throughout much of the twentieth century. It started out, however, as a marginal urban sport associated with drinking and gambling. White describes its progression to an almost mythic status as an idyllic game, popular among people of all ages and classes. He then recounts the owner's efforts, often supported by the legal system, to preserve this image. Baseball grew up in the midst of urban industrialization during the Progressive Era, and the emerging steel and concrete baseball parks encapsulated feelings of neighborliness and associations with the rural leisure of bygone times. According to White, these nostalgic themes, together with personal financial concerns, guided owners toward practices that in retrospect appear unfair to players and detrimental to the progress of the game. Reserve clauses, blacklisting, and limiting franchise territories, for example, were meant to keep a consistent roster of players on a team, build fan loyalty, and maintain the game's local flavor. These practices also violated anti-trust laws and significantly restricted the economic power of the players. Owners vigorously fought against innovations, ranging from the night games and radio broadcasts to the inclusion of African-American players. Nonetheless, the image of baseball as a spirited civic endeavor persisted, even in the face of outright corruption, as witnessed in the courts' leniency toward the participants in the Black Sox scandal of 1919. White's story of baseball is intertwined with changes in technology and business in America and with changing attitudes toward race and ethnicity. The time is fast approaching, he concludes, when we must consider whether baseball is still regarded as the national pastime and whether protecting its image is worth the effort.
By Hank Aaron. 2007
The man who shattered Babe Ruth s lifetime home run record Henry Hammering Hank Aaron left his… indelible mark on professional baseball and the world But the world also left its mark on him I Had a Hammer is much more than the intimate autobiography of one of the greatest names in pro sports-it is a fascinating social history of twentieth-century America With courage and candor Aaron recalls his struggles and triumphs in an atmosphere of virulent racism He relives the breathtaking moment when in the heat of hatred and controversy he hit his 715th home run to break Ruth s cherished record-an accomplishment for which Aaron received more than 900 000 letters many of them vicious and racially charged And his story continues through the remainder of his milestone-setting barrier-smashing career as a player and later Atlanta Braves executive--offering an eye-opening and unforgettable portrait of an incomparable athlete his sport his epoch and his world
By Caroline Gallup. 2007
How far would you go to have a baby? Making Babies the Hard Way is a frank account of one… couple's discovery that they cannot have children of their own, and their ensuing struggle through four years of fertility treatment. One in six couples worldwide seek assistance to conceive and 80 per cent of couples undergoing fertility treatment are currently unsuccessful. Writing with humour and honesty, Caroline Gallup describes the social, emotional, spiritual and physical impact of infertility on her and her husband, Bruce, including feelings of bereavement for the absent child, the unavoidable sense of inadequacy and the day-to-day difficulties of financial pressure. As well as telling her own moving story, she also offers information and guidance for others who are infertile, or who are considering or undergoing treatment. This courageous and poignant book will be of interest to couples who cannot conceive and those who are undergoing treatment, as well as their families and friends.
By Roger Kahn. 2012
The legendary sportswriter s memoir of Brooklyn baseball and a life in journalism … Simply put this is a marvelous book Kirkus Reviews starred review In this book the bestselling author of The Boys of Summer shares stories of his Depression-era Brooklyn childhood his career during a golden era of sports and his personal acquaintances with a wide range of great ballplayers His father had a passion for the Dodgers his mother s passion was for poetry Young Roger managed to blend both loves in a career that encompassed writing about sports for the New York Herald Tribune Sports Illustrated the Saturday Evening Post Esquire and Time Kahn recalls the great personalities Leo Durocher Mickey Mantle Willie Mays Jackie Robinson Red Smith Dick Young and many more and recollects the wittiest lines from forty years in dugouts press boxes and newsrooms A master at evoking a sense of the past A pleasing potpourri of autobiography professional memoir and anecdotal baseball history Of special note to journalism buffs is Kahn s account of his role in the inception of Sports Illustrated Booklist As a kid I loved sports first and writing second and loved everything Roger Kahn wrote As an adult I love writing first and sports second and love Roger Kahn even more David Maraniss Pulitzer Prize winning author Roger Kahn is the best baseball writer in the business Stephen Jay Gould New York Review of Books
By Herschel Cobb. 2013
The grandson of the legendary baseball player reveals another side of a fascinating severely flawed sports… icon Booklist Ty Cobb s grandson Herschel saw a side of him that very few others did While baseball fans were familiar with Cobb s infamously cold competitive nature and his relationship with his own children was deeply difficult Cobb in his later years embraced the opportunity to form a loving bond with his grandchildren during their summertime visits In this moving memoir Herschel Cobb reveals how his grandfather after the devastating loss of two sons shared his gentler side with Herschel and his siblings Herschel s own parents a cruel abusive father and an adulterous alcoholic mother filled his childhood with turmoil But Granddaddy offered the stability love and guidance that Herschel desperately needed Elegantly written and genuinely moving this story of their relationship presents a unique perspective on this larger-than-life man Publishers Weekly An unforgettable story that will alter how you feel about baseball s most demonized star Tom Stanton author of Ty and the Babe w wholly different legacy in turn he would finally come to peace with himself