Second Innings

My Sporting Life
Author: Andrew Flintoff
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 1473616565
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 288
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Fast bowler, six-hitter, popular hero, one of the lads, king of the jungle - Andrew Flintoff is all of those things. Second Innings, is his searingly honest yet uplifting autobiography, Flintoff reveals unseen, surprising sides to his career and personality. The restless need to push and challenge himself that led him to take up professional boxing. The complex and troubled relationship with discipline, alcohol and authority during his exhilarating cricket career. The search for an authentic voice as a player, free from the blandness and conformity of modern professionalism. Is Flintoff the last of his kind, in any sport? Through all his highs and lows, triumphs and reversals, this book reveals a central tension. There is 'Fred' - performer, extrovert, centre of attention. Then there is 'Andrew' - reflective, withdrawn and uncertain. Two people contained in one extraordinary life. And sometimes, inevitably, keeping the two in balance proves too much. We are taken backstage, seeing the mischief and adventure that has defined Andrew Flintoff's story. Above all, we observe the enduring power of fun, friendship and loyalty - the pillars of Flintoff's career. At ease with his faults as well as his gifts, Andrew Flintoff has sought one thing, even more than success: to be himself. If you enjoyed Do You Know What?, you'll enjoy this memoir of Freddie's sporting career.

Dispatches from the Sporting Life

Author: Mordecai Richler
Publisher: Vintage Canada
ISBN: 0307371018
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 320
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The first book to be set in the new Richler typeface, commissioned by Random House of Canada Limited and Jack Rabinovitch in memory of Mordecai. Mordecai Richler’s final book pays homage to his personal heroes and celebrates a writer’s love of sport with his trademark irascibility, humour and acuity. Even while writing his bestselling novels, Mordecai Richler nurtured his obsession with sports, writing brilliantly on ice hockey, baseball, salmon fishing, bodybuilding, and wrestling for such publications as GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, Inside Sports, Commentary, and The New York Review of Books. Mordecai himself chose the pieces to include in Dispatches from the Sporting Life, and together they give us an intimate portrait of a man who admired the players and prized the struggle of sport -- as much as he enjoyed skewering those who made a mockery of its principles. His encounters with Pete Rose, Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe (“Mr. Elbows…the big guy with the ginger-ale bottle shoulders”) are by turns bizarre, moving and uproarious. Richler travelled with Guy LaFleur’s Montreal Canadiens (“Les Canadiens sont là!”), but also with the “far-from-incomparable” Trail Smoke Eaters to Stockholm for the world hockey championships, where Canadians are “widely known, and widely disliked.” There are wonderful pieces here about Ring Lardner, George Plimpton, Hank Greenberg and lady umpires, and a marvellous essay on his unlimited enthusiasm for the all-inclusive Encyclopedia of Jews in Sports, which includes among its champions Sandy Koufax, “who may well be the greatest pitcher of all time, regardless of race, colour or creed,” as well as one Steve Allan Hertz, an infielder who played five total games in Houston in 1964 and had a batting average of .000. From the Hardcover edition.

Head On - Ian Botham: The Autobiography

Author: Ian Botham
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1407028197
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 400
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Voted the greatest English cricketer of the 20th century by the fans, Sir Ian Botham is the English game's one true living legend and his story both on and off the pitch reads like a Boy's Own rollercoaster ride. Born with a natural genius for cricket, Botham began breaking records with bat and ball from a young age and soon became the man English cricket expected most from. After a troubled period as England's captain, Botham rose once again to become a national hero with his display in the Miracle Ashes of 1981. But, with his confrontational nature and wild streak, he began regularly making the wrong kind of headlines. With accusations of drink and drugs, affairs and ball-tampering, he became hounded by the tabloid pack, never sure whether they wanted him to triumph or implode. Now a Knight and just as famous for his tireless charity work, Beefy gives us the definitive story of his never-dull life and times in his own no-nonsense words.

The Sporting Life and Other Trifles

Author: Robert Lynd
Publisher: Home Farm Books
ISBN: 1443739022
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 252
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This scarce antiquarian book is included in our special Legacy Reprint Series. In the interest of creating a more extensive selection of rare historical book reprints, we have chosen to reproduce this title even though it may possibly have occasional imperfections such as missing and blurred pages, missing text, poor pictures, markings, dark backgrounds and other reproduction issues beyond our control. Because this work is culturally important, we have made it available as a part of our commitment to protecting, preserving and promoting the world's literature.

British Autobiographies

An Annotated Bibliography of British Autobiographies Published Or Written Before 1951
Author: William Matthews
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520053571
Category: Autobiographies
Page: 376
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This Sporting Life

Author: Emilie Buchwald,Ruth Roston
Publisher: N.A
Category: Poetry
Page: 173
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An unusual collection of 100 poems by 72 American poets whose subjects are a great variety of sports.

Great Australian Sporting Moments

Author: Michael Roberts,Michael Tormey
Publisher: The Miegunyah Press
ISBN: 0522855474
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 297
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"This is a fully illustrated book highlighting some memorable moments in Australian sporting history."--Provided by publisher.

The Spice of Life

From Northumbria to World Neurology
Author: John Nicholas Walton
Publisher: Royal Society of Medicine
Category: Neurologists
Page: 643
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Calling the Shots

My Story as England Captain
Author: Michael Vaughan,Martin Hardy
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780340896303
Category: Cricket
Page: 272
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CALLING THE SHOTS covers the two year period from the time Michael Vaughan took over as England captain. This book concentrates on leadership, with Michael describing his approach to captaincy, his aims and thoughts about the various Test series, as well as his decision making and man management strategies. The book reads as a lively and entertaining narrative, whilst maintaining its informative role during the most successful period for England cricket during the past 25 years. CALLING THE SHOTS also takes us through the electrifying 2005 Ashes series. Michael Vaughan describes his hugely successful approach that led to triumph over the formidable Australian team, and how it felt to be part of one of the greatest series ever.

The History of Sport in Britain, 1880-1914: The varieties of sport

Author: Martin Polley
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9780415231374
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 5
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This five volume set is a comprehensive collection of primary sources on sports in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. At the beginning of the period few sports were regulated, but by the outbreak of the First World War organized sports had become an integral part of British cultural, social and economic life. Specialist Martin Polley has collected articles from a wide range of journals including "Blackwood's Magazine,"" Nineteenth Century," "Fortnightly Review" and "Contemporary Review," all of which reveal changing middle-class attitudes to sports. The five volumes cover the varieties of sports being promoted, sports and education, commercial and financial aspects, sports and animals and the globalization of sports through empire.

A View from the Mound; My Father's Life in Baseball

Author: T. J. Lewis
Publisher: Tim Lewis
ISBN: 1435714865
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 234
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The tale of a man who made a lifetime contribution to the all American game. How he touched the lives of thousands of young men and friends in their words and memories from high school baseball through the major leagues.The Biography of my dad, Joe "Skippy" Lewis. Interviews with Johnny Pesky, Alan Trammell, Mark "The Bird" Fidrych and More!!!!

Turning the Corner on Life

Author: Arnold Silveri
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1469183579
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 410
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Turning the Corner on Life is a book covering more than seventy years of my life. Like any other autobiography, its about family, friends, and the personal experiences we shared. It does not include every single thing that ever happened to me in my life. There are, however, numerous nostalgic references to music, movies, radio, television, sports, social /cultural political names, places, and events intermingled within the chronology of my life. Beginning with the happy carefree days I spent playing ball in the street and going to the movies. The times we went to Coney Island and Ebbets Field. The happy and not-so-happy days I spent as a teenager in junior high and hanging out on the corner. The love, loyalty, and compassion my wife, Connie, always displayedfrom our first meeting and throughout our marriageduring some tough, depressing times. And last but not least, the happiness we shared in the birth of our children and grandchildren.

Las Vegas Millionaires Club – Jayden

Author: Ava Innings
Publisher: BookRix
ISBN: 3743897741
Category: Fiction
Page: 165
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What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – oder nicht? Vivien Westwing hat genug von Männern. Ihr Ex hat sie vor dem Traualtar stehen lassen und die Wunden sind noch nicht vollständig verheilt, als ihre Schwester sie nach Las Vegas schleppt. Nach einer ausschweifenden Party erwacht Vivien neben einem attraktiven Unbekannten, der sich als ihr frisch angetrauter Ehemann entpuppt. Während Vivien davon überzeugt ist, den größten Fehler ihres Lebens begangen zu haben, denkt der tätowierte Fremde gar nicht daran, die Ehe annullieren zu lassen. Jayden hat nämlich eine Sache erkannt: In Vivien steckt mehr, als man auf den ersten Blick ahnt, und er will sie unter keinen Umständen verlieren. Ein Kampf gegen die Vernunft und um Viviens Herz beginnt.

John Clarkson

A Chapter from Ghosts in the Gallery at Cooperstown
Author: David L. Fleitz
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476602522
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 28
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An irony of enshrinement at the baseball Hall of Fame is that it’s no guarantee of lasting name recognition. The sport’s history stretches too far back, as today fans scratch their heads about athletes and owners who were among the most celebrated public figures of their time. Who was more renowned than George Wright, baseball’s greatest star during the transition from amateur to professional play? Who was more feared than Big Dan Brouthers? Maybe it was Amos Rusie, who threw so hard that some say the rules makers increased the pitching distance just to make things fair. Of the 256 players, managers and executives in the Hall of Fame, the names that are known well—Ty Cobb, Connie Mack, Willie Mays—account for a small minority. This McFarland E-Single contains biographical and statistical information on John Clarkson, who enjoyed a remarkable career—and was a remarkable story, as the author discovered. This E-Single originally appeared in Ghosts in the Gallery at Cooperstown as Chapter 8.