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81. Michael Jordan Speaks: Lessons from the World's Greatest Champion
by Michael Jordan, Janet Lowe, Rif Hutton
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Asin: 1559353082
Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
Publisher: Soundelux Audio Pub
Sales Rank: 1163867
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Hailed as the greatest to have ever played the game, Michael Jordan reigned supreme over the NBA for eleven seasons. While his achievements on the court have made him a basketball legend, his activities off the court as businessman, movie star, and pitchman have made him an American icon. In this unique biography, the author of the bestselling Speaks series sheds light on the drive and determination behind the incredible success of His Royal Airness by bringing together original Jordan quotes culled from articles, newscasts, and interviews.

Possibly the most recognized celebrity on the planet today, definitely one of the greatest sports figures who ever lived and, by far, the most effective product endorser in the history of business, Michael "Air" Jordan is the stuff of legend. But it is more than his unrivaled skill in basketball or his phenomenal success in business that have earned him the love and respect of billions. Whether on the court or the sound stage, Jordan embodies all the qualities that people most admire in a winner and role model: quiet dignity and consummate grace, driving ambition and a heartfelt sense of fair play.

In this book Janet Lowe, author of the bestselling Warren Buffett Speaks and Oprah Winfrey Speaks, offers us an inspiring look at the man behind the Michael Jordan image. Drawn from hundreds of sources, the quotes gathered together in this book reveal Michael Jordan's views on everything from sports and winning to love and family, to teamwork and individual initiative.

Here's a sample of what you'll find inside:

"People can fly. Some fly higher, that's all."

"You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you get is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise."

"My heroes were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as heroes."

"Confidence allows you to progress in something you're attempting to accomplish, whether it's playing basketball or baseball, or whether it's trying to succeed in business."

"Mental toughness and heart are a lot stronger than some of the physical advantages that you may have."--This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars excellent competitor
Michael Jordan Speaks is a very good book because Michael lets you know what he went through as he looks back at it all. As I read it I kept on thinking to myself whoa!. Mike had that God- given talent that comes naturally and he was determined to become a better player. He started to put a lot of work in and had that ability to make it. Micheal said "It's not how you start, it's how you finish." "It's not what's on you, it's what's in you." The stuff that he went through I didn't think that he would be able to conquer it. Mikes words made me think positive and how things in life will work out. His sophomore year he faced a bad thing that he felt like not playing anymore. He got cut from the basketball team. Micheal's coach felt like he wasn't ready, so he worked at it. As time went by money started to come and people were amazed on how this boy turned out to blossom.

4-0 out of 5 stars Michael Jordan Speaks
Many people know Michael Jordan as a legend, but did you know that even this legend has failed. As a sophomore in high school, Michael was cut from the varsity basketball team. Though he may have had thoughts of giving up, it inspired him to work even harder. Michael Jordan Speaks by Janet Lowey tells the story of Michael's life, and what obstacles he has overcome. Throughout the book, Michael faces many struggles, not just physically but emotionally. This sports superstar had to deal with the murder of his father, his business (Jordan), and entertaining the fans of the Chicago Bulls. No matter how bad the problem looked, he never gave up.
Follow Michael Jordan through the ups and downs of being the worlds most known person. See what it's like from growing up in a small town in North Carolina to packing NBA stadiums in almost every city he goes to. Michael has a storybook of a life, from what the general public knows. Find out what conflicts Michael came upon on his journey to the top.
Michael faces many challenges throughout his life. The most difficult challenge brought upon the superstar was the murder of his father. Though Michael did retire from the NBA after his fathers' murder, he didn't just give up. He needed a break from the spotlight while he got his emotions in sorts. Later he did return to the NBA, but in my mind that isn't even close to giving up, because he returned to the Bulls to win three Championships in a row. Michael also faced some trouble with his gambling problems. Michael denies that he has ever had a gambling problem, though many NBA officials beg to differ. Reporters have tried to get him in trouble with the contract he signed with the NBA in reference to gambling. In the end the NBA couldn't try Michael for anything because he would make bets on legal things, such as a private golf game, or a card game. Throughout the whole conflict, Michael never lost his cool to any reporter, though many reports goal in life was to try to get Michael to explode at them just to get a good story. Michael hasn't once lost his cool in the public eye, because he believes that he is someone who kids look up to. He wants to give out a positive image, so that kids will follow his lead of being a polite and respected person.
Janet Lowe took a different type of approach to writing this book. She based the book on quotes that Michael has said, and then went off on a tangent to tell his life story. It is a different type of read, but it is interesting to see what Michael is feeling in his quotes, compared to what is happening in his life. It took me a couple pages to get used to the style, but it is an interesting way to look at his life.
Through all the ups and downs in his life, Michael never once gave up or lost his cool. He kept his eyes on his goal, and remembered his role in society as a role model. Kids look up to him, and he realized it, so he wanted to set a good example for the kids to follow. Nothing was handed to Michael on a silver platter, he had to work hard and never give up to achieve the level he was at.

4-0 out of 5 stars muwhahahaaaahaa (just started readin)
I just started reading the book, spenbt about 20 minutes on it, im on page like 60 something . But its aight, gives facts and true stories about his life. Pretty tight, you find out soem interesting stuff, like he NEVER has had a job his entire life.

3-0 out of 5 stars Give Me More!
A quick and easy read about one of our true sports phenomonons. This book leaves us wanting more, infact when I finished my reaction was that now, I wanted to read a book about Michael Jordan.

4-0 out of 5 stars What more can be said about the great one
Being a fan of the game but a Knicks fan, I can say this was a decent read about Jordans career. I always had great respect for the man and think he is the best basketball player of all time. This book will let you see in writing what he did over the years. Well put together by the author and worthwhile for anyone even those who are not fans. ... Read more

82. Gentleman's Game, A
by Tom Coyne
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Asin: 0694525227
Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
Publisher: HarperAudio
Sales Rank: 1316394
Average Customer Review: 4.19 out of 5 stars
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It is the summer of 1985, and Timmy Price is a golf caddy at his father's exclusive country club. Timmy has quite a swing himself, his mastery of the game inspires awe among the membership and envy among his peers, including fellow caddy and friend Jamie Byrne. But under pressure from his well-meaning, self-made father, as well as the privileged club members, Timmy soon realizes that it isn't easy being both a rising star and just another looper in the caddy hole. Under the tutelage of enigmatic guru Foster Pearse, Timmy hopes to develop a game that will make him the state junior Champion. But his time with Pearse, and Jamie's mysterious disappearance, help Timmy realize that life's real importance lies not in wealth, status symbols, or the ability to fire low golf scores. He comes to play the game for purity, not prizes, and in doing so discovers the integrity and humility that bespeak a real gentleman.

A Gentleman's Game is an unforgettable story of fathers and sons, class and the pressure to succeed, sportsmanship, friendship, and the beguiling and bedeviling game of golf.

Performed by Dylan Baker ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A writer who plays golf, not a golfer who plays at writing.
"A Gentleman's Game" is a book by a talented writer who enjoys playing golf, rather than one by a golfer who plays at writing. For me, this book was more about the relationship between a father and a son than about golf, yet it emphasized the fact that attitudes on a golf course reflect life's experiences. Reading about a boy growing up in a country club environment and a dysfunctional family, befriending members of the seamier side of life in the caddie "hole", and watching wealthier people waste their lives, made me think of "Angela's Ashes". But the comparison was based on the emotions expressed. Tim never wanted for food or other necessities of life. But his treatment by his father, a man who felt out of place in his posh club, his troubled mother, and his disturbed brother made for a less than happy childhood. His enlightenment on the final day at golf camp, the stolen championship, and the "omerta" of those he had considered his friends, is a passage to adulthood. This is an absorbing book to read in a few session. I will look forward to more by Tom Coyne.

5-0 out of 5 stars a must read for men and woman alike....
As a woman and non-golfer, I did not expect "A Gentleman's Game" to interest me -- but to my surprise, Tom Coyne has written one of the best novels I have read in a long time. Although the story evolves in and around the golf course, this book is more about the people who play (and those who love them) than the game itself. "A Gentleman's Game" speaks to a universal audience, a story written for both men and women alike involving such important issues as race, class, and gender. Tom Coyne has written an excellent first novel-- I highly recommend it!

4-0 out of 5 stars author hits a hole in one
I grew up with a golf course so close to my home that it was not unusual to find balls that had rolled into our yard. I never understood the fascination this game held for the (mostly male) players, but having read this book, I have a better understanding.

This is the first book I can recall reading that deals with any kind of young performer where the parents were not the driving (pardon the pun) force. Instead, the author explores the impact a non-pushy parent, one who leaves the decision to excel up to the child, has on their kid. What may be surprising is that this style can have its drawbacks and inflict its not-always-subtle damage, as well as the more familiar type of coaching.

The book charts several years in a youth's life as he learns about golf, not only from the "gentlemen" he plays with, but from the caddies he works with. As the reviewers mention, he also uncovers the ugly underside of the game, and what happens when dirty little secrets are revealed very publically.

If you're a non-golfer, some of the terminology can be a bit confusing, but the book is worth a read.

2-0 out of 5 stars chili dipper
I read the book in one sitting but can't figure out why. There are too many unanswered questions. Great charactors that don't go anywhere. Nice writing style that doesn't really say anything.

Golf lends itself well to fiction but this book doesn't finish what it starts.

5-0 out of 5 stars A powerful and promising debut novel
Coyne's story is an exploration of human nature and its relationship to golf. We duffers and teeshirt golfers can find inspiration here, for it is not the aloof country-club types who own the soul of the game, but those who show up in the parking lots of public courses before dawn in hopes of getting a tee time. Coyne's writing at times lacks polish, but that seems to only add to its charm - like most of the courses I play, there are bare spots and hardpan, but you play it as it lies. ... Read more

83. How to Be a Great Golfer: A Subliminal Persuasion/Self-Hypnosis
by Barrie Konicov
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Asin: 0870824201
Catlog: Book (1985-11-01)
Publisher: Potential Unlimited (FL)
Sales Rank: 535269
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The principles of relaxation,coordination, and concentration detailed in this program ensure a superb game of golf.

The self-hypnosis is on track 1 and the subliminal is on track 2. The easy-listening music of the subliminal, together with the self-hypnosis, is the original format which most people love and with which they are most familiar. ... Read more

84. Final Rounds
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Asin: 0553478079
Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Sales Rank: 965858
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In Final Rounds, James Dodson offers a touching, heartfelt, often humorous tribute to his father and the game they both loved as he tells the poignant story of his father's last days and how they set out to celebrate them with the golf tour of a lifetime.

To James Dodson, an editor of Golf magazine and a premier authority on the sport, his closest moments with his father were on the links. With his father approaching eighty, Dodson planned a dream golf trip through England and France, where the elder Dodson had first discovered his love for the game as an airman during World War II. But when he learned his father was suffering from an advanced form of cancer, the trip took on an added urgency. For Braxton Dodson had been given only a month or two to live.

Final Rounds takes us to Royal Lutham, where Bobby Jones captured his first Open championship in 1926; to the Royal Birkdale, where the same rains that swirled around Arnold Palmer in '61 fall upon the Dodsons; to Carnoustie, where Hogan played peerlessly in '53; and finally to the legendary St. Andrews, where the younger Dodson discovers something of the secret of the game's mysterious allure over pros and hackers alike.

But like golf itself, Final Rounds is about much more than just a game: it is about a journey of discovery between a father and a son, about long-held secrets shared, and about the valuable lessons a middle-aged man could still learn from his father on the importance of life, love, and family.

James Dodson is a contributing editor and regular columnist for Golf magazine and golf editor for Departures magazine. His work has appeared in Gentleman's Quarterly, Travel & Leisure, Outside, and numerous other national magazines. He won the Golf Writers of America Award for his columns in 1995. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I could not put the book down. James was me.
As James and his Dad take a final trip to Scotland, he and his wonderful Dad get to know each other and the love for each other, which had always been there becomes very personal. Golf is the game each loves and becomes the expression of their love for each other. They communicate and connect for long or short drives, it doesn't matter. The game of golf is there spoken and unspoken language. Opti, Jame's dad, has a few months to live, and his pain is numbed by playing and being near his son. They truely connect and James reads his dads words and remembers every detail of his life. The man is certainly teeing of with Bobby Jones, Julius Boros and Old Tom Morris. Waiting and watching are Love, Strange, Watson and a host of others who have shown the same respect for the game. Every golfer who was taught the game as a child by a parent (my Mother was my Opti) will relate and cry thru the last chapter, just as I did.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most touching stories I've ever heard.
Truly an outstanding story wonderfully told. A love story about Dad's and son's that anyone with a heart will enjoy.

I listened to the tapes on a long trip. Upon returning home, the last tape was not complete so I sat in the car for 30 minuites to hear the end

5-0 out of 5 stars Poignant and relevant to father-son relationships and golf
Even though I'd read the book, I recently bought the audio for a new long commute. James Dobson's reading of his own words is a poignant description of the journey he and his father make towards the end of their relationship. As with many aspects of life, golf and this journey reflect upon each other. The goals on the course mirror those in life; balance, harmony, relaxation while trying to achieve important goals. James Dobson narrates this journey, on and off the golf course, with compassion and humor. It has helped me in my thoughts about both golf and my father.. ... Read more

by Harvey Penick
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Asin: 0671553143
Catlog: Book (1996-05-01)
Publisher: Sound Ideas
Sales Rank: 797705
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The final work from the legendary teacher.

His gentle demeanor and timeless wisdom made Harvey Penick America's best-loved teacher of the game of golf. At the time of his death in April 1995, Harvey was well along in the work on this, his fourth book of golf instruction. Like his classic Little Red Book, The Game For a Lifetime is filled not so much with swing tips and stance aids, but with a timeless philosophy that seeks to improve your play by improving how you feel about your game.

Harvey tells us about the different methods he used to help his pupils find twenty more yards off the tee; about the sweet-swinging students whose swings he could remember and recognize without having seen them for thirty-odd years; and he advises the seasoned golfer -- whose seasoning is measured not in years, but in experience on the links and at the practice tee.

Harvey always said that he knew that his teachings have stood the test of time. His was truly a lifetime spent pursuing the best the game has to offer us: physically, emotionally, spiritually. The Game For a Lifetime is a fitting testament from this remarkable man. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic Help From the Beginning
I was given this book by my dad when I made my high school golf team and I can honestly say it's the one thing that got my game on track. From the minute I read the first page, I was hooked. His lessons make so much sense, and his love for the game enlightens you as you read it. From the greenside bunker shots, to the "waggle" before a swing, this book has it all. The choice of words Penick uses and his approach to teaching are very unique, yet beautiful. He teaches the person, not the swing. I reccommend this book to anyone who wants to better their game as well as their life. A MUSTREAD FOR GOLFERS!

5-0 out of 5 stars You must add this book to your Penick collection.
If you enjoyed Harvey's other books, you'll also enjoy this one. My wife ordered it for my birthday, and I couldn't put it down. There are more interesting anecdotes and golf wisdoms from golf's greatest all-time teacher. Like his other books, you feel as if you're sitting with him in his golf cart under the shade of a big old pecan tree at his beloved Austin Country Club. It's a quick read, and the stories he tells will stay with you on the golf course forever. Thanks, Harvey. ... Read more

86. Chicken Soup for the Golferªs Soul: Stories of Insight, Inspiration and Laughter on the Links (Chicken Soup for the Soul (Audio Health Communications))
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Chrissy Donnelly, Mark Donnelly
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Asin: 1558746617
Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Health Communications
Sales Rank: 797259
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars a must for golfers
This read with the 101 different short stories and catchy quotes was very entertaining. I especially liked the one with the little girl that was playing by herself and carded a hole in one, unwitnessed, until the engineer of a passing train(the course boardered a nearby railway)sent a well wishing letter to her at the course. This and many others typify real golf experience to us golfers. If you golf, do yourself a favor and read this.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you love golf, this is for you.....
I have read many of the books in the Chicken Soup Series but this one really hits home! I am a golfer and everyone who plays the game will tell you that golf is a metaphor for life. These short essays really capture the essence of the game. I suggest that everybody start with the essay entitled "A Wing Grew Back" written by Jay Gearan. It is skillfully crafted and immediately draws the reader into the inspiring story of the challenges confronting a handicapped golfer. I certainly hope there will be a second helping of Chicken Soup for the Golfer's Soul and hope to see more work done by Gearan. Kudos for a job well done!!!!

2-0 out of 5 stars OK, I Guess
Why can't books of inspiration and insight have some humor that illustrates the points being made. I found this tape to be maudlin and overwrought with poignancy which did not inspire me nor shed any new insights. The stories were ok, but there is a lot more to golf than what I heard on this tape. Needless to say, I was disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Being There strikes home!
All of the stories were wonderful but "Being There" by Don Didio hit close to home. It brought back memories of my own father and what a great man he was. This story evoked feelings and memories that will last beyond time. Thank you Don!

5-0 out of 5 stars God does not subtract the time playing golf
My father GR O'Gara shows up on Page 74 and He has been up playing in heaven for Five Years! He would like to thank the person who put his quote in the book. He Loved God,Family and Golf,not always in that order! Just kidding! ... Read more

87. A Golfer's Life
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Asin: 037540578X
Catlog: Book (1999-03-16)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Sales Rank: 298031
Average Customer Review: 4.48 out of 5 stars
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There has never been a golfer to rival Arnold Palmer. He's the most aggressive, most exciting player the game has ever known, a dynamo famous for coming from behind to make bold last-minute charges to victory. To the legions of golf fans known around the world as Arnie's Army, Palmer is a charismatic hero, the winner of sixty-one tournaments on the PGA Tour and still going strong on the Senior PGA Tour. But behind the legend, there is the private Palmer--a man of wit, compassion, loyalty, and true grit in the face of personal adversity.

Writing with the humor and candor that are as much his trademark as his unique golf swing, Palmer gives us the deeply moving story of his life both on and off the links. He recounts his friendships (and rivalries) with greats of the game, including Jack Nicklaus, hisenduringly happy marriage with Winnie, his legendarytriumphs and his titanic disasters, and his valiant battle against cancer.Returning to the Senior PGA Tour with unmatched zeal after his recovery, Palmer reminded fans of his unfaltering heroism--and the world of golf is thankful.

From small-town boy to golfing legend, Arnold Palmer has lived one of the great sporting lives of the twentieth century. Now, with the help of acclaimed golf writer James Dodson, he has created one of the great sports autobiographies of our time.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Arnie's charisma and bold game put golf on the map.
Arnie's book is well-written, entertaining, and great reading. It unveils the nuances that enabled Arnie to be the man who hoisted TV golf on his shoulders and elevated the game to the status it enjoys today. The book is well-balanced in that it reveals Arnie's roots, both golf-wise and developmental, growing-up in Latrobe PA and his conflicted relationship w/his father, Deacon Palmer. Arnold's love of life, fierce competitiveness,and his charsimatic personality are all thoroughly revealed in this terrific book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Five for Arnie Only
I have to give this five stars because Arnold Palmer is my all time, all time sports idol, but I think the writing could have been better. That is evident in the people who thought Arnie was not candid about his feelings on Jack. In numerous other accounts, those feelings are explored in depth, so if there is a problem in that regard it is a failing in the author, not in Arnie. Also, I disagree that he doesn't see Jack as the best of all time, because he's said that numerous times. If there was rancor there on Arnie's part, it was probably because he felt that in Jack's younger days he didn't respect the fans enough, which is probably why I sense some rancor in some of the things Arnie now says about Tiger. In any event, this is a purely classy guy, who deserves all the accolades he's gotten, and this book gives a good glimpse into his soul.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Caretaker of the Game Recalls His Life
This is fine book about a man with deep principles that have continued to deepen and nourish his life. What a life! From golfing legend to aviator to business entrepeneur to course designer to philantropist to family man to cancer recoverer et al.

One of the true heroes of our time. Growing up with this guy, we baby boomers need one like this to exude what it truly is about -- not the titles or record or such, but how one played the game and treated others.

Such neat memories from AP's life: earning nickels hitting over the ditch for ladies when young; his detest for media's microscopic view; his leaving the French Open after being mistreated by the Frogs (guess things never change); his opinion of the PGA's historical problems; his committment to his word; his enjoyment of piloting immediately after tournament, whether win or lose.

Guy is first class and leaves us with much to emulate and pass on. His family roots run deep and it's evident. Maybe influence some parents to such as well.

More enjoyable read than assumed. This guy has given so much to the development of the sport we love. His views should not be lightly glanced over.

5-0 out of 5 stars A top-rate book for any sports follower
Palmer deserves his reputation as one of the most respected figures in professional sports. This book, with its down-home style is far above the mind-numbing blow-by-blow accounts of careers hardly justifying the ink and paper which clog the sports book shelves. For this, his collaborator, golf writer, James Dodson, must be due for a large share of credit. Arnold Palmer looks back over a fantastic career with no lack of humility, but with personal glimpses in sufficient depth to maintain the interest at all times. But more than this, Palmer gives fascinating insights to his business life and associations with the famous in other fields, from presidents to show business personalities, to his fellow-golfers over six decades, always making it clear that his first love is his family. Palmer may be a little old-fashioned in his outlook for some of today's readers and indeed the schmaltz might be a little thick at times, but this still rates as a sports book of excellent quality.

2-0 out of 5 stars A good book if you want to get to know Mr. Palmer.
No doubt Arnold Palmer will always live in the history of golf's greatest players. This is a great book if you want to see the golfing world through a player out on the tour during the days before all the hype and sponsors. Palmer's raw talent has always been his strongest asset on the golf course, and his warm, wonderful personality shines through in this book. The only thing that this book lacks is that page-turning component that keeps one from putting the thing down. Despite it's few boring points, I would still reccomend it if you want to know about the man. ... Read more

88. You're Out and You're Ugly, Too
by Durwood Merrill
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Asin: 0786113057
Catlog: Book (1998-06-01)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Sales Rank: 2830284
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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After decades of abuse and spittle, Major League umpire Durwood Merrill strikes back with some pretty incisive, funny, and no-holds-barred anecdotes. When his book stays in the game, it's a real hoot, light and folksy; how can you not laugh with a guy who can admit that "Folks around the American League say I've sent a few pitchers to the Hall of Fame before their time because my strike zone tends to swell like George Steinbrenner's ego"? It's his own ego, though, that has him swinging for the seats and coming up short; he's not much of a memoirist. Thankfully, like a good umpire, he keeps his personal interference to a minimum and mostly sticks to business, offering some tough prescriptions for what ails the game, and some solid dissection of the intricacies of his craft. His thoughts on Pete Rose might lead you to believe that Charlie Hustle is the book's title character. -- Jeff Silverman, Sports editor ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars You can't write and your publisher stinks too.
Somebody messed up badly. Being an amateur baseball umpire I am biased towards umpires in general and those in baseball in particular but Merrill does not do himself and his profession justice. The ghostwriter, assuming there was one, must have been drunk and illiterate and the publisher too lazy, or do we call that cost conscious, to proof read the manuscript. I ended up reading a book that should not have been published and does not do justice to a man who became an umpire in a different and much tougher era. The book does not do him justice, god rest his soul. Maybe the publisher could be so kind and honor him with and revised edition.

4-0 out of 5 stars Some very funny stories, and some that are serious, too.
When I first bought this book, I wasn't quite sure what to think. I had heard a few negative things about it, and kind of had a prejudice against it. Boy, was that wrong! I found this to be a very funny, lighthearted read (for the most part). There's some really wonderful insights into what it takes to become a big league umpire - never quite realized all they went through in "Umpire boot camp" (my term). It's not all fun and games, there's a few stories about how an umpire friend of his was attacked and crippled on the streets of Dallas, and the latter part talks a lot about his charity works.

A great book - funny, light, and to be honest, something that surprised me in a very good way. What was personally annoying was that after I read this (during the last month of the 99 season), I wanted to watch Durwood, and then he up and retires during the playoffs (and then died a short time later). Damn. Really wanted to see him after reading his book. Oh well. Check it out, a good light read.

4-0 out of 5 stars RIP Durwood
Durwood Merrill just passed away today, after suffering a heart attack last Sunday. Godspeed, Durwood.

4-0 out of 5 stars You'll hesitate the next time you "boo" an umpire.......
It's a light read, but Durwood is very colorful and sincere in his writing. I felt as if he was my Grandpa sitting next to me telling me these wonderfull stories. You'll enjoy it even if you're not a baseball fan.

If you ARE a baseball fan. You'll hesitate the next time you "boo" an umpire at a game. (but only for a second or two)


5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Book!!
His stories are so descriptive and colorful you feel like you're right there. I would like to see him umpire a game sometime in person. One of the best sports books I have ever read. It gives you a different outlook on the game of baseball. When is his next book coming out? ... Read more

89. America's Dream Team: The Quest for Olympic Gold
by Chuck Daly, Alex Sachare
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90. When the Boys Came Back: Baseball and 1946, Library Edition
by Frederick Turner, Ian Esmo
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91. Baseball Anecdotes
by Daniel Okrent, Steve Wulf
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Catlog: Book (1991-01-01)
Publisher: Harper Audio
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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A lavish feast of baseball facts and legends from the earlier organized games through the present day. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Great book for baseball fans on the east coast
This book does a great job of telling stories about Yankees, Red Socks, and the Yankees.

This book has a lot of history and, unfortunately, a lot of actual quotes (profanity and all)!Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, I just can't let my son read it.

There was more listed in the book about Steinbrenner's early years as the Yankees' owner than the decade of the Big Red Machine and the oldest professional baseball team combined.I admit that I am a Reds' fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fun stories from the national pastime
Here is a treasury of great stories from the game of baseball. Collected and ordered from the 1800's down to today. You see some of the great characters from the game, and a look back to simpler times. Some very amusing stories are sure to keep you interested.

2-0 out of 5 stars Semi-Interesting Anecdotes, Not-So-Crisply Told
This is not a bad book: It's just very sluggisly paced without much style. In the hands of real sportswriters it could have been a gas. The authors are far too reverential: Cooperstown to them is some kind of holy shrine,and anyone with even a smidgen of skepticism is an Unbeliever. Hey, it'salready late 1998. Why write like it's 1958?

4-0 out of 5 stars The PBS Series Without Photos
For those of us who love the history of baseball as much as the game itself, this is a, "must get".

I found all the anecdotes from the PBS Ken Burns documentary "Baseball" here plus a bunch thatdidn't make it.(You may recall, that Daniel Okrent was heavily featuredin the PBS series)

The only missing element that would cause me to bumpmy ratings to 5 stars would be(you guessed it) photos.

With theunearthing of Charles Conlon's negatives they would have a trove of other18,000 images to choose from - most of which have yet to be published inthis half of the century. (Only a fraction of these incredible images madeit into the Abram's book, "The Golden Age of Baseball")

Ofcourse, this would drive the cost of the book up and possibly detract fromthe wonderful stories here - I wonder out loud if it isn't perfect just theway it is...

Never the less, you will be all the poorer if this book innot in your baseball library, photos or not!


5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Baseball Book you can find
This book is truly the best historical baseball book you could possibly read, in my opinion not intended to be read cronologically but rather reading the anecdotes whenever you feel like it, it's funny, charismatic and it would make an incredible gift for the true baseball fan, it's for kids, adults, seniors and everyone who really apprecciates baseball like I do ... Read more

92. The Progress of the Seasons: Forty Years of Baseball in Our Town
by George V. Higgins
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Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Grandpa has some pull in heaven
I have not received the book yet. I would like to think I came across this book by the hand of God. My father passed away this past May. He was a Red Sox fan his whole life, even though he had never seen them win a World Series. I have bought this book for my sons who are Yankee fans. I am going to write them a letter signing it Love Grandpa. So many of my father's friends and families could not believe that a man waits his whole life for his team to win and dies on the year it happens. My youngest son said that pop was in heaven asking God to take the curse off Boston and God seemed to have listened to him. Hoping pop did not ask God to put the curse on his Yankees. In memory of my dad, I hope this book will be a 5 star book to my sons.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dan Shaughnessy wishes he could write like this
Not only the best book I've ever read about the Red Sox and what they mean to their fans, but the best book I've read about baseball and the significant place it has in our lives, whether we are aware of it or not. His referral to The Boss as 'King Steinbrenner the Odious' is as fitting a moniker of that man as I've ever heard. Simpy a shame so many of Higgins' books are out of print.

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Magnificent
George Higgins has done a great job of opening up the world of baseball, as well as tradition, life, and the passion the game holds. I thoroughly enjoyed this book ... Read more

93. Second Coming: The Strange Odyssey of Michael Jordan-From Courtside to Home Plate and Back Again
by Sam Smith
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Catlog: Book (1995-11-01)
Publisher: Harper Audio
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Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A very revealing book
I agree with back and forth. People who slam the book are biased. MJ has a good and bad side, and the people who whine are probably his fans or have shares in his company. The problem is players from different eras can't be compared. How do you compare Oscar Robertson to Earvin Johnson? You can't...but you can compare them relative to the players in their era, to players they played against, and compare their relative greatness to the relative greatness to the players from other eras. Compare Michael to others relative to his contribution of others...don't just compare scoring, or Dominique Wilkins would be surely better than Bill Russell...only a misinformed or ignorant NBA basketball fan would think something as preposterous as that. Kudos for Sam Smith and taking off the kid gloves. If the book is all trash journalism, why didn't Michael sue for slander or defamation of character? There must be some truth to it.

3-0 out of 5 stars back and forth
I have mixed feelings about Michael Jordan. On the one hand, he is a great athlete. I respect his work ethic. He has turned in a number of great performances and is no doubt one of the greatest to have ever played the game of basketball.

There is a flipside. Michael Jordan got all kinds of special treatment while he was in the NBA. He was the first player I noticed who was granted all kinds of trips to the charity stripe because of unbelievably, ticky tack calls. He scored at least ten points a game at the free throw line from bogus calls. It was great when there was a picture session for 'greats of the game' with Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan. Magic told Larry not to stand too close to Michael or they might call a foul. In front of reporters and television viewers, that was a classic comment by Magic. I believe Mike got 99% of all calls in his favor because he was such a cash cow for the NBA. Dominique Wilkins was robbed of a slam dunk championship when Mike scored a perfect 50 doing the same dunk Dr. J did years before. I doubt Dr. J ever received a perfect 50 for it. Dominique's dunk was much more impressive, and he received a 49.5. Please. Mike got in a fight with Reggie Miller, and only Miller got suspended at first. Only after there was an outcry did Mike get suspended. How are Mike's punches different? Mike elbowed Kevin Johnson to the ground for all to see, and Kevin was called for blocking!

I am not too impressed that the bulls beat the lakers in the NBA finals. Magic was double teamed every game every minute he was in. On top of that, James Worthy and Byron Scott were injured. Magic and Larry never won three championships in a row because the competition, teams, and players in the 80s were much better than the nineties. Luc Longley, Will Perdue, Bill Cartwright, or Bill Wennington stopping Kareem? Ha!

Sport Magazine recently had a piece on the ten greatest moments and ten greatest players ever in the NBA. Mike was ranked number one all time player. Kudos to Mike for mentioning in 'For the love of the game' that to pick a "greatest ever" is impossible because of all the different eras and evolutions of basketball. The nineties bulls were given three of the ten greatest moments in NBA history. This is just more Mike bias. Give me a break. There are hundreds of classic and amazing moments in NBA history. One of the moments picked was Mike beating the Jazz in the final minutes of his last game. He put his hand on Bryon Russel's backside and shoved him out of the way. Then Mike made the game winnig shot. All eyes were on Mike, but the ref did not make the obvious call.

There is also Mike's arrogance. According to him, Wilt Chamberlain was a fluke eventhough Wilt was a great all around player. He made a comment about Magic and Larry reaching a 'certain level of greatness' and that the two were not good on defense. What? Are we talking about the same Larry Bird? Shaquille Oneal is also much better and much improved than Mike gives him credit for. Shaq has turned into a solid defender, passer, and he works hard at both ends of the floor.

Mike's corporate poster boy behavior is laughable. He did ads for AT&T and then MCI. The Wayans family is also split between the two companies. Mike talked about the enviroment in Rayovac ads and then pitches hot dogs? Mike is not the only athlete who will pitch anything and everything to make millions. I wonder if Mike has checked into Nike's labor practices.

Players like Mike and Charles Barkley soured me on the NBA. Charles played like a thug and got away with it because he was a star. Plus, Charles insisted on wearing number 34 at Philadelphia eventhough it was retired for NBA great Billy Cunningham. The star treatment and inflated egos has grown old, and that has turned a lot of people off to sports. I miss the Lakers and Celtics match ups of the 1980s.

4-0 out of 5 stars Michael Jordan book review
"Second Coming: The Strange Odyssey of Michael Jordan - from Courtside to Home Plate and Back Again," by Sam Smith, is a biogarphy about Michael Jordan. It starts out a little before he won his first NBA championship with the Chicago Bulls. It tells about the seasons leading up to his retirement in October of 1993. Through that time, the author talks about the next two seasons. It talks about Jordans' personality at the time, and some of the problems he was having to deal with. It profiles Jordans' gambling troubles and the troubles he was having with the media. This book is similar to the book "Tiger Woods: The Makings of a Champion." These two books are very similar because of their genre. They are both biographies about famous sports stars. The only difference between the two is that the Tiger Woods book talks more about his childhood than the Michael Jordan book does. I thought that this book was very good. I liked it because I really liked the structure of it. I thought that it was really easy to read because it goes in a logical order. I think that since it has good order, this serves as a good model for writing. There really is not much imagery in the book because it is a biography. I thought that this book was very good because it tells a lot of good stuff about Michael Jordan's professional career. I think that one thing that this book lacked was information on his personal life. I think that I could have realated better to the story had there been more personal info on him. I think that anybody who likes to follow Michael Jordan would enjoy this book very much. Overall I liked this book a lot and I hope to read more books by this author.

2-0 out of 5 stars Tabloid trash disguised as sports journalism

There is a type of sports fan endemic to Chicago: guys whose formative years spanned decades of losing seasons, guys who never learned the ups of fandom, just the downs, until the only joy they could take from professional sports was the cynic's pleasure of having their low expectations fulfilled. Guys, I admit it, like me. When a winner does finally appear in a city like Chicago, these fans react like albino fish brought up into the sun from the lightless depths, blinking uncomprehendingly: they know something is happening, but nothing in their experience tellsthem how to react. The good news is that most of us recover from the shock after a year or two, and that most of us don't become professional sportswriters. Then again, there's Sam Smith.

Smith's "Second Coming" purports to be a hard-nosed examination of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during Jordan's "retirement" from the NBA following the death of his father, Jordan's travails as a minor-league baseball player and subsequent return to basketball, with (at first) less-than spectacular results. A sequel to "The Jordan Rules", Smith's first uncensored-behind-the-scenes look at the Bulls during their early-'90's title runs, this book is both less shocking -- you only have to open any week's sports pages to realize that today's pro atheletes are not choirboys -- and more mean-spirited than its predecessor.

If Sam Smith were an NBA player, he'd be Bill Laimbeer: moderately talented, but cursed with a congenital inability to pass up a cheap shot (Smith takes gratuitous aim at everyone from the Bulls' TV announcers to Madonna) and the obnoxious habit of feigning bafflement that anyone would take offense (Smith is shocked, *shocked* that Jordan and others had less-than positive reactions to "The Jordan Rules").

There's no doubt that many aspects of professional sports are open to criticism, and Michael Jordan is no exception. But "Second Coming" provides little criticism and lots of tabloid-style dirt-dishing. Smith reports the facts of Jordan's gambling sprees (by far the most legitimate fan concern covered), but then sabotages his own credibility by mentioning every scurrilous rumor, most of them proven to be false, that followed those events and the shooting of James Jordan. I held on as Smith hammered away at his theme -- that Jordan was too old, too selfish, and too poor a leader for his comeback to be successful -- waiting for the "bonus chapter" (added to the paperback edition) on the Bulls' historic '95-'96 season. How would Smith explain his remarkable lack of predictive skills? He wouldn't, preferring instead to concentrate on the antics of Dennis Rodman.

If you want to know more about the dark side of professional sports, and maybe even do something about it, read Mike Lupica's scorching fan manifesto "Mad as Hell". If you want to read about Jordan and the Bulls, buy Bob Greene's sublime "Hang Time" and its sequel "Rebound". Lupica may be a bit overinflated and Greene a little too uncritical of his subject, but at least neither of them have forgotten the reasons why we started watching the game in the first place ... Read more

94. Friendly Matches (Puffin Audiobooks)
by Allan Ahlberg
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95. Comeback
by Dave Dravecky
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Catlog: Book (1990-04-01)
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The inspiring account of San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky tells the story of his faith in Jesus Christ and his determination to come back to his sport. He has courageously overcome repeated tragedies caused by cancer surgery, and many have already embraced his monumental story. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring Story of the Comeback and Never Giving Up
I've always been a big Dave Dravecky Fan, and I knew his story from what I read in the news and saw during the events of this time period. Reading about his life, his thoughts and insights on the world around him was inspirational. He loved baseball so much, that he did whatever it took to be the best. Dravecky was a man of great faith-he makes many references to thanking Jesus Christ for the opportunities and never blamed Him for the obstacles. His never say die attitude is one I wish more athletes and general public would adapt as their own.

This book follows a timeline from his childhood and minor league struggles (briefly) to his major league success and then his battle with cancer in his deltoid muscle, and finally, his return to baseball. It is a very quick read and one of the better athlete autobiographies I have read.

5-0 out of 5 stars A True Story of Hope.
I remember I read this as a freshman in high school, and I was blown away. He talks about his struggles with cancer. What a witness when he told the doctors and nurses that God was in control of the operation on his shoulder! An awesome witness to anyone who may feel down on their luck. He talks about his relationship with his brothers in Christ, Atlee Hammaker and Scott Garrelts. What an awesome testimony!

5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC
A must read for every athlete - both Christian and non-Christian. Dave is an inspriation. I have read the book six times over the years and have never found a book by an athlete better. To top it off, Dave is as nice of a guy in person as he is in his book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most inspirational
A very uplifting book about Mr Dravecky's battle with cancer. More than just an athlete centered book, this details his struggles and triumphs with this very debilitating disease.

4-0 out of 5 stars Both interesting and inspirational
Dave Dravecky wrote an inspiring book after his first bout with cancer and amazing comeback to professional baseball. The writing is better than in most athlete-authored books. Most sports fans know that the cancer returned, and Dave lost an arm to it. The follow-up story is revealed in subsequent books authored by Dave Dravecky and his wife Jan Dravecky. I think readers will be uplifted by any of these books. ... Read more

96. Golf: The Competitive Edge
by Images
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97. "Lady in the Locker Room": Uncovering the Oakland Athletics
by Susan Fornoff
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4-0 out of 5 stars A good read for Bay Area sports fans.
A fun read. As someone who grew up in the Bay Area (Berkeley) and raised on the Oakland A's, this was a fun look back at some of my childhood heroes. Loses focus a little bit here and there, but a must read for anyone who loves the A's. ... Read more

98. Faithful Travelers
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James Dodson, in his probing, soft Southern accent, tells the story of driving across the United States with his daughter Maggie in search of the perfect trout stream and solace from his impending divorce. Musical interludes reflect the unfolding journey (fiddle music in the South, Native American rhythms in the West), adding yet another layer to an audio chronicle that is already rich in historical and personal context. Maggie herself reads a passage from her journal, lending the perspective of a 7-year-old to her father's narrative of their camping trip, which takes them from Maine to Yellowstone and back (additional excerpts from Maggie appear in the book). The sum of these elements is a truly poignant listening experience. Dodson's knowledge of American history, his attention to landscape and people, his willingness to explore his faith and failed marriage, and his unshakable devotion to his family and fly-fishing make him a fine traveling companion. (Running time: six hours, four cassettes) -- A.E.D. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A gentle, charming tale
If you are expecting to learn a lot about fishing, or about human relationships and all those difficult questions, this is not the book for you. But if you want a well written, charming story of a father and daughter trip out west, this is a great read. It manages to avoid being over sentimental, raises a few interesting questions, doesn't pretend to have the answers but ripples by as enjoyably as a relaxing day on a good stream.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very touching for fathers with little girls
This book represents the how we (fathers of daughters) feel about the fear of having our little girls grow up and away from us. I'm a new father and this book drives home my priority to spend every minute with my little angel.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding--great to see such talent in an old classmate
Congratulations to Jim Dodson! -- someone who I knew, unfortunately not well enough, in high school. Have been promising myself for quite some time to begin writing. You, and the inspiration delivered daily from my (new) son Alex, just might be the catalyst.

3-0 out of 5 stars A Tepid "Heartwarmer"
As a divorced flyfisherman with a 7-year old daughter named *Megan*, you'd think I would have loved this book. Indeed, I shelled out the cost of the hardcover based on the similarities between Dodson's book and my own life. Unfortunately, I felt that the book rambled as much as their journey - it reads more like a transcription of Dodson's journal than a coherent narrative. As with any long drive, it's always touch-and-go whether the highpoints outweigh the hours of monotonous driving. That having been said, Dodson has a keen eye for detail and some of his scenes, as well as the letter to his daughter, are excellent. Just don't get your hopes up too high.

5-0 out of 5 stars 20th Century Literature at its best
20th Century Literature is usually a term reserved for gaudy, existential, stream of consciousness drivel that lays down a subjective take on the sensuality of the day we live in without attempting to make any sense of it. I found this book to be a refreshing departure, a very human story told by I man I find easy to understand as he tries to make sense of situations that I find all too easy to relate to. Most importantly, there is an overriding sense of value, love, worth, interdependence, and genuine warm humanity. I don't feel an attempt to encapsulate a brief series of experiences to wring the emotion from it in a sensational or glamorous way, but rather a down to earth exposition of real life, told with a feeling of assurance that it does all tie together, life does have meaning, it does make sense, love is real, if a bit poignant, someone is watching over us, the past has validity, and there is definite reason to have hope and positive expectations for the future. A beautiful book. Don't miss it. ... Read more

99. Yogi Berra's Favorite Baseball Radio Shows with Booklet (Legends of Radio)
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100. Playing Baseball (4061)
by Bob Schneider
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