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121. Pennant Races
by Dave Anderson, Bob Costas
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Asin: 088646370X
Catlog: Book (1994-09-01)
Publisher: DH Audio
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122. Sacred Hoops Spiritual Lessons Of A Hardwood Warrior : Spiritual Lessons Of A Hardwood Warrior
by Phil Jackson
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Asin: 067156854X
Catlog: Book (1995-12-01)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Sales Rank: 396283
Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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"Not only is there more to life than basketball, there's a lot more to basketball than basketball." -- Phil Jackson

One of the most successful coaches in NBA history, Chicago Bulls head coach Phil Jackson provides an inside look at the higher wisdom of teamwork with Sacred Hoops -- Jackson's philosophy of mindful basketball and his lifelong quest to bring enlightenment to the competitive world of professional sports.

A new paradigm of leadership based on Eastern and Native American principles, Jackson's approach flies in the face of the egoistic, winner-take-all attitude that has changed the face of American sports. Rather than winning through intimidation, Jackson -- who describes himself as a Zen Christian -- stresses awareness, compassion and most of all selfless team play. Filled with stories about Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc and other members of the Bulls, Sacred Hoops reveals how Jackson directs his players to act with a clear mind; to respect the enemy and be aggressive without anger or violence; to live in the moment and stay calmly focused in the midst of chaos, so that the "me" becomes the servant of the "we."

In Sacred Hoops, Jackson takes us inside the mind of the thinking man's coach as he builds one of the greatest teams of all time. Not just for sports fans, this inspiring memoir is for anyone interested in the potential of the human spirit. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Thorough Review of Sacred Hoops
Phil Jackson's autobiography Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior, can inspire all people on every level. It illustrates mindfulness along with Jackson's Zen technique of living in the "NOW". He gives true-life examples from his experience of coaching the famous Chicago Bulls to six championships in the 1990s. His details of coaching such players as Michael Jordan and others bring excitement to the novel, while also intertwining spiritual and mindful lessons with the action. Jackson teaches ways to broaden and strengthen one's mind, and he explains his truly unique gift of using your maximum potential everyday. His book focuses on the strength of the mind when it is clear and not bogged down with unhealthy emotions like anger, frustration, and hate. He shows that you can make everyone around you better by having calm emotions and working with each other to make everyone more successful. He speaks on a very deep and symbolic level which is sometimes hard to understand and comprehend, but his basketball similes and metaphors clear a path to understanding his true meaning. This National Bestseller demonstrates truly thought-provoking reading which proves the importance of control and mindfulness.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully entertaining, interesting, and informative.
Whether you are a basketball fan or not, this is an extremely enjoyable book about Phil Jackson and his coaching approach. We know that, despite his uniqueness, Phil has proved that his methods of coaching are successful. In this book, you get a peek at what he was doing and thinking while coaching the Chicago Bulls, before and immediately after Jordan's first retirement. He is quite candid also about his past as a child, a basketball player, and as a coach before he got to the NBA. He explains the evolution of his personality and personal philosophy over the span of his life. It's fascinating. I loved it, and couldn't stop reading.

Review by: Evan Finer, author of "Effortless WellBeing"

5-0 out of 5 stars Into the Mind of a Great Leader
When a person picks up Phil Jackson's "Sacred Hoops" for the first time and reads the first few chapters, he or she will find it very difficult to categorize. Is it a sports biography? Is it a guide to Zen and Native American spirituality? Is it a manual on leadership? The answer is that it is all of these things and much more.

I read "Sacred Hoops" through the lens of how it could make me a more effective leader in a school setting. I found anecdotes in this story applicable to the classroom, the athletic field, in the boardroom, and my personal life.

While "Sacred Hoops" does chronicle Phil Jackson's numerous triumphs as a player, a CBA coach, an assistant coach, and eventually as the head coach of the 3-time World Champion Chicago Bulls, the most important elements of this text are not the accolades won, but rather the means by which they were achieved. The two primary lessons of Jackson's that can be directly applied to the field of leadership is to teach one's employees/players/students about the essential nature of awareness and selflessness to the success of the organization. Of course, these two tenants were a difficult sell in the NBA during the Michael Jordan era just as they are today in the age of Kobe and the Lakers.

By educating his players on the basic Zen Buddhist principles of visualization and awareness, Jackson is able to create a workforce that is better at communicating with one another, more creative and innovative even under highly stressful situations, and more solidly unified in a "sacred" cause that they are personally and collectively invested in. A manager who could instill these values in his or her workforce will become the leader of an extremely successful and efficient organization.

It is no coincidence that Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal did not win their first NBA titles until Phil Jackson became their coach. Phil's second major theme of "Sacred Hoops"--the concept of selflessness--is the key that enabled two of the game's greatest players to finally reach "the promise land." He instills in his superstar player through the 11th and 12th man on the bench that "The power of We is stronger than the power of Me." Coach Jackson's discussion of the numerous team-building techniques that he has used over the years is the most valuable facet of Sacred Hoops for me. His schooling of his players to learn how to play with compassion instead of fear, and to reconnect with their pure love of the game of basketball is absolutely inspiring.

Reading this book in June of 2004, it is hard to imagine how torturous it must have been to work with the Los Angeles Lakers during this year's NBA Finals. The attitude projected by his star players--Kobe and Shaq--is the antithesis of the principles of awareness and selflessness that this book so passionately endorses. It does not surprise me in the least that Coach Jackson and the Lakers have now parted ways. Perhaps he will have some more time to relax in Montana and pen another insightful and spiritual tome like this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting it was so amazing, then I reread it becuase I was afraid I missed something I read it so fast! This book not only talked about coaching but about life and philosphy. I though Coach Phil was just a talented Coach with many rings, but this books explains why he wins so much! It makes you feel like you know him and it's just an amazing read, I've recommended it to friends who don't like basketball and they loved it! I recommend to everyone!

5-0 out of 5 stars Zen and the art of Basketball
This book by Phil Jackson offers an interesting insight into how he has successfully managed to incorporate Zen and Native American philosophies into his coaching style. The traditional Zen concepts of 'compassion and selflessness', 'living in the moment, 'emptying the mind' etc. might not appear to have any place in the modern sports world, but after reading this book, I am convinced that they can be applied to almost any walk of life. Phil also talks about his own internal conflicts with his very Christian upbringing and his fascination with Zen concepts and how he has finally managed to embrace both, and now considers himself a 'Zen Christian'. He walks us through the Chicago Bulls championship years using some very interesting anecdotes and aphorisms, and overall the book is a great read. ... Read more


123. The Babe in Boyland
by Fabulous Sports Babe, Neal Karlen
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Asin: 0694517542
Catlog: Book (1996-12-01)
Publisher: Harper Audio
Sales Rank: 1772393
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Fasten your seat beltsyou're in for a bumpy ride filled with the brutal and ugly people who populate sports in the 1990s!

She's bold, brash and always looking for a tussle. She's not afraid to put George Steinbrenner on hold, and she will hang up on anyone, anytime, if they don't have anything interesting to say. Dubbed "the hottest new voice in the airstream" by Newsweek, she's takensports radioby storm as the most entertaining, audaciousand the only femalesports talk-show personality in the business. She's the Fabulous Sports Babe, and if you're not already a Babe-aholic, you will be after reading The Babe in Boyland, an account of her riotous journey into the jungle of modern sports.

Nanci Donnellan, known to her legion of fans as the Fabulous Sports Babe, has been shocking and delighting sports fans for two years with her hilarious, informative, top-rated nationally syndicated sports talk show on ESPN Radio, and her TV show on ESPN2. Known for her on-air crankiness and razor-sharp insights, the Babe and her program have rocketed to success in the highly competitive and macho world of sports broadcasting, where she's the only personality to shout, "Get a job, get a haircut, get a life!" to the thousands of devotedyet annoying fans who clog her phone lines every day.

Now, in The Babe in Boyland, the Babe lets loose an uncensored blast of fresh insights and outrage in a book that is equal parts memoir, expos, and diatribe against the greedy owners, players and agents who control the world of sports. No one is safe from the always provocative Babe: golfer Greg Norman is a "golfing weasel and PR scam-meister"; O.J. Simpson a "lying, murdering bastard"; and Don Fehr, head of the baseball union, is a "disgusting sleazebag and despicable human being."

When the Babe isn't ripping into the idiots who own and play professional sports, she's providing a guided tour through her beloved airwaves, with behind-the-scenes peeks at life on The Fabulous Sports Babe Show and inspirational stories about how she kicked and clawed her way through the boys' club of sports radio from stations in Tampa and Seattle to ESPN. And what a wild ride it's been: See the Babe deftly skewer over a quarter of a million "goobers," "rich boys" and "bubbas" who call her program each month. Sympathize with her sidekick and slave, Sportsboy, who she keeps chained to the radiator and abuses mercilessly on-air. Meet Lenny the Phone Freak, the world's most outrageous call-screener. Hear how Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott's dead dog, Schottzie, helped get the Babe's assistant pregnant. Rejoice in the Babe's winning the battle against the "tree-hugging granola heads" in Seattle who like their coffee strong but not their talk-show hosts. And read what happens when the biggest names in sports, from Mike Tyson to Pete Rose to Faye Vincent, show up on-air to debate, discuss and defend themselves. Fresh, funny and wildly entertaining, The Babe in Boyland is a fascinating book by an inspiring sports personality, a tough, outrageous woman who's not afraid to yell a hearty, "Blow me!" to the phonies and jerks of the sports world.

In 1988, a gorgeous young radio personality asked her listeners if they wanted to "spend the day in bed with a fabulous babe." The rest is history. Eight years and millions of fans later, The Fabulous Sports Babe has the No.1 syndicated sports talk show in the country on ESPN Radio. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars This is the worst book I have ever read.
Poorly written, factually incorrect book about sports. Focuses more on the lettering, which goes from normal to REALLY REALLY BIG a la some children's book without warning.

But Dr. Suess appealed to a much more intelligent audience. I tried to grasp where this woman's obvious bitterness came from. Um, memo to Nanci- Bulldog Briscoe is the one they make fun of on Fraizer. There's no need to try to be the female who emulates him- or similar sports talk gabbers such as Pete Franklin and Mark Madden.

Let's see some experts from this book. Telling her life story, she said that she dropped a lot of LSD when she was 24 and "grew up a lot that summer".

You know, I thought you grew up when you STOPPED doing drugs. But this is the Fabulous Sports Babe logic that we know and love so well, and why she made that wonderful career choice to leave ESPN for the now defunct Sports Fan Radio Network.

Her favorite football coaches are John Cooper and Dennis Green, for crying out loud! Me, I like Noll and Holtz, but, hey, that's only because I like to win come the post season and don't evaluate a coach by how many softball interviews he gives you.

I love sports talk, but if you're looking for a good sports book written by a talk show host- try "You Could Argue But You'd Be Wrong" by Pete Franklin. That will have the attack mode you're looking for, actually be funny, and actually is factually correct.

Me, I'm still trying to figure out when that undefeated season that she said John Cooper enjoyed at Ohio State was . . . .

2-0 out of 5 stars Foul Mouthed And Not Very Insightful
I listened to Nanci regularly in Seattle, and generally enjoyed her show. Often she didn't let the facts get in the way of a good story, but that isn't uncommon in radio broadcasting. She was always entertaining.

I couldn't wait for her book to come out, but found myself very disappointed at the result. It is riddled with mindless vulgarity and has very little thoughtful insight into the broadcating business and sports. When in doubt, spew a few f words and hope the audience will laugh. I'm sorry, it doesn't work.

While railing against the idiocy of the average sportstalk caller, this book instead contributes to the dumbing down of the American sports fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars This book made me laugh.
I drive a lot for my job and I listen to The Fabulous Sports Babe Show on the radio every day. I bought this book(when it was available) when my father was in the hospital. I thought it would take my mind off the situation. I ended up reading it to him and we got to laughing so much the nurses all came in to see what was going on. She's the best. Great stories. I wish she would have written more about herself though. I would have liked to know her climb to the top, etc. Now, my dad is hooked and listens to her every day.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for a long car ride....she makes you laugh a lot.
The Babe tears up the rules in this one-way ride thru God-knows-what! Hold on is right! She has a charismatic way about her that is charming one minute and biting the next. She knows her stuff though and isn't afraid of making sure you know it. I read the book a few years back, but just recently purchased the tape for the car. The stories are great; the sound effects are great, her commentary is always right on the money. She makes you laugh a lot. I don't think it's really autobiographical, and I was disappointed by that. But, maybe The Babe will write another one to give her fans an inside peek at what makes her tick. I gave a copy of it to my dad for father's day. Great idea for a salesman, driver, or anyone traveling a lot. ... Read more


124. All Madden: Hey Im Talking Football
by John Madden
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Asin: 0694517267
Catlog: Book (1996-10-01)
Publisher: Harper Audio
Sales Rank: 1348178
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John Madden was a fine football coach, and he has made his name as an NFL commentator whose enthusiastic banter often includes such well-wrought turns of language as "boom," "pop," "bang" and "wow." Although he occasionally comes across as something of a wacko, he certainly knows his pro football--he just has more fun talking about it than the other guys. One of the reasons he enjoys the game is that he doesn't get sidelined with the off-field antics of today's athletes but concentrates instead on the wins, losses, tackles, and blocks. This book offers a heaping helping of Madden in the voice that you've grown to love. ... Read more


125. The Eternal Summer: Palmer, Nicklaus, and Hogan in 1960, Golf's Golden Year
by Curt Sampson
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Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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126. Fathers, Sons and Golf
by Andrew Shanley
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Asin: 1567402631
Catlog: Book (1998-07)
Publisher: Paperback Nova Audio Books
Sales Rank: 411575
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Right on the money
The book was right on the money. A lot of your words took me right out to the course and thoughts that were going through my head while playing. My son is only 13 months but I look forward to taking into advise all of the great points in your book. Look forward to reading more from you. ... Read more


127. Be Quick - But Don't Hurry : Finding Success in the Teachings of a Lifetime
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Asin: 0743503988
Catlog: Book (2001-03-01)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Sales Rank: 160557
Average Customer Review: 4.81 out of 5 stars
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Perhaps the least controversial sports honor in living memory was the selection of John Wooden as "Coach of the Century" by ESPN, honoring his ten NCAA basketball championships in twelve years. His UCLA teams won with quickness and always with class. Wooden was a teacher first and foremost, and his lessons -- taught on the basketball court, but applicable throughout one's life -- are summarized in his famed Pyramid of Success.

An all-city high school player in Los Angeles, Hill played -- a little -- in three national championships, from 1970 to 1972. Hill was upset at how unequally Wooden treated his starting players, and clashed with Wooden over a variety of social political issues.

Hill went on to a successful career in television, rising to the presidency of CBS Productions. And one day, some twenty-five years after graduating from USLA, he realized that everything he knows about getting the best out of his people he had learned directly from Coach John Wooden.

Be Quick -- But Don't Hurry! tells the story of their renewed friendship while sharing the lessons and secrets that hold the key to managing creativity in the idea-driven economy of the twenty first century. Full of sound advice and warm reminiscence, this is the management book of a lifetime. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Life, success, leadership, relationships
Andrew Hill did something that I have never seen an author do before - he wrote a loving and wonderful book about a man whom he bitterly "viewed as a teacher who had failed [him] in his class for three straight years." Hill's journey of introspection and ultimate friendship with his former UCLA basketball coach, the legendary John Wooden, is just half of this great book. The other half is John Wooden's twenty-one secrets, or teachings, for a lifetime of success. I highly recommend this unique and inspiring book to leaders and followers, teachers and scholars, coaches and players, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives.

After I read "Wooden" by John Wooden and Steve Jamison, I bought and read this book. I was initially disappointed with Hill's less-than-stellar, yet brutally honest, portrayal of a man for whom I have the deepest respect. I even thought about throwing the book away in disgust. I am glad I decided to keep it and read it all the way. I would have missed out on a truly fascinating and entertaining opportunity to learn many things that are helping me be a better person. I believe the same opportunity exists for anyone who reads this book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice book with helpful tips
Be Quick But Don't Hurry is a quick read, a pretty good book and a different take on John Wooden's Pyramid of Success that he utilized in coaching the most successful teams in the history of college basketball (UCLA in the 60's and 70's.)

Mr. Hill played for Wooden during his amazing stretch of championships as a backup. The book is basically a reflection of how, after 30 years, Mr. Hill recognized how much he learned from Coach Wooden without knowing he was being taught anything at all.

He discusses how the Secrets of the pyramid are transferable to teaching, business, management and even friendships.

The book is very personal and well written. If you are trying to become a leader or want to learn the keys to success you would gain quite a bit from reading this book. Most importantly, just like basketball, you have to apply these secrets until they become second nature for them to have a profound impact on your life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice for anyone in a leadership position
The book begins with a brief summary of Hill's introduction to Wooden and Hill realization that the only reason he's made it this far is because Wooden's teachings so ingrained in his mind from his time at UCLA and that they are applicable to all aspects of life. He relates Wooden's 21 "secrets" to his business life, and demonstrates how they guided him to the top. It's amazing how perfectly these teachings fit into regular life. John Wooden is truly an enlightened soul.

In fact, I have implemented a few of his lessons into my life already, and it has made quite a difference. In a band I have gotten together, I have gone for talent, in keeping with rule #1 "The team with the best players always wins". I have gotten the best singer, the best metal guitarist and the most unique drummer. It's incredible that Wooden's teachings even apply to a heavy metal band, something at the opposite end of his spectrum. Whenever I am selected to be in a leadership position I skim this book to better prepare myself to succeed. The way these "secrets" apply to every aspect of life where success is an issue is awe inspiring.

5-0 out of 5 stars The teachings of basketball related to the lessons in life!
Be Quick - But Don't Hurry! by Andrew Hill may be one of the most influential books I have ever read. The author teaches the reader about how to be successful in any aspect of life through the teachings of what John Wooden had taught him at UCLA. John Wooden is arguably the best coach of all time, for any sport or level of play, so it makes sense that the key to his achievement as a coach was based on a plan that truly worked. He called his "plan" the Pyramid of Success, and he enforced it upon every athlete that played for him. Andrew Hill was a great High School basketball player but did not shine in basketball as much at UCLA during the late 1960's and early 1970's, but the lessons he got out of John Wooden lead him to be a business success in the television broadcasting industry for CBS. If you are a fan of basketball, this book will interest you, because it relates basketball to succession in business, and makes the keys to business succession easy to understand. All in all, this book will teach you at least one lesson, and will probably leave you with ideas of changing your life style to achieve exactly what you want in life. This is a definite must read book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Review
This book was very well balanced. It began talking about how Andrew Hill, a high school basketball star, got the oppurtunity to play for the legendary Coach John Wooden and his UCLA Bruins. He was a bench warmer and didn't necesarily believe that Coach Wooden treated his players fairly. After college, Hill became a successful business man. Years later, he realized that he became so successful because of Coach Wooden's lessons in life through basketball. Hill does a good job of relating Coach Wooden's lessons on the court back to life in the business world. He shows that Wooden was not just teaching his players how to be sucessful in basketball, but about being successful in life. The book was very interesting and I enjoyed it! ... Read more


128. Our Game: An American Baseball History, Library Edition
by Charles C. Alexander
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129. Golf in the Zone (Smart Tapes)
by Marcia Reynolds
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Your Instruction Made a Difference
Thanks for the great audio tapes. I had been searching long and hard for anyway to improve my mental game. I figured that was the biggest part of my game that could improve. I play at most twice a month so my play has been quite erratic. After listening to your tapes, I have improved my consistency and also shot the lowest scores in four or five years. Last weekend I had three birdies on the back nine and rolled in six long putts. I could not miss. I was truly "in the zone." The only glaring error of the round occurred after a playing partner reminded me I was one over par. My mind went everywhere but hitting that next shot. I ended up in the deep rough and got a triple bogey. The following hole I collected myself and rolled inthe birdie. Thanks again. Your instruction made a great difference in my game.

5-0 out of 5 stars Golf in the Zone can help succeed at any sport.
I recently purchased the Golf in the Zone tape. I do not play golf, but am a pool player. I found that your tape was wonderfully effective in cleaning up all the demons that I carry in my head that affect my level of play. I am a "scratch golfer" in the pool world, and I have found my game has increased by about 10-20% with my new found mental skills. And, perhaps the most exciting part is that I believe I have just begun to scratch the surface. Everyday when I wake up, I do a mental tune up. I use the same tools that you did, and during the day, I continually try to visualize my ideal game. So far this mental training seems to work. Thank you for a great product, and if you have any other suggestions please let me know. ... Read more


130. Tales from the Ballpark
by Mike Shannon
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Asin: 078611634X
Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Sales Rank: 1623491
Average Customer Review: 4.43 out of 5 stars
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Now in paperback, Mike Shannon's newest collection of memorable anecdotes from the game's past and present will appeal to all generations of baseball fans. It includes priceless stories from such legends as Ted Williams and Bob Gibson as well as from modern-day stars such as Mo Vaughn and David Wells. These humorous and touching tales will delight fans for many years to come.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Simply put - a fun book!
TALES FROM THE BALLPARK is a quick read that contains poignant, funny, sad, and informative stories. All of the tales are short (one or two pages) and cover a wide range of subjects - stories about fans, the minors, umpires, old players and modern players.

If you are looking for an in depth book about baseball, this one isn't for you. But if you just want to be entertained for an evening, I would heartily recommend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining!
This book is very entertaining from start to finish. It's hard to put the book down once you start because the stories in it keep you glued to the book. The first book was great also. I just hope that Mike Shannon has a third installment in the works. There are a few glaring mistakes in the book that I must point out. Shannon refers to current Arizona 1st baseman Greg Colbrunn as "Colburn" and he states that Barry Bonds broke into the majors with the Pirates in '89 wearing number 24 when he actually entered in '86 wearing number 7, since Denny Gonzalez wore 24 back then.

5-0 out of 5 stars two for two
Shannon has done it again. How often do we read baseball anecdote books, only to skip 3/4 of the stories, having already read them elsewhere. Well, it won't happen with Mike Shannon's books! It's clear that solid research has resulted in stories that are always unique and usually hilarious. I loved it, and you will too. Check out Tales From The Dugout, too. you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars home run
Entertaining, well-written book. Vignettes range from poignant to the hilarious. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a passion for baseball and who can appreciate the author's mature and restrained style. A home run in my book.

2-0 out of 5 stars I'm Trying to be Generous with Two Stars
I guess I enjoy heavier reading in baseball books than what this book offers. It can be read in one sitting because it is easy reading and short. I have read some of these stories elsewhere and frankly I didn't find them to be terribly funny. The story told by Ted Power on missing the boating accident that claimed the lives of Steve Olin and Tim Crews and seriously injured Bob Ojeda and how it changed Power's life was the best one in the book. I guess a teen ager would find this book more interesting, but I enjoy more historical books on the game. My bookcases are filled with baseball books, but this one I will donate to my local high school library. ... Read more


131. Golf Dreams
by JOHN UPDIKE
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Asin: 0679452699
Catlog: Book (1996-08-20)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Sales Rank: 837678
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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2 cassettes / 3 hours
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Golf is neither work nor play, John Updike tells us: "Golf is a trip."

Golf has been the subject of many books and the province of many experts, but few have written as sympathetically, or as knowingly, about the peculiar charms of bad golf, and the satisfactions of an essentially losing struggle.

John Updike has been writing about golf since he took the game up at the age of twenty-five. In the nearly forty years of pleasurable bafflement that have followed, he has composed essays for Golf Digest and short stories for The New Yorker concerning the sport.

His memories, insights, and witty remarks make this a truly unique audiobook. John Updike will tell you, in his own voice and his own words, how he learned the game, plays the game, and loves the game.

Golf Dreams is also available in a beautiful Large Print Edition.Bring back the pleasure of reading.
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1-0 out of 5 stars A Horror Anthology?
I find it interesting that this book was included in the selection of Horror Anthologies.

Given the way I feel about golf, it was all too appropriate!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Writer's Wry Look at Golf's Challenges and Pleasures
I am always a little at a loss to review a work like this which has 30 essays, short stories, and poems in it, humorously illustrated by the talented Paul Szep. Obviously, in a thousand words I cannot review each work. However, there's also no relevant way to give you an overview except to say that this is much of the best writing about golf that anyone has ever done, looking beyond how to improve your score.

Let me share a few highlights with you, much like you might compliment a golf partner on the best shots in his or her round. Imagine that we are all having a tall cool beverage while I do this after finishing a long, hot round.

I thought the funniest work was "Drinking from a Cup Made Cinchey" written in 1959. Updike has obviously had a golf lesson or two, as the other works make clear. This essay is a satire on all of those instructional articles that you find in Golf Digest. Updike begins by pointing out that occasionally there's a slip between cup and lip (but he humorously avoids that phrase). So he takes the simple task of picking up a cup and drinking something from it, and writes it up in golf instructional style. I couldn't stop laughing. I think I got a better idea of the golf swing from this non-golf swing instruction than I ever did from taking a lesson!

"Swing Thoughts" from 1984 captures the problems that we all have with using the conscious mind too much, but with more self-consciousness than even the most self-conscious golfer ever had.

The part I least agreed with was "The Trouble with a Caddie." Updike doesn't like them, but I find having a caddie one of the pleasures of the game. He dislikes everything from the company to handling the tip. Perhaps it is hard for someone with a solitary occupation like writing to get over that preference for solitude. Book tours must be rough!

The best fiction was "Farrell's Caddie" from 1991 with all due respect to the Rabbit Angstrom material that is well known from the Rabbit books. It transcends golf in a valuable way.

The best poem was "Upon Winning One's Flight in the Senior Four-Ball" from 1994. Many of Updike's later works look ironically on the effects of our changing golf fortunes as the body starts to produce less and less satisfying golf. This one is very well done without having the negative tone that some of the others do, hinting at decay and death.

The book is divided ino three sections: (1) Learning the Game (2) Loving the Game and (3) Playing the Game. The works are about equally distributed among the sections.

If you're a golfer, you know that people love to give golf-related gifts but never know what to give. I suggest you solve their problem by putting this book on your Amazon.com wish list. Then on those cold winter's nights, you can curl up with this book to help you conjure up your own golf dreams!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Almighty Updike
When John Updike brings the depth and breadth of his intelligence to bear upon a subject, the light of his insight and wisdom radiates from his silky prose. One expects to be enlightened as he reviews contemporary novels or tackles current questions of theology. I didn't know what to expect from his essays on golf, but having read "Golf Dreams", I would say that Updike loves this enigmatic game every bit as much as he loves fiction, theology, and philosophy. If we find a writer's love in his attention to detail, then in these essays Updike shares his deep love not only in the details of the game itself, but in the details of playing of golf in New England and his love for his golfing companions. It is as if in a life of a writing discipline, book tours, speaking engagements, and other demands, Updike can rely upon the fidelity of his foursome and the bucolic mysticism of golf itself as a source of constant and dependable pleasure. Fortunately, because like most of us who play, Updike's pleasure does not depend upon his mastery of the game; but our reading pleasure does depend on Updike's mastery of lucid prose to express his golf dreams.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
Updike's compilation is a pleasure to read. Terrific essays especially. There is a strong bond between all obsessed golfers. You will certainly laugh aloud. This book I feel is meant a little more for the golf player than simply an Updike fan.

4-0 out of 5 stars Updike's collection of essays and short stories of golf
A collection of pieces about golf, mostly bad golf. These essays and short stories have appeared in Golf Digest & The New Yorker, so some you may have already read, BUT you haven't heard them read by the author! There always seems to be a specialness given to any piece read by the author. Though any reader may be coached to the correct inflection, the author truly knows how his story is to be read; where the pauses are, how the intonation and pacing should be. The stories themselves are from the perspective of the player, the hacker who loves the game though his scorecards seldom show the game loving him. The piece on how the popularity of the game is endangering the sport, studies the subject from many angles and shows Updike a genuine lover of the game, no matter what the condition of the course or length of wait on the tee. ... Read more


132. Paper Lion
by George Plimpton
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Catlog: Book (1986-11-01)
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In the mid-'60s, Plimpton joined the Detroit Lions at their preseason camp as a 36-year-old rookie quarterback wannabe, and stuck with the club through an intra-squad game before the paying public a month later. The result is a literary masterpiece about professional football that not only elevated the art of participatory journalism to an art form, but also remains one of the most insightful and hilarious books ever written on the game.
The Detroit Lions agreed to permit Plimpton-wearing Number 0-to join them for four weeks of training camp, and to culminate his apprenticeship by calling a series of plays in an intra-squad game in Pontiac Stadium. No holds are barred in this memorable, on-the-field look at football and how the professionals play it. Naturally, Plimpton didn't make it as a football hero; he barely affords himself a dignified account of his performance on the field, which is just as well. What remains is an enduring classic of professional football as it looks to a first-string writer trying out as a last-string quarterback.

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4-0 out of 5 stars A nostalgic look at pro football's past
George Plimpton's account of his time with the players and coaches of the Detroit Lions offers a humorously irreverent (if slightly rose-tinted) snapshot of life as a pro-football player in the mid-1960s, before the excesses of the last twenty years turned the NFL into an overstuffed media circus. As a writer for Sports Illustrated magazine, Plimpton arranged to go behind the scenes as a third-string quarterback in the team's pre-season training camp. His portrait of the Detroit players shows them not as over-indulged superstar athletes, but as ordinary men going about their jobs in the best way they can to avoid being cut from the team. At the same time, Plimpton's often-calamitous attempts to play alongside these men demonstrate the gulf that separates the professional sporting environment from that of day-to-day living. Plimpton poses no profound socio-cultural questions with his book. However, the love for the game that he and those around him display, and their shared sense of camaraderie, reminds amateur and professional alike of the intrinsic allure behind any type of sporting activity. In today's often-disheartening sporting climate, Paper Lion provides a nostalgic and highly enjoyable view of pro-football that goes some way to restoring one's faith in the game and those who play it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Paper Lion
I think this was a very good book to read. Plimpton achieved his dream and made it so an everyday perosn can realize what it is like to be in the NFL. Though Plimpton was with the Detroit Lion's spring training for 4 weeks and never got to play in an acrual game the book is filled with infromation. This book taught me that back in the 60's life was a lot simplir and the athletes were very laid back. Not like now when athletes are always making head line news and have multi-million dollar contracts. This book is also funny when Plimpton tells side stories that he encountered while with the team. Some of them were a man forgetting his helmat and running on the field and also Plimpton himself trying to practice all by himself. I like the author put the pictures in the middle, it helped to visualize the situation. Overall I think this is a very good book that any football fan will love.

4-0 out of 5 stars Paper Lion
The book Paper Lion i thought was excellent. George Plimpton achieved his dream and made the reader really understand what it is like ot be a professional football player in the mid-60's. The only difference is now football has change dramatically. All you ever hear about is the biggest football players(exceeding 300 pounds, and the media covering their every move. The book really showed me the lifesytle back in the 60's, everyone was a lot more laid back and lived a simpler life. In this book Plimpton told a lot of side stories that I thought were very funny, like the player who forgot his helmat and ran on the field, or how he practiced all by himself at the park. Over all I think this book is a good read that any football fan will enjoy no matter where they live

3-0 out of 5 stars Good read but overall unsatisfying
I was a bit hesitant about picking this one up, but my interest in sports books overcame me. I did enjoy it mostly, the highlights being the passages about George getting to ready to be the QB in the scrimmage. I think if he had actually played in the Cleveland game, then this book would end on a great note. There were interesting stories and nuggets of info about football and the preparation and how the players perform under pressure, but most of it was not too surprising. Maybe the fact that writing about football doesn't have quite the lyrical aspect as baseball does hurts the book. It was a good read, but it was missing something.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stray notes on a classic book
This classic book is the story of a "regular guy" who was allowed to try playing professional football (sort of) and lived to tell about it. Some stray notes:

(1) He wasn't really a "regular guy." Firstly he was someone who was in a position where he could actually get the opportunity to work out with a pro football team and even get into a pre-season game. And he could REALLY PLAY, a fact that is rarely recognized. It's not that he was exactly on the NFL level -- he wasn't, and this is what is usually noted about his football ability. But, he was good enough that he could actually sort of play with those guys, which very few of us could, and good enough that it wasn't obvious for some time to the "real" players that he wasn't legit. (They weren't told the actual story about him for a while.) They could tell he wasn't great and they didn't think he was going to stick with the team, but nobody thought he wasn't for real or that his presence was ridiculous. And this despite his being 35 years old, an age at which even most "real" players can't hang in there any more.

(2) However, from the book it is clear that there were times that the players regarded his utterances as ridiculous, without there being any indication that Mr. Plimpton realized it. I wonder if he ever did. A good example is some of the things he was prattling about on the bench during the game that he got into.

(3) This book is perhaps the first such intimate portrayal of the life and routine of pro football pre-season camp.

A great and classic book. Thank you, Mr. Plimpton, and rest in peace. And by the way you really could play football. ... Read more


133. Leggs United: the Phantom Footballer & Fair Play or Foul?
by Alan Durant, Eve Karpf
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Tanya's life is a mess. She's got four new brothers and sisters. Nobody in her family gets much sleep anymore, and there are diapers everywhere. Tanya deals with the craziness by writing in her diary - and there's no shortage of hilarious stories to tell! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Brothers, sisters, girlfriends, bottles, diapers... poopee!
A little bit of sunshine didn't hurt anyone. I have come back to the bright days of primary school, with all those important affairs, and that indescribable feeling of being able to live forever just as I was. I preferred to read Jules Verne, "Three Musketeers", "Winnetou" or Moomins, but then I never shied away from so-called girls' books. Now I can boast myself that I read all books of the "Anne of Green Gables" series when I was small. Now, having fallen in love with Helen Dunmore's prose (I have recently read a good old fashioned novel, "A Spell of Winter", by this author), I decided to look what else she might have written. I didn't hesitate much to buy "Brother Brother, Sister Sister", since I had a hunch that it was going to be a light, bright and shiny humorous book that would take about 20 years' burden off my back. And so it did!

"(...)And I didn't really want to go out in the playground anyway, because I'm still not talking to Rachel and it's so boring, not talking to people when you have to keep remembering about it, and everybody else keeps remembering about it and giving you little looks when you go near the other person you're not talking to.

(...) Then I saw a flicker of Rachel's red skirt. She'd just come in with Clare to get something out of her drawer. She was not looking at me in the careful way you have to not look at people if you want it to look as if you're not looking at them."

Wouldn't you be? Hey, if you have a daughter, she'll familiarize with Tanya, the heroine - in an instant. That book is all about daughters. What do we have here? Tanya is writing her diary, ever so seriously, and it just happened that her dad lost his job, and her mom gave birth to quads. And so the story begins. Very funny events, lots of lovable mess, and of course playground friendship tangles to untangle. Lovely book, I tell you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brother Brother Sister Sister
If you love to read here is a book for you.This story is about a girl about 11 years old whos mom just had four babies and she dose not seem to have any more time for her. When she gets the lead role in a school play her parents cant come. So in the middle of the play her dad comes and waits out side the window and embarrises her she loses her lines. I think this is a great book to learn how to apprechate your parents.

2-0 out of 5 stars SoSo story for teens/preteens struggling with family changes
I bought this book for an 8-year-old child whose parents recently had quadruplets, but decided not to give it to her, partly because I think it is intended for the 12-and up age group. I thought that the combination of disasters that hit this family overshadowed the theme of the quadruplets (for example, the father loses his job and they are pushed to poverty, which gives a whole new dimension to the issue of multiples). It just didn't ring true. And if they were as hard up as the book sounds, the solutions that appeared for the father could never have pulled them out.

I would find this book more appropriate and helpful for a child dealing with a loss of family income and status than a child dealing with a change in family size. I guess what I am trying to say is that this book took on too much. And if you gave it to a new big sister or big brother, it might bring up fears they didn't have before they read the book.

Also, the protagonist was not terribly likeable or sympathetic; instead of seeing the struggle a parent made to be there for her, she balked at the embarrassment of the multiple babies. I just didn't buy the general negative attitude of the girl toward her siblings (although of course by the end she has "grown" and come to terms with it) or the negative attitude of others in the community. In my experience, communities are very positive, supportive, and excited at least when a multiple birth first happens. That said, there is a very sweet situation where a neighbor helps out without being obvious about her charity.

If you had a child who was already feeling sorry for herself and neglected due to a multiple sibling situation, this could help, because the child would not feel alone with these feelings. But if you had a child who was basically feeling positive about the situation but needed some support, I think it would be better to get some sitters and take the child out one on one than provide them with this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brother, Brother, Sister, Sister
This book is about a girl named Tyana that has 2 brothers and 2 sisters. Now her best friend Racheal does not want to be Tyana's friend because Tyana had lied to Racheal. At the end of the term a new girl Natile comes and Natile lives five blocks away from Tyana. They became friends.Then later on Racheal forgives Tyana, and they live happily ever after. ... Read more


134. Tales from the Dugout: The Greatest True Baseball Stories Ever Told
by Mike Shannon, Patrick Cullen
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Asin: 0786116021
Catlog: Book (1999-08-01)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Sales Rank: 173204
Average Customer Review: 3.55 out of 5 stars
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Batter up--here comes the most memorable collection of anecdotes about the national pastime ever assembled. Tales from the Dugout brings together never-before-told stories from baseball personalities such as Roger Maris, Ken Griffey Jr., Pete Rose, Phil Rizzuto, and Gaylord Perry in this illustrated, one-of-a-kind compendium.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Quite entertaining
This is a kind of book that you would love to take with you for a short trip to the bathroom. Really, I do not mean to be insulting, but the truth is that each story is so short but crisp, and often pretty funny that it makes perfect light reading.

I especially like that Shannon tells stories of not only superstars, but also of players with true character. But I think the title is a bid overblown. Read a story about your favorite player and see if you like the rest. I enjoyed reading the stories for players that I do not even know.

4-0 out of 5 stars Baseball book delivers as promised
When I picked this book up in the bookstore, I was looking for some light reading and humorous anecdotes from the world of baseball, and that's what it looked like this book would be. Guess what? It is. Perfect to read between innings, before bed, or on the ceramic throne. Had a lot of fun reading the stories aloud to my honey, who is also a baseball fan. If you want something grittier or more in-depth, read the classic "Ball Four" by Jim Bouton. If you just want to enjoy yourself, or give a fun gift to a baseball fan, this is great.

P.S. Go Yanks!

2-0 out of 5 stars Could have been much better
Shannon's research is great, and his love of the sport comes through, but simply put the stories included aren't anything special. Anyone who has grown up listening to and loving our national pastime has certainly heard many stories much better than the ones here.

Shannon explains that his intent was not to repeat old anecdotes, but to write a book full of new ones. It's a noble goal, but unfortunately it results in a collection of mediocre and mostly uninteresting stories.

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Book, But Nothing Revolutionary
The easiest way to write a book is to have other people tell the story while you write it down and take credit. This is not meant to discredit the author, Mike Shannon. However, as a lifelong baseball fan, I already heard many of these stories. In many cases, I enjoyed reading these stories from the original source or a witness. Additionally, many of the stories chosen for the book are just not interesting.

If you like the Yankees, you will like the book. There are plenty of Yankee stories in here. If you hate the Yankees, this will make this a less than pleasurable read. I particulary enjoyed reading the Marge Schott stories. The exploits of the late Reds owner are always good for a laugh. Many of the stories seem to be about miserly owners. I particularly enjoyed reading about Bobby Thigpen's attempts at using poetry to get a raise. While many of the stories are informative, they aren't very entertaining. I was hoping to read more "inside the game stories."

To the casual fan or even big baseball fans, many of these stories are old news. I believe that this book is more geared toward younger readers who are learning about the game. This is probably a book most baseball fans can live without.

5-0 out of 5 stars Matt Dula is Wrong!
Corey Shneck, although he needs to learn how to spell, is right, MD. "Tales from the Dugout" is a great book and you're obviously not a baseball fan. So quit giving people interested in this book BS. ... Read more


135. The Perfect Season: Why 1998 Was Baseball's Greatest Year
by Danny Peary, Tim McCarver, Richard M. Davidson
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Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
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Nineteen Ninety-Eight was the greatest season in baseball history. While Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa engaged in an epic duel for baseball's most coveted individual record -- Roger Maris's 61 home runs, the New York Yankees set new standards for team excellence and established themselves as one of the greatest clubs in the history of the game.
        
Tim McCarver broadcast the climax of each of these extraordinary achievements and is uniquely positioned as a former player, a commentator, and writer to put 1998 into its proper perspective. McCarver is baseball's best analyst and, as he showed with Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans, he is as eloquent and witty on the page as he is behind the microphone. In The Perfect Season, McCarver revels in the homer race and the Yankees but shows that the season contained so much more, ensuring it will stand out as the best there has been. Star players performing to the height of their powers broke records set by true legends of baseball, linking today's players with those who exist somewhere between myth and memory: Ruth and Cobb; Gehrig and Mays. The Perfect Season describes the accomplishments of veterans like Juan Gonzalez, Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey, Jr., Mike Piazza, and Barry Bonds, and of the exceptional young players who hold the future of the game in their hands: Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Nomar Garciaparra, and Kerry Wood. Tim McCarver also laments the passing of some friends and colleagues: Richie Ashburn, Harry Caray, and Dan Quisenberry, and celebrates the careers of some stars who retired after the 1998 season.
        
The Perfect Season is a comprehensive account of 1998 and the perfect souvenir of baseball's greatest year. With it, fans can remember the season in which they got back into the habit of watching the game and reestablished baseball as America's Pastime.
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5-0 out of 5 stars How perfect it was
How would you feel if you had just become the Yankees manager, when the man who had hired you was George Steinbrenner, a man notorious for "putting the revolving door on managers?" He is famous for hiring and firing managers. That is what happened to Joe Torre in 1996, yet he is considered one of the best managers in baseball. Tim McCarver uncovers why Joe Torre is still the Yankees manager and much more in his great non-fiction book, The perfect season. McCarver's book recognizes some of the great achievements in 1998 that were not given attention because of the home run chase and David Wells' perfect game. In the book, McCarver gets quite up close and personal when he talks about some of baseball's past heros, being a former ballplayer himself. At the end of the book, McCarver analyzes the playoffs and the key plays and mistakes in them. His book uncovers how great the 1998 baseball season really was.

2-0 out of 5 stars A disappointing little book
Tim McCarver's "The Perfect Season" does not live up to its title....namely, that the 1998 baseball season was the best ever. No one doubts McCarver's expertise in the game, but there's a long-windedness about this book, much like his broadcast style. McCarver has too many chapters devoted to players whose entry into the book was made because they "hit 50 doubles and stole 50 bases in one season". I know that baseball is a game of statistics but this kind of minutiae (or"dim-minutiae") is as meaningless as meat filler in a hamburger patty or a weatherman's recitation of the wind-chill factor....it gets boring very quickly. There are certainly some good chapters and well-deserved entries (the New York Yankees, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire, and a wonderful tribute to Roger Maris), but I found myself being able to put this book down many times, even though the chapters are quite short. It's simply bogged down with too much useless detail.

3-0 out of 5 stars Uninspired Retelling of the 1998 Season.
Whether 1998 was baseball's greatest year or not is open for debate, of course. If it was, then this book doesn't do a very good job of retelling those events. It misses much of the excitement of that year. A big part of the problem is the format of the book: a particular date is called out, then a particular player is singled out for discussion for that date (maybe he got a hit that day), then a retelling of his career ups and downs, punctuated with statistics even baseball fans will find uninteresting ("..the only player since Joe Blow in 1973 to get two hits, steal two bases, and catch a fly ball in both left and right field...." - that's not a direct quote, just the way it seemed to me). In other words, the book is on the dull side.

The second problem is that the book wanders all over the place. Rather than being largely about the 1998 season, it becomes a soapbox for Mr. McCarver's opinion on the whole field and history of baseball.

One the plus side, it's nice to hear the experiences of someone who's closer to the action than most of us get to be. And it's nice to tell some stories and antidotes I hadn't heard before.

4-0 out of 5 stars Compelling breakdown of the amazing 1998 baseball season
It was inevitable that following the spectacular baseball season of 1998, that there would be books released that would try to immortalize the accomplishments and memories of that year. The two most notable ones were "Summer of 98" by Mike Lupica and "The Perfect Season" by Tim McCarver. McCarver is a long-time baseball analyst on a myriad of networks. Often bombastic and overblown with his commentary, he hits the 1998 season right on the mark. It may very well be 'the perfect season'. In the aftermath of the 1994 baseball strike, Major League Baseball had struggled to regain its foothold in the American psyche. As recently as 1997, underachieving seasons by so many teams led to a World Series that, while a dramatic 7 games, was also a horribly ugly matchup between Cleveland and Florida. The only glimmer of hope in that season was the home run tears that Mark McGwire and Ken Griffey Jr. went on. Their challenges to the Roger Maris' home run record entertained the nation, but ultimately both fell short, with Griffey hitting 56 and McGwire hitting 58. Little else in that season did anything to attract fans back to the park. The 1998 season dawned with a auspicious feel to it. Mark McGwire was going to have a full season in St. Louis to go after Maris' record and there were some exciting prospects coming up in the minor leagues. But, few could have expected the incredible form this year would take. From Mark McGwire's Opening Day grand slam until the final out of the World Series, 1998 had it all. In "The Perfect Season", McCarver creates an indispensible companion to the year. He breaks down each of the season's major accomplishments in separate chapters and writes each like a little kid excitedly spouting everything he could think of about what he saw. This approach works quite well for the nature of the material. Obviously a great deal of time is spent on the spectacular home run race between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa (in which both broke Maris' record and continued their mano-a-mano battle until the final weekend) and the unbelievable season in which the New York Yankees won 114 regular season games (and 125 overall) on their way to another World Championship. There are some other fascinating topics covered, like the emergence of Cubs rookie pitcher Kerry Wood with his 20-strikeout game, David Wells' perfect game, and the resurgence of the Chicago Cubs, who made the playoffs for the first time in 9 seasons. Additionally, there are some lesser known details of the season that McCarver brings to light, such as Houston's Craig Biggio becoming the first player since Tris Speaker to have 50 doubles and 50 steals in the same season, and Giants' Jeff Kent becoming the first second baseman since the legendary Rogers Hornsby to have 120 Rbi's in back-to-back seasons. McCarver covers all the bases with vivid clarity. This book is a quick read and worthy recap of "The Perfect Season".

3-0 out of 5 stars A QUICK READ ON THE '98 SEASON
The 1998 baseball season was, indeed, a memorable one, and Tim McCarver does a good job of reviewing it. The McGuire/Sosa home run battle made it especially so, and their respect for each other and the game added to it. Tim gives his opinions and analysis of events of the season which add to the book's interest. Brief chapters are devoted to such players as Dan Quisenberry and Eric Davis. The Yankees show what it takes to make a winning team by their ability to win in whatever way the other team makes available to them. The book was easy to read and I found it interesting, but I certainly wouldn't call it a classic by any means. ... Read more


136. Michael Jordan ....In His Own Words
by Michael Jordan, Geoffrey Giuliano
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A compelling collection of his insightful views. Hear Michael speak on a wide variety of subjects including his modest roots, his love of all sports, his unequalled tenure as the NBA's star attraction, and what drives him on to greater heights. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this tape and destroy it.
I accidentally bought this tape instead of an excellent book of Jordan quotes by Janet Lowe. The book was so good I'd pass copies out to kids that I thought could use some mentoring or role modeling. This tape, however, is hardly worth the time to listen to it, and absolutely not worth the price. A verbal 'People' magazine piece at best. In disgust, I am throwing away the 3 copies I bought so that no one else should be victimized. Please do the same.

5-0 out of 5 stars greatest book
I like a lot this book,please,please,please... I dont know what to say,I just like this greate book. ... Read more


137. Hit & Hope: Library Edition
by David Owen
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138. Playing To Win
by Bob Rotella
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Audio Tape of Life Lessons
This is a great tape that provides insight on many of life's day to day challenges. It's not just about golf. It talks about the importance of having a dream and following that dream through unenviable set backs to achieve that which is held as your highest objective. ... Read more


139. The Royal & Ancient Game
by Kevin Nelson, George S. Irvin
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140. Baseball and Billions: A Probing Look Inside the Big Business of Our National Pastime/Cassettes
by Andrew Zimbalist
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