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141. You Gotta Have Wa: When Two Cultures Collide on the Baseball Diamond
by Robert Whiting, Pat Morita
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Catlog: Book (1990-09-01)
Publisher: Harper Audio
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142. Being the Ball a Self-Help Golf Satire
by B. Balata, Billy Muster
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Asin: 0967087775
Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
Publisher: Btb Entertainment
Sales Rank: 1664696
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Enter the world of Being the Ball.

In about the time it takes to play a round of Golf, reading Being the Ball will improve your attitude and lower your score GUARANTEED -- or your purchase price will be donated to charity Golf. Regardless, 50% of book profits go to charity Golf.

Being the Ball is an 18 hole (chapter) Cartpath toward toward the higher state of Golf-Awareness. The Outward-nine (chapters 1-9) declares that the Game of Golf is ruled by the Dark Side of the Ball. Explore, understand and avoid the 12 mortal sins of Pride, Envy, Greed, Lust, Anger, Averice, Glottony, Sloth, Swing-Thoughts, Sandbagging, the Ego-Mind, and Universal Existence of Ron.

The Inward-Nine (chapters 10-18) explains the ways to control the "Varmint-Ego Mind" with putter-in-cheek spiritual concepts of Present Moment, Choice, Forgiveness, Detachment, Tolerance, Kindness, Giving, and Being the Captain of Your Own Ship. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars BBalata is my HERO
This book may not change your GAME - but it will change your attitude! And, attitude is 90% of the game ... the other half
is skill!

5-0 out of 5 stars My "Tin Cup" Runneth Over!
This is the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" of golf books. It had a provocative, perky spirit that moved my heart with every stroke. It is refreshing to see the dawn of a rising star among golf's rigid thinkers and bad dressers.

Its creative, witty approach to presenting golfs important features makes it a must read for all golfers. Your mantra after reading "Being the Ball" will be "Billy, Billy, Billy" as you check the line of the most pressure packed putt of your life!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Golf Southwest Magazine review August/September 1999 issue
When I opened the package that contained a book "Being the Ball" by some guy calling himself Billy Balata, I thought that it had to be some kind of a joke. Like most Golf nuts, I enjoyed and still enjoy - "Caddyshack" as much as the next guy, but couldn't see how this book wasn't going to do the film a great disservice. I couldn't have been more off the mark....

I would recommend this book to anyone who has come to the conclusion that golf is as tough a game as there is to master -- we might as well laugh at our own shortcomings. Underscored throughout all of the examples in "Being the Ball" is that there is never a bad round of golf. It may be required reading for anyone who wants to share a round with me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mr. Balata has amazing insight into the game of golf.
All I can say, is after reading this book and applying some of the principles, I cut 5 strokes off of my handicap. Enough said... ... Read more

143. Zinger : A Champion's Story of Determination, Courage and Charging Back/Audio Cassettes
by Paul Azinger, Ken Abraham
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Catlog: Book (1995-06-01)
Publisher: Harper Audio
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5-0 out of 5 stars Heart of True Champion On and Off the Links
Determination and trust in himself and now God make Zinger one of the most popular players.

So good to now see him contend like he just did at 2001 U.S. Open. He is gritty player who toughs it out on the course and as he so exemplary demonstrates here in his early PGA career and his bout with shoulder cancer.

Love the story about his hitting 3-irons over the motel from the asphalt parking lot. That's got to be a swing that can be trusted.

His anguish and yet peace with death of Payne is still treasured memory of all of us who love this game. Zinger is a winner if he never wins again. But I'm convinced that will not be the case.

Great read worth your pursuit. Lessons to be gleaned. ... Read more

144. Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan's Soul: Stories of Insight, Inspiration and Laughter from the World of Sports (Chicken Soup for the Soul (Audio Health Communications))
by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Mark Donnelly, Chrissy Donnelly, Jim Tunney
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Catlog: Book (2000-11-01)
Publisher: Health Communications
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Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Possibly the Best Book I Have and Ever Will Read
"Chicken Soup For The Sports Fans Soul" is a phenomenal book. It tells many stories including goof ups, sports stars who have done great things for other people, and just about every headline story in the world of sports. It is a very inspirational book. One of my favorite stories was when a team takes one of their players out of the hospital when he is lying in his bed so he could celebrate a victory. I recommend this book to any person interested in sports. The sports in this book range from golf to rugby. The writers of this book including Jack Canfield are all great.
I will tell you the truth though. Some people will agree that some of the stories are a little boring. If you like "Chicken Soup for the Sports Fan's Soul", I suggest you read "Chicken Soup For The Baseball Fans Soul". If you do read "Chicken Soup For The Sports Fans Soul" I know you will love it. I rated this book 5 stars and I think you will too. Go get it now.

3-0 out of 5 stars Better but not great
At least the diversity of sports used in this tape kept my attention and I did like some of the stories. I even learned some things that I didn't know about some sports luminaries. I wouldn't buy the tape again. Come on, Jack, get some humor in your stories and on the tape. Not everything has to be so serious.

5-0 out of 5 stars great book on the good things in sports and life
Chicken Soup for the Sports fan's soul is a wonderful book that talks about the good and rich things in both sports and sport life. the book isn't biased and covers everything from baseball to football to hockey and even to baseball card collecting. there are some really nice and touching stories in here.
stories include with Roger Maris, Joe Montana, Michael Jordan, John Elway, and Mickey Mantle to name a few.
great book for anyone who loves sports.

this book will not only make you feel good about yourself, but also give you a greater appreciation for the game.

4-0 out of 5 stars An entertaining compendium of anecdotes
From humorous to serious, the stories contained in this book are well worth reading. Some of the stories are written by the athletes themselves, others by the journalists who covered them, and still others by the everyday sports lover no one has ever heard of outside the communities in which they play and coach. This book covers virtually every sport from little league to the Olympics and professionals, although my four star rating rather than five is a result of the fact that only one soccer and one or two hockey stories appear in the book. Notwithstanding the lack of coverage of my two favorite sports, however, this book made me laugh aloud, and made tears well in my eyes as an athlete, a coach, and a father. The book is worth buying if only for the quotations that precede several of the chapters. Overall, it is a book that can be read in one sitting, or a story at a time; either way, it will inspire and delight anyone who loves sports, and the best and worst in all of us they evoke.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sportsmanship, courage, integrity and humor
If you're looking for sports only book with victories on the field, buy another book. This is truly about sports used as a backdrop in the telling of the human element in facing life's hardships and to be able to laugh at oneself when needed. A must read for anybody, whether they are a hardcore sports fan or the casual observer. ... Read more

145. True Believers: The Tragic Inner Life of Sports Fans
by Joe Queenan
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Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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Bestselling author Queenan explores the world of sports fans in an attempt to understand the inexplicable: What does anyone get out of it?

For Yankee, Cowboy, and Laker fans the answer is fairly clear: the return on investment is relatively high. But why do people root so passionately for tragically inept squads like the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, and the Philadelphia Phillies? Why do people organize their emotional lives around lackluster franchises such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, the San Diego Padres, and the Phoenix Suns, none of whom have ever won a single championship in their entire history? Is it pure tribalism? An attempt to maintain contact with one’s vanished childhood?

In True Believers, humorist and lifelong Philly fan Joe Queenan answers these and many other questions, shedding light on--and reveling in--the culture and psychology of his countless fellow fans. Making pilgrimages to such cradles of competition as Notre Dame Stadium, Fenway, and Wrigley Field, Queenan delves into every aspect of fandom in such illuminating chapters as Fans Who Love Too Much (men, like the author, who actually resort to psychotherapy to deal with their unhealthy addiction), Fans Who Run in Front (the dreaded front runners), and Fans Who Misbehave (of the beer-spilling, mooning, and food-throwing varieties).

True Believers is a hilarious but also heartfelt look into the world of those fans who realize that it is, in fact, more than just a game.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Take it from a Tigers Fan
As a Detroit Tigers fan(and living in Cleveland, no less)I can understand exactly what Joe Queenan is going through. Yes, I've been alive to see the Tigers win a World Series, but they are and have been for quite a while the laughing stock of baseball. Like Queenan says, why do we like teams if they continually lose and are an embarassment to the sport? I have no idea, but I wear the Old English 'D' on my hat with pride, nonetheless. I was born and raised in Michigan, and three of my senior relatives were Tigers fans, so again, to paraphrase Queenan, I have the geographical acceptance, plus I'm 'carrying the torch'.
No matter how much your team infuriates you, you can't give up on them. You just CAN'T.
The best part of this overall excellent book is the story on the last page. That made me smile more than anything else he wrote. A perfect story and the embodiment of the idea that hope springs eternal, tomorrow's another day, even the Cubs may win the Series one year. Maybe even the Tigers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Joe Queenan, Sports Fan
Humorist Joe Queenan is a true sports fan. No writer could boil down what it means to be a true fan to its very essence, as he does in "True Believers," without having the years of hopes and disappointments of being a loyal follower burned into his very soul. In the book, Queenan puts his lifetime of sports fan agony to very good use, using it as the basis for what is essentially one long rant about fans, both good and bad. His pen is as sharp as ever, and it is delightful to see him use it on such deserving people as front-running fans and slobs who make spectacles of themselves at the stadium.

Mostly, however, Queenan ruminates on what it is that can make an otherwise sane, rational person (such as himself) a hopeless maniac on game day. Though he's a Philadelphia fan (Phillies, Eagles, 76ers, Flyers) he speaks enough universal truth that his book can be enjoyed by anyone who is also hopelessly hooked on sports.

4-0 out of 5 stars Must read for all true sports fan.
Joe Queenan has written the most accurate and insightful book about sports fans that I've encountered. The anecdotes, stories, and life experiences of the author will give even non-sports fans insight into the psyche of the true sports fanatics. Every true sports fan should read this book. It also would make a great gift for all of the front-running, bandwagon jumping fans that every true sports fan knows.

4-0 out of 5 stars Another Queenan Triumph...
I love Joe Queenan's books, this the fourth of his that I have read. He is usually hilarious and always on the mark. This book lacks (and that is not a bad thing) has usual trademark razor wit that causes bleeding when touched. However, he goes after fair weather fans and Yankee fans quite well. With the exception the extended chapter on Notre Dame (I still hate Notre Dame and can't enjoy even Queenan's wise commentary), the book is terrific. Parts are moving. Queenan's life, as many of ours have, been shaped by sports. Friendships, family, etc. The book is funny; but it also honest and a bit moving. The end, taking place at Wrigley Field (of course) may move you to tears. Great stuff.

4-0 out of 5 stars Queenan¿s heart in the right place
"True Believers" is a fairly short book, but it took me a few weeks to get through it. This is not a reflection on the quality of author Joe Queenan's writing but on the subject matter.

Sports itself, as Queenan insistently and correctly reminds us, is more than "just a game", contrary to what some anti-sports bluenoses think. "How could you possibly compare the fate of the rain forest to the fate of the Philadelphia 76ers?" Queenan demands of his therapist. "You need to get your priorities straight." And he means it too, and rightly so.

But while a proper treatment of the games themselves often requires volumes of material, sports FANDOM is a fairly lightweight topic scarcely worth the 200-plus pages of space that Queenan devotes to it. I got through the book by treating it as a series of disjointed articles, rather than as a number of points comprising an overall theme.

And yet Queenan scores so many bulls-eyes through his observations about the art and practice of sports fandom that it's impossible for me to withhold praise for his effort.

Foremost among his welcome observations is that it's OK to hate. You can't love a team or a specific athlete without being able to hate the object of your adoration. It's OK to hate the team that you root for, and the players on that team, if you feel that they've betrayed you. In fact, this hatred can be of the most extreme and virulent quality as long as it's never actualized.

Queenan deplores fan violence and in the same breath goes on to state, "But to deny that one has ever seriously contemplated killing the place kicker is to deny one's own humanity. A fan who hasn't at least thought about killing the place kicker is really no fan at all."

YES! Thank you, Joe Queenan, for giving me the freedom to fantasize about committing mayhem on pig-headed and fastball-stubborn Felix Rodriguez and namby-pamby lisping doughboy Tim Worrell, the two San Francisco Giant relief pitchers who smugly and treacherously snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in the 2002 World Series, ROBBING the Giants and their fans of the first world championship in the team's West Coast history.

In fact, Rodriguez and Worrell would both repeat this perfidy in the 2003 Division Championship against the Florida Marlins. Is there an entrance to hell gaping widely enough to admit them?

For that matter, one may properly allow one's passion for sports to interfere with his relationship with God, as well. Queenan is frank in acknowledging that he has never forgiven God for allowing the Philadelphia Phillies to choke away the 1964 pennant. Why should I forgive God for the 2002 World Series? I watched it with my 77 year-old father, who will probably never have another chance to see the Giants win a world championship.

Queenan's point is that it is the very uniqueness of the skills possessed by the world's best athletes - far more distinctive than those possessed by other professionals - that give the games an epic quality that overshadows that which we call "real life". He estimates that there about 5,000 athletes in the world that are the subject of intense scrutiny - think of how small this number is in comparison to the numbers of doctors, lawyers, teachers, and social workers who are doing the so-called important work.

After paying respect to family, money and career, Queenan ruefully observes, "But it's hard to relate to them viscerally. No matter how hard you try, you're never going to find 65,000 complete strangers willing to stand in subzero temperatures cheering for your bank statement."

Small wonder that we venerate the athletes as gods and that they look down upon us as subjects. In turn, it's equally small wonder that we curse them when they fail us.

Queenan also gives us an interesting chapter on the intensity of the British football fan. And by the time I finished reading his piece on the Notre Dame mystique, a chapter entitled "Fans Who See Green", I wished that I had been born Irish and Catholic.

My main criticism of the book, other than its length, is that too much of it reads like an instructional manual. Queenan devotes too much time to explaining how-to and how-NOT-to follow sports. But he's too dogmatic. Both the sports fan's paradise and the sports fan's purgatory have many mansions, and each fan must follow his own path. It's rank Pharisaism for Queenan to insist that his is the only way.

But the release of a book on "True Believers", on fans who love too much regardless of how they are rewarded, was timed perfectly, in light of the recent failures of both the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs, baseball's perennial also-rans with ever-loyal fan bases, to make it to the World Series. Both teams found a way to blow late-inning leads in the deciding games.

How many Red Sox fans; how many Cub fans, Viking fans, Saints fans, Falcons fans, Vancouver Canuck fans etc. will die of old age waiting for the prize that never comes? How many have died already? Queenan pays proper homage both to the fans who stick around for more punishment and to those who break the cycle of hope and letdown, as one would break a drug habit, by giving up on their team. Chapter 9 of this book is entitled "Fans Who Walk Away".

And as I finish the book, I am still left wondering which direction I am going to take with the San Francisco Giants. ... Read more

146. Super Bowl Chronicles: A Sportswriter Reflects on the First 25 Years of America's Game/Volume Four
by Jerry Green
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Catlog: Book (1993-07-01)
Publisher: Pacific Arts Video
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147. Marge Schott: Unleashed!
by Mike Bass
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Asin: 1567030149
Catlog: Book (1994-12-01)
Publisher: High Top Sports Production
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Since the day she became the principal owner of the Cincinnati Reds, Marge Schott has been a woman surrounded by controversy. Allegations of her racist and anti-Semitic remarks made front-page headlines across the country.Mike Bass, the winner of the Associated Press Sports Editors Award for his series of articles on racism in sports, looks at the woman behind the Reds. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The plain truth of the matter
Mike Bass presents a finely written detailed account of this woman, that is shocking to read. Each carefully reported incident and anecdote informs the reader to an astounding degree. The reporter Mike has researched his material thoroughly, presenting words and stories directly from the mouths of the people who witnessed the truth of how this woman acted in her role as a team owner, a role we usually expect played by people with morals, and justice, and manners. Though filled with many characters and following several years, the book is easy to read, and interesting to follow. Mike Bass has done an exceptional job recounting the tale of Marge. The information is presented without bias, but the reader's opinion will easily be formed. The book is an eye-opener. Books that tell the truth of how things really are, can truly allow us to judge for ourselves. I reccoment this book, highly.

3-0 out of 5 stars This is Marge Schott speaking
I hate you all. I hate everyone. My heart is black, and pumps blood made of coal. ... Read more

148. Tiger Baseball Trivia
by Fred Smith
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Catlog: Book (1998-11-12)
Publisher: Such Video, Inc
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Baseball Trivia is entertaining and challenging material for any Baseball fan. This tape is loaded with questions and answers from the beginning years of the Detroit Tigers. Host Fred Smith has a way of telling stores that will endear the listener even more to the great American pastime. ... Read more

149. Red: A Baseball Life
by Red Schoendienst, Rob Rains, Bob Carpenter
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Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
Publisher: Sagamore Publishing
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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In Red: A Baseball Life, Red Schoendiest details all of the events that shaped his life, on and off the field, as he moved from the playing field to the managers office to his currant position as a special assistant to the general man- ager of the St. Louis Cardinals. Schoendiest played, coached and managed in nine World Series. He played 10 All-Star games and managed the National League squad in two. In 1989 he was inducted into baseballs Hall of Fame.--This text refers to the hardcover edition of this title ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It was funny,sad,and it was great.
It was fab. when he talked about his children and grand-children ... Read more

150. Greater Golfer
by Gary Wiren
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Catlog: Book (1986-07-01)
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151. Yogi Berra's Favorite Radio Baseball Shows (Golden Age of Radio)
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152. The Punch
by John Feinstein
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153. In Search of Tiger: A Journey Through Golf With Tiger Woods
by Tom Callahan, Buck Schirner
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Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 3.83 out of 5 stars
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Tom Callahan has written the seminal book on golfing great Tiger Woods. Woods, who has gone out of his way to protect his privacy, has never allowed himself to get close enough to a writer to be properly examined on the page. And, as a consequence, his fans know relatively little about him except what’s divulged in quick tournament interviews or the scarce information parsed out on occasion by one of his handlers. Which is to say, we know next to nothing about one of the most famous people in the world. Callahan, commonly regarded as one of the best all-round sports writers in the country, has followed Tiger around the world of golf for more than seven years, enjoying a certain access to the man and his family. He even went so far as to travel to Vietnam to learn the fate of the South Vietnamese soldier who was Earl Wood’s best friend during the war—and his son’s namesake.

Tiger is twenty years old when the book opens and twenty-seven when it closes. During those years, Callahan covered Woods at all the Majors, including the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the British Open, culminating in Tiger’s heart-stopping race to make history by clinching the string of Majors affectionately nicknamed the Tiger Slam. As the pulse of golf was measured by the curve of his swing, Tiger made everyone’s heart skip a beat as he attempted to win the Grand Slam a year later.

Along the way, Tom Callahan hears from everyone who is anyone in the world of Tiger Woods, including Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus, David Duval, Butch Harmon, Ernie Els, and, of course, Tiger’s rather ubiquitous mother and father. As much as we learn about Tiger—how he sees himself in relation to the courses he plays on and the players he has learned from and competed with—we also enjoy a bird’s-eye view of golf as it is now with Tiger on the scene, and as it was for
centuries before.

In Search of Tiger catalogs and dissects moments and influences in Tiger’s guarded life and unprecedented career—moments that unveil him, his awesome drive, and his enormous talent. Tom Callahan has written a classic of its kind, a book to rank with the best in its genre. He has done what few have even attempted—
he has found the real Tiger Woods.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not quite
This book is a compelling read for someone with a starting knowledge of and interest in Tiger Woods, but it doesn't quite make you feel like you've found Tiger. The book seems to be too choppy, more a series of isolated chapters thrown in that dont seem to connect. And there are too many questions that you are left with after reading it. If you're going to brag that you covered Tiger at all his first 8 majors, why have chapters only on the 3 in 2000? And if you're going to focus on those, why soak them with background info and then glaze over the tremendous performances? Callahan's description of Tiger during the 2000 PGA is particularly weak; why he decides to condense that great final round with May and the great back nine and the putts on 18 and 16 the second time around into about a page and a half befuddled me. And most of all, why devote so much of the book to learning about golfers other than Tiger? It's true that if you were to write the definitive, thoroughly detailed Tiger book, you could not ignore Lefty, Sergio, Ernie, etc. But when the chapters on the other golfers seem to take up half of this relatively short book, you've gone too far. It's true that this book is well written and will provide you with some nice tidbits about Tiger (such as the fact that his mother was the one to get him to wear red on Sundays), but you will likely leave the book hoping for more detail, more coherence, and more depth.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tom Callahan Pens the Definitive Tiger Bio
There is simply no sportswriter on earth with as much meticulous insight into the minds of both the golfing legends of old and the stars of today as Tom Callahan. Admittedly, my expectations were lofty going in here, esp. after reading the astounding accolades bestowed upon Callahan on the book jacket alone -- from the likes of Costas, Kornheiser, Jenkins, Reilly, Nicklaus, and others. Thankfully, for once, they were all right. This book is indeed the whole package on Tiger, presented (ingeniously) not only via Tiger's own eyes, but those of his peers and predecessors. The golf history in the book is cleverly detailed yet pleasurably digestible. The first hand interviews with Tiger and his family are unprecedented. And the "Journey", for anyone REALLY interested in Tiger, is remarkably satisfying. Kudos to Tom Callahan for giving the sports world the preeminent Tiger bio.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! A golf writing double-eagle**
Let me say this up front --- Tom Callahan is an immensely gifted writer. He is able through words to take the trite/boring and turn it into the phenomenally sublime. With an encyclopedic knowlege of all things golf along with up-close-and-personal profiles of current & past players, coaches, and associated fathers, he paints through annecdotes a circular, but no less complete picture of Tiger and his place in the great game of golf. This book is NOT per-se, a purely biographical sketch of Tiger Woods, but more of a wholistic and entertaining presentation of the past, present and future of the game and Tiger's place in it. If you love golf, watch golf, and love to read, you'll get more "bang for your buck" here than any other golf book I know of! And I've read quite a few....

2-0 out of 5 stars Not found yet
When the writer of a book on the greatest sporting celebrity since Muhammed Ali is a bit of a celebrity himself, there's a clash of egos. The problem with this book is that Tom Callahan, author of In Search of Tiger does not find Tiger Woods at all. Tom finds Tiger's father and a tiny part of his mother, and he does find other players (quite a lot of them) but this book reveals little about Woods himself. There is no question that Tom Callahan is an excellent writer who knows the sports industry intimately. Anyone who loves the sport of golf will probably enjoy this book. It is an easy and worthwhile read. But for anyone looking to reveal the mystique behind Tiger Woods, this book dissapoints.

3-0 out of 5 stars KEEP SEARCHING
In this latest book about Eldrick Woods, the author takes a different approach in unraveling one of golf's greatest players. Readers should be cautione; this is not a conventional biography of Tiger Woods. What you are given are various anecdotes about Tiger loosely tied together within the historical framework of golf. From the outset this sounds good but you know even less about Tiger than when you started out and find out more about those who have had anything to do with his career.

Why learn about Mark O'Mear, Arnold Palmer, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Jack Nicklaus and other golfing greats and then call your book In Search of Tiger? The book is less about Tiger and more about the development of the game and those who impacted upon it. All of the facts about Tiger's career, business and family can be found in other books. Our author, Tom Callahan has sloopily sewed together a series of articles about other golfers and nongolfers who know Tiger and then you aren't sure if they know him at all.

I must admit that the writing is good. The historical context and relationship of the players to the game and their fathers is interesting. I did expect more about Tiger and less about every Tom, Dick and Harry who supposidly know him. Tiger Woods fans can add another mediocre book to their collection about Woods but if you want a definitive work on the champion try another text. Keep Searching. ... Read more

154. Men at Work the Craft of B
by George F. Will
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155. Alternative Golf: Humorous Parables of Golf and Life
by Marty Tractenberg
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Catlog: Book (1999-02-01)
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156. Managing My Life: My Autobiography
by Alex Ferguson
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Catlog: Book (2001-05-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars great book and great manager
having worked with sir alex i can say hes the best there is. players love working for him. he tells it how it is and is always fair.

1-0 out of 5 stars Fergie's book
A distinctly average book, by a very average man. Nothing special here at all. Go for something worthwhile like David Beckham's book. Or the Tweenies....

5-0 out of 5 stars Story of a deserving soccer legend
There can be no doubt that Sir Alex Ferguson will go down in history as one of soccer's truly great figures from the late 20th Century. His treble winning season with United in 1998/99 was possibily the pinnacle of a long career in the game, both as a player and coach, but in his insightful autobiography he devotes more pages to the early days of his career - as a strapping young Scottish lad trying to overcome the burden of near-poverty and become a professional footballer.

Ferguson writes as he played and coaches - with overwhelming passion and dedication to all aspects of the task at hand. He paints the grim picture of his early days, and introduces the reader to some of the colourful characters he's met over the years both on and off the pitch. It is both entertaining and confrontational - he writes honestly and occasionally attacks the FA and certain individuals in the game, and although he may be blatant at times he cannot be criticised for his truthful and forthright manner.

'Managing My Life' is a remarkable autobiography in that it reveals a great deal of his character and motivation, and unlocks the door to the mind of the world game's truly brilliant managers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Book about a truly great coach
Being an avid supporter of Manchester United I have always been very keen to have an insight into the life and times of one of the club's greatest ever manager.

The book clearly portrays the great mans early days and his tough upbringing by the Clyde in Glasgow. Uniquely, in a city which had major religous differences Alex's parents were from a mixed marriage. We get a great insight into Alex's early footballing life and the tough times that his family endured in surviving.
A fascinating discussion about Alex Fergusans time as a player were amongst other clubs represented Glasgow Rangers. Even as a player we could to realise that he had a volatile temperment which would continue to serve him as a natural football leader.

From success at the unfashionable Aberdeen football Club to the pressures of managing one of the biggest sports clubs in the world Alex remains how much his childhood upbringing continues to be a major backbone of his life.

A truly great read into the one of soccers most respected characters.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
A great behind the scenes look at Sir Alex's life. ... Read more

157. Golf And Athletic Success
by Dean Montalbano
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Asin: 0970877234
Catlog: Book (2001-01)
Publisher: Dean Montalbano
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Golf And Athletic Success

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158. Ten Rings : My Championship Seasons
by Yogi Berra
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Asin: 0060567473
Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
Publisher: HarperAudio
Sales Rank: 340347
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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In Ten Rings, Yogi Berra tells the stories behind each of his remarkable ten championship seasons, spanning 1947 through 1962. A time when players played for the love of the game and worked as salesmen and pipe-fitters in the off-season to put food on the table, a time when dynasties were born and baseball became the national pastime.

Each season brought its own drama. In 1947, Yogi the rookie struggled behind the plate, and his unlikely physique -- knock-kneed and barrel-shaped -- earned him the nickname "The Ape." But the name calling didn't faze Yogi. After all, he said, he didn't have to hit with his face. And he had the last laugh. In 1949, Bill Dickey came out of retirement to, as Yogi said, "learn me his experiences" and mold him into the Hall of Fame catcher he would become. Then came a string of five consecutive Yankees World Series victories, which no other team in history has ever matched. The year 1951 was Joe DiMaggio's final season...and Mickey Mantle's first. In 1956 was Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series. And much more.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Yogi Berra tells the story behind each of his "Ten Rings"
I feel that I can make the claim that Yogi Berra is the most beloved living baseball player, without the same sort of argument I would get if I happened to be making a claim about the greatest living baseball player (Mays or Bonds or Aaron?) or the most admired living baseball player (Musical or Ryan or Aaron?). But who else brings a big smile to your face when you see him still doing commercials on television almost four decades after he retired from playing baseball?

"Ten Rings: My Championship Seasons" was written by Yogi with Dave Kaplan, a former newspaper reporter who is currently the director of the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center, and you have the sense that Yogi was looking at his scrap books and press clippings talking about what he remembers from each of the ten seasons in which he and the Yankees won the World Series. Yogi also comments on the four years the Yankees lost the Fall Classic and the three years they did not even win the American League pennant, but the focus is mainly on what those ten seasons that ended with him receiving one of his "Ten Rings."

I have read most of the books by and about Yogi since I was given a copy of Joe Trumbell's biography in the mid-1960s, and I was rather surprised by how many new stories Yogi came up with for this trip down memory lane. Especially interesting "Ten Rings" are what he has to say about Casey Stengle during the 1949-53 seasons when the Yankees became the first team to win five World Series in a row, and his thoughts about the Brooklyn Dodgers during all their classic confrontations in the 1950s. He also provides some nice details on the end of Allie Reynolds's second no-hitter in 1951. Some readers might be dismayed that Berra has little bad to say about his teammates and opponents, although I think it is clear he felt about Yankee GM George Weiss the way many feel about the team's owner George Steinbrenner today, but clearly Yogi is long past holding grudges. He talks about some of the abuse heaped on him in the early days of his major league career and speaks modestly about his own impressive career accomplishments.

If you read between the lines the key thing you will pick up is the sense of teamwork and professionalism that existed on the Yankees during the Berra years. This book will be of some value to baseball historians in that it contains Yogi's thoughts on the key players in each championship season as well as some interesting anecdotes that show a different side of the Yankees. For example, Mickey Mantle thought calling pitches was not that hard so Yogi lets him do it during a game Whitey Ford is pitching. Then there is rookie Gil McDougald making a point to veteran pitcher Allie Reynolds. So there are a few choice tales in this rather brief book.

In the fifth grade there were three of us with the same first name and since I had a catcher's mitt, I spent a year as Yogi. It did not matter that Yogi had already retired and that I had never seen him play. I liked New York as a city and the Yankees in the Civil War, so becoming a New York Yankees fan seemed like a good idea. The fact that they had a catcher with basically the same first name and a last name starting with the same three letters as my own, was too obvious to ignore. Since then I have become much more impressed by what Berra did on the field, much more than the celebrated Yogi-isms (although I love the way the best of those make perfect sense if you pay attention to what is meant rather than what is being said). Clearly I am at the point where I will read anything Yogi happens to write, and while we are not talking classic baseball books, you are not going to be disappointed by "Ten Rings" or any of his other volumes.

Final Notes: Yes, the page numbers are superimposed on a miniature image of Yogi's ring for that particular championship season. Also, I find it somewhat ironic that the cover is done in a layout rather reminiscent of the 1965 Topps baseball cards, which was the first year in which Yogi was pictured as a player-coach for the New York Mets. The back of "Ten Rings" has an Appendix listing Yogi Berra's World Series Career Records along with his season and post-season batting stats along with line scores for all of the World Series games for those ten championship seasons.

3-0 out of 5 stars breezy fun
This light reminiscence of Yogi's ten championship seasons is a quick, pleasant read. Like a fleshed out magazine article, perhaps, it touches on a bit of history, a few sketches of famous teammates, and a recounting of the high spots of this charming hall of famer's career. A good choice for the younger fan with no memory of the game as it was in a simpler time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Yogi writes about much more than his funny one-liners
Reading 'Ten Rings' is simple fun. It's about 212 pages that feel like 80. The book has a brief introduction to Yogi's life before becoming a Yankee. There are ten chapters - one for each World Series championship season Yogi enjoyed as a Yankee - and then Yogi wraps up with a few more observations on baseball and his life.

What else are you going to get from Yogi's 'Ten Rings?' The best aspect of the book is Yogi's appraisal of two things. First, Yogi offers glimpses into the personalities of people like Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Phil Rizzuto, and other Yankees. There is no tell-all or in-depth analysis of their lives, just simple commentaries on them as ballplayers and teammates. By focusing on these friends and teammates, he tries to pass on what it meant (and still means today) to be a New York Yankee and a winner. Occasionally he'll stray to comparing those ballplayers to some of today's, something he could have done much more of to add a bit more depth to the book.

Next, Yogi turns the focus back on himself. Here he is more frank - and still funny - than I expected. In each championship season he highlights the accomplishments anyone would be proud of, whether it's hitting .300 or driving in 100 RBIs. Yogi's not boastful in any way, but reading about his 'Ten Rings' you do get the sense of how underrated he was even back then. Most baseball people didn't give him enough credit unless he was winning a World Series, hitting a home run, or taking home three American League MVP awards.

'Ten Rings' is more amusing than hilarious. Yogi talks about his Yogi-isms but doesn't dwell on them. For a good laugh he has written other books filled with that stuff. This is just a simple read. I read it on three successive nights before going to bed...and I don't even like the Yankees. ... Read more

159. SAMMY SOSA : An Autobiography
by Sammy Sosa, Marcos Bretón
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Asin: 1570429758
Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
Publisher: Time Warner Audiobooks
Sales Rank: 1404204
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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" How did Sammy Sosa, who never played an inning of organized baseball until he was fourteen, go from a life of crushing poverty to superstardom in the major leagues? In SOSA, Sammy tells his story in his own words. The result is a moving, intimate chronicle of a man whose charisma, joy, and sportsmanship-combined with awesome talent-make him a favorite of baseball fans everywhere, an unsurpassed hero in his homeland, and a true international ambassador of the game.

Here Sammy sets the record straight and reveals the forces that shaped him as a human being. We read about a boy who, after his father's death, must drop out of school to help put food on his family's table. We meet the American businessman who bought Sammy his first baseball glove and knew that Sammy's work ethic and determination would be the key to his success. We watch Sammy's numerous attempts to get signed to a pro contract, with one rejection after another. And when he finally gets his break, we follow Sammy as he leaves behind his tearful mother to become a rookie speaking only Spanish in the lowest levels of the American minor leagues.

Sammy's first years in the big leagues were exciting seasons. His eagerness to succeed made him an impatient hitter, and here, for the first time, he tells the inside story of his rise to stardom...a journey that culminated in his hypercharged slugging battle with Mark McGwire in 1998, when his simple love of baseball captured the hearts of fans and nonfans alike. A story of courage, generosity, and humility, SOSA is the autobiography of a man who transcends his game." ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars sosa
The book I read was Sosa and it was great.It was all about sammy Sosa and I think they did great job on an autobiography about him and telling what Sammy Sosa was like when he was a little guy,growing up. A professional athlete,it was amazing how he was a little kid to an adult. He is a great and this book was excellent. I also liked the pictures and the information that they have. I would recommend this book to others.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Latino Hero
Sammy Sosa is arguably the greatest Latino player in major league baseball. His magnificent 1998 home run race with Mark McGwire captivated the nation. Afterwards he was invited to the White House and made a special Ambassador to his native country, the Dominican Republic. However, what few people know is how hard Sammy Sosa worked to reach stardom.

"Sosa an Autogiography," is a special story. In fact, it is inspiring. Sammy Sosa grew up poor. He was skinny and initially wanted to be a boxer. However, his talent for baseball came out from urging of his older brother and the support of his devoted mother.

Co-author Marcos Bretón details the early years of Sosa's early major league career in Texas and then with the Chicago White Sox. It was a difficult time for Sosa, going up and down from the major and minor leagues. Nevertheless, Sosa worked hard and never lost hope. The trade to the Cubs and his rise to stardom was the result of a strong dedication to excellence.

Perhaps, the greatest part of this book is Sosa's loyalty to his family, the people of the Dominican Republic, and the fans of the Chicago Cubs. Although Sosa has reached great heights he still wants the fame that is associated with winning the World Series. This is a great book for kids and adults alike...the bottom line is "hard work works."

4-0 out of 5 stars A NICE LOOK AT A GOOD GUY

5-0 out of 5 stars Poignant and powerful -- it's a human story
Sammy Sosa is not a robot. He, like you and me, is a fallible human being who is largely the product of his upbringing. In "Sosa: An Autobiography," readers have the opportunity to gain insights into not only Sammy Sosa and professional baseball, but the larger American culture and each of us. A superficial read of this book may leave some wanting more. And certainly there is more to tell. But Sammy's smart enough to know there's a time and there's a place. This book, at this time, is neither.

But to those who recognize the implications, there is plenty of meat: (1) Has baseball exploited Latin players? What should baseball be doing differently for them? (2) Should all players on a team -- all people in any organization -- be treated the same despite their different personalities, their different backgrounds, their different perceptions? (3) What is the value of trust, respect, fairness, honesty, loyalty?

Speaking as someone who spent five years as a Major League scout and 2O years coaching baseball, on a more baseball specific level, how can someone like Walt Hriniak be a Major League hitting coach and try to force everyone -- Sammy Sosa and Ozzie Guillen -- to hit the same way? Someone like that shouldn't be coaching baseball at ANY level. Why aren't all Major League coaches and managers as insightful as Cubs' hitting coach Jeff Pentland? As any excellent teacher or coach knows, whether you're teaching Shakespeare or the circle change, you're not teaching a curriculum, you're teaching people.

Reading Sammy's story allows the intelligent reader to see that Major League baseball is as political as Congress and just about as effective in dealing with real people. Sammy demonstrates that lack of trust and lack of respect will destroy any relationship, any organization. But mutual trust and respect will allow any relationship, any organization to thrive.

If you want everything spelled out for you, buy a dictionary. If you want something to think about, buy "Sosa: An Autobiography."

3-0 out of 5 stars Great player, so-so storyteller
A quick and pleasant read (REAL quick if you skip the stats that comprise about thirty percent of the text). Autobiographies seem to fall into three categories: (1) "tell it all before someone else tells on you" (Billie Holiday's LADY SINGS THE BLUES), (2) "getting even with one's enemies" (Nancy Reagan's MY TURN), and (3) "Gee, I can't believe people pay me to do what I love" (Xaviera Hollander's THE HAPPY HOOKER).

Cynically, you could say there's a fourth category--the market-driven, "strike while the iron is hot" autobiography. Sosa's book probably falls into this last category, though it is presented as a "Gee, I can't believe it" type (but with touches of the defensiveness found in "getting even" types of autobiographies). Hispanic journalist Breton had done a good job of interviewing people in Sosa's life and arranging testimonials in a way that keeps Sosa's story moving. Baseball fans will probably enjoy reading what Sosa has to say about how he improved his batting technique, how he handled the disappointment of being sent back to the minor league, how he viewed his home-run competition with Mark McGwire in 1998. Young people looking for a sports hero will benefit from what Sosa ("Mikey" to his friends and family) has to say about loyalty to family, remembering where one comes from, learning from ones mistakes, handling gossipers and nay-sayers, believing in oneself, and giving back to one's community. People looking for a profound psychological portrait of the author or an insightful take on the business and game of baseball will be disappointed. While no-one would expect someone as guileless as Sosa to trash his teammates and fellow ballplayers, the book could have used a few more clubhouse anecdotes. ... Read more

160. The Dr. Bob Rotella Collection
by Bob Cullen
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Asin: 0671757555
Catlog: Book (1999-06-01)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Dr. Bob Rotella Collection
This a great set of tapes that pull some of the most inspirational and helpful sections of the books. It is not however UNABRIDGED! You may want to be aware of this when purchasing the collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars If you want to improve your golf game this is the book
The Bob Rotella collection is one of the best Golf related books I have ever read. The aproach the author makes towards the stories that are told in the book are easy to read and understand. Since the very first day you read (hear) the book you will start to notice a change on how you view the game of golf. I recomended to every golfer that is serious about there game and on how to improve it. ... Read more

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