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Every Army Man Is with You: The Cadets Who Won the 1964 Army-Navy Game, Fought in Vietnam, and Came Home Forever Changed

by Nicolaus Mills Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 13, 2014)

This book by historian Nicolaus Mills links the biographies of players on the 1964 Army team from the time they spent on the field together to the years they spent stationed around the country and the world,...


Sisterhood in Sports: How Female Athletes Collaborate and Compete

by Joan Steidinger Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 10, 2014)

Sisterhood in Sports reveals what drives the female athlete: communication, camaraderie, competition, collaboration, and community. Steidinger illustrates through real stories that the relationships they create,...


She's a Knockout!: A History of Women in Fighting Sports

by L. A. Jennings Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 23, 2014)

This book provides a detailed history of women fighters—including wrestlers, MMA competitors, and boxers—and the different issues revolving around the fighters and their sports. She’s a Knockout! tells...


Boxing in Philadelphia: Tales of Struggle and Survival

by Gabe Oppenheim Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 16, 2014)

In this book, author Gabe Oppenheim examines the rise and fall of boxing in Philadelphia, and how it often mirrored the city’s own narrative arc. Throughout, Oppenheim weaves together cultural history, urban...


The Cooperstown Chronicles: Baseball's Colorful Characters, Unusual Lives, and Strange Demises

by Frank Russo Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 23, 2014)

The Cooperstown Chronicles is an entertaining look at the unusual lives, strange demises, and downright rowdy habits of some of the most colorful personalities in the history of baseball. Frank Russo goes beyond...


A History of NFL Preseason and Exhibition Games: 1986 to 2013

by Mark L. Ford Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 08, 2014)

This book provides information on every NFL and AFL preseason game played from 1986 to 2013. Interesting events, significant games, key players, new rules, and off-season developments are all detailed, making...


A History of NFL Preseason and Exhibition Games: 1960 to 1985

by Mark L. Ford Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 24, 2014)

This book provides information on every NFL and AFL preseason game played from 1960 to 1985. Interesting events, significant games, key players, new rules, and off-season developments are all detailed, making...


The 1928 New York Yankees: The Return of Murderers' Row

by Charlie Gentile Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 07, 2014)

This book tells the story of the 1928 New York Yankees, who won the World Series and fell just short of surpassing the record accomplishments of the 1927 Yankees. Many players from that 1927 “Murderers' Row”...


A Nearly Perfect Season: The Inside Story of the 1984 San Francisco 49ers

by Chris Willis Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 16, 2014)

The San Francisco 49ers entered the 1984 season determined to erase the memory of their three point loss to the Washington Redskins in the NFC Championship Game the year before. Nineteen games later, they had...


Pooling Talent: Swimming's Greatest Teams

by Matthew De George Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 02, 2014)

Pooling Talent highlights relay teams, squads, and programs spanning nearly a century of competitive swimming. From the 1976 U.S. Women’s 400 Freestyle relay to the 2001 Australian squad, and even including...


A History of Women's Boxing

by Malissa Smith Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 05, 2014)

A History of Women’s Boxing traces the history of the sport back to the 1700s, through the 2012 Olympic Games when women were first allowed to box, and up to the present. Rich in detail and exhaustively researched,...


The World through Soccer: The Cultural Impact of a Global Sport

by Tamir Bar-On Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 07, 2014)

This book uses soccer to provide insights into worldwide politics, religion, business, ethics, leadership, childhood, philosophy, and art. It examines the way soccer influences and reflects these aspects of...


Motorsports and American Culture: From Demolition Derbies to NASCAR

by Mark D. Howell & John D. Miller Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 10, 2014)

This collection of essays examines the relevancy of motorsports to American culture and history, from the late nineteenth century to the present. Addressing a wide spectrum of motorsports—such as stock car...


Boxing: A Concise History of the Sweet Science

by Gerald R. Gems Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 13, 2014)

In Boxing: A Concise History of the Sweet Science, Gerald R. Gems provides a succinct yet comprehensive coverage of the sport, recounting boxing’s ancient roots, evolution, and globalization. Throughout, Gems...


The Bilko Athletic Club: The Story of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels

by Gaylon H. White Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 16, 2014)

The Bilko Athletic Club is the story of the 1956 Los Angeles Angels, a team of castoffs and kids built around a bulky, beer-loving basher of home runs named Steve Bilko. The Angels compiled a 107-61 won-loss...


Vaudeville on the Diamond: Minor League Baseball in Today's Entertainment World

by David M. Sutera Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 09, 2014)

From 1993 to 2010, minor league baseball has, in aggregate, shown a steady increase in attendance, reaching as high as nearly fifty-two million spectators in 2008. With all the high tech, live streaming, fast-paced...


Young Athletes, Couch Potatoes, and Helicopter Parents: The Productivity of Play

by Jessica Skolnikoff & Robert Engvall Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 11, 2013)

This book addresses a variety of topics regarding the nature of “play” in our society. It takes a close look at the concept of “helicopter parenting” and the impact that hyper-involved parents have upon...


Left on Base in the Bush Leagues

by Gaylon H. White Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 15, 2019)

There was a time when no town was too small to field a professional baseball team. In 1949, the high point for the minor leagues, there were 59 leagues and 464 cities with teams, two-thirds of them in so-called...


A History of the World Cup

by Clemente A. Lisi Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 15, 2019)

There is no sporting event more popular than the World Cup. For one month every four years, billions of people around the world turn their attention to the tournament. Fans call in sick to work, pack into bars...


Breaking Barriers

by Douglas Stark Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 15, 2018)

Today, it is nearly impossible to talk about the best basketball players in America without acknowledging the accomplishments of incredibly talented black athletes like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Kobe...


Fidel Castro and Baseball

by Peter C. Bjarkman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 07, 2018)

Few political figures of the modern age have been so vilified as Fidel Castro, and both the vilification and worship generated by the Cuban leader have combined to distort the true image of Castro. The baseball...


Baseball and American Culture

by John P. Rossi Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 04, 2018)

For more than a hundred years, baseball has been woven into the American way of life. By the time they reach high school, children have learned about the struggles and triumphs of players like Jackie Robinson....


The 100 Greatest American Athletes

by Martin Gitlin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 15, 2018)

From Babe Ruth to Michael Phelps, Billie Jean King to Tony Hawk, American athletes have been a source of pride and accomplishment throughout the nation’s history. While there have been plenty of athlete biographies,...


More Than a Game

by David K. Wiggins, Jacqueline M. Moore & Nina Mjagkij Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 15, 2018)

More than a Game discusses how African American men and women sought to participate in sport and what that participation meant to them, the African American community, and the United States more generally. Recognizing...


The Other Classroom

by Michael J. Coffino Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 31, 2018)

High school sports programs are not simply one-dimensional after-school recreational diversions from the rigors of academic life. In The Other Classroom: The Essential Importance of High School Athletics, Michael...


Born on the Links

by John Williamson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 15, 2018)

Golf has been around for over 600 years, its origins tracing back to the links in Scotland in the fifteenth century. Since then, the game has spread worldwide, with millions of fans and players from all walks...


Raising Young Athletes

by Jim Taylor Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 12, 2018)

Sports are an amazing environment in which to raise children. The benefits they gain from athletic participation are many, including physical, personal, and social. Yet, there is also a dark side to today’s...


The Four Home Runs Club

by Steven K. Wagner Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 01, 2018)

In all of baseball, one record shines as perhaps the most coveted: four home runs by one player in a single game. If the pinnacle of pitching is the perfect game, then the highpoint of hitting is four home runs,...


The Coach Who Strangled the Bulldog

by Dick Friedman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 31, 2018)

This book details the life of Percy Haughton, college football’s first modern coach. A true innovator of the game, his Harvard squads went 71-7-5 during his tenure and were deemed national champions three...


Remembering the Greatest Coaches and Games of the NFL Glory Years

by Wayne Stewart Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 16, 2018)

The NFL in the 1950s and 1960s was full of iconic players and legendary coaches. Future Hall of Famers battled it out on the gridiron and roamed the sidelines, making for incredible games and memorable moments....


America's Game

by Bryan Soderholm-Difatte Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 31, 2018)

This comprehensive survey of major league baseball looks at the national pastime’s legendary figures, major innovations, and pivotal moments, from the beginning of the twentieth century through World War II....


The 100 Greatest Swimmers in History

by John Lohn Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 10, 2018)

In The 100 Greatest Swimmers in History, John Lohn profiles some of the biggest names the sport has ever seen, from Mark Spitz and Tracy Caulkins to Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps. Each swimmer is ranked based...


Sport Psychology for Youth Coaches: Developing Champions in Sports and Life

by Ronald E. Smith & Frank L. Smoll Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 16, 2012)

Two seasoned sport psychologists help coaches understand the psychology of young athletes and provide guidelines for winning strategies that benefit athletes in sports and life. They cover issues like motivation,...


The 1988 Dodgers

by K. P. Wee Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 24, 2018)

When most baseball fans think back to the 1988 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics, they probably remember Kirk Gibson’s dramatic home run off Dennis Eckersley, Orel Hershiser’s...


Singles and Smiles

by Gaylon H. White Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 20, 2018)

This book brings to light the story of a Negro League and Pacific Coast League star, his struggles to make it in the majors, and his crucial role in integrating baseball’s premier minor league.

Artie Wilson...


Taken by Speed

by Connie Ann Kirk Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 18, 2017)

The number of athletes who have died competing in the sport of motor racing, including amateurs and professionals around the world, stretches into the thousands. Despite the danger, drivers continue to compete...


Dick Bosman on Pitching

by Ted Leavengood & Dick Bosman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 08, 2018)

Dick Bosman’s career in Major League Baseball as a player and coach has spanned more than 50 years. He pitched eleven seasons in the American League, was the Major League pitching coach for multiple teams,...


Rocky Graziano

by Jeffrey Sussman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 08, 2018)

Rocky Graziano, juvenile delinquent, middleweight boxing champion, and comedic actor, was the last great fighter from the golden age of boxing, the era of Joe Louis, Jake LaMotta, and Sugar Ray Robinson.

In...


Becoming a True Champion: Achieving Athletic Excellence from the Inside Out

by Kirk Mango & Daveda Lamont Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 16, 2012)

Becoming a True Champion offers a path to achieving athletic excellence, longevity, and dignity through the values and hard work that once distinguished athletes as true role models. Providing an antidote to...


National Pastime

by Martin C. Babicz & Thomas W. Zeiler Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 13, 2017)

From its modest beginnings in rural America to its current status as an entertainment industry in postindustrial America enjoyed worldwide by millions each season, the linkages between baseball’s evolution...


Spirit of '67

by Thomas J. Whalen Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 31, 2017)

Using the colorful and tumultuous 1960s as a backdrop, acclaimed author Thomas J. Whalen’s Spirit of ’67: The Cardiac Kids, El Birdos, and the World Series That Captivated America shows how the Red Sox and...


The Art of Motivation for Team Sports

by Jim Hinkson & Jack Armstrong Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 20, 2017)

The challenge for today’s modern coach is to push players without risking burnout, inspire them without bullying, and discipline players without constantly yelling. While no two coaches have the exact same...


A History of the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team

by Clemente A. Lisi Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2017)

The United States men’s national soccer team has a rich history dating back to the early twentieth century. The team, along with the sport, toiled in obscurity for decades but found its breakthrough moment...


Terry Bradshaw: From Super Bowl Champion to Television Personality

by Brett L. Abrams Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2017)

This book examines Terry Bradshaw’s celebrity status that has grown and developed through years of interacting with football fans and the larger U.S. culture. It covers his early years playing football, his...


Beyond Soccer

by Tamir Bar-On Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 03, 2017)

As the world’s most popular game, soccer is unique in its ability to reflect and impact culture, society, and politics. Beyond Soccer: International Relations and Politics as Seen through the Beautiful Game...


The New Boys of Summer

by Paul Hensler Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2017)

The 1960s were among the most compelling years in the history of the United States, from the intensifying clamor for civil rights to the tragic incidents of assassination and war. Caught up in this sea of restlessness...


The Boxing Kings

by Paul Beston Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2017)

For much of the twentieth century, boxing was one of America’s most popular sports, and the heavyweight champions were figures known to all. Their exploits were reported regularly in the newspapers—often...


The Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh

by Sheldon Anderson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2017)

Stella Walsh, who was born in Poland but raised in the United States, competed for Poland at the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, winning gold and silver in the 100 meters. Running and jumping competitively for three...


Remembering the Stars of the NFL Glory Years

by Wayne Stewart Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 13, 2017)

The 1950s and 60s was a golden age for professional football. It was perhaps the toughest and roughest era for the sport, before rules were created to better protect the players, but it was also a time when...


Six Centuries of Foxhunting

by M. L. Biscotti & Norman Fine Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 23, 2017)

Hunting literature had its beginnings as early as the fourteenth century, when nobles hunted stag, bear, fox, and other game on horseback. As foxhunting grew in popularity, literary works that covered the sport...