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Winning: From Walk-On to Captain, In Football and Life
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Winning: From Walk-On to Captain, In Football and Life
Gary Brackett


Framed within the frenzy leading up to a Super Bowl, Gary Brackett flashes back to the defining moments and lessons in his journey leading to the threshold of a championship season. With his heart metaphorically on his jersey sleeve, Gary invites the reader inside the world of NFL football and the drama leading up to the biggest game day of the year. Along the way, Gary provides glimpses of real-life heroes, on and off the field, as he recounts the stories in this touching testament to the memory of his mom, dad, and brother.

Gary Brackett has overcome countless challenges in his football career and has triumphed over life's adversities. Focusing on the importance of a positive attitude, hard work, commitment to teammates, love of family, and faith, he shares his inspiring life story.

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Remember the AFL
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Remember the AFL



    Remember the AFL: The Ultimate Fan's Guide to the American Football League is a nostalgic journey back in time through remembrances of a league that everyone thought to be doomed before it began.

     From its introduction to the final page, this book will take its readers on a timeless ride back to an era that they will remember with the innocence and passion of their youth.

     Each section of this book embraces the roots and evolution of the league, complete with yearly recaps of each team. Reminisce the time capsule events that forged the history of the league, along with the multitude of names and faces of the players who authored the records and numbers and created the incomparable story of the American Football League. Fans will also relive the history of the AFL by engaging the challenge of over 500 trivia questions - stump your friends!

     Lance Alworth, Clem Daniels, George Blanda, Buck Buchanan, Wahoo McDaniel, Abner Haynes, and Joe Namath, are all here. As are Ben Davidson, Pete Gogolak, Jim Nance, Billy Cannon and Cookie Gilchrist, along with many more names, faces and events that will pique your recall, satisfy your appetite and ignite your passion to Remember the AFL

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Cincinnati's Crosley Field: The Illustrated History of a Classic Ballpark
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Cincinnati's Crosley Field: The Illustrated History of a Classic Ballpark
John Erardi and Joel Luckhaupt


    Crosley Field and another Rhodes-Erardi production, Big Red Dynasty, were honored among the top baseball books in the country by Spitball literary magazine and the Society for American Baseball Research. They also co-authored First Boys of Summer and Opening Day. Rhodes' other books are Redleg Journal, Reds in Black and White, and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Highlights. Erardi's other book, Pete Rose: 4,192, sole 50,000 copies.

     Cincinnati's Crosley Field presents the field's history through text and more than 150 photographs. The Cincinnati Reds played at Crosley Field from 1912 through 1970, and the ballpark holds an iconic place in the city's history as well as throughout Reds Country. One of the most beloved ballparks in Major League history, Crosley Field played host to the first night game and the first of Johnny Vander Meer's back-to-back no-hitters, as well as four World Series and two All-Star games.

    From the outfield terrace to the "Moon Deck," from Lombardi's "snooze" to Big Klu's biceps, Blackwell's "whip" to Rose's belly-flop slides, the Redlegs to the Big Red Machine, Cincinnati's Crosley Field has them covered in words and pictures. Greg Rhodes and John Erardi also present the great Negro Leagues teams that played at Crosley, as well as the field's many colorful characters, such as longtime announcer Waite Hoyt and the top-hatted vendor known as Peanut Jim. In April 2009, the Reds' Hall of Fame and Museum opens this season's key exhibit, Crosley Field Remembered, and Cincinnati's Crosley Field will be sold at the team's gift shop as a souvenir.


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The Wire-to-Wire Reds
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The Wire-to-Wire Reds
John Erardi and Joel Luckhaupt


They were a one-year wonder, but what a year. The 1990 Cincinnati Reds stunned the baseball world by winning the National League pennant and then sweeping the heavily favored Oakland A’s in the World Series. The Reds held first place from game one through the final game—becoming one of only three wire-to-wire champions in major league history.

Perhaps even more surprisingly, the story of this colorful team has never been told before in a book. In conjunction with the 20th anniversary of this historic achievement, The Wire-to-Wire Reds brings back the memories with original interviews, more than one hundred photos, and riveting storytelling by award-winning Cincinnati Enquirer columnist John Erardi and blog-master Joel Luckhaupt. With a foreword by Hall of Fame Reds announcer Marty Brennaman,

The Wire-to-Wire Reds is the ultimate keepsake for fans throughout Reds Country.

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Paul Brown: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Football's Most Innovative Coach (Hardcover)
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Paul Brown: The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Football's Most Innovative Coach (Hardcover)
Andrew O'Toole


    Paul Brown is a football legend, yet few fans know the story of this very private man. This book follows Brown’s life and career, from his childhood and college years through his domination as a coach on every major level — high school, collegiate, and pro — to his painful exile from a sport he essentially helped create. In relating the story of Paul Brown and his gridiron innovations, Andrew O’Toole tells the story of modern day football.

    Paul Brown ranks as one of the greatest of football coaches in history Considered the "father of the modern offense," Brown dominated as a gridiron general on every major level — high school (Massillon HS - from "Go, Tigers"), college (Ohio State), and professional (Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals).

    Brown gained his reputation as an innovator during his time in Cleveland. He was the first to use intelligence tests to judge players, establish a film library, instruct players in a classroom setting, attempt to use a radio transmitter to communicate with players on the field, and install face masks on helmets.

    He was also a person known for his stubborn approach to criticism. Brown was honored in 1967 by his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. In addition to that accolade, two stadiums bear his name: Paul Brown Tiger Stadium in Massillon, and Paul Brown Stadium, current home of the Bengals. Indirectly, a third stadium bears his name: Cleveland Browns Stadium. Learn more about Paul Brown in this book. Grab a copy today, settle in your favorite easy chair and get the facts about one of football's greatest coaches.

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The Comeback Kids
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The Comeback Kids
Mark J. Schmetzer and Joe Jacobs


Few experts picked the Reds to win the National League Central Division Championship. Loaded with great young talent, the team was expected to move up in the standings and maybe even to break its nine-year streak of losing seasons. But win the division? Hardly.

No one realized the level of heart and tenacity this team possessed, the pluck and verve this team could summon in the face of adversity. The Reds came from behind to win 45 games, and whenever they took a tough loss, they bounced back the next game. They truly were “The Comeback Kids.” As baseball fans throughout the country waited for them slide back to expectations, they just kept hustling—and winning.

The Reds led the league in many offensive categories, with a lineup anchored by budding superstar Joey Votto and aging veteran Scott Rolen. Though the pitching staff lacked a true ace, many pitchers contributed quality games. The bullpen did the same, until September, when heralded phenom Aroldis Chapman came up from the minor leagues and threw 100 mph fastballs, taking the staff to a whole new level.

The Comeback Kids tells the remarkable story of the 2010 Reds, a team that relied on every player to achieve a stunning division championship. Featuring nearly 100 photos, this full-color book is the ultimate keepsake for every Reds fan, helping them remember a season, and a team, they never want to forget.



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Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal That Rocked the NBA
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Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal That Rocked the NBA
Tim Donaghy


We also have a few SIGNED copies of Tim Donaghy's book!

A searing look at pro basketball from the perspective of a referee who succumbed to a gambling addiction, which ultimately led to a prison sentence. With a foreword by the FBI Special Agent who worked the Gambino case, Personal Foul reveals in unflinching honesty how the fast life of professional sports can tempt and trap the unwary and unwise.

In the end, Tim Donaghy returns to the redemptive power of telling the truth about his experiences, his addictions, and his insight into what happened on and off the court. An unforgettable page-turner, this book will confirm readers' suspicions about the influence of the front offices of major league sports, the corrosive power of money, fame and power, and needing to heed the inner voice of right and wrong.

For more information, visit the author's website http://www.timdonaghy.com


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The Redemption of the King: LeBron James Returns to Cleveland!
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The Redemption of the King: LeBron James Returns to Cleveland!



LeBron James is back in Cleveland’s court and the city is on fire as their chosen one has decided to come home. Now, for the first time ever, the full story is told from the beginning as author Vince McKee covers James’s entire journey from the start of his career with the Cavaliers, his seven years in Cleveland, his departure to Miami, his time with the Heat, and finally, the much debated and highly anticipated return of the “King.”

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Summer of Shadows
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Summer of Shadows
Jonathan Knight


Summer of Shadows is an intertwining narrative that tells the story of the 1954 Cleveland Indians (which would etch itself in history as one of the greatest baseball teams in MLB history) and the infamous murder of the wife of Dr. Sam Sheppard in their home along the shore of Lake Erie—which held both the city and the nation spellbound that summer. Both of these generation-defining stories take place in the final days of the “Best Location in the Nation,” the nickname for the Cleveland of the 1950s, which truly was one of the great and most influential cities in America.

The Sheppard case would influence the television series The Fugitive a decade later and give Cleveland’s reputation a black eye following the shoddy and unethical behavior of the city’s police department and news media, which led to the conviction of an innocent man. Meanwhile, the 1954 Indians would post the greatest season in American League history and dethrone the five-time-champion New York Yankees in a dramatic pennant race, culminating in a September doubleheader before 86,000 fans at Cleveland Stadium. The powerful Indians would then be swept by Willie Mays and the New York Giants in the World Series. These two parallel tragedies harbinger an onslaught of adversity that dragged Cleveland from its lofty standing as a leading American city to one with a bleak—even comic—reputation.

Summer of Shadows
is essentially a postcard from that gilded age, when the city enjoyed its own golden October, not knowing that decades of dismal, bitter winter lay ahead.

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The Local Boys
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The Local Boys
Joe Heffron and Jack Heffron


Hometown Players for the Cincinnati Reds

Foreword by Chris Welsh
Though one of the smaller markets in Major League Baseball, Cincinnati has produced far more than its share of professional baseball players and many have played, at some point in their careers, for the hometown team. And hometown fans worshiped them. Though nearly 3 million people live in the area, the city retains a certain small-town sense of self. And it holds no one in higher regard than a local boy in a Cincinnati Reds uniform. No dream is better understood — or held in such esteem — as hoping to play for the Reds. For proof, note the 50-foot-high bas-relief sculpture on the wall at the entrance to Great American Ball Park. In it, a Cincinnati boy envisions himself among the clouds—playing ball with the Reds he idolizes.

Local Boys tells the story of the men who achieved the dream. From Ethan Allen to Don Zimmer, from Charlie “Bushel Basket” Gould, who played on the first team in 1869 to Junior Griffey, soon to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. They’re all here. Alongside big-name stars like Dave Parker and Buddy Bell, fans will find Eddie Hunter, who played only one inning in 1933, never got to bat and never fielded a ball. Every player receives a one- or two-page profile, many of which are based on original interviews with the player or surviving family members. The profile goes beyond statistics; it brings the player to life through stories that have never been told in print before.


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