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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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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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Twin Cities Haunted Handbook
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Twin Cities Haunted Handbook
Jeff Morris, Garett Merk, and Dain Charbonneau


100 Ghostly Places You Can Visit in and Around Minneapolis and St. Paul

Twin Cities Haunted Handbook is the newest book in the Haunted Handbook line within the popular America's Haunted Road Trip series. The Haunted Handbooks are city-specific travel guides to nearly one hundred places within a major city. 

Twin Cities Haunted Handbook is written with the ghost enthusiast in mind. All 100 chapters contain information on the history as well as the haunting surrounding each location, as well as detailed directions on how to locate each site. Many of the chapters also contain insider information that only a local would know, making it easier for ghost hunters to investigate. Ghost hunters Jeff Morris, Garett Merk, and Dain Charbonneau explore all the best haunted locales Minneapolis has to offer, including Dead Man's Pond, Memorial Pet Cemetery, Padelford Packet Boat Company, the Old Jail Bed and Breakfast, and St. Thomas College and the Legend of the 13 Graves.

Each two page entry includes directions from downtown, an historical overview of the haunted place, the story of ghostly doings in that place, and advice on visiting the place yourself--if you dare.
 



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Wild Chicago
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Wild Chicago
F. Lynne Bachleda


Animals, Reptiles, Insects, and Plants to Watch Out for at Home, at the Park, and in the Woods

Have you ever wondered what to do when a snake bit you? What if it is an animal you have never seen before? What if that plant is poisonous? Chicago residents need have no fear. In this new guide, Lynne Bachleda showcases the animals, places, and potential diseases that readers could encounter in the Chicago area. Bachleda touches on the mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids, and flora that Chicago has to offer and she doesn't stop there. In this book, Bachleda explains how to keep safe and what to do in case you are injured by an animal or contract a disease from an animal or plant.


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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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