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Read/listened to an interesting Sports book lately? Post it in the club and discuss it with the TBP community. Sports related books only please. All sports acceptable.

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  2. Brad


    I listed this one further down...I completed it within the last half year...audiobook as well. I would recommend, I really enjoyed listening. I never saw the movie. I remember Bill James from when I was a young lad. It was interesting to hear about his contributions in the early days.
  3. Duke Snyder's autobiography. A paperback given to me by a friend of my father, Korean War vet, and USF football season ticket holder from day one until he died a few years ago. The book is a very good read about the times in which Snyder played, including the introduction of Jackie Robinson into white baseball.
  4. swamprat


    Audio book. As usual. the book is much better than the movie. Much more detail, though that may bore some. I'm all about the details.
  5. By John Feinstein I picked this up on Audible a few years ago. It's a very interesting perspective of the lives of players, coaches, and umps in, primarily, the AAA level of the minor leagues. Players on the way up to the majors. Players on the out of the majors. Players who play their entire career in the minors. I did not know umpires have to qualify to stay keep their jobs. If they don't move up after so many years, they get moved out. Coaches who manage in the minors, just waiting for that chance to be the third base coach on their major league club.
  6. I've read it twice. A lot of USF history and I enjoy his hoops perspective.
  7. I thought it was a little repetitive at times, but overall a good read. I love anything about Epstein. such a baseball genius. On October 12, 2011, Theo Epstein became the new Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations, flipping a switch on the lovable-loser franchise and initiating a plan to accomplish in Chicago what he'd succeeded in as general manager of the Boston Red Sox: ending a World Series drought. It would require a complete team tear-down and turnover, a new farm system foundation of young talent which Epstein and Cubs GM Jed Hoyer gradually added to with gutsy trades and timely signings. After years of rebuilding, Epstein's crystalline vision has been unquestionably realized in the form of one of the most exciting and talented teams in baseball, led by heavyweights like Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant as well as visionaries like manager Joe Maddon. In The Plan, David Kaplan of CSN Chicago and ESPN Radio goes behind the scenes with the Cubs and their front office, walking the steps of their captivating rise to becoming 2016 World Series champions. Featuring exclusive interviews with Epstein, owner Tom Ricketts, and other team insiders, this is the definitive account of a new era on the North Side.
  8. Finished both of these audiobooks. I highly recommend the Bird/Magic book. Of course, I was a Showtime fan back in the 80s and a Magic Johnson fan. The book covered some things I knew about Magic, but a lot that I did not. I was so anti-Bird back in that era, I knew little about him. Much as the book describes, if you were pro-Magic, you "hated" Bird. I wouldn't describe it as hating Bird but really disliking the Celtics. The book takes you from their meeting the the World Invitational Tournament (I had not known about this) and of course the NCAA Champ and all the NBA games and playoffs, wrapping up around the end of their careers on the Dream Team. You learn more about the HIV announcement and how teammates and others reacted. Learned a lot about what a tough guy Bird was in the face of physically painful injuries and wear and tear. It was a pleasure to listen to, will likely repeat at some time in the future. I give it 5 horns.
  9. In honor of the club I grabbed a couple on sale at Audible.com Being a one-time Magic Johnson fan, I bought this on sale: I also sprung a few bucks for Charles Barkley's audio version of his book: I started, first, with Sir Charles' book (originally published in 2002). As he says, it's not really about Sports, but it is in a way. I have listened to the first 4 chapters or so. It is read by the author, so if you can follow Charles you'll know when he is making a point important to him...and other times, he just makes you laugh. I am continuing it today and will likely wrap it up. This is such an old book, you may have already heard about it. He speaks a lot to "controversial topics" and certainly discusses social issues he experienced and what his thoughts are. As you can see, both those audiobook are very inexpensive. So, it's hard to have a bad read listen. I'll add more as I come across it. I look forward to the Magic/Bird book. Loved that Nat champ game, and the Showtime era afterwards.
  10. John Smoltz was one of the greatest Major League pitchers of the late twentieth / early twenty-first century—one of only two in baseball history ever to achieve twenty wins and fifty saves in single seasons—and now he shares the candid, no-holds-barred story of his life, his career, and the game he loves in Starting and Closing.- Amazon Its really more inspirational than analytical. He talks about his faith a lot and uses the book to give his side of stories about his career. Some I knew before, some I did not. I thought it was pretty good overall though. Really looked at his personal life but you can tell he guarded a few things. https://www.amazon.com/Starting-Closing-Perseverance-Faith-More/dp/0062120565
  11. BrassBulls12

    On the watch list

    I just put the Clemente book on my amazon list. Might buy it tonight.
  12. I thought I'd put this out there because it is on my watch list more out of reverence than a desire to read right now....I don't read fiction, but when I do, I'll read this. Chris Gallen was an original Bull. He, along with board member @Dave_Glaser were the very early internet Bulls back in the 90s and co-hosted the original USFBulls.com site long before TBP got started. He was affectionately known as @USFreak and posted here and there on TBP a decade or so ago. I think it's cool he was a crazy Bulls fan and a novelist.
  13. Forgot to ask about these....my kindle list was comprised of those titles I already bought. These are the titles I have on a watch list, noting that usually I can catch a deal at a great price by listing it if I am not in a have to read now mode. :cheap,yes Watch List: https://amzn.to/2IWX0A8 https://amzn.to/2I5u3kj https://amzn.to/2DXaWXf I'm a big Clemente guy, and a Pirate fan, hence the book on the kindle list I read about the 70s Pirates. I think the G.S. Warrior book is the basketball version of Moneyball, but since I coach it, I should learn it. And of course the Coach K book, heard it reference a number of times, seems like a winner, no pun intended.
  14. Of the four I have here, this is the first I read. I found it entertaining, and when you think about it, these guys on the bubble in pro sports have it rough. Here is the Amazon description: Amazon has a great deal right now on the audiobook version (I had the ebook) for just $2.99. His writing was entertaining and insightful, I imagine his narration would be hard to turnoff/put down as well. I recommend.
  15. BrassBulls12

    The kindle/audible collection

    Awesome. I recommend the rest of the series, I'm going to buy Killing England next. I'm working on John Smoltz's Starting and Closing right now. I keep it in the locker to use on bus rides but I really want to get to The Plan, which about the building of the Cubs Franchise soon though so I might bring that one home.
  16. I just finished listening to Killing the Rising Sun Saturday! I haven’t read or listened to the Rick Ankiel book yet. Been teeing it up since it came out, but always selected something different to start. I am not one of those guys that can read more than one at a time.
  17. BrassBulls12

    The kindle/audible collection

    I also do a lot of history reading. Recently I finished most of Bill O’Reiley and Martin Duggard’s “killing” series. I read killing Lincoln and killing Kennedy last year and knocked out killing Patton and killing the rising sun last week. They can be a little presumptuous with their details but the story like delivery of the books keep me interested.
  18. BrassBulls12

    The kindle/audible collection

    How was the Phenomenon? I’ve almost bought that one a few times?
  19. There is a ton of data in the book on the issue. The author really looks at the different approaches from top high school prospects, to aging veterans. He even takes a look at the Japanese and how their culture plays into training and treatment. I don’t believe there any difference I where the tendon comes from. It mostly depends on what the patient has. It does discuss a newer technicique that has been developed in that is thought to reduce the risk of nerve damage and the risk of detachment. It’s a figure 8 type of thing if you want to look into that. That procedure is an interesting topic of its own. It’s really a book that explores the complexity of the issue.
  20. Read the WaPo link. That's intriguing. Especially when you consider the number of USF pitchers coming off of TJ surgery last couple seasons. It always seemed that some came back better and stronger. Sounds like some data in the book to support. Do tendons from some parts of the body fare better than others when connecting the arm bones?
  21. I no longer buy hardcovers or paperbacks except in rare occasions, so it's easy to go through a list of books. Just going to give an overview of my recent sports reads with more to follow. Most of my reading (and now listening) is history, but I throw in an occasional sports book. I usually get the sports book on sale on Amazon so there is always about 5-10 on the e-shelf waiting for me. Most recently completed: The Team That Changed Baseball Moneyball Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile Ball Four Upcoming: Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won This Is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon The Quarterback Whisperer: How to Build an Elite NFL Quarterback After the Cheering Stops: An NFL Wife’s Story of Concussions, Loss, and the Faith that Saw Her Through Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court The Phenomenon: Pressure, the Yips, and the Pitch that Changed My Life Taking Shots: Tall Tales, Bizarre Battles, and the Incredible Truth About the NBA Out of Bounds: Inside the NBA's Culture of ****, Violence, and Crime Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court
  22. I haven't read it recently, but obviously it is the greatest sports book of all time, written by former Bulls basketball player Tony Grier. It is available on and off at Amazon for various prices - currently there is a copy for under $4.00 - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for any Bulls fan that wants to learn about the program and Tony's story. From the book's page at Amazon: The book itself is an easy read. Tony did a lot to produce it. I noticed some editorial mistakes, but it didn't take away from the passion and storytelling of USF Basketball. Learn about the Florida Four and the effort to keep sports out of USF. Lee Rose's departure. Chucky Atkins drive to make the NBA. It was released about 10 years ago. It is in paperback form only as far as I can tell. Probably time for me to break it out and read once again. Tony was kind enough to send me an autographed copy for working with him and The Bulls Pen faithful to get the word out.
  23. You might not be a fan of his son, but I really enjoined this book that looks back on the career of one the most influential coaches of all time. Here is an excerpt from a review on Good reads. Few people in the history of college sports have been more influential or had a bigger impact than Lou Holtz. Winner of the three national Coach of the Year honors, the only coach ever to lead six different schools to season-ending bowl games, and the ninth-winningest coach in college football history, Holtz is still teaching and coaching, although he is no longer on the gridiron.In his most telling work to date, the man still known as "Coach" by all who cross his path reveals what motivated a rail-thin 135-pound kid with marginal academic credentials and a pronounced speech impediment to play and coach college football, and to become one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in history. With unflinching honesty and his trademark dry wit, Holtz goes deep, giving us the intimate details of the people who shaped his life and the decisions he would make that shaped the lives of so many others. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9080189-wins-losses-and-lessons https://www.amazon.com/Wins-Losses-Lessons-Autobiography-Holtz/dp/0060840811
  24. Ever wanted to know what "The Process" is? This book tells all. https://www.amazon.com/Saban-Making-Coach-Monte-Burke/dp/1476789940
  25. This is a deep look into all the decisions an MLB manager has to make throughout a season. My favorite part was reading around 5 pages or so about whether or not he should have thrown over to first while a runner was on. He went on to explain the impact it can make just by simply throwing over and how it changed the game. Bonus: USF alum La Russa is a graduate of the University of South Florida (bachelor of arts in industrial management, 1969) -Wiki https://www.amazon.com/One-Last-Strike-Baseball-Championship/dp/0062207547
  26. I really liked this one. My favorite part was the relationship between Francona and Epstein in the process of breaking the curse. https://www.amazon.com/Francona-Red-Sox-Years-Terry/dp/B00QUEXPC0
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