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Read/listened to an interesting Sports book lately? Post it in the club and discuss it with TBP community. Sports related books only please. All sports acceptable.
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  2. Does that mean there is a signed copy option?
  3. @NewEnglandBull Manchester's Shoe Industry (American Heritage) Paperback – August 5, 2019
  4. Awesome, if he does, let me know what he thinks about it.
  5. Just finished: You Win in the Locker Room First: The 7 C's to Build a Winning Team in Business, Sports, and Life on audiobook. Part sports, part business and just part being a smart human being, it's a light read but I found it enjoyable. The audiobook was cheaper than the book (above), and the recommendation is to have both. If you lead people, the book is nice to reference after hearing the audio.... Written by Jon Cooper along with former Falcons HC Mike Smith.
  6. I ordered my son the Chipper book from Amazon for a little more than that. Hope he reads it before school starts!
  7. I also just noticed this link to buy and similar books stuff at the top. That's a nice touch. Think i'm gonna look into that down to the last pitch book. also I found the chipper book on sale at Books a million for 6 bucks. Absolute steal
  8. I was never a fan of textbooks either. I really didn't get into reading until I started teaching.
  9. My baseball playing son grew up a Chipper Fan. In fact, we bought a chipper signed ball and photo at the first gen USF Athletics auction. I might buy him this book. Since he's in college, reading isn't much of a hobby for him outside of textbooks though. And those rarely, I fear.
  10. https://www.amazon.com/Ballplayer-Chipper-Jones/dp/1101984406 Just finished this one. Pretty good IMO, I was a fan of jones and those Braves through the 90's although I was younger. His personal life has a few questionable decisions but he doesn't shy from them throughout the book. His mentality as a ballplayer shines through. Love that he valued staying with one team and also love that he walked out of a meeting with Scott Boras (slight spoiler). I would definitely recommend this to any baseball fan.
  11. I'm a few chapters into this.....tough one. Tracks the career and relationship (written by wife) of a former NFL player's from college football to his demise. You can't put it down, but you have to be ready to deal with the sadder side of sports injuries and outcomes.
  12. If you want to suggest a book, there is a "ThreadStarter" icon below the dialogue box. You simply need to enter the book title (although ISBN works better imho). Add whatever comments you'd like, as I have here, and it really creates a nice opening thread.
  13. I found an old audiobook on cassette when cleaning out the closet a year or so ago. Made me laugh when I saw it.
  14. I read at least 1 book a week and listen to another. I am a huge history buff, so most are biographies and history, but I indulge in murder mysteries, too, basically Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, Lee Childe, and James Patterson. I absolutely love sports history.
  15. Want to read this. I watched an interview with both Coach Wooden and Kareem years ago. One thing I remember from that interview was that Wooden kept referring to Kareem as Louis. After a few minutes the interviewer asked Kareem if that bothered him. Kareem said, "Coach can call me anything he wants."
  16. Got "When the Game was Ours" from Scribd this afternoon. Should start it this evening, after I finish the last couple of chapters of Michael Connelly non-sports audio book I am currently engrossed in.
  17. I just finished this book. I had the print and audio version on Amazon and could bounce back and forth between the two. It was a great read. Learned a lot about Coach Wooden and a lot about Jabbar. It was a very easy read from Kareem, especially when he was highlighting his and Wooden's sense of humor. But there were also very sad moments about the end of their friendship with Wooden's passing at age 99.
  18. Finished American Pharoah, the audiobook, this morning. I did learn a lot about horses and am now interested in more races outside those in the Triple Crown, but know more about the Triple Crown than ever. I never really knew the order or the challenge/hardship on the horses. Didn't know Baffert was a native Arizonan either. Recommend? Not so much. It was interesting but not the book/audiobook that I think I'll want to experience again. Insightful, but not in my wheel house. Right now, I'm moving back to non-sports with a book about Harry S Truman. After that, I think it will be "Ahead of the Curve". I'm out of sports books in my library, but will be purchasing the one mentioned, by Brian Kenny, soon.
  19. I'm gonna add the Astro book to my amazon list. The American Pharoah book looks interesting, Im not really into horse racing either but I do get incredibly interested in the triple crown, I always pull heavily for the one to be achieved. Might put that on there too.
  20. Alright, I finished up the western and went to the only downloaded Sports audiobook (out walking - getting in tailgating shape now) I had - American Pharoah: The Untold Story. I think the only reason I had this was because Amazon made it available as part of a promotion. Not a horse guy or a gambler, but I'm 4 chapters in and learning a lot about horse sex. Yeah.... But it is interesting so far....I thought I might not be able to get through it, but I still listening...so far so good.
  21. I am finishing up a book on the 19th century West. I think I'll go with one of the newer Baseball data books:
  22. Yeah, It included a lot more fiction that I would have expected. I have a decent stack piling up as well but Im working through that Performance Cortex book and some of that kinda goes over my head and I have to reread it so its taking me longer to get through.
  23. I haven't, but I do have the ESPN book to read at some point. I have a small mountain of sports books to either read or listen to. I'm surprised some that I have read were not on that list.
  24. https://www.amazon.com/Champions-Mind-Great-Athletes-Thrive/dp/1623365627 Even among the most elite performers, certain athletes stand out as a cut above the rest, able to outperform in clutch, game-deciding moments. These athletes prove that raw athletic ability doesn't necessarily translate to a superior on-field experience—its the mental game that matters most.Sports participation—from the recreational to the collegiate Division I level—is at an all-time high. While the caliber of their games may differ, athletes at every level have one thing in common: the desire to excel. In The Champion's Mind, sports psychologist Jim Afremow, PhD, offers the same advice he uses with Olympians, Heisman Trophy winners, and professional athletes, including:• How to get in a "zone," thrive on a team, and stay humble• How to progress within a sport and sustain long-term excellence• Customizable pre-performance routines to hit full power when the gun goes off or the puck is droppedWith hundreds of useful tips, breakthrough science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world's top trainers, The Champion's Mind will help you shape your body to ensure a longer, healthier, happier lifetime.
  25. The 64 Best Sports Books of All Time Anybody read a good amount of these?
  26. The Performance Cortex: How Neuroscience Is Redefining Athletic Genius Why couldn't Michael Jordan, master athlete that he was, crush a baseball? Why can't modern robotics come close to replicating the dexterity of a five-year-old? Why do good quarterbacks always seem to know where their receivers are?On a quest to discover what actually drives human movement and its spectacular potential, journalist, sports writer, and fan Zach Schonbrun interviewed experts on motor control around the world. The trail begins with the groundbreaking work of two neuroscientists in Major League Baseball who are upending the traditional ways scouts evaluate the speed with which great players read a pitch. Across all sports, new theories and revolutionary technology are revealing how the brain's motor control system works in extraordinary talented athletes like Stephen Curry, Tom Brady, Serena Williams, and Lionel Messi; as well as musical virtuosos, dancers, rock climbers, race-car drivers, and more.Whether it is timing a 95 mph fastball or reaching for a coffee mug, movement requires a complex suite of computations that many take for granted--until they read The Performance Cortex. Zach Schonbrun ushers in a new way of thinking about the athletic gifts we marvel over and seek to develop in our own lives. It's not about the million-dollar arm anymore. It's about the million-dollar brain. I am currently working my way through this one, saw it on an episode of MLB Now. It is incredibly interesting. It's basically trying to explain the "natural athlete"
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