Fifteen compelling stories from the acclaimed Sports Illustrated correspondent who’s been hailed as one of America’s finest sportswriters. Gary Smith’s sportswriting stands among the best journalism being written today. His award-winning stories shatter the confines of traditional sports reportage, getting beneath the wins and losses and penetrating into the hearts of the athletes themselves into their lives and personal struggles, their communities and their worlds. Beyond the Game brings together fifteen of Smith’s greatest stories, from groundbreaking profiles of international stars like Mike Tyson and Magic Johnson, to intimate looks at lesser-known athletes whose lives are driven by the thrill of competition and the love of a game. There is “Damned Yankee,” the heartbreaking story of John Malangone, who seemed destined to succeed Yogi Berra as the Yankees’ starting catcher until his career was destroyed by the crushing weight of a childhood trauma that continued to haunt him. “Someone to Lean On” is the inspirational story of an extraordinary retarded man named Radio and the South Carolina high school football team that has adopted him for over thirty years. “Shadow of a Nation” tells of a Crow Indian community’s intense passion for basketball and how former high school star Jonathan Takes Enemy must struggle to escape the tragic history of his tribe as he seeks a place in the world outside the reservation. The stories in Beyond the Game are stories of dreams and fears, failure and triumph, self-destruction and salvation, set in the twilight shadows between the sun-drenched playing fields and brightly lit arenas at the heart of sports and the darkness of the locker rooms and lonely streets that lurk at their periphery. Each of Gary Smith’s moving stories will profoundly touch you and remain with you, long after you have closed the pages of this book.
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction of 2011 title Jim Dent, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Junction Boys, returns with a powerful Texas story which transcends college football, displaying the courage and determination of one of the game's most valiant players. Freddie Steinmark was an under-sized but scrappy young man when he arrived in Austin as a freshman at the University of Texas in 1967. Despite the pronouncement by many coaches that he was too small to play football at the college level, Freddie was a tenacious competitor who vowed to start every game as a varsity Longhorn. By the start of the 1969 season, Freddie was making his mark on the college gridiron and national stage as UT's star safety, but he'd also developed a crippling pain in his thigh that worried his high school sweetheart, Linda. Despite the increasingly debilitating pain, Freddie continued to play throughout the season, helping the Longhorns to rip through opponents like pulpwood. His final game was for the national championship at the end of 1969, when the Longhorns rallied to beat Arkansas in a legendary game that has become known as "the Game of the Century." Tragically, bone cancer took Freddie off the field when nothing else could. But nothing could extinguish his irrepressible spirit or keep him away from the game. Although his struggle with cancer would be short-lived, Freddie's fight would inspire the nation as well as thousands of cancer victims, earning him a special citation from President Richard Nixon. Today, a photo of Freddie hangs in the tunnel at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, where players touch it before games en route to the field. With this moving story, a Brian's Song for college football, Jim Dent once again brings readers to cheers and tears with a truly American tale of resolution and bravery in the face of the worst odds.
For Big Lou’s Gentlemen’s Club softball was more than running around in dirt and grass. This crazy band of misfits had to defeat the three time champs, The Animals. They couldn’t do it playing straight up softball. They needed an edge – an edge that included exploding dogs, half of a dead horse, and a shootout with a car. The Animals were not going to surrender their crown easily.
Professional athletes appear to have everything going for them. But we've all heard the stories of the athletes who crashed and burned after achieving their initial success. When asked, we'll often hear a version of, "I didn't realize how much I was spending," or "I trusted the wrong person," or "I didn't think it could happen to me." It would be tempting to blame them. After all, how hard is it to manage money and fame?Beyond the Game: An MBA for Professional Athletes addresses the reality that many athletes don't have the training or background to navigate the business side of being a professional. However, history has shown that the most successful athletes understand the need to treat their professional careers like a business from the beginning. This book outlines in detail how athletes can go from being amateurs to professionals with thriving, healthy careers by putting on their entrepreneur hat. Our end goal is to deliver a mini-MBA about the basics of turning an athletic career into a business and managing the demands and expectations that come with being a professional athlete. We start with a recommendation to adopt a team approach so athletes can ensure they have objective advice on both the financial and professional front. Over ten chapters, we cover everything from dealing with friends and family to managing variable income.Given the reality that most athletes, at least at the beginning of their careers, will prefer to focus on the sports side of life, the book speaks directly to the people supporting athletes, including parents and coaches. While an athlete may not sit down and read this book, they may be inclined to listen to the people they trust. The book can be read from cover to cover, but we organized and wrote the chapters to be self-supporting. We wanted to make it easy for anyone to pick up the book at any time to help them deal with a particular career/business situation.
The president of New York University offers a love letter to America’s most beloved sport and a tribute to its underlying spirituality. For more than a decade, John Sexton has taught a wildly popular New York University course about two seemingly very different things: religion and baseball. Yet Sexton argues that one is actually a pathway to the other. Baseball as a Road to God is about touching that something that lies beyond logical understanding. Sexton illuminates the surprisingly large number of mutual concepts shared between baseball and religion: faith, doubt, conversion, miracles, and even sacredness among many others. Structured like a game and filled with riveting accounts of baseball’s most historic moments, Baseball as Road to God will enthrall baseball fans whatever their religious beliefs may be. In thought-provoking, beautifully rendered prose, Sexton elegantly demonstrates that baseball is more than a game, or even a national pastime: It can be a road to enlightenment.
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Through the experiences of many athletes. They begin to realize that something is missing and that their hearts are always longing for more. They realize how empty the achievements become as they place their trust, self-worth, and fulfillment in them. The book S.W.A.g speaks of the testimony and eye opening experiences of former athlete, Darius Person. It speaks of how he searched for self-worth and fulfillment by excelling in sports. Through the emptiness and desperation he observed in himself, teammates, and athletes across the world, Darius began to face the truth about his reality and began searching for his true identity. He found it through his relationship with Jesus. This book is an inspiration for athletes who are searching for life beyond the game.