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Walking as Artistic Practice

Accessible to a wide range of readers, from artists to commuters to nature lovers and beyond, who wish to expand their understanding of walking.

Bush League, Big City

The saga of New York’s push to build two minor-league baseball stadiums, colored by dollars, politics, and dreams.

The Camp Abilities Story

The uplifting story of how one camp gave children with visual impairment new confidence in their own abilities.

Bronx Epitaph

The first book to comprehensively examine Lou Gehrig's famous "Luckiest Man" speech.

New York's Great Lost Ballparks

Tells the story of New York's playing grounds, teams, and ballparks of yesteryear.

Democracy at the Ballpark

Examines how the national pastime of baseball has the capacity to shape politics and American democracy.

Playing Games in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America

Illuminates the ways games—from baseball cards to board games, charades to boxing, and croquet to strategies of war—were integral to nineteenth-century life and culture in the United States and Britain.

Blows to the Head

A provocative tale of an unlikely contender and her midlife transformation through boxing.

Beyond the Xs and Os

Inside account of the negotiations between the football Bills, New York State, and Erie County to sign a long-term stadium lease and thereby keep the team in Buffalo.

Forest and Crag

A compelling story of our ever-evolving relationship with mountains and wilderness.

Running the Long Path

An ultrarunner’s fast-paced narrative into the wilds of New York’s Hudson Valley, as he attempts to set a new record for completing the Long Path, a 350-mile hiking trail that links New York City and Albany.

Sports and Labor in the United States

Overview and analysis of labor relations in the big four American sports.

The Creation of Wing Chun

Looks at southern Chinese martial arts traditions and how they have become important to local identity and narratives of resistance.

The Heroic Age of Diving

By Jerry Kuntz
Subjects: History
Series: Excelsior Editions

A comprehensive history of the first three decades of underwater exploration in antebellum America.

Feminist Figure Girl

Analyzes the author’s transformation from academic to figure competitor.

Six Weeks in Saratoga

The inside story of how a three-year old filly captured the hearts of racing fans and cemented her bid to be named Horse of the Year.

Going the Distance

His major league baseball dreams dashed, a former pitcher returns home to make a life or death family decision.

Martial Arts as Embodied Knowledge

A wide-ranging scholarly consideration of the martial arts.

After Artest

Explores how the NBA moved to govern black players and the expression of blackness after the “Palace Brawl” of 2004.

The Stadium

Photographs by Jon Plasse
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

Photographs and recollections of one of baseball’s most storied icons.

Coach

Edited by Andrew Blauner
Preface by David Duchovny
Foreword by Bill Bradley
Subjects: General Interest
Series: Excelsior Editions

Twenty-five celebrated writers share the encouraging words and timeless wisdom of the coaches who influenced their lives.

When Boxing Was a Jewish Sport

A vivid portrayal of the important role of Jews in American boxing history, and vice versa.

My Life at the Gym

Edited by Jo Malin
Subjects: Gender And Sexuality

Personal accounts celebrating the place of exercise in women’s lives—and as the site of women’s community.

Olympic Industry Resistance

A critical look at the Olympics in the postbribery, post-9/11 era, particularly at consequences for host cities and so-called “Olympic education” for schoolchildren.

Give and Go

A pickup basketball player looks at the pickup game as a distinctive culture using both personal experience and cultural studies theory.