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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.

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.

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.

Sports and Labor in the United States

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

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: Sociology
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.

Beer, Babes, and Balls

Looks at contemporary sports talk radio and its relations to both traditional and newer forms of masculinity.

Out of Play

A revealing look at gender issues in contemporary sport.

Athletic Intruders

Explores women's place in sport and exercise from a socioculture perspective.

Paradoxes of Youth and Sport

Highlights the practical benefits and the many problems of youth and sports in the United States.

Outsiders in the Clubhouse

A sociological examination of life within the subworld of women's professional golf that explores the interpersonal relations between athletes, fans, and sponsors on the LPGA tour and looks at tensions between gender, class, and prowess within the social world of golf.