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Sporting Gaffes  Volume 2 Audiobook

Sporting Gaffes Volume 2

Author: Various Narrator: John Inverdale, Radio Archive Release Date: September 2009

John Inverdale presents another hilarious selection of sporting clangers from the BBC archives. Here are some more wonderful giggles, goofs and gaffes that can turn an innocent sports report into a commentator's nightmare - and a listener's dream. Live on air, commentators and sports personalities can say the silliest things.Among those caught out this time are John Humphrys, Garry Richardson, Jonathan Agnew, Alan Green, Mike Ingham, Cornelius Lysaght, Simon Brotherton, Peter Baxter and Colin Murray. This compilation also includes Nigel Mansell trying out a new exercise, misbehaving microphones, 'muppet' impressions, party tricks, accidental innuendo, and some special off-air bloopers featuring Glenn Hoddle, Gary Lineker, Ray Illingworth and Peter Baxter. More classic moments, together with some surprises, in this quick-fire collection which is a must for every sports fan.

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The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership Audiobook

The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership

Author: Bill Walsh, Steve Jamison Narrator: Dick Hill Release Date: August 2009

Anyone who strives to be a better leader will benefit from these last words from Bill Walsh, the amazing NFL coach known as "The Genius."

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Sandy Koufax Audiobook

Sandy Koufax

Author: Jane Leavy Narrator: Jane Leavy, Robert Pinsky Release Date: August 2009

Nobody ever threw a baseball better than Sandy Koufax. He dominated the game -- and the ball, making it rise, break, sing. Then, after his best season, in 1966, he was gone, retired at age thirty, leaving behind a reputation as the game's greatest lefty and most misunderstood man. The Brooklyn boy whom the Dodgers signed as "the Great Jewish Hope" will forever be known for his refusal to pitch the opening game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur. Forty years later, Koufax stands apart and alone, a legend who declines his own celebrity. In Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, Jane Leavy dispels the mystery to discover a man more than worthy of the myth.

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The Long Snapper Audiobook

The Long Snapper

Author: Jeffrey Marx Narrator: Jeff Rechner Release Date: August 2009

Brian Kinchen was a thirty-eight-year-old husband, father of four, and seventh-grade Bible teacher whose professional football career had been over for three years when the New England Patriots called on December 15, 2003. With the Patriots riding a ten-game winning streak and the playoffs only a few weeks away, they needed a fill-in for the obscure but vital job of snapping the ball for their punter and kicker'a long snapper. Brian had received similar invitations to tryouts that yielded only disappointment'the teams always went with a younger guy. But could he really turn away from the chance of a lifetime? The Long Snapper chronicles Brian's remarkable journey as he and the Patriots seek the ultimate trophy. Unfortunately, the dream come true turns into a personal nightmare as Brian struggles both on and off the field, and the pressure to perform on the biggest stage in professional sports nearly causes him to walk away. Seven weeks after leaving the classroom, however, Brian overcomes his greatest fear and snaps the ball on the historic game-winning field goal with only seconds left in the Super Bowl. As told by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jeffrey Marx, The Long Snapper is the story of a man who finally achieves the success he has always wanted. Brian Kinchen's championship ring is a powerful status symbol for all to see. But his journey forces him to reexamine what really matters, and he realizes the true measure of a man has nothing to do with status: life is not about prestige; it is about passion and purpose. It is about impacting the lives of others.

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A Flame of Pure Fire Audiobook

A Flame of Pure Fire

Author: Roger Kahn Narrator: Kevin Yon Release Date: July 2009

Through most of the Roaring '20s, Jack Dempsey was the heavyweight champion of the world. With his fierce good looks and matchless dedication to the kill, he was a fighter perfectly suited to his time. In A Flame of Pure Fire, renowned sports writer Roger Kahn not only chronicles the thrilling, brutal bouts of the Manassa Mauler, but also illustrates how the tumultuous 1920s shaped Dempsey, and how the champ in turn, left an indelible mark on sports and American history. The extraordinary story of a man and a country growing to maturity in a blaze of strength and exuberance, A Flame of Pure Fire is "an exhaustively researched and colorful portrait of an American great." - The San Diego Union-Tribune "One doesn't have to be a fan of boxing to be enthralled by this story of a nice guy who didn't finish last." - The New Yorker

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New York Times Speed Show: How Nascar Won the Heart of America Audiobook

New York Times Speed Show: How Nascar Won the Heart of America

Author: Dave Caldwell Narrator: Rich Orlow Release Date: July 2009

Daytona Beach, Florida, 2001. Sportswriter Dave Caldwell watches from the stands as a black Chevrolet pulls ahead in the final laps of the Daytona 500. In an instant, it's over. The car smashes into a wall at 175 miles an hour, killing one of stock car racing's most loved drivers. The death of Dale Earnhardt inspired an outpouring of grief, drawing new fans to the sport and driving NASCAR to the top of the sporting industry. From its roots during Prohibition to today's die-hard fans, Dave Caldwell weaves together his firsthand observations as a NASCAR reporter with excerpts from The New York Times archives to give readers an inside look at the spectacle that is America's new favorite pastime.

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Sandy Koufax Audiobook

Sandy Koufax

Author: Jane Leavy Narrator: Charley Steiner Release Date: June 2009

In an era when too many heroes have been toppled from too many pedestals, Sandy Koufax stands apart and alone, a legend who declined his own celebrity. As a pitcher, he was sublime, the ace of baseball lore. As a human being, he aspired to be the one thing his talent and his fame wouldn't allow: a regular guy. A Brooklyn kid, he was the product of the sedate and modest fifties who came to define and dominate baseball in the sixties. In Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy, former award-winning Washington Post sportswriter Jane Leavy delivers an uncommon baseball book, vividly re-creating the Koufax era, when presidents were believed and pitchers aspired to go the distance. He was only a teenager when Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley proclaimed him "the Great Jewish Hope" of the franchise. But it wasn't until long after the team had abandoned Brooklyn that the man became the myth. Old-fashioned in his willingness to play when he was injured and in his acute sense of responsibility to his team, Koutax answered to an authority higher than manager Walter Alston. When he refused to pitch the opening game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, he inadvertently made himself a religious icon and an irrevocably public figure. A year later, he was gone -- done with baseball at age thirty. No other sports hero had retired so young, so well, or so completely. Despite Sandy Koufax's best efforts to protect his privacy, his legend has grown larger ever since. Part biography, part cultural history, Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy gets as close to that legend as he will allow. Through meticulous reporting and interviews with five hundred of his friends, teammates, and opponents, Leavy penetrates the mythology to discover a man more than worthy of myth.

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Satchel Audiobook

Satchel

Author: Larry Tye Narrator: Dominic Hoffman Release Date: June 2009

He is that rare American icon who has never been captured in a biography worthy of him. Now, at last, here is the superbly researched, spellbindingly told story of athlete, showman, philosopher, and boundary breaker Leroy 'Satchel' Paige. Few reliable records or news reports survive about players in the Negro Leagues. Through dogged detective work, award-winning author and journalist Larry Tye has tracked down the truth about this majestic and enigmatic pitcher, interviewing more than two hundred Negro Leaguers and Major Leaguers, talking to family and friends who had never told their stories before, and retracing Paige's steps across the continent. Here is the stirring account of the child born to an Alabama washerwoman with twelve young mouths to feed, the boy who earned the nickname 'Satchel' from his enterprising work as a railroad porter, the young man who took up baseball on the streets and in reform school, inventing his trademark hesitation pitch while throwing bricks at rival gang members. Tye shows Paige barnstorming across America and growing into the superstar hurler of the Negro Leagues, a marvel who set records so eye-popping they seemed like misprints, spent as much money as he made, and left tickets for 'Mrs. Paige' that were picked up by a different woman at each game. In unprecedented detail, Tye reveals how Paige, hurt and angry when Jackie Robinson beat him to the Majors, emerged at the age of forty-two to help propel the Cleveland Indians to the World Series. He threw his last pitch from a big-league mound at an improbable fifty-nine. ('Age is a case of mind over matter,' he said. 'If you don't mind, it don't matter.') More than a fascinating account of a baseball odyssey, Satchel rewrites our history of the integration of the sport, with Satchel Paige in a starring role. This is a powerful portrait of an American hero who employed a shuffling stereotype to disarm critics and racists, floated comical legends about himself'including about his own age'to deflect inquiry and remain elusive, and in the process methodically built his own myth. 'Don't look back,' he famously said. 'Something might be gaining on you.' Separating the truth from the legend, Satchel is a remarkable accomplishment, as large as this larger-than-life man.

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A-Rod Audiobook

A-Rod

Author: Selena Roberts Narrator: L.J. Ganser Release Date: May 2009

Alex Rodriguez is the highest-paid player in the history of baseball, a once-in-a-generation talent poised to break many of the sport's most hallowed records. In 2007 he became the youngest player, at 32, ever to hit 500 home runs, solidifying his status as the greatest player in the modern game, and months later he signed a contract that would keep him with the Yankees through the end of his career. His reputation changed drastically in February 2009 when Selena Roberts broke the news in Sports Illustrated that A-Rod had used performance-enhancing drugs during his 2003 MVP season with the Texas Rangers. Her report prompted a contrite Rodriguez to admit illegal drug use during his 2001'2003 seasons with the Rangers, who had signed him to the most expensive contract in Major League Baseball history. Although he admitted to three seasons of steroid use, the man teammates call 'A-Fraud' was still hiding the truth. In the first definitive biography of Alex Rodriguez, Roberts assembles the strands of a bizarre and extraordinary life: from his boyhood in New York and the Dominican Republic through his near-mythic high school career and fast track to the big leagues, the whole of A-Rod's career mirrors the rise and fall of the steroid generation. In A-Rod, Roberts captures baseball's greatest player as a tragic figure in pinstripes: the man once considered the clean exception of the steroid generation revealed as an unmistakable product of its greed and dissolution.

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Age is Just a Number Audiobook

Age is Just a Number

Author: Dara Torres, Elizabeth Weil Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Release Date: April 2009

From legendary Olympic gold medalist Dara Torres comes a motivational, inspirational memoir about staying fit, aging gracefully, and pursuing your dreams. Dara Torres captured the hearts and minds of Americans of all ages when she launched her Olympic comeback as a new mother at the age of forty-one-years after she had retired from competitive swimming and eight years since her last Olympics. When she took three silver medals in Beijing-including a heartbreaking .01-second finish behind the gold medalist in the women's 50-meter freestyle-America loved her all the more for her astonishing achievement and her good-natured acceptance of the results. Now, in Age Is Just a Number, Dara reveals how the dream of an Olympic comeback first came to her-when she was months into her first, hard-won pregnancy. With humor and candor, Dara recounts how she returned to serious training-while nursing her infant daughter and contending with her beloved father's long battle with cancer. Dara talks frankly about diving back in for this comeback; about being an older athlete in a younger athletes' game; about competition, doubt, and belief; about working through pain and uncertainty; and finally-about seizing the moment and, most important, never giving up. A truly self-made legend, her story will resonate with women of all ages-and with anyone daring to entertain a seemingly impossible dream.

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Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee Audiobook

Yogi Berra: Eternal Yankee

Author: Allen Barra Narrator: Norman Dietz Release Date: April 2009

The gripping biography of the legendary Hall-of-Famer Yogi Berra, one of the most quotable figures in American culture.

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Golf's Greatest Championship: The 1960 U.S. Open Audiobook

Golf's Greatest Championship: The 1960 U.S. Open

Author: Julian I. Graubart Narrator: Tom Parker Release Date: April 2009

One stroke separated the three leaders of the 1960 U.S. Open as they went into the final two holes. Arnold Palmer, who had overcome a seven-stroke deficit in the fourth round, won the championship by two strokes, beating both Ben Hogan and a young amateur named Jack Nicklaus. This remarkable come-from-behind achievement, which still stands as the greatest final-round comeback at the Open, signaled the end of an era and the beginning of modern-day golf and set the futures of all three men. This book recounts that fateful Open from the 8:00 a.m. first-round tee-off to the finish, bringing alive a near-mythic moment in modern golf. Along for the journey are some of the greatest players of the day: Sam Snead, Gary Player, Ken Venturi, Tommy Bolt, Billy Casper, Julius Boros, Bob Rosburg, Dow Finsterwald, Gene "The Machine" Littler, and Art Wall.

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