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Pete Hamill on Eddie Stanky Audiobook

Pete Hamill on Eddie Stanky

Author: Pete Hamill Narrator: Pete Hamill Release Date: June 2001

It's a cold spring day in 1944. A young Pete Hamill is with his father watching the Brooklyn Dodgers play the Boston Braves. The wartime teams are just dismal - many major league players are serving their country and the teams have been clogged with has-beens and guys that are 4-F. But Pete's father tells him to "watch this little guy." His name is Eddie Stanky. An ex-soccer player, Stanky bounced around the minor leagues until getting the call to the majors. He was small, but played with intensity. He risked beanings by crouching over the plate. He slid hard into second base to break up the double play. Instead of hitting home runs, he'd draw a walk, and then steal second. He wasn't a great player, but his intangibles made him stand out. Eddie Stanky represents the twilight of Hamill's youth and his growing appreciation of his father through his admiration of Stanky. A time before Jackie Robinson; before the hated Giants and before the demise of Ebbets Field. This story will appeal not only to baseball fans, but to anyone who has rooted for the underdog.

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Putting Out of Your Mind Audiobook

Putting Out of Your Mind

Author: Bob Cullen, Bob Rotella Narrator: Bob Rotella Release Date: June 2001

"You drive for show, you putt for dough." This old adage is especially resonant with Dr. Bob Rotella, the bestselling author of Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect, and one of the foremost golf authorities today. In Putting Out of Your Mind, Rotella offers entertaining putting. He reveals the unique mental approach that great putting requires and helps golfers of all levels master this essential skill. Much like Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect and Golf Is a Game of Confidence, Putting Out of Your Mind is an informative and valuable guide to achieving a better golf game. While most spend their time trying to perfect their swing so they can drive the ball farther, Rotella encourages golfers to concentrate on their putting -- the most crucial yet often overlooked aspect of the game. Great players are not only aware of the importance of putting, they go out of their way to master it, and mastery can only begin with understanding the attitude needed to be a better putter. Rotella's mental rules have helped some of the greatest golfers in the world to become champion putters and for the first time, are now available to golfers everywhere. From true-to-life stories of such greats as Davis Love III, David Duvall, and Brad Faxon to dozens of game-changing practice drill, Putting Out of Your Mind is the new bible of putting for amateurs and pros alike.

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When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It! Audiobook

When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!

Author: Dave Kaplan, Yogi Berra Narrator: Dale Berra Release Date: March 2001

Three-time MVP and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra hit home runs twice in a row with his two previous books, The Yogi Book and It Ain't Over. Now, his winning streak continues as the celebrated athlete and true American hero speaks about life, baseball, and "the forks in the road." Filled with the baseball legend's inimitable and unwittingly wise aphorisms from "It ain't over till it's over" to "You can't think and hit at the same time," these reflections focus on the valuable lessons he learned on and off the field.

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Climb: Stories of Survival from Rock, Snow and Ice Audiobook

Climb: Stories of Survival from Rock, Snow and Ice

Author: Clint Willis Narrator: Various Artists, Various Artists Release Date: February 2001

Year after year climbers return to the world's most difficult mountains, where even the best are vulnerable to mistakes, bad weather and bad luck. Climb offers harrowing accounts of extreme mountaineering and its sometimes fatal consequences.

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Seabiscuit: An American Ledgend Audiobook

Seabiscuit: An American Ledgend

Author: Laura Hillenbrand Narrator: Campbell Scott Release Date: July 2000

Laura Hillenbrand, author of the runaway phenomenon Unbroken, brilliantly re-creates a universal underdog story in this #1 New York Times bestseller.Seabiscuit was one of the most electrifying and popular attractions in sports history and the single biggest newsmaker in the world in 1938, receiving more coverage than FDR, Hitler, or Mussolini. But his success was a surprise to the racing establishment, which had written off the crooked-legged racehorse with the sad tail. Three men changed Seabiscuit's fortunes: Charles Howard was a onetime bicycle repairman who introduced the automobile to the western United States and became an overnight millionaire. When he needed a trainer for his new racehorses, he hired Tom Smith, a mysterious mustang breaker from the Colorado plains. Smith urged Howard to buy Seabiscuit for a bargain-basement price, then hired as his jockey Red Pollard, a failed boxer who was blind in one eye, half-crippled, and prone to quoting passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson. Over four years, these unlikely partners survived a phenomenal run of bad fortune, conspiracy, and severe injury to transform Seabiscuit from a neurotic, pathologically indolent also-ran into an American sports icon.From the Hardcover edition.

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Success Is a Choice Audiobook

Success Is a Choice

Author: Rick Pitino Narrator: Rick Pitino Release Date: July 2000

MAKE RICK PITINO YOUR PERSONAL COACH AND ACHIEVE MORE THAN YOU EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE. For Rick Pitino, the first coach to bring teams from three different schools to the Final Four, success isn’t about shortcuts. Pitino’s secret–and the reason he has become both a great coach and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the nation–is his strategy of overachievement. Now, in Success Is a Choice, he takes the same proven methods that have earned him and his teams legendary status and gives you a ten-step plan of attack that will help you become a winner at anything you set your mind to: ·Build your self-esteem ·Set demanding goals ·Always be positive ·Establish good habits ·Master the art of communication ·Learn from good role models ·Thrive on pressure ·Be ferociously persistent ·Learn from adversity ·Survive your own success An inspiring program that is as fun to read as it is practical, Success Is a Choice can make the difference between achievement and failure in your own life. “So much more than another Armani suit, Pitino has done a job of psychology and salesmanship that should serve as a how-to manual for his profession.” –Chicago Sun-Times “Pitino’s track record is extraordinary . . . his personal style is also winning.” –Time

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Fair Ball Audiobook

Fair Ball

Author: Bob Costas Narrator: Bob Costas Release Date: July 2000

From his perspective as a journalist and a true fan, Bob Costas, NBC’s award-winning broadcaster, shares his views on the forces that are diminishing the appeal of Major League Baseball and proposes realistic changes that can be made to protect and promote the game’s best interests. In this cogent–and provocative–book, Costas examines the growing financial disparities that have resulted in nearly two-thirds of the teams in Major League Baseball having virtually no chance of contending for the World Series. He argues that those who run baseball have missed the crucial difference between mere change and real progress. And he presents a withering critique of the positions of both the owners and players while providing insights on the wild-card system, the designated-hitter rule, and interleague play. Costas answers each problem he cites with an achievable strategy for restoring genuine competition and rescuing fans from the forces that have diluted the sheer joy of the game. Balanced by Costas’s unbridled appreciation for what he calls the "moments of authenticity" that can still make baseball inspiring, Fair Ball offers a vision of our national pastime as it can be, a game that retains its traditional appeal while initiating meaningful changes that will allow it to thrive into the next century.

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Epic: Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks Audiobook

Epic: Stories of Survival from the World's Highest Peaks

Author: Clint Willis Narrator: Alan Sklar, Clint Willis, Eric Conger, Graeme Malcolm, Rick Adamson Release Date: December 1999

The climb that went wrong: fighting snowstorms and avalanches; running low on food and oxygen. Epic is a collection of the most memorable accounts of expeditions to the world's most famous peaks, often in the worst possible conditions.

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High: Stories of Survival from Everest and K2 Audiobook

High: Stories of Survival from Everest and K2

Author: Clint Willis Narrator: Alan Sklar, Eric Conger, George Guidall, Simon Prebble Release Date: December 1999

Everest and K2 are two of the most feared and respected peaks in the world. High offers, in vivid accounts, why both are among the world's most dangerous places, yet why the world's best climbers can't stay away from them.

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Last Over Audiobook

Last Over

Author: E.W. Swanton Narrator: E.W. Swanton Release Date: December 1999

Listen to a cricket pundit's memoirs, featuring articles from his time as the Daily Telegraph cricket correspondent. But this audiobook also includes some surprisingly vivid and poignant accounts of his life as a Japanese prisoner of war - all read in his "brown, treacly voice".

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The Elements of Effort: Reflections on the Art and Science of Running Audiobook

The Elements of Effort: Reflections on the Art and Science of Running

Author: John Jerome Narrator: L.J. Ganser Release Date: February 1999

In this engaging collection of essays, author and athlete John Jerome celebrates the simplicity and freedom of running. With contagious passion, he strips away fads and myths to offer basic guidelines for participants, from beginning joggers to those preparing for marathons. For years Jerome recorded his thoughts and experiences during his daily training. As he ran, he discovered not only physical benefits, but philosophical ones as well. His wry reflections take you on a joyous journey through the most elemental aspects of the sport-stretching, falling, sweat, bugs, the food police, and more. A fount of prescriptions and wisdom, The Elements of Effort offers a disarming collection of ideas to mull over as you participate in your daily run. So grab your cassette player, lace up your running shoes, and enjoy narrator L.J. Ganser's entertaining performance.

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Golf of Your Dreams Audiobook

Golf of Your Dreams

Author: Dr. Bob Rotella Narrator: Dr. Bob Rotella Release Date: November 1997

Fifteen years ago, the average American male golfer's handicap was 16.2. The average female golfer's handicap was 29. Today, the average American male golfer's handicap is 16.2 and the average female golfer's is 29. American golfers have not gotten any better. World-renowned performance consultant and sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella, author of the best-selling books Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect and Golf Is a Game of Confidence, has written The Golf of Your Dreams for the golfer who is determined to get better but hasn't figured out how to go about it. Building on his success with golfers, Dr. Rotella now teaches and details a plan for lowering your handicap, ensuring your improvement if you follow his plan. His program for success in playing the golf of your dreams is based on strategies found to be successful with tour players such as Tom Kite, Brad Faxon, Pat Bradley, and Davis Love III, and is similar to approaches used by Rotella's other clients who are top athletes in a variety of different sports. Whereas Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect and Golf Is a Game of Confidence covered the mental aspects of the game, The Golf of Your Dreams offers a programmatic guide for getting down to scratch or single digits. It is an approach that Dr. Rotella and his clients have tested for over twenty years, one that has been proven to work consistently with all levels of golfers. Dr. Rotella knows that if you want to play your best golf ever, you must admit to yourself that you want to be good and that you have the necessary talent to play well. But that's not all. You must commit yourself to a process that will improve your game. In The Golf of Your Dreams Dr. Rotella provides tips on how to: * Choose the fight teaching professional * Communicate your dreams and goals to your teacher * Get your teacher to teach you as a student serious about improving * Make a plan for improvement with your teacher and stay committed * Sustain and honor your commitment * Break old habits and develop new ones * Practice efficiently and effectively so you can take your learning from the practice area to the golf course Dr. Rotella also discusses a piece of very good news for any golfer: Great physical ability is not required in order to play exceptional golf. Rotella demonstrates how characteristics such as desire, patience, and persistence, more than physical talent, enable golfers to improve their performance dramatically. When these characteristics are combined with a proven plan for success, modest talent is more than enough. Dr. Rotella will reveal why, despite the billions of dollars they have spent on new golf clubs, balls, and lessons, average American golfers' skills are stagnant and their performance is lackluster year after year. Dr. Rotella knows, above all, that simply reading a book or watching a video will not make anyone a better golfer. But reading The Golf of Your Dreams will make you keenly aware of what you have to do in order to play the kind of golf you've always sensed you were capable of playing.

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