Staff Pick

Tennis, more so than basketball or football, is a game of physics (angles, spin, torque, velocity, force, vectors), played with athleticism and high precision on a frustratingly small court. And thus tennis fans, more so than those of basketball or football, obsess about technique. We daydream, for example, about the effortless way the perfectly-directed momentum of a racquet-head imposes a trajectory upon a yellow felt ball. This is a book for tennis fanatics looking to geek out over technique, or for a gift-giver to bind the tennis fanatic in his or her life to undying loyalty.

Tennis Science: How Player and Racquet Work Together Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780226136400
Availability: Backordered
Published: University of Chicago Press - October 26th, 2015

Staff Pick

On October 25th, 1986, Ron Darling was on the mound in New York for the biggest game of his life, pitching in front of his teammates in the dugout, tens of thousands of fans in the stadium, and millions in front of their TVs- and he failed. With honesty and clarity, Darling discusses how he lost his cool and his confidence, burdening his team with a deficit from which they escaped only through a miraculous comeback. He also recounts what it was like to be on one of the most successful (and disliked) single season teams in baseball history, and gives glimpses into why they didn't become the dynasty he thinks they could have.

Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250069191
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: St. Martin's Press - April 5th, 2016

Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250118745
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - April 4th, 2017

KG, Kobe, LeBron—some of the greatest basketball players were part of the ‘prep-to-pro’ generation, when the NBA permitted high school seniors to be drafted without having to play collegiate ball. While these superstars and the many other successful prep-to-pro players exemplify the benefits of such a system, the failed careers of prep legends like Lenny Cooke offer more cautionary tales. By telling the stories of both the successes and the busts, Abrams manages to make a compelling case for once again allowing players to enter the NBA from high school, with the caveat that more safeguards are needed to ensure only the players who are both physically and emotionally ready make the jump.

Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780804139250
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Crown Archetype - March 15th, 2016

Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780804139274
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Three Rivers Press - March 14th, 2017

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