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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
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 5th, 2016

Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250118745
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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
ISBN: 9780804139250
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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
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ISBN: 9780804139274
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Published: Three Rivers Press - March 14th, 2017

Philosopher Damon Young explores how physical exertion shapes the body and mind in How to Think About Exercise. Short essays posit how pushing our bodies can create integrity, resilience, consistency and humility, and how these qualities bring value into our lives and into our conceptions of self. Ben Franklin swam, Abraham Lincoln wrestled, Alan Turing ran long distances, and you could benefit from a trip to the gym. You'll think better, and bigger. Or open this book to the introduction and meet Chad. That takes no effort.

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ISBN: 9781250059048
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Published: Picador - January 6th, 2015

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