Play Hungry: The Making of a Baseball Player [Audiobook]
Play Hungry: The Making of a Baseball Player by Pete Rose
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 9.0 MB
Overview: The inside story of how Pete Rose became one of the greatest and most controversial players in the history of baseball
Pete Rose was a legend on the field. As baseball’s Hit King, he shattered records that were thought to be unbreakable. And during the 1970s, he was the leader of the Big Red Machine, the Cincinnati Reds team that dominated the game. But he’s also the greatest player who may never enter the Hall of Fame because of his lifetime ban from the sport. Perhaps no other ballplayer’s story is so representative of the triumphs and tragedies of our national pastime.
In Play Hungry, Rose tells us the story of how, through hard work and sheer will, he became one of the unlikeliest stars of the game. Guided by the dad he idolized, a local sports hero, Pete learned to play hard and always focus on winning. But even with his dad’s guidance, Pete was cut from his team as a teenager-he wasn’t a natural. Rose was determined, though, and never would be satisfied with anything less than success. His relentless hustle and headfirst style would help him overcome his limitations, leading him to one of the most exciting and brash careers in the history of the sport.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biography
Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way by Cal Ripken Jr., Bill Ripken, Scott Lowe
Requirements: .PDF reader, 31.8 Mb
Overview: Coaching young players, developing their skills, and cultivating a love for the sport may be the most rewarding experience baseball can offer. Cal and Bill Ripken understand this like few others. From their father, Cal Sr., a legend in the Baltimore Orioles organization for 37 years, they learned to play the game the right way. Those lessons, paired with their combined 33 years of big league experience, helped develop the Ripken Way, a method of teaching the game through simple instruction, solid explanations, encouragement, and a positive atmosphere. In Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way, Cal and Bill share this approach to coaching and development. Whether you’re teaching your children at home, managing the local travel team, or working with high school-level players, Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way will help you make a difference both on and off the field, with these features: More than 50 drills covering defense, hitting, pitching, and baserunning Age-specific practice plans for players ranging from 4 to 15+ Strategies for setting goals and reasonable expectations for your players and team Advice on communicating with parents, players, and staff Methods for creating a positive and fun environment in which kids can learn the skills and strategies of the game Bill Ripken was once voted by his peers as one of the big league players most likely to become a manager. Cal Ripken, Jr., known as baseball’s Iron Man, is a member of the game’s All-Century Team and a future Hall of Famer. Together, they are proof positive that the Ripken Way is the right way to teach the game of baseball.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Ballpark: Baseball in the American City by Paul Goldberger
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 207 MB
Overview: An exhilarating, splendidly illustrated, entirely new look at the history of baseball: told through the stories of the vibrant and ever-changing ballparks where the game was and is staged, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning architectural critic.
From the earliest corrals of the mid-1800s (Union Grounds in Brooklyn was a "saloon in the open air"), to the much mourned parks of the early 1900s (Detroit’s Tiger Stadium, Cincinnati’s Palace of the Fans), to the stadiums we fill today, Paul Goldberger makes clear the inextricable bond between the American city and America’s favorite pastime. In the changing locations and architecture of our ballparks, Goldberger reveals the manifestations of a changing society: the earliest ballparks evoked Victorian society in the accommodations-bleachers for the riffraff, grandstands for the middle-class; the "concrete donuts" of the 1950s and 60s made plain television’s grip on the public’s attention and the new need for stadiums that could also accommodate football; and more recent ballparks, like Baltimore’s Camden Yards, signal a new way forward for stadium design and for baseball’s role in urban development. Throughout, Goldberger shows us the ways in which baseball’s history-its concurrent rise with the railway system, the origins of the American and National Leagues, the first stolen base-is clued into the important architectural, material, engineering, and site details and requirements that shaped our most beloved stadiums.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History
Great American Baseball Stories: Lyons Press Classics (Greatest) by Jeff Silverman
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 360 KB
Overview: Before multimillion-dollar salaries, luxury boxes, and player strikes became synonymous with professional sports, there existed the belief in playing simply "for the love of the game." Nothing captures that spirit better than these twenty classic pieces about America’s favorite pastime.
Collected here are the writings of Ring Lardner, Zane Grey, the Giants’ immortal Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Finley Peter Dunne (who for a time was America’s most popular humorist after Mark Twain), Burt Standish (creator of that all-American hero, Frank Merriwell), and many more. Baseball’s golden era may have long since passed, but in the pages of Great American Baseball Stories, you can still sit in the bleachers for a nickel.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs
Baseball Digest – March/April 2019
Requirements: .PDF reader, 63.2 MB
Overview: Baseball Digest is the oldest and longest-running baseball magazine in the world.
Genre: Magazines & Newspapers
The Baseball Maniac’s Almanac: The Absolutely, Positively, and Without Question Greatest Book of Facts, Figures, and Astonishing Lists Ever Compiled, 5th Edition by Bert Randolph Sugar
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 48 MB
Overview: An addictive read that is sure to spark conversation wherever baseball is spoken, this updated edition of The Baseball Maniac’s Almanac is part reference, part trivia, part brain teaser, and absolutely the most unusual and thorough compendium of baseball stats and facts ever assembled-all verified for accuracy by the Baseball Hall of Fame. In its pages, renowned sportswriter Bert Randolph Sugar presents thousands of fascinating lists, tables, data, and stimulating facts. Inside, you’ll find:
Genre: Non-Fiction > General
Analyzing Baseball Data with R, Second Edition (Chapman & Hall/CRC The R Series)
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Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong by Jonah Keri
Requirements: .ePUB reader, 13.2 MB
Overview: In the numbers-obsessed sport of baseball, statistics don’t merely record what players, managers, and owners have done.
Properly understood, they can tell us how the teams we root for could employ better strategies, put more effective players on the field, and win more games. The revolution in baseball statistics that began in the 1970s is a controversial subject that professionals and fans alike argue over without end. Despite this fundamental change in the way we watch and understand the sport, no one has written the book that reveals, across every area of strategy and management, how the best practitioners of statistical analysis in baseball-people like Bill James, Billy Beane, and Theo Epstein-think about numbers and the game. Baseball Between the Numbers is that book. In separate chapters covering every aspect of the game, from hitting, pitching, and fielding to roster construction and the scouting and drafting of players, the experts at Baseball Prospectus examine the subtle, hidden aspects of the game, bring them out into the open, and show us how our favorite teams could win more games.
This is a book that every fan, every follower of sports radio, every fantasy player, every coach, and every player, at every level, can learn from and enjoy.
Genre: Non-Fiction > General > Sport > Baseball