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Coming Home (Autographed Edition)
Coming Home (Autographed Edition) ›
By Cleon Jones, By Gary Kaschak
Price 30.00

Cloth

ISBN 9781637272350

Published Aug 2022

<strong>A compelling memoir at the intersection of baseball and American history </strong><br /><br />Cleon Jones has never forgotten where he came from. As a child, growing up in a Mobile, Alabama shotgun house with no electricity or running water, he yearned to follow the path of hometown heroes Satchel Paige and Hank Aaron, and his community uplifted him. <br /><br />Navigating the perilous norms of the Jim Crow South, Jones ascended to baseball#&39;s highest ranks, leading the 1969 New York Mets with his bat and catching the final out to clinch the &quot;miracle&quot; World Series title. But after 13 years in the major leagues, Jones returned to the place he loves, the neighborhood where it all started: Africatown. <br /><br /><em>Coming Home</em> is Jones#&39;s love letter to his roots in Alabama#&39;s most historic Black settlement, whose origins can be traced back to the last known illegal transport of slaves to the United States aboard the Clotilda. Jones candidly discusses how his Africatown neighbors helped supply him with a bat and glove when his family could not afford equipment, the opposition he faced as a Black player after leaving Alabama, his fond memories of the Miracle Mets, and his post-baseball fight to save his dying community. <br /><br /><strong>Also featuring Jones#&39;s outlook on the modern game and American society, this timely chronicle is a profound slice of history for all baseball fans.</strong>
Willie Horton (Autographed Edition)
Willie Horton (Autographed Edition) ›
By Willie Horton, With Kevin Allen
Price 30.00

Cloth

ISBN 9781637271728

Published Jul 2022

<strong>A compelling autobiography from one of Detroit#&39;s favorite sons</strong><br /><br />At 15, Willie Horton received his first contract offer to become a professional baseball player. At 20, he smacked his first major-league home run. At 24, Horton stood in full uniform on the hood of his car, in the midst of burning homes and overturned vehicles, and pleaded for an end to the violence of the 1967 Detroit riots.<br /><br />In this new autobiography, Horton shares the fascinating story of his life and career, from growing up in Detroit#&39;s Jeffries Projects as the youngest of 21 children to winning a World Series with his hometown Tigers in 1968. Horton also candidly discusses the opposition he faced as a Black player, his fond memories of Al Kaline, the joy he felt in returning to the Tigers as a front office executive, and the many ways he still tries to give back to Detroit and his community. <br /><br /><strong>By turns heartrending and hilarious, this timely chronicle is an essential contribution to baseball#&39;s written history.</strong>
Jim Kaat: Good as Gold (Autographed Edition)
Jim Kaat: Good as Gold (Autographed Edition) ›
By Jim Kaat, By Douglas B. Lyons
Price 28.00

Cloth

ISBN 9781637271346

Published Apr 2022

An unforgettable look at a lifetime of baseball packed with humor and passion for the game. With a career that has now touched eight decades, Jim Kaat has had a prime front row seat for baseball's continuing evolution. Not only was he a major-league pitcher for 25 seasons, but his time as a pitching coach and his many years as a broadcaster have given him a singular long view of the game. In Good as Gold, Kaat weaves the tale of a lifetime, taking fans on the field, into the clubhouse, and behind the mic as only he can.Full of priceless stories from New York, Minnesota, and across the major leagues, this honest and engaging autobiography gives fans a rare seat alongside Kaat on a tour of baseball history.
Muggsy (Autographed Edition)
Muggsy (Autographed Edition) ›
By Muggsy Bogues, By Jake Uitti
Price 28.00

Cloth

ISBN 9781637271339

Published Apr 2022

<strong>A candid and insightful memoir from one the NBA#&39;s most unlikely stars.</strong><br /><br />Growing up, Muggsy Bogues was always told he should do something else, anything besides basketball. He never acknowledged his many doubters except to prove them spectacularly wrong.<br /><br />Twenty years after receiving his first basketball as a toddler, he stood proud—at five-foot-three—as the starting point guard for the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA. From the East Baltimore playground courts where he earned his nickname by &quot;muggin#&39;&quot; opponents for possession of the ball, to Dunbar High School where he excelled alongside future NBA players, Bogues set the tone in his early years for the great heights he#&39;d reach professionally.<br /><br />In this new autobiography, Bogues delves deep into his life and career, reflecting on legendary battles with Michael Jordan, John Stockton, and other generational stars of #&39;80s and #&39;90s hoops. He shares far-ranging anecdotes from playoff runs in Charlotte, filming <em>Space Jam</em>, and even watching a young Steph Curry grow up.<br /><br /><strong>Conversational and clear-sighted, this is a story of uncompromising vision and fleet-footed determination during a golden era for the NBA.</strong>
Shawn Thornton (Autographed Copy)
Shawn Thornton (Autographed Copy) ›
By Shawn Thornton, By Dale Arnold
Price 28.00

Cloth

ISBN 9781637270042

Published Nov 2021

Shawn Thornton was an unlikely NHL success, to say the least. The Oshawa, Ontario native was picked late in the OHL and later thought he was being pranked when the Toronto Maple Leafs called him to say he'd been selected in the seventh round of the 1997 NHL draft. After years spent working and maturing in the AHL, Thornton would go on to play 14 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, and Florida Panthers, winning two Stanley Cups along the way. For the first time, in this candid memoir, Thornton opens up about his life in hockey and beyond, from his early days as an unrated prospect to the leadership lessons he learned in the minors, from the most difficult on-ice brawls to the ecstasy of reaching the sport's most celestial heights.Fans will not want to miss this story of perseverance and finding one's own path.
The Captain & Me (Autographed Edition)
The Captain & Me (Autographed Edition) ›
By Ron Blomberg, By Dan Epstein, Foreword by Diana Munson
Price 28.00

Cloth

ISBN 9781629379708

Published Apr 2021

The deeply personal story of a friendship between two teammates, and of a human bond which ultimately transcends the game itself. As back-to-back No. 1 draft picks for the New York Yankees, Ron Blomberg and Thurman Munson made for an odd couple. One was a good-looking, gregarious kid from Atlanta who cheerfully talked anyone's ear off at the slightest provocation; the other was a dumpy, grumpy dude from the Midwest rust belt who was about as fond of making idle chit-chat as he was of shaving.  Despite the surface differences, the two men would form a close attachment as they ignited a youth movement with the 1970s Yankees. Now, over 40 years after Munson's shocking death in a plane crash at age 32, Blomberg opens up to author Dan Epstein about the beloved Yankees captain in an extraordinary memoir that reaches far beyond baseball.  By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, The Captain & Me shares tales of clubhouse hijinks during the infamous Bronx Zoo era, adventures on the road, and even rubbing shoulders with mobsters. Blomberg also offers a fascinating glimpse into baseball history, including the first-ever strike and lockout, the escalation of the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry, and the start of full-scale free agency.  This illuminating remembrance of Munson is filled with untold stories about his analytical-yet-hard-nosed approach to baseball, as well as his kindness and generosity off the field. 
Rebound (Autographed Edition)
Rebound (Autographed Edition) ›
By Brian Grant, By Ric Bucher
Price 28.00

Cloth

ISBN 9781629379692

Published Apr 2021

"Basketball gave me a life; Parkinson's taught me how to live it."  —Brian Grant After 12 years of playing basketball at the highest professional level, Brian Grant could have been forgiven for thinking that the hardest part of his life was behind him, that he'd be able to kick back and enjoy the fruits of his considerable labors. But soon after his retirement from the NBA, Grant was diagnosed with Young-Onset Parkinson's disease, ushering in a challenge greater than any he'd faced before, as well as an opportunity to embrace what really matters. With esteemed basketball writer Ric Bucher, Grant shares his story in raw and candid fashion, as he takes readers to Sacramento, Portland, Miami, and beyond; to the airplane 30,000 feet in the air where he first came to understand the source of the tremors in his hand; and to the summit of Mount St. Helens alongside five others with PD, where he once again put himself to the test and defied expectations. In Rebound, Grant shares his remarkable life before, during, and after those NBA years with no shortage of compassion and wit. 
Rod Carew: One Tough Out (Autographed Edition)
Rod Carew: One Tough Out (Autographed Edition) ›
By Rod Carew, By Jaime Aron
Price 26.95

Cloth

ISBN 9781629378565

Published May 2020

For a generation of American League baseball fans, Rod Carew was the definition of "batting champion." An insecure boy from Panama raised by a brutal father, Carew ascended to baseball stardom, tormenting pitchers with a smooth swing from a crouched stance and winning seven batting titles on his way to the Hall of Fame. It wasn't until he lost his beautiful 17-year-old daughter to an aggressive and rare form of leukemia that Carew had to re-gather himself and find new purpose outside of baseball. Then he was struck with a near-fatal heart attack and discovered that the heart transplant he received came from a 29-year-old pro football player whom he happened to have met years before. Now the parents of Konrad Reuland listen to their son's heart beating strong in Carew's chest, and Carew works to honor his daughter's wish that he "make a difference." Carew uses his own journey to show readers that regardless of what you may be facing–heart disease, cancer, divorce, an abusive relationship, premature retirement–you can persist and grow with the kind of grace, character, and determination that he learned to cultivate on the field and beyond.