I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story

Harper Perennial - But the world also left its mark on him. I had a hammer is much more than the intimate autobiography of one of the greatest names in pro sports—it is a fascinating social history of twentieth-century America. And his story continues through the remainder of his milestone-setting, his epoch, barrier-smashing career as a player and, Atlanta Braves executive—offering an eye-opening and unforgettable portrait of an incomparable athlete, his sport, later, and his world.

He relives the breathtaking moment when, 000 letters, in the heat of hatred and controversy, he hit his 715th home run to break Ruth's cherished record—an accomplishment for which Aaron received more than 900, many of them vicious and racially charged. The man who shattered babe ruth's lifetime home run record, Henry "Hammering Hank" Aaron left his indelible mark on professional baseball and the world.

I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story - With courage and candor, Aaron recalls his struggles and triumphs in an atmosphere of virulent racism.





The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron

Anchor - Eloquently written, this is a revelatory portrait of a complicated, detailed and penetrating, private man who through sports became an enduring American icon. But his influence extends beyond statistics, and at long last here is the first definitive biography of one of baseball’s immortal figures. Based on meticulous research and extensive interviews the last hero reveals how Aaron navigated the upheavals of his time—fighting against racism while at the same time benefiting from racial progress—and how he achieved his goal of continuing Jackie Robinson’s mission to obtain full equality for African Americans, both in baseball and society, while he lived uncomfortably in the public eye.

. In the thirty-four years since his retirement, Henry Hank Aaron’s reputation has only grown in magnitude.





I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson

Ecco - In 1947, jackie robinson broke that barrier, striking a crucial blow for racial equality and changing the world of sports forever. I never had it made is robinson's own candid, hard-hitting account of what it took to become the first black man in history to play in the major leagues. I never had it made recalls robinson's early years and influences: his time at ucla, where he became the school's first four-letter athlete; his army stint during World War II, on and off the field, when he challenged Jim Crow laws and narrowly escaped court martial; his years of frustration, with the Negro Leagues; and finally that fateful day when Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers proposed what became known as the "Noble Experiment"—Robinson would step up to bat to integrate and revolutionize baseball.

More than a baseball story,  i Never Had It Made also reveals the highs and lows of Robinson's life after baseball. He recounts his political aspirations and civil rights activism; his friendships with Martin Luther King, Jr. William buckley, Malcolm X, Jr. Jackie, and nelson Rockefeller; and his troubled relationship with his son, Jr.

I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson - I never had it made endures as an inspiring story of a man whose heroism extended well beyond the playing field. The bestselling autobiography of american baseball and civil rights legend Jackie RobinsonBefore Barry Bonds, before Reggie Jackson, before Hank Aaron, baseball's stars had one undeniable trait in common: they were all white.

Ecco Press.





Baseball: A History of America's Game Sport and Society

University of Illinois Press - Rader updates the text with a portrait of baseball's new order. He also analyzes the behind-the-scenes revolution that brought in billions of dollars from a synergy of marketing and branding prowess, visionary media development, and fan-friendly ballparks abuzz with nonstop entertainment. Ecco Press. In this fourth edition, Benjamin G.

The result is an entertaining and comprehensive tour of a game that, whatever its changes, always reflects American society and culture. He charts an on-the-field game transformed by analytics, an influx of Latino and Asian players, and a generation of players groomed for brute power both on the mound and at the plate.





I Was Right On Time

Simon & Schuster - As a first baseman and then manager of the legendary Kansas City Monarchs, O'Neil witnessed the heyday of the Negro leagues and their ultimate demise. Ecco Press. Whether he's telling of his barnstorming days with the likes of satchel Paige and Josh Gibson or the day in 1962 when he became the first African-American coach in the major leagues, O'Neil takes us on a trip not only through baseball's past but through America's as well.

From babe ruth to bo jackson, from Cool Papa Bell to Lou Brock, Buck O'Neil has seen it all. In i was right on time, he charmingly recalls his days as a ballplayer and as an African-American in a racially divided country. Used book in Good Condition.





Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend

Scribner - With meticulous research and drawing on interviews with Mays himself as well as with close friends, and teammates, family, Hirsch presents a brilliant portrait of one of America’s most significant cultural icons. Mays was a transcendent figure who received standing ovations in enemy stadiums and who, during the turbulent civil rights era, urged understanding and reconciliation.

. Now james hirsch reveals the man behind the player. Ecco Press. The “enormously entertaining and wide-ranging” Seattle Times authorized, New York Times bestselling biography of Willie Mays, definitive, the most complete baseball player of all time. Willie mays is arguably the greatest player in baseball history, still revered for the passion he brought to the game.

Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend - Biography. He began as a teenager in the negro leagues, became a cult hero in New York, and was the headliner in Major League Baseball’s bold expansion to California. Used book in Good Condition. He was a blend of power, speed, and stylistic bravado that enraptured fans for more than two decades. More than his records, his legacy is defined by the pure joy that he brought to fans and the loving memories that have been passed to future generations so they might know the magic and beauty of the game.





The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It Harper Perennial Modern Classics

Harper Perennial Modern Classics - Used book in Good Condition. In the monumental classic the glory of Their Times, the golden era of our national pastime comes alive through the vibrant words of those who played and lived the game. Biography. Baseball was different in earlier days—tougher, rawer, more intimate—when giants like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb ran the bases.

Ecco Press.





Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy

Harper Perennial - Used book in Good Condition. Ecco Press. This is an absorbing book, beautifully written. Wall street journal “leavy has hit it out of the park…A lot more than a biography. It’s a consideration of how we create our heroes, and how this hero’s self perception distinguishes him from nearly every other great athlete in living memory… a remarkably rich portrait.

Time the instant new york times bestseller about the baseball legend and famously reclusive Dodgers’ pitcher Sandy Koufax, from award-winning former Washington Post sportswriter Jane Leavy. Sandy koufax reveals, for the first time, what drove the three-time Cy Young award winner to the pinnacle of baseball and then—just as quickly—into self-imposed exile.

Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy - . Biography. The incomparable and mysterious Sandy Koufax is revealed….





Jackie Robinson: A Biography

Ballantine Books - Used book in Good Condition. We see his business ventures, his leading role in the community, his early support of Martin Luther King Jr. Nelson rockefeller, his commitment to the civil rights movement at a crucial stage in its evolution; his controversial associations with Eisenhower, Nixon, Humphrey, Goldwater, Kennedy, and Malcolm X.

Rampersad's magnificent biography leaves us with an indelible image of a principled man who was passionate in his loyalties and opinions: a baseball player who could focus a crowd's attention as no one before or since; an activist at the crossroads of his people's struggle; a dedicated family man whose last years were plagued by illness and tragedy, and who died prematurely at fifty-two.

Jackie Robinson: A Biography - Ecco Press. We see him blossom there as a student-athlete as he struggled against poverty and racism to uphold the beliefs instilled in him by his mother--faith in family, America, education, and God. After he plays in the negro national league, we watch the opening of an all-American drama as, late in 1945, Branch Rickey of the Brooklyn Dodgers recognized Jack as the right player to break baseball's color barrier--and the game was forever changed.

Jack's never-before-published letters open up his relationship with his family, Rachel, especially his wife, whom he married just as his perilous venture of integrating baseball began. Biography. We are brought closer than we have ever been to the great ballplayer, a man of courage and quality who became a pivotal figure in the areas of race and civil rights.

Born in the rural south, the son of a sharecropper, Robinson was reared in southern California.





A Hero All His Life: Merlyn, Mickey Jr., David, and Dan Mantle : A Memoir by the Mantle Family

Harpercollins - Tour. Used book in Good Condition. Ecco Press. Biography. 85, 000 ad/promo. 100, 000 first printing. Mickey mantle's wife and sons chronicle the life and times of the great baseball hero, offering a personal and candid portrait of his career, his alcoholism and infidelities, the effects of fame on the family, and his final battle with cancer.





Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero

Simon & Schuster - Used book in Good Condition. There is delightful baseball here, including thrilling accounts of the two World Series victories of Clemente's underdog Pittsburgh Pirates, but this is far more than just another baseball book. Much like his acclaimed biography of Vince Lombardi, When Pride Still Mattered, Maraniss uses his narrative sweep and meticulous detail to capture the myth and a real man.

Anyone who saw clemente, as he played with a beautiful fury, will never forget him. Biography. He was, grace, in a sense, a ballplayer of determination, the Jackie Robinson of the Spanish-speaking world, and dignity who paved the way and set the highest standard for waves of Latino players who followed in later generations and who now dominate the game.

Born near the canebrakes of rural carolina, on august 18, at a time when there were no blacks or Puerto Ricans playing organized ball in the United States, 1934, Puerto Rico, Clemente went on to become the greatest Latino player in the major leagues. In his final years, his motto was that if you have a chance to help others and fail to do so, you are wasting your time on this earth.

His career ended with three-thousand hits, the magical three-thousandth coming in his final at-bat, and he and the immortal Lou Gehrig are the only players to have the five-year waiting period waived so they could be enshrined in the Hall of Fame immediately after their deaths. On new year's eve 1972, following eighteen magnificent seasons in the major leagues, Roberto Clemente died a hero's death, killed in a plane crash as he attempted to deliver food and medical supplies to Nicaragua after a devastating earthquake.

Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero - Here, after capturing clemente's life and times, from the earthquake to the accident, using newly uncovered documents to reveal the corruption and negligence that led the unwitting hero on a mission of mercy toward his untimely death as an uninspected, in the final chapters, Maraniss retraces his final days, overloaded plane plunged into the sea.

David maraniss now brings the great baseball player brilliantly back to life in Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero, a book destined to become a modern classic.