Friday, January 18, 2019

Books: "Tigerbelle," The Story Of An Olympic Pioneer

Wyomia Tyus (c.) on the podium after winning Olympic Gold.

Tigerbele: The Wyomia Tyus Story
By Wyomia Tyus & Elizabeth Terzakis; foreword by Joy Reid; An Edge Of Sports book curated by Dave Zirin
Akashic Books, Brooklyn, NY; 288 pages; hardcover, $27.95; trade paperback, $15.95 

Wyomia Tyus won gold medals in the 100-meter sprint in two consecutive Olympics, 1964 and 1968, becoming the first person to ever earn that achievement, and it was not repeated for almost twenty years, and fifty years to be exceeded.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Books: "The Accidental Further Adventures Of The 100-Year-Old Man"

The Accidental Further Adventures Of The 100-Year-Old Man
By Jonas Johansson
William Morrow; paperback; $15.99

Jonas Jonasson, the acclaimed international bestselling author, always claimed that Allan Karlsson, the beloved centenarian and main character of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared, would not return for a sequel.

St. John's, Led by 22 From Ponds, Crushes Creighton

Justin Simon bringing the ball up. Photo by Jason Schott.

The St. John's Red Storm came back from an early nine-point deficit to cruise to an 81-66 win on Wednesday night at Carnesecca Arena.

This was a much needed win for St. John's, as they improved to 3-3 in Big East play (15-3 overall) after losses to Villanova and DePaul last week.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Books: "The Club" On The Rapid Growth Of The English Premier League

The Club: How The English Premier League Became The Wildest, Richest, Most Disruptive Force In Sports
By Joshua Robinson and Jonathan Clegg
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; hardcover, 320 pages; $28.00

Soccer has grown rapidly in the United States the past couple of decades, more popular than baseball among 35-54-year-olds, and closing in on basketball, and that has a lot to do with the popularity of the English Premier League.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Books: "All That Heaven Allows" On The Life Of Rock Hudson

All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson
By Mark Griffin
Harper; hardcover; $28.99

Rock Hudson was the definition of a movie star: tall, dark, and handsome, he epitomized American manhood at the pinnacle of his fame in the 1950s and '60s.

America's leading man exuded charm, strength, virility, and charisma in classics like Magnificent Obsession, Giant, and Pillow Talk, and was frequently paired with Doris Day. His mainstream appeal translated into box office success during the last hurrah of Hollywood's Golden Age.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Books: LookIng For Meaning In The Ring In "Why We Fight"

Why We Fight: One Man's Search for Meaning Inside the Ring
By Josh Rosenblatt
Ecco; hardcover, 224 pages; $26.99; available Tuesday, January 15

Josh Rosenblatt, a writer and journalist who lives in Brooklyn, tracks his trajectory from pacifist to pugilist, from idle philosopher to trained fighter, his life's abrupt face, and what compelled such a change in his new book, Why We Fight.

Stottlemyre, Yankees Ace & Pitching Coach To 1986 Mets & Yankees 1990s Dynasty, Passes Away at 77


Mel Stottlemyre, the ace of the Yankees pitching staff in the late 1960s who went on to be the pitching coach of the Mets' 1986 World Championship team, and the Yankees 1990s dynasty, passed away on Sunday at the age of 77.