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Left on Base in the Bush Leagues

by Gaylon H. White Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 15, 2019)

There was a time when no town was too small to field a professional baseball team. In 1949, the high point for the minor leagues, there were 59 leagues and 464 cities with teams, two-thirds of them in so-called...


A History of the World Cup

by Clemente A. Lisi Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 15, 2019)

There is no sporting event more popular than the World Cup. For one month every four years, billions of people around the world turn their attention to the tournament. Fans call in sick to work, pack into bars...


Breaking Barriers

by Douglas Stark Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 15, 2018)

Today, it is nearly impossible to talk about the best basketball players in America without acknowledging the accomplishments of incredibly talented black athletes like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Kobe...


Fidel Castro and Baseball

by Peter C. Bjarkman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 07, 2018)

Few political figures of the modern age have been so vilified as Fidel Castro, and both the vilification and worship generated by the Cuban leader have combined to distort the true image of Castro. The baseball...


Collections Vol 14 N1

by Juilee Decker & Collections Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 15, 2018)

Editor Juilee Decker’s introduction to the issue is followed by four articles covering: archives and special collections practices at a small liberal arts college (Benjamin Jenkins and Keren Darancette); repatriation...


Baseball and American Culture

by John P. Rossi Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 04, 2018)

For more than a hundred years, baseball has been woven into the American way of life. By the time they reach high school, children have learned about the struggles and triumphs of players like Jackie Robinson....


The 100 Greatest American Athletes

by Martin Gitlin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 15, 2018)

From Babe Ruth to Michael Phelps, Billie Jean King to Tony Hawk, American athletes have been a source of pride and accomplishment throughout the nation’s history. While there have been plenty of athlete biographies,...


More Than a Game

by David K. Wiggins, Jacqueline M. Moore & Nina Mjagkij Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 15, 2018)

More than a Game discusses how African American men and women sought to participate in sport and what that participation meant to them, the African American community, and the United States more generally. Recognizing...


The Other Classroom

by Michael J. Coffino Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 31, 2018)

High school sports programs are not simply one-dimensional after-school recreational diversions from the rigors of academic life. In The Other Classroom: The Essential Importance of High School Athletics, Michael...


Born on the Links

by John Williamson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 15, 2018)

Golf has been around for over 600 years, its origins tracing back to the links in Scotland in the fifteenth century. Since then, the game has spread worldwide, with millions of fans and players from all walks...


Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Sentiment

by Peter Gottschalk & Gabriel Greenberg Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 19, 2018)

In the minds of many Americans, Islam is synonymous with the Middle East, Muslim men with violence, and Muslim women with oppression. A clash of civilizations appears to be increasingly manifest and the war...


Fun Facts to Engage Students

by Jane C. Flinn Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 30, 2018)

Curious about the world around you? Brushing up for Trivia Night? Studying for a test? Looking for new dinner-table discussion topics?

Take a deep-dive into subjects you may have learned about in school, but...


Raising Young Athletes

by Jim Taylor Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 12, 2018)

Sports are an amazing environment in which to raise children. The benefits they gain from athletic participation are many, including physical, personal, and social. Yet, there is also a dark side to today’s...


The Four Home Runs Club

by Steven K. Wagner Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 01, 2018)

In all of baseball, one record shines as perhaps the most coveted: four home runs by one player in a single game. If the pinnacle of pitching is the perfect game, then the highpoint of hitting is four home runs,...


The Coach Who Strangled the Bulldog

by Dick Friedman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 31, 2018)

This book details the life of Percy Haughton, college football’s first modern coach. A true innovator of the game, his Harvard squads went 71-7-5 during his tenure and were deemed national champions three...


Remembering the Greatest Coaches and Games of the NFL Glory Years

by Wayne Stewart Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 16, 2018)

The NFL in the 1950s and 1960s was full of iconic players and legendary coaches. Future Hall of Famers battled it out on the gridiron and roamed the sidelines, making for incredible games and memorable moments....


Climate Church, Climate World

by Jim Antal & Bill McKibben Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 19, 2018)

Climate Church, Climate World argues that climate change is the greatest moral challenge humanity has ever faced. Hunger, refugees, poverty, inequality, deadly viruses, war—climate change multiplies all forms...


America's Game

by Bryan Soderholm-Difatte Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 31, 2018)

This comprehensive survey of major league baseball looks at the national pastime’s legendary figures, major innovations, and pivotal moments, from the beginning of the twentieth century through World War II....


The 100 Greatest Swimmers in History

by John Lohn Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 10, 2018)

In The 100 Greatest Swimmers in History, John Lohn profiles some of the biggest names the sport has ever seen, from Mark Spitz and Tracy Caulkins to Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps. Each swimmer is ranked based...


The 1988 Dodgers

by K. P. Wee Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 24, 2018)

When most baseball fans think back to the 1988 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics, they probably remember Kirk Gibson’s dramatic home run off Dennis Eckersley, Orel Hershiser’s...


The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows

by David Perlmutter Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 04, 2018)

Once consigned almost exclusively to Saturday morning fare for young viewers, television animation has evolved over the last several decades as a programming form to be reckoned with. While many animated shows...


Sport Psychology for Youth Coaches: Developing Champions in Sports and Life

by Ronald E. Smith & Frank L. Smoll Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 16, 2012)

Two seasoned sport psychologists help coaches understand the psychology of young athletes and provide guidelines for winning strategies that benefit athletes in sports and life. They cover issues like motivation,...


Becoming a True Champion: Achieving Athletic Excellence from the Inside Out

by Kirk Mango & Daveda Lamont Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 16, 2012)

Becoming a True Champion offers a path to achieving athletic excellence, longevity, and dignity through the values and hard work that once distinguished athletes as true role models. Providing an antidote to...


Singles and Smiles

by Gaylon H. White Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 20, 2018)

This book brings to light the story of a Negro League and Pacific Coast League star, his struggles to make it in the majors, and his crucial role in integrating baseball’s premier minor league.

Artie Wilson...


All Things History

by Jane C. Flinn Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 12, 2018)

On July 1, 1941, the world’s first television commercial aired on NBC advertising what?

What sport was once called “battledore”?

Which president made his millions as a geologist, traveling the world as an...


This Green and Growing Land

by Kevin C. Armitage Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 01, 2017)

From Benjamin Franklin’s campaign to combat pollution at the Philadelphia’s docks in the 1750s to the movement against climate change today, American environmentalists have sought to protect the natural...


Taken by Speed

by Connie Ann Kirk Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 18, 2017)

The number of athletes who have died competing in the sport of motor racing, including amateurs and professionals around the world, stretches into the thousands. Despite the danger, drivers continue to compete...


Dick Bosman on Pitching

by Ted Leavengood & Dick Bosman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 08, 2018)

Dick Bosman’s career in Major League Baseball as a player and coach has spanned more than 50 years. He pitched eleven seasons in the American League, was the Major League pitching coach for multiple teams,...


American Furniture

by Oscar P. Fitzgerald Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 22, 2017)

Drawing on the latest scholarship, this comprehensive, lavishly illustrated survey tells the story of the evolution of American furniture from the 17th century to the present. Not viewed in isolation, furniture...


Rocky Graziano

by Jeffrey Sussman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 08, 2018)

Rocky Graziano, juvenile delinquent, middleweight boxing champion, and comedic actor, was the last great fighter from the golden age of boxing, the era of Joe Louis, Jake LaMotta, and Sugar Ray Robinson.

In...


Radical Regenerative Gardening and Farming

by Frank Holzman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 02, 2018)

Radical Regenerative Gardening and Farming informs and inspires gardeners, and farmers, who wish to bring quality and integrity into their work with the land. It is about developing close relationships with...


National Pastime

by Martin C. Babicz & Thomas W. Zeiler Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 13, 2017)

From its modest beginnings in rural America to its current status as an entertainment industry in postindustrial America enjoyed worldwide by millions each season, the linkages between baseball’s evolution...


The Indoor Epidemic

by Erik Shonstrom Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 08, 2017)

The Indoor Epidemic is an accessible, readable book that educators, parents, policymakers, and general readers can use to develop an in-depth understanding of the role the outdoors has played in our evolutionary...


Spirit of '67

by Thomas J. Whalen Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 31, 2017)

Using the colorful and tumultuous 1960s as a backdrop, acclaimed author Thomas J. Whalen’s Spirit of ’67: The Cardiac Kids, El Birdos, and the World Series That Captivated America shows how the Red Sox and...


Advocates for Animals

by Lori B. Girshick & Gene Baur Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 15, 2017)

With over 65 percent of households having a pet, and Americans spending over $60 billion on them each year, it’s a proven statistic that Americans love animals. Public opinions consistently show we favor compassion...


The Art of Motivation for Team Sports

by Jim Hinkson & Jack Armstrong Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 20, 2017)

The challenge for today’s modern coach is to push players without risking burnout, inspire them without bullying, and discipline players without constantly yelling. While no two coaches have the exact same...


A History of the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team

by Clemente A. Lisi Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2017)

The United States men’s national soccer team has a rich history dating back to the early twentieth century. The team, along with the sport, toiled in obscurity for decades but found its breakthrough moment...


Adventures with Old Vines

by Richard L. Chilton Jr. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 01, 2017)

Adventures with Old Vines offers an engaging and knowledgeable guide to demystify wine for novice enthusiasts. Richard Chilton provides detailed information about buying and storing wine, how to read a wine...


Terry Bradshaw: From Super Bowl Champion to Television Personality

by Brett L. Abrams Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2017)

This book examines Terry Bradshaw’s celebrity status that has grown and developed through years of interacting with football fans and the larger U.S. culture. It covers his early years playing football, his...


All Things Science

by Jane C. Flinn Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 17, 2017)

Curious about the world around you? Think you know everything you need to know about science and scientists, food, animals, space, or the Earth? Look no further than All Things Science: Learning by Reading Fun...


Beyond Soccer

by Tamir Bar-On Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 03, 2017)

As the world’s most popular game, soccer is unique in its ability to reflect and impact culture, society, and politics. Beyond Soccer: International Relations and Politics as Seen through the Beautiful Game...


The New Boys of Summer

by Paul Hensler Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2017)

The 1960s were among the most compelling years in the history of the United States, from the intensifying clamor for civil rights to the tragic incidents of assassination and war. Caught up in this sea of restlessness...


The Care and Display of Historic Clothing

by Karen M. DePauw Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 18, 2017)

Wearable textiles hold their own stories of trade, manufacture and regionalism, just to name a few; they also tell a personal tale of the individuals who created our history. When we look at a piece of clothing,...


The Boxing Kings

by Paul Beston Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2017)

For much of the twentieth century, boxing was one of America’s most popular sports, and the heavyweight champions were figures known to all. Their exploits were reported regularly in the newspapers—often...


Unstable Ground

by Alex Alvarez Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 21, 2017)

Unstable Ground looks at the human impact of climate change and its potential to provoke some of the most troubling crimes against humanity—ethnic conflict, war, and genocide. Alex Alvarez provides an essential...


The Forgotten Legacy of Stella Walsh

by Sheldon Anderson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 08, 2017)

Stella Walsh, who was born in Poland but raised in the United States, competed for Poland at the 1932 and 1936 Olympics, winning gold and silver in the 100 meters. Running and jumping competitively for three...


Remembering the Stars of the NFL Glory Years

by Wayne Stewart Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 13, 2017)

The 1950s and 60s was a golden age for professional football. It was perhaps the toughest and roughest era for the sport, before rules were created to better protect the players, but it was also a time when...


100 Greatest Video Game Characters

by Jaime Banks, Robert Mejia & Aubrie Adams Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 23, 2017)

Though in existence for only a few decades, video games are now firmly established in mainstream culture all around the planet. Every year new games are produced, and every year new favorites emerge. But certain...


Six Centuries of Foxhunting

by M. L. Biscotti & Norman Fine Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 23, 2017)

Hunting literature had its beginnings as early as the fourteenth century, when nobles hunted stag, bear, fox, and other game on horseback. As foxhunting grew in popularity, literary works that covered the sport...


The Birth of Football's Modern 4-3 Defense

by T. J. Troup Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (August 20, 2014)

From 1953 to 1959, professional football’s offensive and defensive tactics were in a transitional phase. As teams developed innovative strategies to attack the 5-2-4 defense, passing efficiency improved. In...