Miniature Sports Stadiums @ The Central Library





So much is going on this spring at the Central Library. We are getting ready for the arrival of this exhibit, The Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience.

Some of the things we have here to celebrate this sport are stadium models created by local architect Mark MacEwan. He has created these models that you can see here at the Central Library. There are a number of them along with Frontier Field. You can see them in the link level of the Central Library.




Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience


May 1 – June 14, 2013

Our opening reception is Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Rochester Public Library is proud to host the traveling exhibition Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience from May 1 – June 14, 2013. This exhibit tells the story of how black baseball players from the late 19th century onward persevered through discrimination to excel at the sport they loved. Our opening reception is Sunday, May 5, 2013.


Basketball Season @ the Library

Local basketball junkies have every reason to be excited about another great season for our area’s best college basketball team. The Syracuse Orangemen Men’s Basketball program is off to another great start this season– currently ranked 6th in the nation and now heading into Big East showdowns with the likes of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Georgetown Hoyas.
Your public library is also keeping pace with your sports reading demands. One of our newest books is titled, Color Him Orange: The Jim Boeheim Story, authored by award-winning sports columnist and best-selling local author Scott Pitoniak. Pitoniak identifies the sources of Basketball Hall of Fame coach’s fierce competitive drive and loyalty to Syracuse.
The book also examines the people who shaped Boeheim as a person and a coach, the great players he has coached, and his incredible devotion to raising money in hopes of eradicating cancer—which claimed both of his parents’ lives, and has also victimized Boeheim himself.
Yep, that’s right. Two huge wins the last two games and now this team has catapulted to #3 in the nation. But are they really that good?

Despite the naysayers, the Syracuse Men’s Basketball Team has won 8 straight games and seems to be getting all the bounces and breaks. It has compiled a record of 18 wins against just one defeat (79-83 loss to Temple at MSG) as of Jan.22, 2013. And, the Orange has already won three conference road games, including a win at then-No.1 Louisville a few days ago. Impressive, don’t you think? Not so fast.

If you truly bleed Orange, you know your team’s loss to Temple was as horrendous as a loss can be—this is a team that was beaten by Canisius in its own gym.  And, the Orange has trailed in the second half of its last four games. It’s recent play caused head coach Jim Boeheim to publicly say, “If we don’t get better, we’re going to lose in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament.” And that quote followed Syracuse’s dramatic 57-55 win over No. 21 Cincinnati last night in a highly publicized game. Kinda scary if you’re a Syracuse fan—but it’s something we have had to learn to live with all these years.

Speaking of all those great years of SU ball, why not revisit some of those glorious times by checking out our collection of Syracuse Basketball books here at the Central Library.

Anyway, it’s safe to say long-time SU fans have been down this road before and know perfectly well what Coach Beoheim is trying to do. The Hall of Fame coach has seen it all and done it all– been there and done that. No matter what you think, serious fans a have to ask the question whether he is just trying to motivate his guys or does he really believe that they have a long way to go before they get to the Final Four? (By the way, the Final Four is begins April 6 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.)

If we know Boeheim like we do, he is going to keep his players, fans and the media guessing to the last possible minute of the last game day of this season. And, all we can do for now is fasten our seatbelts and hope it’s not that bumpy of a ride.

Other basketball titles of interest include:

New Sports and Recreation Titles

A tale of international intrigue, espionage, attempted murder, and, of course, baseball, Banzai Babe Ruth by Robert K. Fitts is the first detailed account of the doomed attempt to reconcile the United States and Japan through the 1934 All American baseball tour. Robert K. Fits provides a wonderful story about baseball, nationalism, and American and Japanese cultural history.

Only one man, Bud Harrelson, can say he was in uniform for both New York Mets world championships: as the shortstop who anchored the infield of the 1969 “Miracle Mets” and then as the third-base coach for the storied 1986 team. In Turning Two, Harrelson delivers a team memoir as he takes fans through the early seasons, sudden success, lean years, and return to glory.

Epsom Downs, May 3rd, 1769: a chestnut with a white blaze scorches across the turf towards the finishing post. His four rivals are so far behind him that, in racing terms, they are “nowhere.” Awestruck, his spectators know they are in the presence of greatness. Eclipse: The Horse that Changed Racing History Forever is a vivid portrait of high and low life; of princes, paupers, and prostitutes; an era of passionate sport, ferocious gambling, and uninhibited sex. It’s the story of a rank outsider who went on to become a national celebrity; and of the horse that became a national icon, and whose influence is transcendent 200 years later.

The Philadelphia Athletics dominated the first fourteen years of the American League, winning six pennants through 1914 under the leadership of their founder and manager, Connie Mack. But beginning in 1915, where volume 2 in Norman L. Macht’s biography picks up the story, Mack’s teams fell from pennant winners to last place and, in an unprecedented reversal of fortunes, stayed there for seven years. World War I robbed baseball of young players, and Mack’s rebuilding efforts using green youngsters of limited ability made his teams the objects of public ridicule. Baseball biographer and historian Macht recreates what may be the most remarkable chapter in this larger-than-life story.

Published in association with the Boston Globe, Fenway Park is the product of an all-star cast of writers, photographers, and baseball historians. It includes more than 250 classic and never-before published photographs, a removable poster featuring the rare blueprints of Fenway’s historic 1934 renovation, a double gate-fold of Fenway’s famous Green Monster, a foreword by Jim Lonborg, and a special introduction by former Globe publisher Benjamin Taylor.

Come out and play!! Long summer afternoons spent playing Kick the Can, Capture the Flag and Wiffle Ball- you loved those games and the carefree hours spent in the sunshine with your best buddies. Now, even if you can’t remember the difference between dodgeball and double ball, you can brush up on the rules of your favorite classics (plus learn a few new ones!) in Tag, Toss & Run: 40 Classic Lawn Games by Paul Tukey and Victoria Rowell.

Vintage Sports Display

Vintage 1930’s baseball uniform worn by Eric Henry Erickson. Mr. Erickson played for the American Bridge Company, Division of U.S. Steel. The team was part of the Industrial League in Elmira Heights, N.Y.

Vintage ice skates and hockey stick on loan from RPL staffer Chris Costigan. Golf items are Arts Division’s Ove Overmyer’s. Ove is our resident sports expert. He is always happy to answer reference questions on all areas of sports.

New Sports Titles


On June 21, 1992, Davidson and his best friend, Mike Price, summited Mount Rainier and on their descent tragedy struck. Tied together, the two men fell 80 feet into a crevasse, with Price dying instantly. Now Davidson shares his incredible story of survival and renewal.

A collection of Roy MacGregor’s very best hockey writing, revised and updated.


An intimate profile of the legendary mixed martial arts (MMA) referee, this first full-length autobiography of pop culture icon “Big” John McCarthy details every aspect of his life — from his strong-handed Los Angeles upbringing to his involvement in the naming of the sport, his role in its regulation, and MMA’s rise in stature.


Forty-seven years of joyous celebrations after victories and crushing disappointments after defeats are encompassed in Marv Levy: Where Else Would You Rather Be?, but it is about more than just touchdowns and interceptions-it’s about how a person like Marv Levy, dedicated to his life’s work, can begin his career as the obscure assistant coach of a high school junior varsity team and decades later lead a team to the Super Bowl.


Sundays Will Never Be the Same is the kind of book NASCAR fans hunger for, with thrills, insider stories, and a touching tribute to one of motor racing’s biggest heroes. Waltrip honors both a sport that has quickly become an American tradition, as well as the memory of a legend and the ways he singlehandedly changed racing forever.


Since radio’s debut in the 1920s and television’s in the ’30s, the baseball announcer has become entertainer, observer, and extended member of the family. In A Talk in the Park: Nine Decades of Baseball Tales from the Broadcast Booth, many of the pastime’s most popular and famous announcers-the Voices-tell their favorite stories in their own distinctive words. It is riveting oral history.

New Sports Titles

For almost a century, big-time college sports has been a wildly popular but consistently problematic part of American higher education. The challenges it poses to traditional academic values have been recognized from the start, but they have grown more ominous in recent decades, as cable television has become ubiquitous, commercial opportunities have proliferated, and athletic budgets have ballooned. Big-Time Sports in American Universities draws on new research findings. This book takes a fresh look at the role of commercial sports in American universities. It shows that, rather than being the inconsequential student activity that universities often imply that it is, big-time sports has become a core function of the universities that engage in it.

The popularity of martial arts has grown tremendously in recent years as the many benefits that such disciplines can offer have become well-known. There is a wide range of disciplines to choose from and Masterclass Karate will introduce you to some of the most popular forms. The fascinating history and philosophy of each art is clearly explained, followed by photographic step-by-step instructions that guide you through important exercises and techniques.

Knuckler is the story of how a struggling positional player chanced his future on a fickle pitch that would define his career. The pitch may drive hitters crazy, but how does the pitcher stay sane? The moment Wakefield adopted the knuckleball, his career sought to answer that question. After an amazing rookie season, Wakefield faltered. With the Red Sox he began to master his pitch only to find himself on the mound in 2003 for one of the most ignominious post-season losses in history, followed the next year by one of the most vindicating of championships.

The Library of America’s At the Fights: American Writers on Boxing presents a gritty and glittering anthology of a century of the very best writing and reportage about the fights. Here are Jack London on the immortal Jack Johnson; H. L. Mencken and Irvin S. Cobb on Jack Dempsey vs. Georges Carpentier, dubbed “The Fight of the Century”; Richard Wright on Joe Louis’s historic victory over Max Schmeling; A. J. Liebling’s brilliantly comic portrait of a manager who really identifies with his fighter; Jimmy Cannon on the inimitable Archie Moore; James Baldwin and Gay Talese on the haunted Floyd Patterson; George Plimpton on Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X; Norman Mailer on the “Rumble in the Jungle”; Mark Kram on the “Thrilla in Manila”; Pete Hamill on legendary trainer and manager Cus D’Amato; Mark Kriegel on Oscar de la Hoya; and David Remnick and Joyce Carol Oates on Mike Tyson. National Book Award-winning novelist Colum McCann (Let the Great World Spin) weighs in with a foreword.

John Thorn, baseball’s preeminent historian, examines the creation story of the game and finds it all to be a gigantic lie, not only the Doubleday legend, so long recognized with a wink and a nudge. Thorn traces the rise of the New York version of the game over other variations popular in Massachusetts and Philadelphia. He shows how the sport’s increasing popularity in the early decades of the nineteenth century mirrored the migration of young men from farms and small towns to cities, especially New York. And he charts the rise of secret professionalism and the origin of the notorious “reserve clause,” essential innovations for gamblers and capitalists. No matter how much you know about the history of baseball, you will find something new in every chapter. Thorn shows how a small religious cult became instrumental in the commission that was established to determine the origins of the game and why the selection of Abner Doubleday as baseball’s father was as strangely logical as it was patently absurd. Entertaining from the first page to the last, Baseball in the Garden of Eden is a tale of good and evil, and the snake proves the most interesting character.

Run Like a Girl is part locker-room confidential and personal memoir, revealing how the confidence women build by participating in sports-whether it’s running, rock climbing, or yoga-can transform their lives in profound ways. Inspiring, funny, and heartbreaking, the candid stories of nearly a hundred women fill these pages.