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.