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Ice Capades: A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey by Sean Avery - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780399575754
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Published: Blue Rider Press - October 24th, 2017

Notorious NHL bad boy Sean Avery was such a complete jerk on the ice that the NHL had to create new rules just to keep him in check. No pun intended. After retiring from the game, he found he had quite the story to tell, and knowing he'd never be back in the game, decided to tell-all. Ice Capades breaks open the wild life of the NHL in the way that "Ball Four" did for baseball decades ago. A must have for all sports fans! ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley's Swingin' A's by Jason Turbow - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780544303171
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 7th, 2017

The brawling, mustachioed, incredibly talented Oakland A's ruled baseball from 1972 through 1974. Turbow reveals the dynamic personalities of the players, and the outlandish antics of the owner, Charlie O. Finley, an egotistical, skinflint baseball visionary who assembled, then destroyed, a dynasty. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316194761
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Published: Back Bay Books - May 19th, 2015

MJ was THE sports hero in the 90s. His face was everywhere. Six NBA titles, a stint in baseball, movies, Dream Teams, Gatorade, Nike...the list goes on and on. His Airness transcended pop culture in a way that no other athlete had before. But who was the man...truly? There's some unexpectedly dark depths in here, to be sure. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


99: Stories of the Game by Wayne Gretzky - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399575471
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 18th, 2016

This book by "The Great One" is a bit of an oddball. Firstly, no, there aren't 99 stories in here. It is also not a traditional biography or memoir. This is a history lesson of the first 99 years of the NHL, with personal anecdotes from #99. The writing may not win a Pulitzer, but having Gretzky himself teach you about the game makes up for any literary shortcomings. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Papi: My Story by David Ortiz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780544814615
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - May 16th, 2017

Retired Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, Big Papi, is a one of a kind champion, a big man with a big heart and the rightful owner of one of the most storied careers in modern sports. The previously unattainable World Series championships (unreachable without him?), the PED accusations, countless opponents and teammates , behind-the-scenes machinations of the Red Sox organization, and the ever-present Boston media; it's all here! Ultimately, spoiler alert, we do learn that there are still some role models and heroes left in the world. Papi! ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic by Richard Sandomir - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316355056
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Published: Hachette Books - June 13th, 2017

"I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth," the dying Lou Gehrig's unforgettable phrase spoken at a Yankee Stadium ceremony, catapulted a baseball player to heroism. Gary Cooper's modest and dignified portrayal of Gehrig in The Pride of the Yankees is revealed by Sandomir as a near-perfect match of a ballplayer and a star. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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