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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 Harcourt - 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


A Guy Like Me: Fighting to Make the Cut by John Scott - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501159619
Published: Howard Books - December 27th, 2016

John Scott was never supposed to be a superstar. He was a career journeyman, going from team to team as needed. He wasn't an elite goal scorer, but he was big, and he wasn't afraid to back down from a fight. As his new memoir shows, he is also a giant teddy bear of a man.

Somewhere along the way, NHL fans decided to show their appreciation of his career and personality (and maybe just a hint of irony) and made him the Fan Choice Winner for a spot in the 2016 NHL All Star Game. Unfortunately, Scott's road to the game wasn't nearly as smooth as it could have been.

The NHL decided that John Scott's votes were influenced by fans for the wrong reason, and did everything in their power to bar him from playing in the game. After much backlash, John Scott DID play, and was even named captain of his team. Not only that, he scored two goals and was named MVP. It all goes to show, sometimes good things DO happen to good people, even a guy like him. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


Bare Knuckles & Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey by Brien Bouyea - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781467135580
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Published: History Press - April 4th, 2016

Possessing brute strength, indomitable will, and indefatigable energy, John Morrissey demolishes all comers in street gangs, the boxing ring, and politics. His signature achievement, the Saratoga Racecourse, stands today as the oldest sporting venue in the United States. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard by John Branch - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393351910
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 13th, 2015

Growing up in the prairies of Canada, Derek Boogaard was always one of the biggest kids on the ice. He wasn't particularly the best skater, best shooter, or a natural playmaker. But, he was by far the biggest. And is hockey, sometimes that is enough for you to be a difference maker.

Boogaard and his family made many sacrifices on and off the ice in order to make his NHL dreams come true. Being somewhat forced in the role of the "goon" or enforcer, Boogaard became a star for the Minnesota Wild and the historic New York Rangers.

Being an enforcer is no easy life, and Boogaard was constantly in pain. Concussions piled up, and his life took a dark turn. Turning to pills and booze to dull the pain, Boogaard eventually succumbed to his demons before his 30th birthday.

Written by award-winning New York Times sports reporter John Branch, Boy in Ice is a gripping read. You don't need to be a hockey fan in order to be pulled in, and the growing concern of CTE in professional and young athletes makes this a cautionary tale for all. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


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