Hinkle Fieldhouse

Product DetailsHinkle Fieldhouse
By Eric Angevine
Arcadia Publishing
Retail Price $19.99
Amazon Price: $15.47

Book Description: 

Walk into Hinkle Fieldhouse, and you feel it-that palpable sense of history known as the Hinkle mystique. Indiana’s basketball cathedral has stood in all its glory at Butler University since 1928. John Wooden, Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird played on its floor. Jesse Owens sprinted to a record at Hinkle, and athletes from around the globe have brought Olympic-level competition to crowds gathered under its steel arches. It was the setting for the climactic scene in Hoosiers, arguably the greatest sports movie ever made. It has hosted evangelists, ice shows, tennis matches, bike races and even roller derbies. Author Eric Angevine gets inside the paint in this complete Hinkle history, featuring archival photographs of the iconic structure and words from those who know it best.

Review

Hinkle Fieldhouse is a basketball arena at Butler University in Indiana.  It was built in 1928 and  was among the first fieldhouse built for a college basketball team and was considered a real game changer.  It had the distinction of being the largest basketball arena in the United States until 1950 and is still in use today and is considered an historic landmark.

The author did a fantastic job giving the history of the development of the Hinkle fieldhouse along with a nice review of BU basketball through
the years.   It was very in depth and interesting.  It is a must read for basketball fans.

~Reviewed by Candace K.

 

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    Strong Inside

    Strong Inside
    By Andrew Maraniss
    Vanderbilt University Press
    Retail Price $35.00
    Amazon Price: $25.82

    Book Description: 

    Based on more than eighty interviews, this fast-paced, richly detailed biography of Perry Wallace, the first African American basketball player in the SEC, digs deep beneath the surface to reveal a more complicated and profound story of sports pioneering than we’ve come to expect from the genre. Perry Wallace’s unusually insightful and honest introspection reveals his inner thoughts throughout his journey.

    Wallace entered kindergarten the year that Brown v. Board of Education upended “separate but equal.” As a 12-year-old, he sneaked downtown to watch the sit-ins at Nashville’s lunch counters. A week after Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Wallace entered high school, and later saw the passage of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts. On March 16, 1966, his Pearl High School basketball team won Tennessee’s first integrated state tournament–the same day Adolph Rupp’s all-white Kentucky Wildcats lost to the all-black Texas Western Miners in an iconic NCAA title game.

    The world seemed to be opening up at just the right time, and when Vanderbilt recruited him, Wallace courageously accepted the assignment to desegregate the SEC. His experiences on campus and in the hostile gymnasiums of the Deep South turned out to be nothing like he ever imagined.

    On campus, he encountered the leading civil rights figures of the day, including Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King Jr., Fannie Lou Hamer, and Robert Kennedy–and he led Vanderbilt’s small group of black students to a meeting with the university chancellor to push for better treatment.

    On the basketball court, he experienced an Ole Miss boycott and the rabid hate of the Mississippi State fans in Starkville. Following his freshman year, the NCAA instituted “the Lew Alcindor rule,” which deprived Wallace of his signature move, the slam dunk.

    Despite this attempt to limit the influence of a rising tide of black stars, the final basket of Wallace’s college career was a cathartic and defiant dunk, and the story Wallace told to the Vanderbilt Human Relations Committee and later The Tennessean was not the simple story of a triumphant trailblazer that many people wanted to hear. Yes, he had gone from hearing racial epithets when he appeared in his dormitory to being voted as the university’s most popular student, but, at the risk of being labeled “ungrateful,” he spoke truth to power in describing the daily slights and abuses he had overcome and what Martin Luther King had called “the agonizing loneliness of a pioneer.”

    Review

    This was an excellent read not only for the sports fan, but for those interested in civil rights as well.  The research was impeccable and his sources are well documented.  The book is both a detailed, engaging personal story but an insightful depiction of what went on underneath the surface in the struggle for integration. The interviews with Wallace himself were not only heart breaking, but inspiring as well.  We got to see what it was like growing ups black during that time period and how his rise to fame was overshadowed by the prejudice he endured.  Yet, his perseverance paved the way for other black athletes.

    ~Reviewed by Dave H.

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      Glory Days in Tribe Town

      Glory Days in Tribe Town
      by Terry Pluto and Tom Hamilton
      Gray & Company
      Retail Price $15.
      Amazon Price: $14.36

      Book Description: 

      Relive the most thrilling seasons of Cleveland Indians baseball in recent memory! Remember the excitement of those first years at Jacobs Field? When it seemed the Indians could find a way to win almost any game? When screaming fans rocked the jam-packed stands every night? When a brash young team snapped a forty-year slump and electrified the city?Those weren’t baseball seasons, they were year-long celebrations.

      Step back into the glory days with sportswriter Terry Pluto and broadcaster Tom Hamilton as they share behind-the-scenes stories about a team with all-stars at nearly every position . . . a sparkling new ballpark . . . wild comeback victories . . . a record sellout streak . . . two trips to the World Series . . . and a city crazed with Indians fever.

      Revisit baseball’s most fearsome lineup: Albert Belle’s mighty swing and ferocious glare . . . Jim Thome’s moon-shot home runs . . . Omar Vizquel’s poetry-in-motion play at shortstop . . . Kenny Lofton’s exhilarating baserunning and over-the-wall catches . . .

      These two Cleveland baseball veterans were there for it all. Now, they combine firsthand experience and in-depth player interviews to tell a rich, detailed story that Tribe fans will love.

      Review

      What a fantastic book for baseball fans!  The authors help you relive the “glory days” of the Cleveland Indians from 1994-1997  through narrative, interviews, collected letters, old columns, personal stories, and more.  Each chapter can be read independently, so you can skip around reading in the order of your own personal preference, which makes it  a great coffee table book or one to leave in the bathroom.  It is a wonderful look inside the Indians clubhouse.

      ~Reviewed by Adam B.

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        Leanings 3

        Leanings 3
        by Peter Egan and Cycle World
        Motorbooks
        Retail Price $28.00
        Amazon Price: $21.17

        Book Description: 

        Stories and observation’s from America’s best motorcycle journalist. Peter Egan‘s writing invites you to pull up a chair, pour a little scotch, and relax while he shares with you his tales from the road, his motorcycling philosophy, and his keen observations about the two-wheeled life. His columns and feature articles are among Cycle World‘s most anticipated each month. Egan’s legions of fans know they will always leave his articles with a fresh perspective. Leanings 3 offers a fresh collection of Egan’s motorcycle musings delivered in his signature wise but amusing style. For added perspective, each feature article is preceded by fresh commentary from the author. This is an unforgettable collection of the works of a master writer whose simple adventures of life remind us all why we love to ride.

        Review

        Peter Egan is a writer known for his monthly columns, Side Glances in Road & Track magazine and Leanings in Cycle World magazine, as well as road tests and occasional features in both magazines. His columns are chiefly autobiographical and anecdotal in nature and he has written extensively about his many road trips, including detailed accounts of the failings of the vehicles and his interactions with the people who accompany him and those he meets. This book is a new collection of articles that will entertain you as well as make you yearn for the open road.  You will look at life differently once you view the world from his perspective.

        ~Reviewed by Kevin J.

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          Nick Saban vs College Football

          Nick Saban vs College Football
          by Christopher Walsh
          Triumph books
          Retail Price $14.95
          Amazon Price: $11.39

          Book Description: 

          When coach Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa in 2007, he boldly proclaimed “We want to be a champion in everything that we do.” Since that time, Alabama has won three national championships and become the nation’s number one destination for recruits and the top source of NFL talent while simultaneously graduating its players. No other program has won more games, captured more awards, or come close to approaching the kind of consistent success as the Crimson Tide. In Nick Saban vs. College Football, author Christopher Walsh not only explains what separates Saban from his peers and compares his accomplishments to some of the all-time legends, but tells why, if there were a Mount Rushmore of college football coaches, Saban’s face would already be on it. From his upbringing in West Virginia to his relationship with legendary coach Bill Belichick, “the process” has not only led to Saban having a statue along Alabama’s “Walk of Champions” in front of Bryant-Denny Stadium, but the establishment of a new standard that may be unparalleled in college football history.

          Review

          Very enjoyable book and an easy read. Even though much of the content is already familiar to Alabama fans, there were some interested new tidbits as well. The comparisons to other coaches current and past are interesting as you learn more details about some of those coaches than you previously knew. I highly recommend this book and any Alabama fan or any fan of college football.

          ~Reviewed by Tide O. T.

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            Second To None

            Second To None
            by Joeseph Valerio, Marv Levy and Steve Tasker
            Triumph books
            Retail Price $29.95
            Amazon Price: $19.89

            Book Description: 

            In Second to None, author Joe Valerio tells the incredible story of the Buffalo Bills: the perpetual almost-champions and their indomitable fans. The Bills’ incredible skill and teamwork on the field was matched only by their single-minded determination as, in the four years spanning 1991 to 1994, the team won four consecutive conference championships, and lost four consecutive Super Bowls. The peaks and nadirs of their record reflect a fascinatingly dynamic, uneven, and—at times—uncontrollable array of talents. Valerio renders in sharp detail how the Bills’ unique culture was formed by an unlikely ecosystem of world-class athletes hunkered down in bleak western New York, far away from the celebrity playgrounds of other pro teams. Meticulously researched and carefully crafted, this one-of-a-kind look inside the Super Bowl–era Buffalo Bills is based on extensive interviews with the key players, coaches, and management, including Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, as well as coach Marv Levy, general manager Bill Polian, and many others, including players and coaches from opposing teams, and the reporters who covered them.

            Review

            My family has been die hard Bills fans for generations.  My father and uncle instilled in me not only a love for the game, but a dedication and loyalty to the Buffalo Bills, come what may.  Since the Bills had it’s first winning season in years this season, there hasn’t been much to celebrate.  But this book reminds fans of the Bills’ glory days and gives us hope that we will get there again.  This book is well-written and entertaining.  It gives us an insider’s look into the championship team by interviews and stories from key players and coaches.  Once I started reading this, I couldn’t put it down.

            ~Reviewed by Pat B.

             

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              The Blue Divide

              The Blue Divide
              by Johnny Moore, Art Chansky and Jay Bilas
              Triumph books
              Retail Price $25.95
              Amazon Price: $18.61

              Book Description: 

              A complete look at the storied basketball rivalry between the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels, this guide is penned by two authorities on the subject—Art Chansky, a bestselling author and sports reporter who has covered the famed match up since his days as a student reporter at UNC and Johnny Moore, who has been intimately involved with Duke athletics for nearly four decades. Segmenting the various commonalities the Blue Devils and Tar Heels have shared for more than 60 years and nearly 250 meetings on the court, each chapter covers a distinct aspect of the rivalry between these two schools that stand a mere 10 miles apart. This book offers new details on long-forgotten stories as well as a chance to better understand where the pride and passion of today comes from between the two contiguous competitors.

              Review

              This book chronicles basketball’s  rivalry between Duke and the Tarheels in a unique way.  Since the authors were each connected on some level of the opposing team, this work provides insight from both sides as each shares never-been-told stories of this hostile rivalry, on and off the hardwood.  This book is as informative as it is entertaining and the authors do a fantastic job sharing stories, insights, and team histories.  It is a must read for college basketball fans.

              ~Reviewed by Dave H.

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                The Game Plan- The Art of Building a Winning Football Team

                 

                 

                The Game Plan: The Art of Building a Winning Football Team
                by Bill Polian and Vic Carucci
                Triumph books
                Retail Price $25.95
                Amazon Price: $19.86

                Book Description: 

                As one of the most successful general managers and team presidents in NFL history, few people understand how to create the blueprint for a winning football team like Bill Polian. After building the Buffalo Bills team that went to four consecutive Super Bowls and taking the expansion Carolina Panthers to the NFC Championship just two years after the team’s creation, he was responsible for the Indianapolis Colts drafting Peyton Manning with the first overall pick in 1998 and oversaw the team’s victory in Super Bowl XLI. Now, Polian shares his blueprint for building a successful football team in The Game Plan. He details the decisions both a team needs to make in the regular season and the offseason to bring teams to the postseason and the NFL’s ultimate test of a well-built team: the Super Bowl.

                Review

                This was a very interesting read for those who love football.   Surveying Bill Polian’s career, this book gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the man himself as well as his entire career choices.  The author also shares his wealth of knowledge and insight into the game, which stem from his own personal experience.  The book isn’t just a bunch of facts, but is very readable and entertaining.  While the book was very informative, in some ways it was like taking a walk down memory lane, remembering the sports moments in great detail from someone who was actually there. Any student of pro football will want to read this for perspective of the past 30 years in the game!

                ~Reviewed by Tim H.

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                  Triple Crowned

                  Triple Crowned
                  by Bay Area News Group
                  Triumph Books
                  Retail Price $14.95
                  Amazon Price: $12.75

                  Book Description: 

                  Baseball’s new dynasty is the San Francisco Giants. The Giants captured their third World Series crown in five seasons in 2014—this last one having taken perhaps the most unlikely path. San Francisco finished second in the NL West but advanced to the Wild Card game against Pittsburgh. The Giants stomped the Pirates 8-0, then outlasted the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals to set up a Fall Classic showdown with the Kansas City Royals.

                  Packed with insider analysis and outstanding color photography from the Bay Area’s largest newspaper publisher, Triple Crowned takes fans through the Giants’ improbable journey, from Tim Lincecum’s June no-hitter to the Wild Card game in Pittsburgh to the final out against the Royals. This commemorative edition also includes profiles of Madison Bumgarner, Hunter Pence, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, and other fan favorites.

                  Review

                  The San Francisco Giants won their third World Series in five years in 2014, and this book captures the season like no other book does. Honestly, this fantastic book is not just for Giant’s fans, but for all baseball lovers in general.  It takes fans out to the ball game and right down to the field-level action.  There are so many incredible photographs, descriptive game analysis, profiles and much more. It’s all here — the biggest hits, the unbelievable throws, the most talked-about trades, great plays, amazing comebacks and a season of unforgettable moments.

                  ~Reviewed by Bud B.

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                    Ready to Run

                    Unwrapping the Greatest Gift
                    by Kelly Starrett and TJ Murphy
                    Victory Belt Publishing
                    Retail Price $29.95
                    Amazon Price: $18.62


                    Book Description: 

                    Is there a bridge from the injury-ridden world of the modern runner to the promised land that barefoot running and Born to Run have led us to believe exists? Can we really live the running life free from injury? Is there an approach designed to unlock all the athletic potential that may be hidden within? Can we run faster, longer, and more efficiently?In a direct answer to the modern runner’s needs, Dr. Kelly Starrett, author of the bestseller Becoming a Supple Leopard: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance, has focused his revolutionary movement and mobility philosophy on the injury-plagued world of running.Despite the promises of the growing minimalist-shoe industry and a rush of new ideas on how to transform running technique, more than three out of four runners suffer at least one injury per year. Although we may indeed be “Born to Run,” life in the modern world has trashed and undercut dedicated runners wishing to transform their running. The harsh effects of too much sitting and too much time wearing the wrong shoes has left us shackled to lower back problems, chronic knee injuries, and debilitating foot pain.

                    In this book, you will learn the 12 standards that will prepare your body for a lifetime of top-performance running. You won’t just be prepared to run in a minimalist shoe–you’ll be Ready to Run, period.

                    In Ready to Run, you will learn:

                    • The 12 performance standards you must work toward and develop on an ongoing basis
                    • How to tap into all of your running potential and access a fountain of youth for lifelong running
                    • How to turn your weaknesses into strengths
                    • How to prevent chronic overuse injuries by building powerful injury-prevention habits into your day
                    • How to prepare your body for the demands of changing your running shoes and running technique
                    • How to treat pain and swelling with cutting-edge modalities and accelerate your recovery
                    • How to equip your home mobility gym
                    • A set of mobility exercises for restoring optimal function and range of motion to your joints and tissues
                    • How to run faster, run farther, and run better

                    Review

                    This is an excellent book explaining how to make running a lifestyle choice by avoiding injury, not over-training with high weekly mileage in your workouts, how fuel your body to run and  using quality training , not quantity training.  The authors take you back to the basics and show you how to incorporate key strategies in your workout that encourage life-long, sustainable running.  Whether you are a beginner runner or someone who has been running for years, everyone will find this book useful.

                    ~Reviewed by Kristen D.

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