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Initial post: Jan 30, 2009, 6:56:18 AM PST
Hello All, I wanted to start a discussion about some of the great sports books on this site by relatively new authors. In my book, Swarm, NFL hopeful Rodney Morgan was on the verge of having it all until he refused to do the bidding of a dangerous mob boss named, Genco Giuseppe. Bent on making an example of Rodney his henchmen cause a deadly accident that robs him of his future in professional sports and claims the lives of his wife and unborn child. Broken and running for his life Rodney is contemplating suicide until he meets a football coach in Sunbury Georgia that changes his life.
What is Swarm?
The Swarm is an original idea that came to me one day on the way to work while I was in Saudi Arabia. It was a vision of a football team coming out of a tunnel and entering a very harsh environment that's all I saw. With no previous writing experience I taught myself how to formulate my idea into what it is today.
What is it about?
Swarm is about a lot of things. Being considered an underdog is one of them. You have a Football team, who in their own rights, are dominate but are considered underdogs when matched up against teams that have national recognition. A second chance is another great way to describe it. The main character named Rodney Morgan, named after a good friend of mine but no true relation, is put in a situation where the world could be at his finger tips. And in an instant, it's all gone which leaves him broken to the point where suicide feels like the only option left in his life that makes sense. This story is about redemption and hard work. That's what it takes for our main character to prove to others and more importantly himself that his life matters and that he has a purpose to strive for again.

It's a real engaging book that will give you the ability to feel a lot of different emotions and put sports and life into a real prospective.

For more info you can go to www.swarmhornetswarm.com
you can peek inside the book here at amazon and barnes and noble.

Available at
www.swarmhornetswarm.com
https://www.amazon.com
www.bn.com
www.authorhouse.com

Posted on Feb 19, 2009, 6:42:09 AM PST
I just released my book "A Hearing for Jim Thorpe". It is available on https://amazon.com.

A Hearing for Jim Thorpe: An Exercise in Frustration by Michael Sheaffer follows Bud Murphy, a sports reporter covering the hearing to determine if the famous Olympic champion Jim Thorpe should keep the gold medals he won at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games, or whether he should have his medals and Olympic records erased from history for competing under false pretenses. This is the trial that never occurred in real history, but thanks to author Sheaffer, any reader can now benefit from his extensive historical research and insider knowledge of Thorpe's career, personal life, and the petty, behind-the-scenes machinations of sports history that denied one of its supreme stars his rightful day in the court of public opinion. Written with humor, pathos, and impeccably researched A Hearing for Jim Thorpe sets the record straight on one of the greatest travesties in Olympic history, while using masterful storytelling to educate, provoke, and above all entertain.

Posted on Feb 19, 2009, 1:53:27 PM PST
What reviewers are saying about Advantage Disadvantage:

Advantage Disadvantage is a nail-biting, behind-the-scenes pass into the world of high school sports and the people who make and break it. Set in Chicago, its innately urban backdrop is full of distinctly Windy City landmarks. This is the perfect read for sports fans that love an insider's view...an insightful and deliciously-sinful plot full of twists and turns. You'll find the perfect blend of bravery, betrayal and who-done-it adventure in this vividly penned thriller. Susie Chang

Advantage / Disadvantage is a cleverly interwoven tale of High School athletes who are unwittingly taken in by the sleezy characters that cling to the periphery of organized sports, and profit from them by means of greed and deception.

This book was eye - opening and shocking, and at other times touching and surprising - but never was it boring. The characters inspired hope as well as loathing, and made me think that High School athletics might not be as simple and innocent as we are led to believe. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. I can't wait for the sequel. Well done, Mr. Jaffe! david Shapiro

Those immersed in the basketball community will read "Advantage Disadvantage" and recognize many of the "usual suspects" and familiar situations that will make you chuckle... or bring your emotions to anger, disgust, sadness, excitement, and joy. Readers foreign to the world of hoops will gain some insight into the machinations of prep basketball, recruiting, officiating, and the cracks in the system that allows the slime to sometimes find it's way into our beautiful game.

"Advantage Disadvantage" is a fictional tale with high school basketball as the backdrop for an intriguing story of a cast of characters that challenges you to examine the purity of amateur sports. We get to know some individuals who are faced with some very real life temptations and we follow them while they try to reconcile right from wrong - all while wondering whether their decisions will prove to be an Advantage or a Disadvantage Coach Ray Lokar

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2009, 4:34:00 PM PST
The Championship Game written by Aimee Stinson
The book is available online at the webpages listed.
www.AimeeStinson.com
Amazon
Target
Barnes & Noble
Books A Million

It's spring in a small town in Georgia, and it is time for kids to play baseball.
Chase and Charlize have been friends since birth, and now they are in the same
class in first grade. They get a letter from school telling about baseball registration, and they are excited to play. Chase and Charlize find out their best friends Jarrett and Colby are on the same team as they are. All of the kids practice hard to get their favorite positions, and to win their games. They find out how important it is to work as a team to be good players.

Does Chase get to play pitcher like he wants?
How does Charlize deal with everything being the only girl on the team?
Do the Grizzlies win the championship game?
Find out about everything these kids have to go through to get to..
the championship game.

ISBN# 1608136450

Posted on Feb 21, 2009, 9:55:38 PM PST
My book isn't a novel, but it IS a collection of great stories.

The Discovering Greatness Playbook takes a unique look at how kids and parents deal with the triumphs and tragedies that happen on and off the playing field, then it takes those Little-league Life-lessons and applies them to all of us. Whether you're a sports fan or not, you'll find something engaging in The Discovering Greatness Playbook.

The Discovering Greatness Playbook: Lessons From Kids And Youth Athletics For Managers, Parents And Teachers

Now featuring Search Inisde at Amazon.com

Find out more about the author, Coach Dave Johnston at:

http://www.coachdavejohnston.com

http://www.coachdavejohnston.blogspot.com

and on Face Book.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2009, 9:56:50 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 21, 2009, 9:57:33 PM PST
I can't wait to read A Hearing for Jim Thorpe!

Posted on Feb 22, 2009, 5:42:02 AM PST
Tom Benjey says:
Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chiefs: Jim Thorpe & Pop Warner's Carlisle Indian School football immortals tackle socialites, bootleggers, students, moguls, prejudice, the government, ghouls, tooth decay and rum was selected as Finalist in Reader Views 2008 Literary Awards in Biography category. After giving an overview of the legendary Carlisle Indian School football program and the players' influence on early pro football, this book tells the life stories of 50 star players, most of whom are largely unknown today but who were famous a century ago. Learn about the six Carlisle players who are enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, the two who were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the two who were named to the Helms Foundation.
Learn which Carlisle players:
* whose early life served as the basis for a New York stage play, a D. W. Griffith silent film, and a Cecil B. DeMille talkie;
* who served as one of Eliot Ness's Untouchables; who recruited Jim Thorpe to play pro football;
* who was blamed for inducing Jim Thorpe to play minor league baseball;
* who won the Brown Derby for telling tall tales;
* who got two-a-day practices out of his players when preparing for the Rose Bowl by getting them a paying movie gig;
* whose draft evasion trial failed to determine conclusively who was his mother;
* which brothers played in the first Football World Series;
* and much, much more.
Find out more at the Tuxedo-Press site.
Find interesting things about Carlisle that don't find their way into my books at my WordPress blog.

ISBN 978-0-9774486-7-8

Posted on Feb 22, 2009, 10:54:52 AM PST
S. Hendricks says:
"Fantasy Football Guidebook: Your Comprehensive Guide to Playing Fantasy Football" is my answer to 18 years of the hobby but very little written word on it.
In the 400 page book I attempt to explain every strategy, technque, rule variation, format and system.
In a nutshell it is how to create, commish, play, win and dominate Fantasy Football.
RotoNation.com recently named Fantasy Football Guidebook one of the Top 4 Fantasy Football books of All Time.

And on 1 May 2009 the release of "Fantasy Football Almanac 2009" -The essential guide to yearly fantasy football

Sam "Slam" Hendricks

Posted on Feb 22, 2009, 12:23:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 16, 2009, 1:21:07 PM PDT
I've compiled a great list of up and coming authors of sports books posted on another discusiion group. You'll find a wide range of sports included from basketball to horseracing to martial arts to coaching children's teams, fiction and non-fiction. Hope you read 'em all!

Please go to the following link for the updated list:

http://www.amazon.com/tag/sports/forum/ref=cm_cd_ef_tft_tp?%5Fencoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx3KS4FB9UGMM2E&cdThread=TxLKN3NEYJ2M2P

Advantage Disadvantage by Yale R. Jaffe
The Feathery by Bill Flynn
Barracuda by Mike Monahan
Sudden Death by Michael Balkind
Flat Out by Rocky Robinson
Doctors, Lawyers, Indian Chief by Tom Begy
Talifiaferro by Dawn Knight
The Little Black Book of Violence by L A Kane
Bluejackets of Summer by Roger Gogan
Run Into Trouble by Ala Cook
Taking Home a Piece of the Game by John Witt
The Treasure of Health & Happiness by Carol Goodrow
Charging Through the AFL by Todd Tobias
Going Out A Champion: the Coach Joe Ellis Story by Doris Ellis-Jackson
Game by Phil Truman
Until the End of the Ninth by Beth Bolinger
Notes from the 12th Man by Mark Tye Turner
Heroes' Day by Jesse Gordan
Silver Dreams by Sondra Rice Newman
Dreams & Baseball by Reagan Rothe
A reason to Try by Thomas Lalumiere
No More Broken Eggs by Thomas Morin
Pinned by Alfred C Martino
Drawing Pete by Jerry Dowling
Foolish is the Heart by M. Emby
Beast by David Donch
Dirty Water by Jere P. Smith
The Perfect Game by John Grissner
Courtland Spirits by Donald Lehmann
Remember Westville by James E. Bryant
The Prospect by Eliot Parker
The Discovering Greatness Playbook: Lessons from Kids and Youth Athletics for Managers, Parents and Teachers by Coach Dave Johnston
Fantasy Football Guidebook by Sam Hendricks
AMERICAN GLADIATOR: The Life And Times Of Pete Browning
AMERIDI (American Diamonds): An American Baseball Reader
A Hearing for Jim Thorpe: An Exercise in Frustration by Michael Sheaffer

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 23, 2009, 7:11:09 AM PST
This is a great list! Thanks for adding my book! Is it possible to to this list into links?

Posted on Mar 2, 2009, 10:57:34 AM PST
Here is a couple of books by an independent author that you may like.

AMERICAN GLADIATOR: The Life And Times Of Pete Browning is the first biography of the fabled and eccentric three-time major-league batting champion who was also the namesake of the LOuisville Slugger bat (along with its maker, the Hillerich & Bradsby Company, an American icon). Loaded wioth great photos. Available from Booklocker.com, this country's top independent publisher.

Also available from Booklocker.com is AMERIDI (American Diamonds): An American Baseball Reader. unquestionably the most unusual and fascinating baseball anthology you will ever read. Also loaded with great photos.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2009, 11:07:31 AM PST
You may want to try these two recently-released basebal books.

AMERICAN GLADIATOR: The Life And Times Of Pete Browning (First biography on the namesake of the famed Louisville Slugger bat, and legendary player whol was a three-time batting champion)
and
AMERIDI (the single-most unusual baseball anthology you will ever read. Includes history, great photos, a baseball caartoon, teh roiginal script for a baseball TV commercial, black baseball history, an investigative article, a trivia quiz tlike you have never seen before, two great pieces on Mantle and Reese...and much more. The autor is a descendant of a major-league pitcher who in his 20-year career won 261 games on the minoir-league and major-league level: Dixie Davis. There isa great piece in the book on him entitled "An American Ballplayer".

Lengthy excerpts available on both books before yolu buy.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2009, 11:18:39 AM PST
Yale:
Here's two more to add to your list, both baseball books sold by Amazon.
AMERICAN GLADIATOR: The Life And Times Of Pete Browning (biography of the namesake of the fabled batting champion who was also the namesake of the Louisville Slugger bat; notably, this book is the first time that the true story of the Lousiville Slugger bat is ever told).
and
AMERIDI (American Diamonds); An American Baseball Reader
(The most unusual basebal anthology that I have ever read)

The publisher offers lengthy excerpts (roughly four chapters each) of both, so you will not have to buy it sight unseen. These books are discussed elsewhere in this discusion group.
AMERIDI features the most unusual trivia quiz you will ever see (First, Last & Only); black baseball history; general baseball hsitory; a great baseball cartoon (Bobby BasePaths); a fabulous TV baseball commercial starring Michael Roberts (Seinfeld); essays on Mickey mantle and Pee Wee Reese; an article on baseball's great language (Lingo); and much much more.
Try it. It won't cost you a thing. Like I said, the extensive excerpts are free. Both available on Amazon. For a small extra cost, can be signed by the author.

Posted on Mar 2, 2009, 11:35:32 AM PST
Tracer, the two books you've referenced are now on the list.

Yale

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2009, 11:38:40 AM PST
Yale:
TY very much. You ahve a great author's anme by teh way. And, also by teh way, I'm from a state that you would love since you are basketball-oriented (Kentucky).
Again, ty.

TLV

Posted on Mar 2, 2009, 11:44:47 AM PST
Please add my new book to your list - "A Hearing for Jim Thorpe, An Exercise in Frustration"

A Hearing for Jim Thorpe: An Exercise in Frustration by Michael Sheaffer follows Bud Murphy, a sports reporter covering the hearing to determine if the famous Olympic champion Jim Thorpe should keep the gold medals he won at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games, or whether he should have his medals and Olympic records erased from history for competing under false pretenses. This is the trial that never occurred in real history, but thanks to author Sheaffer, any reader can now benefit from his extensive historical research and insider knowledge of Thorpe's career, personal life, and the petty, behind-the-scenes machinations of sports history that denied one of its supreme stars his rightful day in the court of public opinion. Written with humor, pathos, and impeccably researched A Hearing for Jim Thorpe sets the record straight on one of the greatest travesties in Olympic history, while using masterful storytelling to educate, provoke, and above all entertain.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 2, 2009, 4:15:20 PM PST
Tracer, I remember the heyday of Kentuck bball....when Louisville and Kentucky were both top 5 teams and had great rivalries with UCLA and Indiana

Posted on Mar 3, 2009, 12:49:57 AM PST
Me too. Things have really changed with those four programs. Do you remember Rupp's Runts? My favorite all-time basketball team. Got a rare sketch of them in my condo.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009, 6:05:41 AM PDT
Lit Lover says:
Hello, All-

As spring training is in full swing and Opening Day is less than a month away, I'd encourage all of you to give yourself a bit of a treat--check out my collection of seven short stories and the title novella, The Wide Turn Toward Home. All of the pieces involve baseball, and like the best sports literature, they're about much more than sports. The collection grew out of my grad school work in creative writing, and some of the pieces had previously appeared in journals like Elysian Fields Quarterly and Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine. I'd love to hear your responses to the book, and I hope you'll tell your reading and literary friends about The Wide Turn Toward Home, regardless of whether they're sports fans or not.

Thanks, and happy reading!

Scott Winkler

Posted on Mar 16, 2009, 12:47:15 PM PDT
Thanks Yale for including my book on your list above. You're the best!

My book, Bluejackets of Summer: The History of the Great Lakes Navy Baseball Team 1942-45, documents the remarkable professional, minor league and college stars that served in the Navy at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station during World War II. Under the guidance of Baseball Hall of Famers Mickey Cochrane and Bob Feller, these "Sailors" assembled strong baseball teams that defeated nearly every major league, American Association minor league & Big Ten college teams. The 1944 Great Lakes Bluejackets won 48 of 50 games and were, without a doubt, the greatest baseball team in the country that season--professional or otherwise.

Bluejackets of Summer is available on Amazon.com and at www.greatlakessportspublishing.com

Thanks,
Roger Gogan

Posted on Jun 24, 2009, 8:42:45 PM PDT
Randy Kadish says:
Hello. My name is Randy Kadish. I'm the author of the historical novel,
The Fly Caster Who Tried to Make Peace with the World.

Obviously the book is about making peace, as sooner or later most
of us have to.

But how? Probably in different ways. I, for example, found that
fishing, being surrounded by nature, helped me come to terms with
my mother's passing and with a world I couldn't always understand.

This led me to write my novel, which I believe, will help
show another take on the age-old question: Why are we
here?

Through its story, my novel tells some of the history of fly
fishing and fly casting, and, even more important, conveys the
beauty and the spirituality of both.

The story is of the life journey of Ian Mac Bride. As a young
man, Ian can't come to terms with the loss of his mother and with
the killing fields of World War I. And so he retreats into the
world of fly fishing. Eventually, he moves near the Beaverkill
River.

When his father accuses him of running away from life, Ian
wonders if he's a coward.

But even in his new world, Ian is faced with loss after loss.

Torn by grief, Ian finds comfort in practicing long-distance fly
casting. He begins to see the ideal, fly-casting form as a
metaphor for a Higher Power: the ideals in the universe.

Ian decides to overcome his fear and to compete in a fly-casting
tournament.

He wins. Soon afterwards he comes to believe that seemingly
random events in history, like those in nature, might happen
for a reason, and to see that infinite love and beauty fill the
imperfect, but evolving, world.

Posted on Jun 30, 2009, 12:14:31 PM PDT
Matt Gullo says:
For any golfers out there, I've just released two new books for stat tracking, record keeping, etc. They are part of "The 20th Hole" golf book series.

Golf Record Book
Stat Book and Log for Golfers

Full details at www.the20thhole.com

Posted on Jul 3, 2009, 2:44:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 3, 2009, 2:46:12 PM PDT
S. Hendricks says:
Fantasy Football Tips: 201 Ways to Win through Player Rankings, Cheat Sheets and Better Drafting (Fantasy Football Tips: 201 Ways to Win Through Player Rankings, Cheat Sheets and Better Drafting)
It is a great 166 page fantasy football primer for beginners through the advanced player.

Posted on Jul 24, 2009, 8:22:10 AM PDT
I hope you'll check out my new soccer novel just released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt called, "Over The End Line"!

Sincerely,

Alfred C. Martino

Posted on Jul 25, 2009, 10:27:38 AM PDT
Backyard Deer Hunting: Converting Deer to Dinner for Pennies per Pound

This book has been in the conceptual stages for about three years, but the present economy with millions of unemployed needing to feed themselves, their spouses and kids impelled me to publish it myself. I tried conventional publishers, but none could produce it by the Summer of 2009 before the hunting season. In its 271 pages and using 100 illustrations, I take the novice, or new, hunter through all of the steps from getting licensed to putting a wild-game dinner on the table. The book concludes with 50 recipes for deer and other game. The last deer I processed, a road kill, costs only 11 cents per pound, including the energy costs in retrieving the deer and boiling its bones for my dogs.
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