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Ruth’s Early Years Get Deeper Look In ‘The Big Fella’

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Myths die hard. Just as George Washington‘s false teeth weren’t wooden after all (the story is a bit nastier), common beliefs about Babe Ruth have persisted for decades. In the acclaimed The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World he Created (HarperCollins, 620pps, $32.50), Jane Leavy delves deeper into the Babe’s early ...

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Deep Reporting Marks Belichick Biography

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With five Super Bowl titles, 17 straight winning seasons — and counting — and more than 40 years on NFL sidelines, Bill Belichick is considered by many to be the greatest coach in pro football history. From the historic highs of the five championships to the lows of his time ...

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From ‘Non-Entities’ to Champions, Patriots’ Near Six Decades Chronicled In New Book

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In 2020, the New England Patriots will celebrate the 60th anniversary of their birth as the Boston Patriots in the old AFL. Aside from a Championship Game loss in 1963, the AFL years were mostly lean for a team that often played second fiddle in its own market to – ...

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Jim Brown Continues To Leave A Complicated Legacy

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Jim Brown is many things… All-time NFL great, arguably the best ever. Successful actor. Activist. And, yes, accused attacker of women over three decades-plus. These are all part of Brown’s 82 years on the planet, and now more than a half century since he left the gridiron, he still commands ...

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USFL’s Brief Spring Fling Chronicled In New Book

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Names like Jim Kelly, Reggie White and Steve Young—all immortalized as Pro Football Hall of Famers—got their starts not in the established NFL, but in an upstart outfit known as the United States Football League (USFL) that lasted only three years (1983-1985) but provided fans not only a football fix ...

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Amore Book Takes Fans Up On The Hilltop

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Origin stories aren’t just for superheroes. True Batman fans know about Bruce Wayne’s parents being murdered in front of his eyes, and those who love Superman know he left Krypton just before its destruction and ended up on Earth. And while baseball’s lineage is long disputed and quite a story ...

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From the Oval Office to the Diamond, Smith Book Tracks the Presidents and Baseball

The National Game

There is a famous political cartoon from the 1860 U.S. Presidential election, depicting Abraham Lincoln winning a baseball game against fellow candidates John Bell, Stephen Douglas and John Breckinridge. The Currier & Ives piece uses terminology like “put out,” “strike,” “short stop,” “home run” and “fair ball,” words that would be familiar to voters even then, ...

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‘If Ifs and Buts…’ New Book Looks At Great Sports What-Ifs

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“Deep to Left… Yastrzemski will not get it… it’s foul by a few feet. Bucky Dent just missed giving the Yankees the lead.” Had Bill White‘s memorable call of Bucky Dent‘s iconic 1978 A.L. East playoff at-bat gone something like the above, followed by Dent making the out that his ...

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‘The Year of the Pitcher’ Highlighted In Book 50 Years Later

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Baseball fans know 1968 as “The Year of the Pitcher”—batting averages and ERAs looked like those of the Deadball Era across the board, led by the last 30 game winner, Denny McLain of the Tigers, and the MLB record 1.12 ERA of the Cardinals’ Bob Gibson. Those two big personalities ...

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A ‘Heavenly’ Fantasy Baseball Contest, For All The World

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Fantasy sports may be all the rage on earth, but what if the result of a single baseball game, whose teams are comprised of players selected by God and the Devil themselves, from among anyone ever to play in the Majors or Negro Leagues, would determine the fate of the ...

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