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21. The Story of a Summer
22. FOOTBALL: An entry from Charles
23. Bucky Stone #10: The Final Game
24. Teaching youth basketball
25. Basketball Primer: The Essential
26. 10 Ways To Get FitFor Soccer Right
27. Slow Death
28. Ticket Out, The
29. The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball

21. The Story of a Summer
by Cecilia Pauline Cleveland
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-07-15)
list price: US$3.40
Asin: B003VYBG7I
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Again at dear Chappaqua, after an absence of seven months. I have not the heart to journalize tonight, everything seems so sad and strange. What a year this has been--what bright anticipations, what overwhelming sorrow! ... Read more

22. FOOTBALL: An entry from Charles Scribner's Sons' <i>Dictionary of American History</i>
by John Sayle Watterson
 Digital: 5 Pages (2003)
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Asin: B001QTYG0Y
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This digital document is an article from Dictionary of American History, brought to you by Gale®, a part of Cengage Learning, a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses.The length of the article is 2691 words.The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase.You can view it with any web browser.Focuses on cultures and countries around the world, specifically what is and is not shared culturally by the people who live in a particular country. Entries contain descriptive summaries of the country in question, including demographic, historical, cultural, economic, religious, and political information. ... Read more

23. Bucky Stone #10: The Final Game (Bucky Stone Adventures)
by David B. Smith
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-04-23)
list price: US$1.00
Asin: B003J35L18
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It’s Bucky’s senior year and his last chance to play varsity baseball. But Coach Brayshaw’s history now. And so are the days of rescheduling games so Christian superstars Litton and Stone can play.

Bucky wants every opportunity to share his faith before leaving for college. And leading the Panthers to victory would open that door.

Will he get the chance to prove his love for the game and his even greater loyalty to God? Or will the new coach keep him strapped to the bench all season?

The series finale is a taut sports thriller and also brings one Lisa Nichols, lovelier than ever – but now both worldly and heartbroken – squarely onto the center stage of Bucky’s heart.

David B Smith is the author of the Bucky Stone adventure series and also the recent “Finding Waldo,” the biography of his dad’s Hollywood career in the Our Gang comedy troupe.

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24. Teaching youth basketball
by Gary Fox
Paperback: 50 Pages (1996)

Asin: B0006RZDK4
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25. Basketball Primer: The Essential Basketball Handbook
by Brendan Ohara
Kindle Edition: Pages (2009-02-15)
list price: US$3.88
Asin: B001T9NSNC
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"Basketball Primer Will Take You By The Hand Through The Steps To Learning All You Need To Know About Basketball!"

Are you a basketball fan who wants to learn more about the game? Do you want to coach a basketball team or perhaps get your child into this sport? Or perhaps you just want to learn about this sport so that you can play yourself? If so, then you need a tutorial on basic basketball principals from youth leagues to the NBA.

Basketball has been around for well over 100 years. Although it is a game that is associated with the United States, it was not invented by an American. A Canadian fitness professor invented the game as a way for young men to keep fit in the cool weather. Although it is played outside on basketball courts, the sport is an indoor sport.

If you've been following basketball leagues today, you will see that there are many leagues all over the world. Indeed, basketball has become a global sport. The rules and regulations are pretty much the same for this sport in Argentina as they are in the professional teams of the NBA in the United States. And the rules of basketball, although slightly modified from the late 19th century, have not changed all that much. ... Read more

26. 10 Ways To Get FitFor Soccer Right Now
by Roger Miller
Kindle Edition: Pages (2008-11-06)
list price: US$4.68
Asin: B001KC05V6
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There are ten basic pieces of knowledge that you need to be both comfortable and familiar with, and once you have accomplished that and put them into play you will have everything you need to be sure that you are ready the first time you step onto that field and set you up to enjoy a great season.

We’ll teach you the guidelines that the professionals pay personal trainers thousands of dollars a year to hear! You’ll have access to the basic fitness techniques used by competitive players around the globe, and you’ll learn the truth about all of the propaganda that the media has been selling you, and why it’s never going to work.

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27. Slow Death
by Daniel Joseph Farside
Paperback: 140 Pages (1999-07-14)
list price: US$12.95
Isbn: 0967110807
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Slow Death is an exciting young adult story with a basketball theme. The story follows young joshua Longly as he moves from Calif. to New York. Armed only with his skill at basketball he finds confrontation and makes new friends. This is a great `feel good' story for any teenager who enjoys basketball. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A review by an educator
I recently read Slow Death and thought it was a fun book to read. The book hit on many topics that adolescents can relate to such a peer pressure, feeling alone, anddeveloping empathy for all groups of people, including seniors, ethnic background and races. Josh, the main character, really discovers what kind of person he is when he has to start his life over in a different part of the country. He relies on his basketball skils to forge new friendships and self-confidence. I would recommend this book for any parent of pre-teen or teenagers or educators as a read aloud. This book will draw and keep the listener or reader's attention throughout the story. An Excellent read!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Basketball Book For Kids and Teens
I coach a grammar school basketball team of 5th and 6th graders. I gave the team of 13 players a copy of the book for Christmas. Almost all of them read it and everyone who read it really liked it. I read it as well and rate it 5 stars.
The book is about a kid named Josh who moves from a white neighborhood in California to a black neighborhood in NYC and has to adjust. He meets a bunch of kids who like basketball as much as he does and they play pickup games together. Lots of interesting relationships develop. When Josh is not allowed to try out for the school basketball team by the coach because of his appearance, he and several other kids form a team to challenge the school team. They are coached by the school janitor, an ex basketball star who is out to prove the school coach's win -at- all costs approach is not the best one.
The book has a great ending and lots of great basketball action, with colorful players nicknamed Dish, Death and Weatherman. The book also teaches some valuable lessons to kids- getting along regardless of appearance, teamwork and sportsmanship matter in addition to winning, and importance of putting basketball in perspective along with other interests in life. Anyone 10 years or older who likes basketball will really like this book.
Great gift for coaches to give their teams. Enjoy!

5-0 out of 5 stars Slow Death





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28. Ticket Out, The
by Michael Sokolove
Kindle Edition: 304 Pages (2010-05-08)
list price: US$14.00
Asin: B003L77WGO
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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The year was 1979 and the fifteen teenagers on the Crenshaw High Cougars were the most talented team in the history of high school baseball. Most of the team were drafted into professional baseball. Two of them, Darryl Strawberry and Chris Brown, would reunite as teammates on a National League All-Star roster. But Michael Sokolove's The Ticket Out is more a story of promise denied than of dreams fulfilled. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Life's true stories are often tough to read
I bought this book for my son, who has faced his own challenges in a world that pre-judges who he might be.It moved him, inspired him, gave him both hope and the courage to keep making forward progress.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
An "excellent" book. A story detailing many people, but, in particular aperson of "exceptional ability" and "train wreck" personality. A book everyone should read and learn from. It's a "fine line" that seperates any of us from following the path "Darryl Strawberry" took. Get it, Read it, Pass it on.

4-0 out of 5 stars LIFE + SPORTS = LIFE
One of the greatest anomalies associated with athletics is that the "Best" are many times not successful.Talk to any professional athlete and they can tell you stories about great athletes that they played with or against that were better than they were, or even better than anyone that they had ever seen, but didn't make it to the pros or into to world class competitions.The variables of injuries, families, lack of discipline, luck or just plain life can wreck the possibility of any athletic career.Every practice, game, interview or even date can end the journey.More than any other profession, whether they show respect for it or not, professional athletes will tell you that they are one of the luckiest people on Earth.Their talent, luck and extreme level of desire does set them apart from most mortal men.The Ticket Out is one of the best presentations on how Life plus Sports usually just equals Life.

The Boys Of Crenshaw each had all the talent and training requirements necessary to be successful professional baseball players.Although they didn't really know it then, their team is American legend and they provide us with a very compelling drama.As a team they were the perfect research data pool to logically examine life and sports.As a group whose careers were not affected by major injuries their results of everything from incarceration with "three strikes" to one of the greatest natural home run hitters to ever play the game really does cover all possibilities, except the status of hero.

Sports or not, everyone in the game of life is dealt a hand.Even a group of the "Best of the Best" still have to deal with their own personal hand of cards.The Ticket Out shows how if you start in South Central Los Angeles, trying to be successful in any profession, it's a challenge.Although the exposure and training is there, the baggage a Black family carries to California in a migration for a better life can be a lot to overcome.Also children growing up in a community that is not always honest with itself can make life very daring.

Through baseball, The Ticket Out is really a great story about how South Central Los Angeles was created and how it can effect even the greatest talents.This baseball book about life is very interesting.I think we need more books that use our common interests to discuss our lives.

The most disturbing thing for any real baseball fan will be the lack of discussion about Lee May, who did have a real professional baseball career.

Unfortunately, people that are not into baseball will probably not buy this book and miss out on one of the most simple yet informative discussions on prison terms and the "three strikes" laws that you will ever find.

I'm a baseball fan and The Ticket Out provides a lot of interesting baseball and a lot of Daryl Strawberry legend, but it's really about Life + Sports = Life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book!
This book was truly an outstanding piece of work.When I purchased it, I thought it would mostly be about Darryl Strawberry and a little about the others.I was wrong, Michael Sokolove does an outstanding job researching (and you can see he has spent countless hours finding out information about all the players and Brooks Hurst) and portraying each of the individuals who made up the team.One gets to know the individuals and the author makes you want to reach out to those who got caught up in the inner city after their opportunity to leave was lost.The only part missing from this book was the only player drafted not to be profiled: Lee Mays.The book leaves you wondering what happened to him.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good overall book, but not really about baseball
I have to say, I was a little mislead by the subtitle of this book, Darryl Strawberry and the boys of Crenshaw. I was expecting the book to give me more about the boys, and what happened to them, both during their days at Crenshaw and afterwards.
The author provides some of that, but he also provides alot of social commentary. Now, while it was interesting to learn of the conditions of the prisons in the 1990s, and the affect of the three strikes law, I wanted to learn more about what happened to the guys, and why. To hear more about baseball.
Still, overall it's a good book. Just doesn't really delve too deeply into it's title subjects.
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29. The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams
by Darcy Frey
Paperback: 240 Pages (2004-03-03)
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Asin: 0618446710
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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It ought to be just a game, but basketball on the playgrounds of Coney Island is much more than that — for many young men it represents their only hope of escape from a life of crime, poverty, and despair. In The Last Shot, Darcy Frey chronicles the aspirations of four of the neighborhood"s most promising players. What they have going for them is athletic talent, grace, and years of dedication. But working against them are woefully inadequate schooling, family circumstances that are often desperate, and the slick, brutal world of college athletic recruitment. Incisively and compassionately written, The Last Shot introduces us to unforgettable characters and takes us into their world with an intimacy seldom seen in contemporary journalism. The result is a startling and poignant expose of inner-city life and the big business of college basketball. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling Read
This is one of the best sports books I've ever read. Darcy Frey embedded himself in the desolate housing projects of Coney Island for two years, to the point where he became the de facto transportation option for the poor kids he was shadowing. He emerged with a document that goes beyond the thrill of sports (though that's here) and delves into society, education, and individual motivation.

This book has been around a while - it was published in 1994 - but it still rings true, despite the references to razor haircuts and DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince lyrics. Frey follows one special group of basketball players at Coney Island's Abraham Lincoln High. Power forward Tchaka Shipp, guards Corey Johnson and Russell Thomas, and a playground tag-along (who joins the team as a freshman in the second half of the book) by the name of Stephon Marbury. The double-entendre in the book's title becomes poignant from page one: nobody in the projects wants their last shot on the high school basketball court to be their last shot at a decent life.

The overwhelming basketball talent possessed by this quartet of kids is immediately evident. Any one of them is talented enough to play some level of DI ball. That ability level has been evident at Lincoln High for years, but most players become Prop 48 casualties. So Frey begins to look at the educational system and social culture of the projects that so often help to snatch away the one ray of promise that's dangled in front of young men.

When you read about how difficult it is for inner-city kids to get a meager 700 on their SAT's after years of sub-par schooling, you may not be so quick to judge the academic malfeasance that currently dogs the Memphis program. None of us has ever been faced with the choice to cheat on college eligibility or turn to the drug trade. This book does an excellent job of exploring the shades of grey that lie between coaches, players, businessmen, and the NCAA.

To his credit, after a bitter conversation with Marbury's grasping father, Frey even looks at his own complicity in the game. Would he be there, talking to these kids, if their basketball skills couldn't sell books? So, he tries to do the right thing, and strike a deal to share book revenue with his subjects. But who should come calling to put the kibosh on that? Good ol' uncle NCAA, of course. By paying them to talk, he could further reduce their already miniscule chances of playing DI ball.

For me, the greatest thing about this book was that it put a face on the kids whose names get bandied about on team message boards. To recruiters and fans, they're just pieces of meat until they sign on the dotted line. But in this book, we see four kids from the same place with widely divergent personalities.

Big man Shipp struggles with his game despite having made his SAT score early on. When he puts them both together just in time for ABCD camp, his future comes into sharp focus. Thomas (not his real name) works obsessively on his game, and it shows. All he wants is an education to build on, but he can't seem to get over that SAT hump. Johnson loves to write and fool around, and not pay attention to the work he needs to put in. Marbury? He's been recruited since he was 13, but he's seen each of his older brothers try and fail to make a living playing ball. He, obviously, becomes the book's big success story. An appended afterword tells what became of all four since the book was written.

This book is hard to put down once you've started. My copy got doused with water at my son's soccer game, but I kept turning those damp, warped pages just the same, eager to find out what would happen. I could have looked it all up online, but the story was told in such a compelling fashion that I had no desire to cheat.

Marco and I have sacrificed a lot of our potential summer audience because we both hate recruiting talk with a passion. This book will give you a clear inside look at why that unsavory underworld is so important to all parties involved, and also why it is broken to the point of being heartbreaking.

This book is a classic. If you need a beach read this summer, I highly recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book about basketball and the struggles
I started reading this book on a monday morning and finished it that night. I couldnt stop reading and Darcy Frey kept me at the edge of my seat. I couldnt wait to see what would happen to the three other players featured in this book besides Stephon Marbury. I recommend this book to ANY basketball fan or anyone intrested in the struggles of lower income neighborhoods.

5-0 out of 5 stars Our nation has a long way to go!!
This book was set in the early 90's in one of New York City's worst neighborhoods. The story is of the struggle that 3 friends (plus one genuine jerk) under go in their individual pursuits of college scholarships. The things that they see and experience are still the same type of challenges that face today's urban learners. I give Darvy Frey credit for bringing us in to their world in a way that very few authors can pull off. If you are considering buying this book do so you will not be dissapointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Last Shot makes you know what C.I. is like...
Coney Island the basketball playground of America is the setting for the Last Shot: City Streets and Basketball Dreams. 4 stories of H.S. basketball players who goto Abraham Lincoln H.S. and play for the might basketball team the Railsplitters (What a cool name). I mainly bought this book because Stephon Marbury is featured as one of the four people in it. I myself grew up in Brighton Beach one town away from Coney Island so I know how life is... This book is true and real and I recommend this book to any sports fan or anyone who is looking for a real treat.

5-0 out of 5 stars Coney Island B-Ball
A classic piece of sports writing, but for everyone. The author is a writer for the New York Times Magazine. In this book he writes about the lives of some high school basketball players/high school students (in that order).

Like the other posters have noted, it's not just for basketball freaks. It's a well written story about some kids in the 90's who live in the projects in Brooklyn, Coney Island for the most part, and how much basketball means to them. In the book it seems like basketball is their only path to success. But they are up against the recruiters, hustlers and the SATS (which they need to get a 700 on but that's just out of reach for most).

You get to meet the student athletes, Russell, Corey, Tchak, and Stephon, their parents, coaches, recruiters, local prophets, etc, and the author treats them all with a level of respect the New York Times Magazine accords the suit wearing sharks.

If you get this book, you won't have to read long before you're committed to reading the whole thing. It's a very rare book indeed that leaves me wanting more. I would have loved to read a sequel. Alas, we only get an afterward, but the story had to end somewhere and the afterward was, well, quite the shock. ... Read more

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