One Last Strike Enhanced Edition

One Last Strike  Enhanced Edition
Author: Tony La Russa
Publsiher: HarperCollins Australia
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2012-09-25
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9780062231895

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One Last Strike by legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa is a thrilling sports comeback story. La Russa, the winner of four Manager of the Year awards—who led his teams to six Pennant wins and three World Series crowns—chronicles one of the most exciting end-of-season runs in baseball history, revealing with fascinating behind-the-scenes details how, under his expert management, the St. Louis Cardinals emerged victorious in the 2011 World Series despite countless injuries, mishaps, and roadblocks along the way. Talking candidly about the remarkable season—and his All-Star players like Albert Pujols and David Freese—the recently retired La Russa celebrates his fifty years in baseball, his team’s amazing recovery from 10 ½ games back, and one final, unforgettable championship in a book that no true baseball fan will want to miss.

One Last Strike

One Last Strike
Author: Tony La Russa
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2012-09-25
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9780062207531

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One Last Strike by legendary baseball manager Tony La Russa is a thrilling sports comeback story. La Russa, the winner of four Manager of the Year awards—who led his teams to six Pennant wins and three World Series crowns—chronicles one of the most exciting end-of-season runs in baseball history, revealing with fascinating behind-the-scenes details how, under his expert management, the St. Louis Cardinals emerged victorious in the 2011 World Series despite countless injuries, mishaps, and roadblocks along the way. Talking candidly about the remarkable season—and his All-Star players like Albert Pujols and David Freese—the recently retired La Russa celebrates his fifty years in baseball, his team’s amazing recovery from 10 ½ games back, and one final, unforgettable championship in a book that no true baseball fan will want to miss.

One Last Strike

One Last Strike
Author: Tony La Russa
Publsiher: William Morrow
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2012-09-25
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 0062207385

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The team that refused to give up their manager in his final season A comeback that changed baseball After thirty-three seasons managing in Major League Baseball, Tony La Russa thought he had seen it all—that is, until the 2011 Cardinals. Down ten and a half games with little more than a month to play, the Cardinals had long been ruled out as serious postseason contenders. Yet in the face of those steep odds, this team mounted one of the most dramatic and impressive comebacks in baseball history, making the playoffs on the night of the final game of the season and going on to win the World Series despite being down to their last strike—twice. Now La Russa gives the inside story behind this astonishing comeback and his remarkable career, explaining how a team with so much against it was able to succeed on baseball's biggest stage. Opening up about the devastating injuries, the bullpen struggles, the crucial games, and the players who made it all possible, he reveals how the team's character shaped its accomplishments, demonstrating how this group came together in good times and in bad to become that rarest of things: a team that actually enjoyed it when the odds were against them. But this story is much more than that of a single season. As La Russa, the third-winningest manager in baseball history, explains, their season was the culmination of a lifetime spent studying the game. Laying bare his often scrutinized and frequently misunderstood approach to managing, he explains his counterintuitive belief in process over result, present moments over statistics, and team unity over individual talent. Along the way he shares the stories from throughout his career that shaped his outlook—from his first days managing the Chicago White Sox to his championship years with the Oakland A's, to his triumphant tenure as St. Louis's longest-serving manager. Setting the record straight on his famously intense style, he explores the vital yet overlooked role that his personal relationships with his players have contributed to his victories, ultimately showing how, in a sport often governed by cold, hard numbers, the secret to his success has been surprisingly human. Speaking candidly about his decision to retire, La Russa discusses the changes that he'd observed both in the game and in himself that told him, despite his success, it was time to hang up his spikes. The end result is a passionate, insightful, and remarkable look at our national pastime that takes you behind the scenes of the comeback that no one thought possible and inside the mind of one of the game's greatest managers.

One Last Strike Fifty Years in Baseball Ten and a Half Games Back and One Final Championship

One Last Strike   Fifty Years in Baseball  Ten and a Half Games Back  and One Final Championship
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2012
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: OCLC:1091219052

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The legendary baseball manager takes readers behind the scenes of the St. Louis Cardinals' 2011 season, detailing a journey that resulted in one of the most dramatic World Series of all time.

Francona

Francona
Author: Terry Francona,Dan Shaughnessy
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2013
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780547928173

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An insightful, honest & entertaining narrative of Terry Francona's tenure with the Red Sox franchise, during which time he managed two teams to World Series victories & oversaw some of the most iconic & colorful players in the game.

The Phenomenon

The Phenomenon
Author: Rick Ankiel
Publsiher: PublicAffairs
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2017-04-18
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781610396875

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Rick Ankiel had the talent to be one of the best pitchers ever. Then, one day, he lost it. The Phenomenon is the story of how St. Louis Cardinals prodigy Rick Ankiel lost his once-in-a-generation ability to pitch--not due to an injury or a bolt of lightning, but a mysterious anxiety condition widely known as "the Yips." It came without warning, in the middle of a playoff game, with millions of people watching. And it has never gone away. Yet the true test of Ankiel's character came not on the mound, but in the long days and nights that followed as he searched for a way to get back in the game. For four and a half years, he fought the Yips with every arrow in his quiver: psychotherapy, medication, deep-breathing exercises, self-help books, and, eventually, vodka. And then, after reconsidering his whole life at the age of twenty-five, Ankiel made an amazing turnaround: returning to the Major Leagues as a hitter and playing seven successful seasons. This book is an incredible story about a universal experience--pressure--and what happened when a person on the brink had to make a choice about who he was going to be.

Get Up Baby

Get Up  Baby
Author: Mike Shannon,Rick Hummel
Publsiher: Triumph Books (IL)
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2022
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1629379867

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"This book is an autobiography of former St. Louis Cardinals player Mike Shannon who went on to announce Cardinals games for 50 years"--

Science of Hitting

Science of Hitting
Author: Ted Williams,John Underwood
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 88
Release: 1986-04-29
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9780671621032

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Features the legendary hitter's guidance in all the basics and finer points of hitting and includes his analysis of the great hitters of the seventies and the eighties, including Rose, Brett, Carew, and Murray

The Cardinals Way

The Cardinals Way
Author: Howard Megdal
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-02-23
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9781466862395

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The St. Louis Cardinals have experienced the kind of success that is rare in baseball. Regarded by many as the premier organization in Major League Baseball, they not only win, but do so with an apparently bottomless pool of talent, one that is mostly homegrown. Despite years of phenomenal achievements, including going to the World Series in 2004 and again in 2006, the Cardinals reinvented themselves using the "Cardinal Way," a term that has come to represent many things to fans, media, and other organizations, from an ironclad code of conduct to the team's cutting-edge use of statistic and analytics, and a farm system that has transformed baseball. Baseball journalist Howard Megdal takes fans behind the scenes and off the field, interviewing dozens of key players within the Cardinals organization, including owner Bill DeWitt and the general manager John Mozeliak. Megdal reveals how the players are assessed and groomed using an unrivaled player development system that has created a franchise that is the envy of the baseball world. In the spirit of Moneyball, The Cardinals Way tells an in-depth, fascinating story about a consistently good franchise, the business of sports in the twenty-first century and a team that has learned how to level the playing field, turning in season after successful season.

Baseball Meets the Law

Baseball Meets the Law
Author: Ed Edmonds,Frank G. Houdek
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2017-02-23
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9781476664385

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Baseball and law have intersected since the primordial days. In 1791, a Pittsfield, Massachusetts, ordinance prohibited ball playing near the town’s meeting house. Ball games on Sundays were barred by a Pennsylvania statute in 1794. In 2015, a federal court held that baseball’s exemption from antitrust laws applied to franchise relocations. Another court overturned the conviction of Barry Bonds for obstruction of justice. A third denied a request by rooftop entrepreneurs to enjoin the construction of a massive video screen at Wrigley Field. This exhaustive chronology traces the effects the law has had on the national pastime, both pro and con, on and off the field, from the use of copyright to protect not only equipment but also “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” to frequent litigation between players and owners over contracts and the reserve clause. The stories of lawyers like Kenesaw Mountain Landis and Branch Rickey are entertainingly instructive.

K

K
Author: Tyler Kepner
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 302
Release: 2020-03-03
Genre: Baseball
ISBN: 9781101970850

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"A history of baseball in ten pitches"--

St Louis Cardinals Fans Bucket List

St  Louis Cardinals Fans  Bucket List
Author: Dan O'Neill,Adam Wainwright
Publsiher: Triumph Books
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2016-05-15
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9781633194984

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Every St. Louis Cardinals fan has a bucket list of activities to take part in at some point in their lives. But even the most die-hard fans haven't done everything there is to experience in and around St. Louis. From visiting Ballpark Village to learning how to do an Ozzie Smith backflip, author Dan O'Neill provides ideas, recommendations, and insider tips for must-see places and can't-miss activities near Busch Stadium. But not every experience requires a trip to St. Louis; long-distance Cardinals fans can cross some items off their list from the comfort of their own homes. Whether you're attending every home game or supporting the Cards from afar, there's something for every fan to do in The St. Louis Cardinals Fans' Bucket List.

The A s

The A s
Author: David M. Jordan
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 252
Release: 2014-01-27
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9780786477814

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This is a straightforward history of the Athletics franchise, from its Connie Mack years in Philadelphia with teams featuring Eddie Collins, Chief Bender, Jimmy Foxx, Mickey Cochrane and Lefty Grove, through its 13 years in Kansas City, under Arnold Johnson and Charles O. Finley, and on to its great years in Oakland--with the three World Series wins featuring Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Sal Bando and Vida Blue, and the conflicts with Finley--as well as the less successful seasons that followed, then the Series sweep in 1989, and ending up with the unusual operation of the club by Billy Beane.

Boom and Bust in St Louis

Boom and Bust in St  Louis
Author: Jon David Cash
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2020-07-27
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9781476638966

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The St. Louis Cardinals, despite winning more World Series than any Major League franchise except for the New York Yankees, have seen their share of dry spells when they were shut out of the postseason. Like the American economy, the Cardinals have seen their fortunes cycle through prolonged ups and downs, with booms in 1885-1888, 1926-1946, 1964-1968, 1982-1987 and 1996-2011, and busts in 1889-1925, 1947-1963, 1969-1981 and 1988-1995. Drawing on years of research, this book chronicles the Cardinals' periods of success and failure and explains the reasons behind them.

A Nice Little Place on the North Side

A Nice Little Place on the North Side
Author: George Will
Publsiher: Crown Archetype
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-03-25
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9780385349321

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Now with bonus material on the Chicago Cubs' World Series win, the New York Times-bestselling history of America's most beloved baseball stadium, Wrigley Field, and the Cubs’ century-long search for World Series glory In A Nice Little Place on the North Side, leading columnist George Will returns to baseball with a deeply personal look at his hapless Chicago Cubs and their often beatified home, Wrigley Field, as it enters its second century. Baseball, Will argues, is full of metaphors for life, religion, and happiness, and Wrigley is considered one of its sacred spaces. But what is its true, hyperbole-free history? Winding beautifully like Wrigley’s iconic ivy, Will’s meditation on “The Friendly Confines” examines both the unforgettable stories that forged the field’s legend and the larger-than-life characters—from Wrigley and Ruth to Veeck, Durocher, and Banks—who brought it glory, heartbreak, and scandal. Drawing upon his trademark knowledge and inimitable sense of humor, Will also explores his childhood connections to the team, the Cubs’ future, and what keeps long-suffering fans rooting for the home team after so many years of futility. In the end, A Nice Little Place on the North Side is more than just the history of a ballpark. It is the story of Chicago, of baseball, and of America itself.