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Mike Hargrove and the Cleveland Indians: A Baseball Life

Mike Hargrove and the Cleveland Indians: A Baseball Life

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An inside, in-depth look at a fascinating baseball life ...

There were spectacular highs--Rookie of the Year, All Star, World Series ... And devastating lows--the end of his playing days, a tragic accident in his second year as manager, a heartbreaker in the World Series, being fired from the job he loved ...Mike Hargrove truly spent a lifetime in baseball. From the sandlots of tiny Perryton, Texas, to the biggest stage, Game 7 of the World Series, he played, coached, managed ... lived the game for four decades.

The Cleveland Indians were at the center of Hargrove's baseball life for more than 20 years. He played for some mediocre Indians teams in the 1980s. He managed some of the best Indians teams ever in the 1990s--including five consecutive division titles, one of the most powerful offensive lineups in baseball history (Lofton, Belle, Baerga, Murray, Thome, Ramirez) and two trips to the World Series.

Not bad for a kid who didn't play baseball in high school, was a walk-on in college and an afterthought 25th-round draft pick.

One constant in Hargrove's roller-coaster career: Sharon Hargrove. Their 50-year marriage in an unsteady business (from 1970 to 1995, the Hargroves lived in 23 different houses) is inspiring.

This book takes a close-up look at a life and career long under-appreciated--by us, not by him--perhaps because much of it was spent in the shadows of so many big personalities. But Hargrove's story includes big moments--both heartbreaking and heart-stopping.

More Bananagrams! : An Official Book

More Bananagrams! : An Official Book

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Joe Edley, the wordplay genius who created the puzzles in Bananagrams, now steps it up in More Bananagrams! by creating eight new joyously mind-bending puzzle types, and adding another level of difficulty--puzzles with a five banana (super hard!) rating. In all, there are over 500 original new anagram puzzles, including Banana Splits (solve letter substitution scrambles in rapid-fire fashion), Banana Peels (add new letters to words and rearrange to spell something new), Banana Boats (evolve a chain of words, one new letter at a time), intersecting words, vowel replacements, adjacent letter scrambles, and much more. The puzzles are rated one banana (simplest) to the fiendish new five banana, and enriching supplementary material is featured, including fun banana facts, helpful word lists, and, yes, an answer key.
Old Maid Playing Cards

Old Maid Playing Cards

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This Old Maid deck distinguishes her from many other characters identified by their interesting occupations. Great beginning career exploration that is fun to play.

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  • For ages 5 and up
  • Cards are 3.25"x 4.5"
  • Instructions included
Omar!  :  My  Life  on  and  Off  the  Field  (signed)
Omar!  :  My  Life  on  and  Off  the  Field  (signed)
Omar!  :  My  Life  on  and  Off  the  Field  (signed)

Omar! : My Life on and Off the Field (signed)

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“Offers a superb glimpse into the life of a master sports player and is highly recommended for baseball fans everywhere.” ― Midwest Book Review

All-star shortstop Omar Vizquel tells the story of his life in baseball, from the sandlots of Caracas, Venezuela, to Game Seven of the World Series and beyond. It’s a a candid look inside the locker room of those powerhouse Indians teams of the late 1990s, from one of the best shortstops ever to play the game.

First printing; signed by both authors. Dust jacket in protective cover; one small crease in front flap; binding tight; text clean and bright. VG+/VG+

OUR TEAM: THE EPIC STORY OF FO

OUR TEAM: THE EPIC STORY OF FO

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The riveting story of four men--Larry Doby, Bill Veeck, Bob Feller, and Satchel Paige--whose improbable union on the Cleveland Indians in the late 1940s would shape the immediate postwar era of Major League Baseball and beyond.

In July 1947, not even three months after Jackie Robinson debuted on the Brooklyn Dodgers, snapping the color line that had segregated Major League Baseball, Larry Doby would follow in his footsteps on the Cleveland Indians. Though Doby, as the second Black player in the majors, would struggle during his first summer in Cleveland, his subsequent turnaround in 1948 from benchwarmer to superstar sparked one of the wildest and most meaningful seasons in baseball history.

In intimate, absorbing detail, Luke Epplin's Our Team traces the story of the integration of the Cleveland Indians and their quest for a World Series title through four key participants: Bill Veeck, an eccentric and visionary owner adept at exploding fireworks on and off the field; Larry Doby, a soft-spoken, hard-hitting pioneer whose major-league breakthrough shattered stereotypes that so much of white America held about Black ballplayers; Bob Feller, a pitching prodigy from the Iowa cornfields who set the template for the athlete as businessman; and Satchel Paige, a legendary pitcher from the Negro Leagues whose belated entry into the majors whipped baseball fans across the country into a frenzy.

Together, as the backbone of a team that epitomized the postwar American spirit in all its hopes and contradictions, these four men would captivate the nation by storming to the World Series--all the while rewriting the rules of what was possible in sports.

Primitive Paradise: A Century of Boy Scout Camping

Primitive Paradise: A Century of Boy Scout Camping

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For over a century the Boy Scouts of America has provided millions of American boys with the outdoor adventures of Scouting. At Scout camps across the nation, from early encampments to well-established Scout Reservations, summer camp has been the highlight building character while creating life-long memories. As America evolved so did the Boy Scouts and when the nation was at its best so was Scouting. Primitive Paradise is the story of Scout Camping, its evolution in the United States and impact on society as it unfolded in one community, Cleveland, Ohio. How out of the dreams of men and adventuring of boys a primitive paradise, Beaumont Scout Reservation came to be. How the powers of strong community built it and divided society facilitated its demise.
Robot Rummy Playing Cards

Robot Rummy Playing Cards

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A classic rummy game with robots for categories instead of suits. Playful illustrations add to the fun.

Features:

  • For ages 5 and up
  • Cards are 3.25" x 4.5"
  • Instructions included
Snap! Playing Cards

Snap! Playing Cards

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A classic game of Snap! that will bring boundless excitement. Each card comes with a "snappy" rhyme!

Features:

  • For ages 5 and up
  • Cards are 3.25" x 4.5"
  • Instructions included
Storymatic: Kids!
Storymatic: Kids!

Storymatic: Kids!

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No wires. No screens. No batteries. Just pick a few cards and let them lead you into a story. How you tell it is up to you. Write it, draw it, sing it! Play by yourself or in groups. Perfect for early writers, parents who need some fresh bedtime stories, teachers who want to nurture creativity, and grandparents who want to play with the kids. 

  • 360 cards = gazillions of stories (includes 20 blanks so you can invent your own prompts)
  • Content is appropriate for children and anyone who's a kid at heart
  • Comes with a booklet filled with prompts, games, and suggestions
  • Light and portable with a vintage design
  • Wild cards prompt you to go in all kinds of fun ways 
  • Cards have rounded edges––easy for small hands to hold, fun to "build" stories
  • Made in U.S.A.

May your Storymatic Kids bring you countless hours of fun and inspiration!

  • "Such a great choice for improving storytelling skills." –– Forbes
  • "These 360 cards can take you in an endless number of directions." –– TIME for Kids
  • "Inspire young bards with fun creative-writing prompts. Will your next protagonist be a jump-rope champion or the tooth fairy's silbing? Pick a card and find out!" –– Scholastic
Yogi

Yogi

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The definitive biography of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees icon, winner of 10 World Series championships, and the most-quoted player in baseball history

Lawrence "Yogi" Berra was never supposed to become a major league ballplayer.

That's what his immigrant father told him. That's what Branch Rickey told him, too-right to Berra's face, in fact. Even the lowly St. Louis Browns of his youth said he'd never make it in the big leagues.

Yet baseball was his lifeblood. It was the only thing he ever cared about. Heck, it was the only thing he ever thought about. Berra couldn't allow a constant stream of ridicule about his appearance, taunts about his speech, and scorn about his perceived lack of intelligence to keep him from becoming one of the best to ever play the game-at a position requiring the very skills he was told he did not have.

Drawing on more than one hundred interviews and four years of reporting, Jon Pessah delivers a transformational portrait of how Berra handled his hard-earned success-on and off the playing field-as well as his failures; how the man who insisted "I really didn't say everything I said!" nonetheless shaped decades of America's culture; and how Berra's humility and grace redefined what it truly means to be a star.

Overshadowed on the field by Joe DiMaggio early in his career and later by a youthful Mickey Mantle, Berra emerges as not only the best loved Yankee but one of the most appealingly simple, innately complex, and universally admired men in all of America.