Reviews of 100 Pioneers: African-Americans Who Broke Color Barriers in Sport, Sports Venue Development and 100 Greatest Sports Moments.
In 100 Pioneers: African-Americans Who Broke Color Barriers in Sport ($24.95, Fitness Information Technology, softcover), Richard Lapchick - the founder of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society who has been described as "the racial conscience of sport" - has collected detailed portraits of prominent and not-so-prominent U.S. black athletes, coaches and athletic directors. Lapchick and five other writers combine historical research and personal interviews to present profiles of Gale Sayers, Bill Russell, Jackie Robinson, Tony Dungy and Althea Gibson, as well as lesser-known trailblazers in baseball, football, basketball, hockey, tennis, golf, boxing and the Olympics. Collectively, their stories celebrate diversity and the triumph over adversity.
Research And Development
With a back-to-basics approach to building and renovating a professional, college or even high school athletic facility, Sports Venue Development ($95, Mediaventures, spiralbound) helps readers decide which option best suits their situation. Once that determination is made, chapters on feasibility studies, venue financing, breaking ground, sponsorships, concessions, premium seating and alternative revenue sources are designed to provide facility operators with a game plan for moving forward. The book includes a CD-ROM loaded with sample feasibility studies conducted by organizations ranging from high schools to professional teams.
A box set of spoken-word CDs worth giving or receiving as a holiday gift, 100 Greatest ($49.98, Shout! Factory) celebrates memorable moments in modern American history. 100 Greatest Sports Moments is one of five "100 Greatest" discs that also include speeches, news stories, personalities and scandals. Highlights include the television-broadcast call of Henry Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run, Roger Clemens' testifying before the U.S. Senate that he did not use human growth hormone and Brett Favre's first retirement announcement. The biggest disappointment has to be a staid radio report about 1980's "Miracle on Ice," which is a poor substitute for Al Michaels' legendary countdown of that historic game's final seconds. 100 Greatest Sports Moments also is available as a single CD.