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Satchel : the life and times of an American legend

Here is the child born to an Alabama washerwoman with twelve young mouths to feed, the young man who took up baseball on the streets, inventing his trademark hesitation pitch while throwing bricks at rival gang members. Tye shows Paige growing into the superstar hurler of the Negro Leagues, establishing records that still stand, then emerging at age 42 to help propel the Cleveland Indians to the World Series. 392 pages.

Just Show Up

The record-breaking All-Star draws on stories from his remarkable career and the life of his legendary father to outline lessons in how to achieve true success through consistency, loyalty and fair play. 185 pages.

The Mannings : the fall and rise of a football family

A revealing portrait of the first family of American sports. What the Kennedys are to politics, the Mannings are to football. 347 pages.

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What Is a Girl Worth?

"Who is going to tell these little girls that what was done to them matters? That they are seen and valued, that they are not alone and they are not unprotected?" Rachael Denhollander's voice was heard around the world when she spoke out to end the most shocking US gymnastics scandal in history. The first victim to publicly accuse Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics team doctor who sexually abused hundreds of young athletes, Rachael now reveals her full story for the first time. 

Russell Wilson : standing tall

This book traces the quarterback's rise from North Carolina State to Wisconsin, a detour into professional baseball, and on to the Seahawks and Super Bowl XLVIII. 127 pages.

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