Category Archive: Sports

Steve Sheinkin and Jim Thorpe Defeat a Non-Sports Reader

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When people find out I’m a librarian or that I work at Mackin, one of their first questions is often “What book would my kids like?” Now, I like to read almost everything,… Continue reading

Take Me Out To The Ball…Park

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Sports teams have a habit of being wildly inconsistent from year to year.  Sometimes they win big…sometimes they occupy the cellar.  The one thing that stays relatively constant, however, is each team’s stadium… Continue reading

Summer + Water = Fun!

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As a youngster, my June-August months were spent at my grandparents’ lake cabin (pictured above) in the little north-MN town of Aitkin, MN.  While “the cabin” offered a variety of activities in which… Continue reading

Play Ball!

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  “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball.  I’ll tell you what I do: I stare out the window and wait for spring” (Rogers Hornsby) Nary a week… Continue reading

Diving into Research: A Guest Post by John Coy

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John Coy has written a number of books about sports for young people. One recent book, Game Changer: John McLendon and the Secret Game, blends history and basketball as it tells the story… Continue reading

The Greatest

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  Yesterday, Muhammad Ali turned 74 years old.  Known simply as “The Greatest”, Ali transcended boxing to become an important social, cultural, political, and religious figure over the past 50 years. Growing up… Continue reading

“What I Read Over My Summer Vacation…”

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There is a famous Norman Rockwell painting (entitled “Coming & Going”) that I’ve always liked which depicts both the beginning and end of a family vacation… To me, the end of August often… Continue reading

Hot Dog!

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I love competitive sports.  I also love eating.  One day each year, both passions converge into one glorious event: the Coney Island (NY) Hot Dog Eating Championship. Set on the Fourth of July,… Continue reading

Celebrating #42 (Jackie Robinson Day)

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On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson trotted out to first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  The act itself was a simple one, but its significance was incredible: Jackie was the first black man… Continue reading

Bowl You Over

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Each year, as a sports fan, I go into a bit of a funk during the months of February & March.  I know that basketball and hockey are still being played during this… Continue reading