Great Athletes, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1587654903
  • ISBN-13: 9781587654909
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 4676 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released December 2009
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009
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Overview

Virtually every athlete and every sport readers might reasonably expect to find can be found here. Although there is an emphasis on sports that are popular in North America, there is considerable coverage on sports and athletes from other parts of the world. Most North Americans have at least some familiarity with such sports as baseball, basketball, football, golf, ice hockey, and tennis. They are likely to have had less exposure to badminton, cycling, and soccer and even less exposure to sports such as cricket, fencing, and Tae Kwon Do. No matter what the sport, however, readers of Great Athletes will learn that outstanding athletes from all parts of the world and all cultures have in common histories of hard work, rigid discipline, goalsetting, and sacrifice-points that Olympic decathlon champion Rafer Johnson discusses in his Introduction to this set.

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Great Athletes: Baseball  (ISBN-10: 158765492X | ISBN-13: 9781587654923)

The great players of America's pastime are profiled here, from past legends to the heroes of today. Also included are great Softball players.

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Great Athletes: Basketball  (ISBN-10: 1587654989 | ISBN-13: 9781587654985)

This title features the most influential people to ever play the game, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, and Candace Parker.

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Great Athletes: Boxing & Soccer  (ISBN-10: 1587654946 | ISBN-13: 9781587654947)

Boxing figures include Laila and Muhammad Ali, Rocky Marciano and Mike Tyson. Soccer features David Beckham, Mia Hamm, and Pele.

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Great Athletes: Football  (ISBN-10: 1587654911 | ISBN-13: 9781587654916)

These two volumes cover 217 of the greatest players in college and pro football, including the inspirational stories of Pat Tillman and Tedy Bruschi.

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Great Athletes: Golf & Tennis  (ISBN-10: 1587654938 | ISBN-13: 9781587654930)

Golf figures profiled include Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods. Tennis includes Jimmy Connors, Billie Jean King and the Williams sisters.

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Great Athletes: Olympic Sports  (ISBN-10: 1587654970 | ISBN-13: 9781587654978)

The largest subset of the series, this four-volume set features 478 athletes who excel in sports associated with the Summer and Winter Olympics.

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Great Athletes: Racing & Individual Sports  (ISBN-10: 1587654954 | ISBN-13: 9781587654954)

Scope and coverage - Virtually every athlete and every sport readers might reasonably expect to find can be found here. Although there is an emphasis on sports that are popular in North America, there is considerable coverage on sports and athletes from other parts of the world. Most North Americans have at least some familiarity with such sports as baseball, basketball, football, golf, ice hockey, and tennis. They are likely to have had less exposure to badminton, cycling, and soccer and even less exposure to sports such as cricket, fencing, and Tae Kwon Do. No matter what the sport, however, readers of "Great Athletes" will learn that outstanding athletes from all parts of the world and all cultures. Organization and format: Averaging three to four pages in length, articles are written in clear language and presented in a uniform, easily readable format. Each article is divided into four sections that cover the athlete's life and achievements chronologically. 'Early Life' covers the athlete's family background, early education, introduction to sports, and other formative experiences. 'The Road to Excellence' discusses the athlete's first serious involvement in sports and the experiences and influences that propelled the athlete toward greatness. 'The Emerging Champion' section follows the athlete from the threshold of stardom to higher levels, and 'Continuing the Story' tracks the athlete's subsequent athletic career and later life. Finally, each article concludes with a 'Summary' recapitulating the athlete's achievements and legacy. A photograph of the athlete accompanies each essay, and every article is accompanied by at least one table, shadowed for easy reference. With their content varying greatly among different sports, these tables summarize the career statistics, honors and awards, records, and other milestones that set each great athlete apart.

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