The World of Sports, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 161530827X
  • ISBN-13: 9781615308279
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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Enraptured by the spirit of competition and eager to engage both body and mind through athletic activity, sports enthusiasts can be found gathered in parks, arenas, homes, and elsewhere, revelling in the thrill of victory, lambasting weak plays, exercising, or simply having fun. More than just games, sports such as baseball, basketball, football, and soccer have long held cultural and social significance, inciting deep loyalties to country, region, and team. These engaging volumes enrich the spectator experience by examining the major developments of these four popular sports over time, and by exploring the lives of athletes whose accomplishments continue to inspire generations of enthusiasts.

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The World of Sports: The Britannica Guide to Baseball  (ISBN-10: 161530570X | ISBN-13: 9781615305704)

Integral to the consciousness of the American people, the sport of baseball has become a steadfast institution in a nation whose identity is constantly evolving. Although the game has undergone its own share of changes since it first took center stage, baseball has maintained an unwavering devotion among fans and players alike. This comprehensive volume details the rules of baseball, introduces some of its key personalities, and examines the historical role of the game as it changed both the recreational and social landscapes of the country.

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The World of Sports: The Britannica Guide to Basketball  (ISBN-10: 1615305777 | ISBN-13: 9781615305773)

Despite its American origins, the fast-paced and often acrobatic game of basketball commands the attention of audiences around the world. The sport's seeming simplicity—put the ball in the basket—is delightfully offset by the complexity of the athleticism and strategy required to be successful at the game. Recounting the evolution of basketball and profiling greats from George Mikan to Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, and beyond, this gripping volume examines the story of a game that continues to dazzle American and global audiences alike.

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The World of Sports: The Britannica Guide to Football  (ISBN-10: 1615305734 | ISBN-13: 9781615305735)

From Europe's rugby and soccer evolved a truly American sport. Played across the United States at parks, schools, universities, and in stadiums, football is as much a part of America's iconographic experience as apple pie. Emerging from college campuses, it has blossomed to become a popular form of recreation throughout the country, as well as a professional-sports juggernaut. This detailed narrative examines the history of gridiron football, including the teams and players that have helped make it a national obsession.

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The World of Sports: The Britannica Guide to Soccer  (ISBN-10: 1615305815 | ISBN-13: 9781615305810)

Although it assumes different monikers in various parts of the world and has appeared in various incarnations over time, the game of soccer has retained a great deal of its original character. While it is ostensibly simple in terms of equipment and rules, soccer has inspired skill, strategy, and pure athleticism that have allowed the professional sport to evolve. The history of soccer and the biographies of game-changing players who have kept fans riveted game after game are chronicled in this lively volume.

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