New Books Network

Gabe Logan, “The Early Years of Chicago Soccer, 1887-1939” (Lexington Books, 2019)
The thriving metropolis of Chicago was the land of opportunity for a wide variety of ethnic groups.  As individuals from nations where soccer reigned began arriving in the area, they instituted teams and leagues that supported “their” game.  Ultimately the sport grew, and with the passage of time, eventually developed... Read More
Asher Price, “Earl Campbell: Yards After Contact” (U Texas Press, 2019)
Earl Campbell was a force in American football, winning a state championship in high school, rushing his way to a Heisman trophy for the University of Texas, and earning MVP as he took the Houston Oilers to the brink of the Super Bowl. Asher Price‘s exhilarating blend of biography and... Read More
Peter Kerasotis, “Alou: My Baseball Journey” (U Nebraska Press, 2018)
All aficionados of baseball are familiar with the pathbreaking role of Jackie Robinson in reintegrating the game back in 1947. What many fans are less familiar with are the issues that Latinos of color endured both in the minor leagues and the Majors starting back in the 1950s. How difficult... Read More
Rebecca Scofield, “Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West” (U Washington, 2019)
Rodeo is one of the indelible images of culture in the American West. The John Wayne-like cowboy tenaciously hanging on to the bucking bronc is a classic vision of what it means to be in the West. In Outriders: Rodeo at the Fringes of the American West (University of Washington,... Read More
Lincoln A. Mitchell, “San Francisco Year Zero” (Rutgers UP, 2019)
1978 was the year that changed San Francisco forever, writes Lincoln A. Mitchell in San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval, Punk Rock and a Third-Place Baseball Team (Rutgers University Press, 2019). After the long hangover from the heady 1960s and summer of love, San Francisco was, by the late ‘70s,... Read More
Derrick E. White, “Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football” (UNC, 2019)
Dr. Derrick E. White‘s new book Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) chronicles the development of black college football in the twentieth century, and is among the first comprehensive histories of black college athletics. Using... Read More
Trevor Thompson, “Playing for Australia: The First Socceroos, Asia, and World Football” (Fair Play, 2018)
Today we are joined by Trevor Thompson, a journalist who has reported on association football in Australia and around the world since the 1980s. He is also the author of Playing for Australia: The First Socceroos, Asia, and World Football (Fair Play Publishing, 2018). In our conversation, we discussed the... Read More