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Hello, Friends!

ECW Press


An honest memoir about life, family, and baseball from the longtime, legendary Toronto Blue Jays radio broadcaster

For 36 years, Jerry Howarth ushered in eternal hope each spring and thrived in the drive of each fall as the voice of the Toronto Blue Jays. In 1982, the lifelong avid sports fan joined Tom Cheek as full-time play-by-play radio announcer for the Blue Jays, and for the next 23 years, “Tom and Jerry” were the voices of the franchise. Jerry became part of the fabric of a nation and a team, covering historic moments like the rise of the Blue Jays through the 1980s that culminated in back-to-back World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993. His Hall of Fame–worthy broadcasting career has been nothing short of legendary. When Jerry retired in February 2018, the tributes poured in and made one thing perfectly clear: Toronto baseball would never be the same.

Howarth brings together thoughts on life, family, work, and baseball. Featuring stories about everyone from Dave Stieb, Jack Morris, Duane Ward, Roberto Alomar, and Joe Carter to John Gibbons, Edwin Encarnacion, Josh Donaldson, and the late Roy Halladay, Hello, Friends! is a must-read for sports fans everywhere.

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“Howarth’s book will entertain baseball aficionados and especially delight Blue Jays fans.” — Publishers Weekly

“Jerry Howarth is a Canadian national treasure and his story is tremendously inspiring. As joyful a person as I've ever met, Jerry made friends with millions of baseball fans during his long career and brought his warmth, humor, insights and descriptions into their living rooms. Readers of his story will have a further opportunity to revel in his positive outlook on life as well as countless fascinating memories.” — Eric Nadel, Texas Rangers radio broadcaster

“Whether it was Blue Jays closer Tom Henke saying ‘Hellllllo, friends!’ when Jerry Howarth walked down the aisle on a team charter, an opposing player near the batting cage, or a 12-year-old self-broadcasting his sandlot game to his buddies, ‘Hello, friends!’ became Howarth’s trade mark. In fact, the two words are greeted with the same warmth and familiarity from coast to coast in Canada.” — Bob Elliott, sports journalist

“For four years I was privileged to sit alongside Jerry — master storyteller, consummate professional, exemplary broadcaster. Now fans can pull up a chair and enjoy the excerpts from my partner, mentor, and friend.” — Joe Siddall, Blue Jays broadcaster

“There HE goes but here he stays. Fortunately, Jerry and Mary and their boys came north to our country. That was truly a positive for the Blue Jays and baseball fans across Canada from coast to coast.” — Brian Williams, Olympics commentator

 
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Leroy

Copress Sport


Vom Reservespieler zum Fußball-Weltstar: Das Ausnahmetalent Leroy Sané


Kaum ein anderer deutscher Fußballspieler hat bereits in jungen Jahren einen ähnlichen Hype ausgelöst wie Leroy Sané. Mit weniger als 50 Bundesliga-Einsätzen und nicht einmal einer Handvoll A-Länderspielen wurde er zum teuersten Fußballspieler der deutschen Sportgeschichte.

Was steckt hinter dem »Phänomen Leroy Sané«? Der medienscheue Fußballer bleibt seinen Fans ein Rätsel. Sein Verein hält ihn aus dem öffentlichen Rampenlicht, sein Management blockt Interviewanfragen kategorisch ab. Sportjournalist Dino Reisner scheut die Herausforderung einer solchen Recherche-Aufgabe nicht. Sein Buch ist das erste umfassende Porträt des Fußball-Talents: Von den Anfängen auf dem Ascheplatz, über die Verpflichtung bei FC Schalke bis zu Spielzeiten bei Manchester City. Neben den Etappen seiner sportlichen Karriere gelingt es Reisner auch, private Einblicke in das Leben des Fußball-Profis zu geben:

Pfeilschnell und technisch versiert: Was macht Leroy Sané zum Ausnahmetalent? Mit 40 Fotos der wichtigsten Karriere Highlights Exklusive Interviews mit ehemaligen Teamkollegen wie Joshua Bitter, Insidern wie Matthias Seidel und Robert Hettich und Fußball-Trainern wie Jörg Dittwar Umfassende Fakten und spannende Hintergrundinfos – und so manche Kuriosität!

Spannende Biografie eines außergewöhnlichen Fußballspielers

Er möge es nicht so gerne, über sich selbst zu reden, sagte Leroy Sané einmal, deshalb mache er auch in der Mixed Zone nach den Fußballspielen selten bis gar nicht halt. Für diese Sportlerbiografie befragt Dino Reisner Personen, die den Fußballer kennen und ihn ein Stück seines Weges begleitet haben. Welche Rolle spielt sein Vater Souleyman Sané, der selbst als Fußball-Profi aktiv war? Wie prägte Trainer Norbert Elgert seinen Schützling fußballerisch und menschlich?

Unvoreingenommen, sorgfältig recherchiert und persönlich erzählt: Dino Reisner beschreibt packend, wie Leroy Sané zu dem Sportler von Weltrang wurde, den wir heute bewundern. Ein absoluter Buchtipp für alle Fußball-Fans!

 
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Über 20 Jahre Karriere, die Popularität eines Rockstars, neun Weltmeistertitel und ein bis heute ungebrochener Hunger auf weitere Siege: Valentino Rossi, Ikone des Motorrad-Grand-Prix, zählt inzwischen zu den größten Legenden in der Welt des Sports.

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• Prima Geschenkbuch für Fans: Valentino Rossi hat über 5,5 Millionen Follower auf Twitter!

• Mit vielen bisher unveröffentlichten Details über das Leben Valentino Rossis

• Erweiterte Neuauflage mit einem Vorwort von Wayne Rainey, einem Nachwort von Valentino Rossi und über 30 neue Fotos

 
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Self Help

ECW Press


Professional wrestler Al Snow delivers highlights from his onscreen antics and never-before-heard tales from the road in this high-flying memoir spanning 30 years in the ring

In the late 90s, wrestling journeyman Al Snow looked in the mirror and saw a man who needed help. A man whose reputation within the wrestling industry was excellent but whose career was going nowhere. Channeling his frustration into the gimmick for which he would become best known, Al began talking to (and through) a mannequin head. With Extreme Championship Wrestling, Al reinvented himself as an unhinged neurotic and became one of the hottest acts in the most cutting-edge promotion in America when wrestling’s popularity was at its peak. This led to a journey back to the industry’s main stage, World Wrestling Entertainment, during the wildly popular Attitude Era, and in the central role as a trainer and father figure on the MTV reality show, Tough Enough.

Now, after 35 years in the industry, Al Snow tells the stories of the unbelievable yet true events that formed his career, from his in-ring recollections to out-of-ring escapades, including drunken midnight journeys with a vanfull of little people, overuse of Tasers at autograph signings, and continual attempts on his life by assorted members of the animal kingdom. Self Help is Al Snow at his best, delivering what everybody wants and needs.

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“Funny, informative, and sometimes brutally honest, Self Help is a gripping account of the 35 year career of Al Snow. 4.5 out of 5 styrofoam heads.” — Dangerous Dan’s Book Blog

 
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Back in 6 Years

Goose Lane Editions


Inspired by travel writer Ted Simon, Tony Robinson-Smith quit his job in Japan, returned home to England, and then set out once more with only a a knapsack, a map, and a dream to travel the world with both feel on the ground. Nearly six years later, he returned home having fulfilled his dream and then some.

Using his journals and memories as his primary sources, Robinson-Smith tells an exhilarating story that begins and ends in England. His adventures include hair-raising trips on African buses, a death-defying sail across the South Atlantic, a journey by boat along a tributary of the Amazon, and a cross-Canada cycling tour done the hard way, from east to west.

Robinson-Smith tells his gripping tale in an affable style with a sense of the comedic. His eye is trained more upon adventure than his own ruminations. With little idea of what he wants or will gain, he takes on the world solo, with only the notion of an approximate direction and a suspicion that enlightenment lies just over the horizon.

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"He writes with an unforced quixotic sense of humour... Robinson-Smith’s word pictures are seductive."

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The peripathetic Tony Robinson-Smith was born in England and has lived and studied in Canada. He has visited 55 countries in his travels and has taught in Canada, Japan, the United States, Bhutan and Morocco.

 
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