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Outside the Game: A Collection of Inspirational Sports Stories

Outside the Game: A Collection of Inspirational Sports Stories

In this collection of inspirational sports stories previously published in Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle, Mandelaro describes the triumphs and tragedies of local and national athletes. These narratives go beyond the wins and losses of the game to illuminate the perserverance of the human spirit over challenging life situations.


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Overview

In this collection of inspirational sports stories previously published in Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle, Mandelaro describes the triumphs and tragedies of local and national athletes. These narratives go beyond the wins and losses of the game to illuminate the perserverance of the human spirit over challenging life situations.

About the Author

Jim Mandelaro is a writer for the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York. He is a three-time winner of the New York State Associated Press award for outstanding sports feature writing, a two-time recipient of the Rochester Press-Radio Club Sportswriter of the Year Award, and a member of the Frontier Field Walk of Fame. He lives in Fairport, New York with his wife, Kerri, and their children, Matthew and Sophia.

 

Details

Publisher: RIT Press (05/2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1-939125-15-6
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 228
Illustrations: 14
Size: 6 x 9 in.
Shipping Weight: 1lb

Reviews

“Jim Mandelaro writes about real people and real subjects. He goes deeper than wins and losses. The best of his inspirational work can be found here in Outside the Game.” —Jim Kelly, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback

“I’ve gotten to know Jim over the years, and he has always been a journalist I looked forward to speaking with.  His storytelling ability comes through in Outside the Game, an excellent collection of stories that concentrate on so much more than wins and losses and really bring out the emotion of sport.” — Cal Ripken Jr., Baseball Hall of Famer

 “These stories by Jim Mandelaro will inform and inspire you. They are about courage, perseverance and strength, and help us understand what ‘winning’ really means.” — Jim Nantz, Emmy Award-winning CBS Sports broadcaster

 “I have known Jim since high school and have always enjoyed his human-interest stories and passion for sports and people. Outside the Game is filled with the very best of these stories.” — Abby Wambach, international soccer star

 “Sports provide individuals an opportunity to compete and form everlasting bonds of friendship. As one of the premier writers in our industry, Jim Mandelaro shines a light on the deep meaning of what sports means in our society in his book, Outside the Game.” — Russ Brandon, Buffalo Bills president

 “Jim Mandelaro is more than a great sportswriter. He is a great story teller. His stories in Outside the Game will leave you inspired and wanting more.” — Jenn Suhr, Olympic gold medalist in pole vault

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

 

Part 1: Fame, Fortune and Dreams

Cal Ripken Jr.: An Ironman with Heart

Howard Bingham: Photographs and Memories

Bobby Grich and Don Baylor: Baseball Soulmates

Jim Nantz: Living the Dream

Abby Wambach: Family Ties

Dwight Gooden: Wins and Losses

Jenn Suhr: All That Glitters Is Gold

 

Part 2: Adverse Conditions

Skip Flanagan: He Sees the Cheers

Jake Simmons: Grateful for the Game

Joe Vicario: The Proudest Tiger

Bobby Greco: A Passion for the Game

Mark Muench: A Fight to the Finish

Phil and Marie Roof: Dearly Departed

Jeanette Glover: Full House

Erin Muir: Soccer Mom

Kristine Pierce: Body Checking Cancer

Bob Ward: The (Heart) Beat Goes On

Charlotte Reardon: Breathing Lessons

 

Part 3: Behind the Scenes

Murph Shapiro: Earning His Stripes

Baseball Wives: Diamonds and Dreams

Walk-Ons: Nothing for Money

Journeymen Players: For Love of the Game

 

Part 4: From All Walks of Life

The O’Rourkes: Like Father, Like Son

An Umpire’s Life: You’re In, or ‘Yer out!’

Chris Colabello: Field of Dreams

University Prep: Slam-Dunking Stereotypes

Seth Johnston: You’re Never Too Old

Mike Neer: Building a Legacy

Ed and Mary Blasko: A Father-Daughter Home Run

Jonathon Lillis: A Second Chance at Life

Sean Burroughs: ‘Lucky To Be Alive’

Cal Ripken Jr.: Before the Legend 

 

Epilogue

Index

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