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From new bestsellers to old classics, hanging on the beach or

curled up on the porch, here is your sporty summer reading list for 2017! Baseball, football, basketball, tennis and more, we’ve got all your favorite sports covered with enticing reads — even if you’re not a sports fan.

 

THE CUBS WAY:

The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball

and Breaking the Curse

By Tom Verducci (2017)

 
After 108 years, it finally happened. This New York Times bestseller tells the tale of the 2016 Chicago Cubs and their transformation from perennial underachievers to the best team in baseball. With inside access and reporting, Sports Illustrated senior baseball writer and FOX Sports analyst, Tom Verducci, reveals how Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon built, led, and inspired the Chicago Cubs team to break the longest championship drought in sports, chronicling their epic journey to become World Series champions.
 

PAPER LION: 

Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback

By George Plimpton (1966)

 
The book for which perhaps George Plimpton was best known, Paper Lion set the bar for participatory sports journalism. With his characteristic wit, Plimpton recounts his experiences in talking his way into training camp with the Detroit Lions, practicing with the team, and taking snaps behind center. His breezy style captures the pressures and tensions rookies confront, the hijinks that pervade when sixty high-strung guys live together in close quarters, and a host of football rites and rituals. One of the funniest and most insightful books ever written on football, Paper Lion is a classic look at the gridiron game.

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A Cavernous Journey

 
THE GATE OF SON DOONG CAVE 

 

I’ve known fashion photographer Kelly Ryerson since the beginning of this millennium, and first worked with her at Women’s Sports & Fitness magazine, where we journeyed on many an outdoor adventure. One of our most memorable was to photograph some bathing beauties in Goldbug Hot Springs, a hidden gem of a natural hot tub, bubbling along the banks of the Salmon River in the mountains of Idaho.

Hiking has always been a source of joy and solace for Kelly. As kid growing up in Austin, Texas, trekking through the woods and trails was simply the way to get to whatever watering hole she and her friends decided to cool off in that day. When faced recently with the emotional wallop and pain of a divorce, it was to hiking that Kelly returned, finding comfort in both its physicality and serenity.

Last March, Kelly embarked on an epic 5-day journey to Sơn Đoòng Cave in Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng National Park, Vietnam – only just recently discovered – and photographing it in these majestic images shown here. This is the story of her cavernous adventure…
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Favorite Sport Flix

 
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2016 brought us a slew of great sport films. With time off for the Holidays, now is your chance to catch up with 8 of our favorites. From boxing to track and field, surfing to snowboarding, Strongman to equestrian, we’ve got something for everyone. A mix of documentaries and Hollywood dramas, all are based on the true stories of which sport legends are made!

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This heartwarming documentary tells the true story of a horse named Snowman, who in the early 1950’s, destined for the slaughterhouse, was purchased for eighty dollars by a Dutch immigrant named Harry deLeyer. In less than two years, deLeyer transformed Snowman into one of the greatest Grand Prix show jumpers history. The two would go on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nation’s far more pedigree horses. Harry and Snowman’s chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction was the beginning of a friendship that lasted a lifetime, both in and out of the ring. 86-year old deLeyer tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today’s show jumping circuit. Read More

 

SOS Portfolio: Jeremy Koreski

 

 
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Jeremy Koreski photographs surfing, among other outdoor sports, but he doesn’t take pictures in warm sunny locales. It’s cold, wet, and sometimes snowing where he is, but the subjects in his photographs never seem to mind. They’re too busy having fun. Bundled up and in wetsuits — with hoods, booties and gloves – they’re all smiles taking advantage of the natural playground their surroundings have to offer.

Koreski grew up in Tofino, British Columbia, a town on the west coast of Vancouver Island, about a 1½ hour ferry ride from Vancouver. There wasn’t a whole to do there other than watch TV or play outside. Koreski and his friends opted for the latter. Surrounded by water, surfing and fishing were the activities of choice. At 13 he picked up a camera and started shooting, documenting their outdoor adventures. Koreski still calls Vancouver Island home and his work showcases the lifestyle and culture of the Canadian coast and Pacific Northwest. The landscape is the star of his images, given perspective by the subjects in it.
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Girl, 17, Cycles Across U.S. in 3 Weeks

 
RUTH ORKIN IN 1947; THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT PHOTOGRAPHED BY ORKIN IN 1939

 

In 1939, a 17-year old girl living in California decided to embark on a monumental bike trip across the country. The World’s Fair in New York City was her destination. That girl was award winning photojournalist and filmmaker Ruth Orkin (1921-1985).

Orkin grew up in Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s, and at the age of 10, received her first camera, a 39¢ Univex. She began by photographing her friends and teachers at school. Obsessed with traveling after three cross country train trips with her family, she took a job as a teenager at a travel agency in 1937. When a pamphlet for American Youth Hostels arrived in the mail one day at work, offering cheap lodging and cooking facilities for travelers journeying by foot or bicycle, the call for adventure was too great to resist.
 

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PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN BY ORKIN AND PAGE FROM THE SCRAPBOOK SHE MADE DOCUMENTING THE 1939 BIKE TRIP. ALL CAPTIONS HANDWRITTEN BY ORKIN

 
At 16, Orkin took her first Youth Hostel trip to San Francisco, and the following year somehow convinced her parents to let her bicycle across the country. Multiple newspapers carried the story of this 17-year old on a cross country tour of U.S. Youth Hostels. While she had actually hitchhiked from LA to Chicago, and then Chicago to New York – equally adventurous and kind of crazy — Orkin later wrote in her book, A Photo Journal, published in 1981, “The bicycling was done while I was sightseeing in each city: Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Boston. I also biked the smaller distances between the four eastern cities and while hosteling through four New England states. All in all I biked a total of 2000 miles during those four months!”
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Surfing Andy Warhol

 
ART ADVISOR GLORI COHEN WITH 5 OF THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION SERIES SURFBOARDS,
PHOTOGRAPHED IN HER ART FILLED DEAL, NEW JERSEY HOME

 
In 1967, Andy Warhol moved to La Jolla, California to make the movie, “San Diego Surf”, his homage and twist on the classic surf films of the late 1960’s. Surfboard shaper Tim Bessell was then just a kid, living down the street.

Fast forward to the 1980’s where Bessell was invited to New York by film producer Gary Binko and by chance met Warhol at the opening of the Playboy Club. As it turned out, Warhol and Bessell had a mutual friend, another surfboard shaper named Carl Ekstrom. Famous for his asymmetrical surfboard designs, two had been used as props in the movie. Ekstrom told Bessell if he ever ran into Warhol, tell him he said hello. Little did he realize he would have the chance to do just that!
 
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Spotting him at the opening, standing with a group of models, Bessell introduced himself on a dare. Warhol didn’t surf, but was obsessed and enamored with surf culture. Taken with Bessell and his friends, Warhol invited him to hang out at The Factory and the offices of Interview magazine.
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Fashion-A-Bell: Carmen dell’Orefice

 
NORMAN PARKINSON & CARMEN DELL’OREFICE FROM BRITISH VOGUE JULY 1959
©CHRISTOPHER & GREGORY HARTLEY

 

Carmen dell’Orefice is one of the iconic models in fashion history, most famous in her older years for her unmistakable white coiffure. The fantastic image above is from British Vogue, July 1959, and shows her as a young model with renowned fashion photographer, Norman Parkinson. Loving the adventurous “Style of Sport” spirit of the image, we were curious about the story behind the picture.

While Parkinson was the photographer on the shoot in Bermuda, this image was actually taken by Bronson Hartley who ran a local helmet diving operation. Bell or Helmet Diving is a very old concept and the precursor to scuba diving. Using the same principle as a glass turned upside down underwater, water pressure keeps air trapped inside an open-bottomed metal helmet. Fresh air is then pumped in through an attached hose allowing divers to walk around the sea floor, with no training required.

Bronson was an esteemed marine biologist who had first come to Bermuda from New York City in 1930 with his family as a child to escape the Depression. At age ten he built his first diving helmet and continued to evolve his model. His hobby would later become his profession as he began taking adventurous tourists, and later celebrities like Charlton Heston, on the underwater adventure of a lifetime.

Continuing his zeal for invention, Bronson started making his own cameras and underwater housings. A pioneer in undersea photography, he made the first ever color 35mm underwater movie, “Mainstreet Undersea”, starring his wife, Martica, a model and actress. Hartley and the making of the film were featured in the December 15, 1952 issue of LIFE. For those who remember the show, Martica was a guest on “Whats My Line.” Read More

 

Summer Surf Flick Classics!

 

FIVE SUMMER STORIES 1972

Summer has arrived and it’s time for another round-up of great sport flick classics. The beaches are beckoning and the Best of Surf is the theme of this collection. If you can’t make it to the shore, surf’s up at home. So queue up the DVDs and get ready to paddle out, drop in and ride those waves! As always, click the image for a preview trailer.

Let’s lead it off with “Five Summer Stories”, heralded as one of the finest surf movies ever made. This classic features all the great surfers from the 70’s like Gerry Lopez, Shaun Tomson, Jeff Hakman, Corky Carroll and Margo Oberg. Filmed against the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the Nixon years, the movie portrays a young, outlaw sport at a strategic point in its creative evolution.

 

RIDING GIANTS

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From acclaimed director Stacy Peralta of “DogTown and Z-Boys” fame, comes “Riding Giants”, a multi-generational look at the intrepid surfers who have dedicated themselves to challenging the biggest waves on the planet. The movie features such pioneers and legends as Greg Noll, among the first who dared to enter Hawaii’s big surf in the late 1950s; Jeff Clark, who discovered the massive waves of Mavericks near San Francisco; and Laird Hamilton, considered by many to be the best big wave rider of all time.

 

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SUPER SESSION 1975

Another 70’s classic, this fast paced, action packed film features such surf icons as Gerry Lopez, Larry Bertlemann, Eddie Aikau, Rabbit Bartholomew, Jeff Hakman, Mark Richard and Shaun Tomson, as well as DogTown skateboarders Tony Alva and Jay Adams. The movie is beautifully photographed at the famed breaks in Hawaii, California, and Australia.

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