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High School Sports: Lost Arizona History Preserved in ‘Who is Gym?’

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After officiating high school football and baseball in Arizona for nearly 30 years, it occurred to Scott Hanson that there was a piece of Arizona history that was slipping away: the who and the why high schools, their football stadiums, baseball fields and gymnasiums were named. Here Hanson discusses how he came to write Who Is Gym and what the book is all about: Do you know the history behind your high school alma mater’s football field? Or the gym? Or the school itself? If not, you are not alone. A three-year project has resulted in the uncovering and preservation of the stories behind Arizona’s high school sports venues, culminating with new history book, Who is Gym? I have been…

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Slogging through winter? Four movies and a book help you reach out to spring

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If you’re reading this from anywhere in the United States, chances are that it’s too cold, the sidewalk is too icy, or there’s too much snow piled up in the yard, or around the driveway, or by the sides of the road. (If you’re in Florida or Hawaii or somewhere like that, just pipe down and let the rest of us wallow in our winter misery.) Here in New England, winter is fun in December, and maybe for a couple of weeks of January. Then, it’s a long, cold, slog through a frozen February and a muddy March after which we finally reach our reward: springtime. And make no mistake: spring is coming. The signs have already appeared. On fields…

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SUMMER READS 2014: Revealing biographies of Hillary Clinton, Robert E. Lee and Mariano Rivera

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Love revealing memoirs and biographies? We’ve got you covered. Our picks include Hillary Clinton talking about Benghazi, baseball’s greatest relief pitcher opening up about his rise to greatness, and the surprisingly progressive views of General Robert E. Lee. What better summer diversion is there than being invited inside the lives of people who intrigue us? Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton (Simon and Schuster, June 10) Following her run for the presidency in 2008, Hillary Rodham Clinton expected to return to the Senate and serve the state of New York. Instead, to her surprise, newly elected President Barack Obama asked her to serve his administration as America’s 67th Secretary of State. In this eagerly awaited book, the former First Lady…

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A reader’s guide to the no-baseball blues

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“I just look out the window and wait for spring to come,” Baseball Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby once said, when asked how he passed time during the off-season. As a certified baseball nut, I know the feeling. But here’s a more constructive idea: pull up a chair and delve into two recent books that will add to your knowledge about the endlessly fascinating game of baseball. Before the end of the 2012 season, Jamie Moyer retired at 49 after becoming the oldest pitcher to win a major league game. In Just Tell Me I Can’t: How Jamie Moyer Defied the Radar Gun and Defeated Time (Grand Central Publishing), Moyer and sportswriter Larry Platt tell the story of how a pitcher who…

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