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Greatest of Their Time: Ali, 2016 Cubs, Ragan


A boxer, a baseball team and a softball pitcher, were they the best of their time?


Panelists
Leigh Montville

Three-time New York Times best-selling author Leigh Montville is a former columnist at The Boston Globe and former senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He is the author of "Evel," "The Mysterious Montague," "The Big Bam," "Ted Williams," "At the Altar of Speed," "Manute," and "Why Not Us?" He lives in Boston....

Scott Simon

Scott Simon is one of America’s most admired writers and broadcasters. He has reported from all 50 states, five continents and 10 wars -- from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy....

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Erica Westly

Erica Westly is the author of "Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game" (Touchstone), which was a finalist for the 2017 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. She is a recipient of the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship at the University of Michigan....

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Books:
Sting Like a Bee
Leigh Montville
Sports & Recreation
Doubleday
May 2017
ISBN 9780385536066
Kindle Edition, 368 pages

An insightful portrait of Muhammad Ali from the New York Times bestselling author of At the Altar of Speed and The Big Bam. More/less

My Cubs: A Love Story
Scott Simon
Sports
Blue Rider Press
April 2017
ISBN 9780735218031
160 pages
$23.00, INSTOCK
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NPR's Scott Simon's personal, heartfelt reflections on his beloved Chicago Cubs, replete with club lore, memorable anecdotes, frenetic fandom and wise and adoring intimacy that have made the world champion Cubbies baseball's most tortured--and now triumphant--franchise. More/less

Fastpitch: The Untold History of Softball and the Women Who Made the Game
Erica Westly
Sports
Touchstone Simon and Schuster
April 2017
ISBN 9781501118609
304 pages
$16.00, INSTOCK
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“A League of Their Own for the softball set” (Lily Koppel, bestselling author of The Astronaut Wives Club), Fastpitch is hidden history at its most intriguing—the tale of the forgotten beginnings of one of the most popular and widely played sports today. More/less

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