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MFHS Library Media Center: Officiating Research Project



Becoming Kareem

An autobiography about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his life growing up in New York, becoming the basketball star he's known to be, and getting involved in the world around him as an activist for social change

When Pride Still Mattered

A biography of legendary coach Vince Lombardi, discussing his early life in Brooklyn; his devotion to the principles of family, religion, and sports; and the philosophies that made him so successful in his profession.


NFL's most enigmatic, controversial, and yet successful coach, following his life in football, from watching Naval Academy games with his father to his success as head coach of the New England Patriots.


Based on more than 500 interviews, including Muhammad Ali's closest associates, and enhanced by access to thousands of pages of newly released FBI records, this is a ... story of a man who became one of the great figures of the twentieth century.


The story of the NBA star, who rose from poverty in Athens, Greece, to super-stardom in America with the Milwaukee Bucks and how he has evolved into a devoted father, brother, son, teammate and global icon.

42 Is Not Just a Number

An eye-opening look at the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball and became an American hero.

The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality

Readers will travel from the cracked concrete basketball courts of Philadelphia in the 1960s and '70s--where Kobe's father, Joe, became a playground, college, and professional standout--to the Bryant family's isolation in Europe, where Kobe spent his formative years, to the leafy suburbs of Lower Merion, where Kobe's legend was born. The story will trace his career and life at Lower Merion--he led the Aces to the 1995-96 Pennsylvania state championship, a dramatic underdog run for a team with just one star player--and the run-up to the 1996 NBA draft, where Kobe's dream of playing pro basketball culminated with his acquisition by the Los Angeles Lakers.