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It’s spring and time for the NCAA basketball tournaments, baseball’s spring training and the opening of the 2021 season, and track and field events.

NCAA Basketball 

The NCAA Tournament started in 1939 and the Oregon Webfoots, nicknamed “The Tall Firs,” defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes. Eight teams participated and the rival tournament, the National Invitation Tournament, was actually the most popular national contest until the 1960s. The women’s NCAA Tournament started in 1982.

If your bracket picks let you down this year, read this book before choosing next year!
On the Bubble: The Art and Science of March Madness Bracketology by Joe Lunardi, Hoopla eBook 2021

March 1939 Before the Madness: The Story of the First NCAA Basketball Tournament Champions by Terry Frei, print 2014

The Back Roads to March: The Unsung, Unheralded, and Unknown Heroes of a College Basketball Season by John Feinstein, print & OverDrive eBook 2020

The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry by John Feinstein, print, OverDrive eBook & audiobook 2016

Shattering the Glass: The Remarkable History of Women’s Basketball by Pamela Grundy and Susan Shackelford, Hoopla eBook 2017

Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective by Pat Head Summit, Large Print & OverDrive eBook 2013

Major League Baseball 

Spring training started in 1886 when the Chicago White Stockings traveled to Hot Springs, Arkansas, to prepare for the upcoming season. The Philadelphia Phillies were the first team to train in Florida, in 1889, while the Cleveland Indians led the way to Arizona in 1946. Today, fifteen teams train in Florida and fifteen train in Arizona

Baseball History: The History of Baseball Along with Fascinating Facts & Unbelievably True Stories by Ace McCloud, Hoopla audiobook 2020

A History of Baseball in 100 Objects: A Tour through the Bats, Balls, Uniforms, Awards, Documents, and other Artifacts that Tell the Story of the National Pastime by Josh Leventhal, print 2015

The League of Outsider Baseball: An Illustrated History of Baseball’s Forgotten Heroes by Gary Cieradkowski, print 2015

The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League by Anika Orrock, print and Hoopla eBook 2020

Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone the First Woman to Play Professional Baseball in the Negro League by Martha Ackmann, Hoopla eBook 2010

Track and Field 

This blog posts on March 31st, the anniversary of the 1980 death of Jesse Owens, four-time gold medal winner at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Track and field events were part of both the ancient and the first modern Olympic Games, held in 1896 in Athens, but the marathon is a modern invention and debuted at the 1896 games.

Jesse Owens: Facing Down Hitler by Jackie Stanmyre, Hoopla eBook 2016

Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics by Jeremy Schaap, print, OverDrive eBook, Hoopla eBook & audiobook 2015

Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women by Roseanne Montillo, Book on CD audiobook 2017

Wilma Rudoph: Track and Field Champion by Adrianna Morganelli, Hoopla eBook 2018

Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story by Wyomia Tyus, print & Hoopla eBook 2018

Michele Mellor

Michele Mellor is a Reference Librarian based at Main Library, where she has been striving to bring order to the universe of knowledge for over 30 years. She loves helping people, so ask her those reference questions! She enjoys reading microhistories and books that expand her horizons leavened by brain-candy romance novels.