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Why Michael Couldn't Hit, and Other Tales of the Neurology of Sports

And Other Tales Of The Neurology Of Sports

Henry Holt and Co.

The author who told us why Toscanini fumbled and why Newton raved takes us on a tour of the great brains of great athletes--baseball players and basketball players, track stars and golfers--to show how both accomplishment and tragedy may be the result of some unusual neurons. In Why Michael Couldn't Hit, Dr. Klawans joins his two lifelong passions for neurological discovery and sports. And his arguments about the way the two are linked will give every sports fan a new outlook on what happens on the track, the baeball diamond, or in the arena. A deft and fascinating exploration, the book reveals that the twists and turns of athletes' brains have at least as much to do with their stardom as the strength and coordination of their muscles. It's an entirely original perspective on a topic that has always captured the American imagination: the breathtaking sight of athletic grace, force, and skill.

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Why Michael Couldn't Hit
chapter 1Why Michael Jordan Couldn't Hit a BaseballHIS ANNOUNCEMENT STUNNED SPORTS FANS around the world: Basketball superstar Michael Jordan told us that he was going to retire from professional basketball. Not many other sports figures had turned their backs on sports at the top of their games, and most who had were boxers, world champion heavyweights like Gene Tunney and Rocky Marciano. But that was boxing, and this was basketball. M.J. had been living out the great American dream. How could he give it all up? The roars of the crowds? The adulation? The success?Chicago

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  • Harold Klawans, M.D., is a professor of neurology and pharmacology at Rush Medical College in Chicago and was an editor of the standard text, The Handbook of Clinical Neurology.  He has written four mystery novels and several trade nonfiction books, inclusind Life, Death, and In-Between: Tales of Clinical Neurology; Trials of an Expert Witness: Tales of Clinical Neurology and the Law; Toscanini's Fumble; Newton's Madness; and Sins of Comission.
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