Discover the world of sports in close-up: the history, rules, equipment, and techniques used by both amateurs and professionals.
Here is an exciting and informative guide to the history and rules of the world's major sports. Superb color photographs of modern and antique sports equipment offer a unique "eyewitness" view of the development of each game, its most exciting features, and the special skills needed by the players. See the inside of a baseball, how tennis rackets have changed in the last 100 years, how soccer balls are made, and how "antifreeze" liquid helps prevent injuries. Learn which athletes wear "warpaint" and why, which judo belt ranks higher than a black belt, the difference between snooker and pool, and what each golf club is used for. Discover what a modern running track is made of, the difference between bowling and boules, which sport was first played inside a prison, what kind of feathers are used to make shuttlecocks, and much, much more!