ESPN CLASSIC NOON
The history of Jim Bouton's once-shocking diary of the 1969 Yankees includes interviews with baseball folk such as Nolan Ryan, George Steinbrenner and 1 writers Roger Angell and Dennis Tuttle, who says of the book, "It was cussing. It had sex. Plus, it was baseball."
SHAOUN ULYSSES: KUNGFU MONKS IN AMERICA
PBS 10 PM
Documentary about fighting Buddhist monks of the Shaolin temple in China who have come to Texas, Las Vegas and New York City "on a trip of enlightenment" to teach martial arts and Buddhism. It's loaded with cool kung fu moves by masters and their disciples.
JEFF GORDON RACING BACK TO THE FRONT—MY MEMOIR
NASCAR's wonderboy is promoting an autobiography that drives wide around details of marital mishaps ("Life is a very long race, one with a lot of good runs, and a few bad ones") but yields in-depth descriptions of races and strategies.
CAVS AT SUNS
TNT 10:30 PM
LeBron in the desert.
Charles Atlas (1893-1972). In 1928 he debuted a mail-order bodybuilding course for 97-pound weaklings who get sand kicked in their faces. (Clients included boxers Joe Louis and Rocky Marciano.) His company still peddles the "dynamic tension" technique.