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Book tells of NFL integration
Practically everybody knows that Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier in 1947. It was a seismic moment in American history that started the integration of America’s national pastime.
Rather's book is a fun read
There have been a lot of great news reporters over the years. The good ones have some common attributes such as integrity, selflessness and admiration from their peers and audiences. Controversy is something that doesn’t seem to get attached to them. If they have an opinion it’s normally well respected.
DeFord's memoir is engrossing
Frank Deford is probably the most eloquent American sportswriter today. His prose has a richness and melodic tone that sets him apart from most of his colleagues.
Book Notes: New best-seller: all about accountability
When Dwight Eisenhower gave his farewell address upon leaving the presidency in 1961 he warned the country of a developing “military-industrial complex.” It was a profound commentary from a lifelong military man and World War II hero. It was also a visionary statement since defense spending has exploded in this country to a point where we spend almost as much as the rest of the world combined.
Book Notes: Book exposes exploitation of ‘student-athletes’
This year the University of Kentucky, a school with a storied tradition, won the NCAA men’s basketball championship. Although the national title may have enhanced the status of UK’s athletic program it did little for its academic reputation. All five starting players, three freshmen and two sophomores, announced they were turning pro.
Book Notes: ‘Calico Joe’ one of Grisham’s best
Baseball is a beautiful game. Unlike football, basketball, and ice hockey, there is no running clock, but that’s part of its charm. There are also so many nuances to the game. It’s much more than home runs and strikeouts. It’s laying down the perfect bunt, executing the double steal, or making the perfect relay throw to nail a runner at the plate. Baseball is a “relaxed” excitement when compared to the other spectator sports, but it’s just as intense.
Book Notes: Baseball book features local contributors
Baseball is part of the nation’s fabric. Most kids have a memory of the game either from playing Little League, attending a major league contest or meeting a favorite player. In Cooperstown that feeling is magnified since we are the official home of baseball. We get to see firsthand what has made the sport the national pastime.
Book Notes: Living the magic of ‘Hoosier’
A lot of people consider “Hoosiers” the best sports film of all time. The 1986 classic follows the exploits of a fictional small town Indiana high school basketball team in 1952 as it attempts to achieve the impossible dream of a state championship. The story is inspired by the true life achievement of the 1954 Milan team, who with an enrollment of only 161 students shocked big city power Muncie Central on a last second shot to win the state title. It’s the kind of sports story that represents something that is hard to grasp unless you live in a small town.
Book Notes: Kennedy: a unique individual
It’s been almost 50 years since the Kennedy assassination shocked the nation. Since then much has been written about President John F. Kennedy and whether he would have achieved his destiny (whatever that may have been) if he had lived. It is said he inspired young people in a way that has never been equaled. And there is the notion of Camelot, espoused by his widow Jackie, that there will never be a time of hope and promise like that again.
Book Notes: Garner’s memoir: never a dull moment
It isn’t easy for an actor to have one successful television series, let alone two. And it’s even more difficult to combine those with a thriving movie career. Usually someone succeeds at one medium, but not the other. But, then, James Garner is not your typical actor.
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