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“Father Hemmick brought his considerable influence to several pivotal moments in world history – World Wars I and II plus the Cold War. Daly-Lipe has given us a valuable glimpse into the life of this thoughtful and engaging man.” ~ John DeDakis, author and former CNN Senior Copy Editor for “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”
Summer Wind: The Vietnam Letters of Richard “Dick” Wolfe is the fascinating and heartbreaking story of Indiana soldier, Dick Wolfe. His account was preserved in scores of letters he sent home to family, and letters friends sent to him in Vietnam from July 1967 to early January of 1968. On the rare days Wolfe spent at relatively large base camps in Vietnam, he penned long, detailed letters to his wife, mother, and friends. Most of his correspondence held little back as it was written in brief snatches in a tent-covered hole by the light of a single candle at primitive night defensive positions.
In The Color of Sundays, everyone knew the Pittsburgh Steelers needed a new strategy when team owners discovered Bill Nunn Jr. The Rooney family already had endured decades of losing by its football team. The Steelers had made the playoffs just once – and lost. But Nunn knew a secret that could change their fortunes.
Nunn could identify football players no one else could see. He had developed his eye as a pioneering athlete, breaking down barriers for African-Americans in high school and college. Then as a journalist, he had become the first black sports writer allowed to sit in the press box at baseball’s Forbes Field.
The secret revealed itself as Nunn traveled the country each fall to find the best players at the nations historically black colleges and universities. Most often the National Football League never noticed these men. Nunn knew they could play if only given a chance.
This is the story of basketball great Clyde Lovellette. He was one of basketball’s all-time triumphs at every level of the game, Clyde Lovellette grew up in difficult circumstances in Terre Haute, Indiana. In high school he was twice named All-State. After graduating high school he headed to Kansas to play for coaching legend Phog Allen where he was three times an All-American and lead the 1952 Jayhawks to a national championship.
Directly following college Clyde went on to win Olympic gold. During his professional career he collected three NBA championship rings. His first championship was with the Minneapolis Lakers and with it he became the first player in history to win an NCAA title, an Olympic gold medal, and an NBA championship. He collected two more championship rings with the Boston Celtics playing behind the great Bill Russell.