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Join sportscaster Mel Proctor on his wild and wacky journey through the world of big time (and not so big time) professional sports broadcasting. Read priceless anecdotes from the world of the NBA, MLB, NFL, NCAA and more.
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Inside the Three Ring Circus tells the inside stories of the protest and boycott periods in Olympic history which saw black gloves appear on the victory stand of Mexico City 68 and vicious murders in the village in Munich ’72, followed by boycotts for a twenty year period. He battled the pressure of Jimmy Carter’s efforts to keep Americans out of the Moscow Olympics and felt the threat of the White House for not supporting the boycott. Lloyd Cutler, Cather’s chief counsel, threatened to investigate him for carrying out his job of creating international sports competition with the USSR, Eastern bloc countries and the Cubans.
In My Autobiography, S.S. McClure’s story is shared. It is a true American rags-to-riches tale. Born into near-poverty in Ireland, McClure immigrated to Indiana with his mother when he was still a boy. After growing up on a farm in the Midwest, he moved to New York City and launched McClure s Magazine, one of the most influential American publications of all time.
Never Charged, Never Convicted reveals Marvin Clark s fascinating life as a Boston drug dealer from 1960 1990 and a participant in some of seminal events of the latter 20th century. As a drug dealer, Clark became a rare survivor of the government s attempt to stop the distribution. The value of Clark’s memoir is to show us how the government turned quite helpless when a major segment of our future leaders, that is, the college youth of the period, began to defy government policies as hypocritical and oppressive.
Coach Dick Katte’s secret is simple and straightforward; work very hard and demand the same from your team, adapt to the changes in players and parents over time and never waver from the core principles that make you one of the most honored and respected coaches in the nation s high school basketball history.
“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.