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  • bad hammy
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    Originally posted by Atticus View Post
    The Wizard of Foz - about Fosbury's rise to fame
    Today the Kindle version dropped in price from $16.99 to $1.99.
    Last edited by bad hammy; 03-16-2022, 02:29 PM.

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  • midwestfan
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    Here are some new and old books I have collected that are great stories of coaches and athletes:
    The Inside Track by Tom Courtney (short read in 1-2 days)
    The Greatest Athlete..You've Never Heard Of (bio of George Orton) by Mark Hebscher
    The Legend of Lovelock by Norman Harris
    The Jim Ryun Story by Cordner Nelson
    Beer and Brine, The Making of Walter George by Rob Hadgraft

    If you like baseball stories I am just reading "Gordie Gillespie: Coach the Kid at the End of the Bench" by Ray Coughlin. A true story of one of the winningest college baseball coaches in country who left his mark on so many young kids who had dreams of playing in the majors (like did at 14 years old)

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  • bad hammy
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    Originally posted by noone View Post

    Agreed! I got my son, then about 12, to read it for a book report he had to write. It made him into a lifelong devoted athletics fan.
    Sweet!

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  • noone
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    Originally posted by Atticus View Post
    And with my interest re-sparked, I just bought ($15, mint condition) and am reading, The Randy Matson Story (1971). Good stuff, earnestly written by a Texas newspaper journalist.
    Agreed! I got my son, then about 12, to read it for a book report he had to write. It made him into a lifelong devoted athletics fan.

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  • Atticus
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    Originally posted by JMysterio View Post
    Well, Mr. Sparticuss you have good reason to be obsessed with that team. By my research it was the greatest track team ever.
    And with my interest re-sparked, I just bought ($15, mint condition) and am reading, The Randy Matson Story (1971). Good stuff, earnestly written by a Texas newspaper journalist.

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  • Steele
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    I bought My Race Be Won back in the late 70s or early 80s, can't remember which. Might still have it around in the garage. I liked it, no earth shattering revelations, but an honest look at an athlete from that era.

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  • Halfmiler2
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    Originally posted by gm View Post
    My Race Be Won by Vince Matthews (if you can find it!)
    You can get a used copy on Amazon for only $175.00 !

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  • JMysterio
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    Originally posted by Atticus View Post
    Since I have a bit of an obsession with the 1968 USA team my favorites were:

    The Wizard of Foz - about Fosbury's rise to fame
    The Track in the Forest - about the 1968 Echo Summit Trials


    Well, Mr. Sparticuss you have good reason to be obsessed with that team. By my research it was the greatest track team ever.

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  • noone
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    Originally posted by trackstar;n1734924[*
    And I'm currently enjoying The Perfect Mile by Neal Bascomb (don't tell me how it ends, I'm anxious to see whether one of those nice gentlemen broke 4 minutes. 😉)[/LIST]What should be next on my list?
    That has to be the most annoying book I've ever read. It is hard to decide if it's more boring than pretentious, or the other way around.
    Have you read Jump, by Debbie Brill?

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  • bad hammy
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    Originally posted by Atticus View Post
    The Track in the Forest - about the 1968 Echo Summit Trials
    Two bad hammy thumbs up, more if I had more thumbs.


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  • trackstar
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    Thanks for the tips. I'm planning to read Rome 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World by David Maraniss.

    I have discovered that A Clean Pair of Heels: The Murray Halberg Story by Garth Gilmour is damned hard to get unless I want to have it shipped from New Zealand. The shipping would actually cost more than the book itself!

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  • Atticus
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    Since I have a bit of an obsession with the 1968 USA team my favorites were:

    The Wizard of Foz - about Fosbury's rise to fame
    The Track in the Forest - about the 1968 Echo Summit Trials



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  • bad hammy
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    Decathlon Challenge: Bruce Jenner's Story by Bruce Jenner & Phillip Finch

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  • gm
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    My Race Be Won by Vince Matthews (if you can find it!)

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  • Django
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    Staying the Course, Ron Delaney
    The First Four Minutes, Roger Bannister

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