This illustrated of book for young readers contains a series of short biographies of seven outstanding American sports'...

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CHAMPIONS IN SPORTS AND SPIRIT

This illustrated of book for young readers contains a series of short biographies of seven outstanding American sports' figures who are portrayed as simultaneously devout Catholics leading commendable moral lives. In sports' column journalese, human interest stories are told and appropriate moral lessons drawn in connection with the personalities and careers of the Dodgers' ball-player, Gil Hodges, heavyweight champion, Rocky Marciano, tennis queen, Maureen Connolly, hockey-player, Maurice Richard, basketball star, Bob Cousy, football coach, Terry Brennan and Yankee catcher, Yogi Berra. The main themes are the superior importance of religion and morality and the compatibility of the same with outstanding achievement in the world of sports. Serving a good enough purpose in its own way, this book will be no help to those Catholic parents and teachers who, as far as secular goods are concerned, would like eventually to deflect immature minds from serious interest in trivial aims. Real and sincere enough, the religious ethos of the book, moreover, is not devoid of superficiality and sentimentality.

Pub Date: Sept. 15, 1956

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Cudahy

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1956