A sampling of the chapter titles indicate what Butler has in store: ""Gene Beardon. . . war casualty on the mound,"" ""Pete...

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SPORTS HEROES WHO WOULDN'T QUIT

A sampling of the chapter titles indicate what Butler has in store: ""Gene Beardon. . . war casualty on the mound,"" ""Pete Gray. . . case of the one-armed outfielder,"" ""Jackie Robinson. . . the man who broke the color barrier,"" ""Johnny Unitas. . . the football player nobody wanted,"" ""Conn McCreary. . . the man with the boy's legs,"" etc. Perhaps it's cynical to wish that someone would write about sports heroes who would quit, but these very earnest testimonials -- which err chiefly in their unabashed overselling of their subjects' abilities (viz, ""Gordie Howe. . . greatest hockey player of all time"") -- may stick a bit even with those who haven't yet had their inspirational reflexes dulled by the ubiquity of the genre.

Pub Date: March 1, 1973

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Messner

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1973