Confidence, trust, unselfishness--these are the buzz words that recur in Clary's mini-profiles of nine outstanding men who captain their teams. Sports fans will know that they're all different but Clary's frankly unctuous homages to Pete Rose, Sal Bando, Bobby Clarke, Yvan Cournoyer, Roger Staubach, et al., cover them with a dreary sameness. The phrase Clary likes most is ""leadership by example""--carping, criticizing, and confrontations are not the way to get respect and friendship from one's teammates. Captains have a certain je ne sais quoi. . . they're not all top scorers, best dressed, or most handsome. But, says Clary, they're all ""good persons."" Fred Shero, who coaches Bobby Clarke, captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, says ""If Bobby Clarke was a sewer digger in Flin Flon, he'd be the best sewer digger and the hardest worker."" None of the bunch are yes-men and none strive to be ""one of the gang""--leadership transcends easy popularity. Clary repeats his message in every chapter, one through nine, and seems to be pitching it at overaggressive youngsters. Platitudinous.