NC Sports Annotated Topical Bibliography
NOVELS & POETRY
Barnes, Sam. Ready, Wrestle!
A novel of college wrestling by the author, a former wrestling coach and English professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. A juvenile-level story. New York: Farrar, Straus, Gioux, 1965. LOC 65-11789
Deford, Frank. Everybody's All-American.
A novel of Gavin Grey, the All-American Tar Heel Tailback who married his sweetheart, turned professional but still struggled to find happiness. Presumed to be based upon a UNC football player. New York: The Viking Press, 1981. ISBN 0-670-30035-7
Humphrey, J. The Athlete.
A wonderful poetry collection about the athlete. Charlotte, N.C.: Poets Alive! Press, 1988. ISBN 0-936641-16-9
Neal, Patsy. So Run Your Race--An Athlete's View of God.
Pictures and poems describe how an athlete views achievements in sports. Zondervan, 1974. LOC 73-13076
Parker, Roy. The Final Four: The Mob Will Stop at Nothing to Fix the NCAA's Premier Showcase.
The author, a UNC-CH graduate, poses a hypothetical situation: University of Charlotte promoter Troy Burton is forced to choose between keeping quiet about a point fixing scandal and risking his school's reputation by reporting the indiscretions. The novel climaxes at the Final Four in the Louisiana Superdome. Topeka, Kan.: Baranski Publishing Corp., 1981. ISBN 0-941974-00-6
Shannon, Mike. The Day Satchel Paige and the Pittsburgh Crawfords Came to Hertford, N.C.
A series of baseball stories and poems using Hertford, N.C. as a theme. Focuses on Mantle and Mays. Shannon, is the editor of Spitball, the literary baseball magazine. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, 1992. ISBN 0-89950-711-5
Wellman, Manly Wade. Fast Break Five.
Juvenile story about basketball and a team's attempt to win the playoffs and go to the top. A sports story dealing with basketball. The author, who resided in Chapel Hill, was a prolific writer on many topics. New York: Ive's Washburn Inc., 1971. LOC 73-14-4024
Wolff, Miles. A Season of the Owl.
The Durham, N.C., resident's second book. Similar story line as To Kill a Mockingbird. The small town of Centerville, Ohio, crazy for its baseball team, is shaken by the discovery of a body and the questions surrounding the Centerville Owls' manager. A good baseball read by the previous owner of the Durham Bulls. New York: Stein and Day, 1980. ISBN 0-8128-2744-9
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