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My home team : a sportswriter's life and the redemptive power of small-town girls basketball / Dave Kindred.

Kindred, Dave, (author.).

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Thief River Falls Public Library 921 KIN (Text) 35500006711608 New On holds shelf -

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  • ISBN: 9781541702202
  • ISBN: 1541702204
  • Physical Description: 292 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2023.

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Summary, etc.:
"Dave Kindred is among the greatest living chroniclers of sports. He has covered dozens of Super Bowls, developed a personal relationship with Muhammad Ali, and traveled the country following some of the greatest stars and teams in all of sports. But as he looks back on his life, it's a girls' high school basketball team, the Lady Potters of Morton, Illinois, that stands apart from the rest. In this moving and intimate story, Kindred writes about his rise to professional success and the changes that brought him back to his hometown late in life. As he dealt with personal hardship, his urge to write sustained him. For years, he has recapped the games of the Lady Potters, including their many runs to state basketball championships. It has been this community that was there for him as he lost a grandson to addiction, and then his wife to long-term illness. He goes to game after game, sitting the stands and making notes, being paid nothing but Milk Duds. Tender and honest, Kindred's story reminds readers what sports are really about. Kindred trades in the exhausting spectacle of Super Bowl Sunday for the joy of togetherness, the fire of competition, and the inexhaustible hope for victory tomorrow"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2023 July #1
    *Starred Review* Typically, revered sports journalist Kindred, now 82, writes stories and books about the lives of other people, including Muhammad Ali, Howard Cosell, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods. This time he shares his own story, from his roots in Illinois to stints at newspapers like the Washington Post to a return to his hometown, where he enthusiastically and generously volunteers to cover the Morton High School women's basketball team, the Lady Potters, a commitment that brings him joy and carries him through difficult times. Kindred charmingly recounts how he fell in love with Cheryl, his wife of 59 years, then heartbreakingly records her slow decline after a stroke and her 2021 death after COVID-19 erased any remaining vitality. He shares his grappling with another tragedy, the death of his grandson, which led to Leave Out the Tragic Parts (2021). Admirably, Kindred avoids self-pity whether he's writing about personal losses or professional setbacks. Instead, he cites the inspiration of other legends, like earlier sportswriter Red Smith, and the camaraderie among contemporary sportswriters. Small wonder 60 Minutes ran a 2021 segment on this award-winning sportswriter. Copyright 2023 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Dave Kindred has been a columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The National Sports Daily, Sporting News, and Golf Digest. Kindred is the author of several books including Heroes, Fools and Other Dreamers: A Sportswriter's Gallery of Extraordinary People, Around the World in 18 Holes, Morning Miracle: Inside the Washington Post The Fight to Keep a Great Newspaper Alive, and Sound and Fury: Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship.

Kindred is one of only two writers who have earned sportswriting's three highest honors: the Red Smith Award, the PEN America ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing, and the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sportswriting. He also has won the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Award (for outstanding media contributions) as well as a National Headliner award for general-interest columns. He is a member of The National Sports Media Hall of Fame. He lives in Illinois.

Subject: Kindred, Dave.
Sportswriters > United States > Biography.
Basketball for girls > Illinois.
High school athletes > Illinois.
Women basketball players > Illinois.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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