Notable Sports Figures, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0787677493
  • ISBN-13: 9780787677497
  • DDC: 796.0922
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 1903 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2003 | Published/Released December 2003
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2003

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Notable Sports Figures takes a close look at the people in sports who have captured attention because of success on the playing field, or controversy off the playing field. It features biographies on more than 600 people from around the world and throughout history who have had an impact not only on their sport, but also on the society and culture of their times. Notable Sports Figures includes not only the record-breakers that dominated and changed their sport, but also the controversial figures that made headlines even apart from athletic events. Included are:

  • Tonya Harding
  • "Shoeless Joe" Jackson
  • Michael Jordan
  • Bobby Knight
  • Anna Kournikova
  • Martina Navratilova
  • Babe Ruth
  • And many others

Their lives, accomplishments and reasons for our ongoing fascination with them will be examined in Notable Sports Figures. Aside from lengthy, in-depth biographies that include personal information, career highlights, and an examination of what makes each individual notable, each entry contains sidebars highlighting awards, career statistics, and a chronology of the subject's life. Contact information, related biographies and excerpts from contemporaneous events are also featured, as well as hundreds of pictures.

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"What makes this entry stand out in an already crowded field of sports biography resources is the selection of athletes profiled... The eclecticism makes this an especially interesting work... The entries themselves strike a good balance between the person�s life and sporting accomplishments, illustrated partly through time lines, and some entries also a "Where Are They Now" section. These details are often hard to get form other biographical resources and are immensely entertaining as well. Recommended for any large collection serving sports fans."--Library Journal (January 2004)

— Library Journal

"This title is a well-designed reference resource with its many useful features including a timeline of major events in the world of sports from 776 B.C. when the first Olympic Games in Greece were held to 2003. Entry headings provide easily accessible basic information on the individual...This four-volume set should be of interest to many sports-loving students at these grade levels. Recommended."--Library Media Connection (May 2004)

— Library Media Connection

"This is an excellent source for a quick biography on important people from the realm of sports and is recommended for any library with a sports collection."--ARBA (2004)


"However, having all of the notables in one reference set will save the reference librarian time in searching for authoritative sources. Notable Sports Figures is recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries where budget dollars will allow purchase."--Booklist (Febraury 2004)

— Booklist

"When further information is available on the Web, URLs are included, although some sites are no longer available, require authorization for access, or are of questionable quality. Optional."--Choice (April 2004)

— Choice

"High schools, two-year colleges and public libraries will use this set."--Catholic Library World (March 2004)

— Voice of Youth Advocates