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Notable sports figures
Barnes, Dana R.
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale, [2004]

Physical Description:
4 volumes : illustrations ; 29 cm
v. 1. A-E -- v. 2. F-L -- v. 3. M-S -- v. 4. T-Z ; Appendix ; Indexes.
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GV697.A1 N68 2004 V.3 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
GV697.A1 N68 2004 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ
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This new title takes a close look at significant sports figures from around the globe and throughout history. Covering more than 600 individuals--both those famous for their accomplishments on the field as well as those infamous for their exploits off the field--"Notable Sports Figures includes biographical profiles of athletes, coaches, team executives and media figures from all sports. For each entrant, essays cover early life and personal information, including contact information where available; career in sport; and commentary on the enduring significance of the individual. Other features include an introductory essay discussing the importance of sport in society; a chronology of significant sporting events; an appendix of majot sports awards and championships; and sport, nationality, subject and name indexes.

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

This work attempts to cover all international, seminal sports figures from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century in all disciplines. More than 600 biographies cover not only athletes but also coaches, team executives, media figures, writers, and sportscasters. The criteria for selection included "first" achievements, impact on sport and then society, records set or broken, and involvement in controversial or newsworthy activities on or off the field. Each entry is arranged alphabetically and contains a 1,000- to 2,500-word essay, contact information for the subject, and further readings, including Web sites. Sidebars provide chronologies of events in the lives of the subjects, lists of major awards and accomplishments, statistics, extracts from material such as magazine articles, and brief biographies of individuals who played significant roles in the sports figures' lives. Other valuable features are the three indexes: a geographic index, an occupational index, and cumulative subject index that provides access under team name, religion, awards, position played, and even diseases, such as HIV/AIDS. Notable Sports Figures does not necessarily fill a void in biographical coverage of athletes when one considers the recent publication of several other sources, such as Encyclopedia of North American Sports History (2d ed., Facts On File, 2002) or The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: Sports Figures (2002). Admittedly these two volumes are restricted to American or North American sports coverage, but after scanning the geographic index in Notable Sports Figures, it is quite evident that the emphasis is on American athletes. 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. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

What makes this entry stand out in an already crowded field of sports biography resources is the selection of athletes profiled. There are predictable choices like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Jim Brown, Andre Agassi, and other legends and modern superstars. But there are also dogsledders, WNBA players, obscure Olympians, jockeys, and triathletes. The eclecticism makes this an especially interesting work. By choosing athletes from all kinds of sports, the editor makes the point that it's not just baseball, football, and basketball players who are worthy of study. Indeed, many of the profiled figures (e.g., pole vaulter Sergei Bubka) are unheard of outside the small world of their particular sport but are legends inside that world. A few of the selections are, of course, questionable. No one would argue about the inclusion of Nolan Ryan or Cal Ripken Jr., for example, but less important players like Albert Belle and Mo Vaughn are also included. The entries themselves strike a good balance between the person's life and sporting accomplishments, illustrated partly through time lines, and some entries also include a "Where Are They Now" section. These details are often hard to get from other biographical resources and are immensely entertaining as well. Recommended for any large collection serving sports fans.-James Miller, Springfield Coll. Lib., MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Unbiased biographies of 600 sports figures. Each one- to three-page article includes a black-and-white photograph, subheadings that make for easy fact finding and reading, boxed statistics, "where is s/he now?" information, a chronology, and lists of awards and personal highlights. Entries examine athletic accomplishments and why the person is considered important. Not all of the individuals are record breakers but all have had an impact on sports. Controversies and/or failures are also examined, as in the case of Tonya Harding, who did not reach her sports goals but had an effect on competitors. Coaches, team executives, administrators, sportscasters, and writers are also considered. People from a number of countries are represented, but more than 70 percent of the biographies are of Americans. While baseball, basketball, and football personalities predominate the entries, lesser-known athletes representing racecar driving, bobsledding, rock climbing, cricket, bowling, snowboarding, and softball are included. However, track-and-field male athletes or marathoners from Africa are not mentioned, though they have dominated distance running in recent years. The occupational, geographic, and subject indexes are useful additions. This set is comparable to Arnold Markoe's The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: Sports Figures (Scribner's, 2002), which offers biographies of more than 600 people. Notable Sports Figures has more world coverage, a larger font, and more extensive indexing. It is excellent for libraries needing to add to or update their sports reference collections.-Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This set supplies biographical essays concerning more than 600 sports figures. American male athletes in the most popular sports predominate, but the work includes international figures and those who participate in lesser-known activities, as well as noteworthy coaches, sportscasters, and administrators, and sports people who may be more notorious than accomplished. A picture, a chronology, and a list of awards and accomplishments or statistics accompany each of the essays, which range from 1,000 to 2,500 words. The alphabetically arranged entries end with contact information (when relevant), selected writings by the figure (where applicable), and references to further information. 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 (fan sites, for example). Also included are a time line of significant events in sports history and an appendix of sports abbreviations (arranged by sport). Multiple indexes allow access by geography, occupation, and detailed subject (e.g., team name, event name, "firsts," substance abuse, segregation). ^BSumming Up: Optional. Secondary schools; general readers. S. Van Sant University of Maryland College Park