Submitter: Make them go away! These sports books are the walking dead of our collection–never quite eliminated. They keep staggering into view. I’m sure the game and terminology hasn’t changed much since 1969, but I’ll be looking for a replacement with color illustrations and players who don’t look embalmed. The cover is so boring, no middle schooler here has ever opened it–oh, what they were missing! Another one bites the dust!
Holly: Oooh, yeah. If this was for middle schoolers, the cover alone is the kiss of death.
Submitter: I work in a public library and this book came in from one of our partners to fill a reserve.
Holly: I bet the patron who requested it was disappointed, although the 1984 pub date should have tipped them off. The black and white pictures, as well as the models’ outfits, are pretty dated. I especially like the business man who keeps a trampoline in his office, pictured below. My staff would never let me hear the end of it if I was bouncing around in my office.
Famous Negro Athletes
Submitter: I found this gem in the teen sports section of my local public library. I give them credit for including a woman. However, this screams “update me!”
Holly: Again, this belongs somewhere, but not in the teen section of your basic local public library. There are so many people missing from this volume! Also, this book pre-dates the deaths of these athletes. Only two are still alive at the time of this writing: Willie Mays and Jim Brown.