Dec. 23, 2011
• Visit UWBadgers.com books section
MADISON, Wis. -- For the reader in your family, you may want to check out the Badger book section on UWBadgers.com. There are 16 books listed that feature something about the Badger nation or Wisconsin history.
The latest addition is another great book by Associate Athletic Director for External Relations, Justin Doherty, What it Means to be A Badger. The book relays experiences of former Badger football players which have left them with lessons that last a lifetime including the value of hard work, supporting your teammates, overcoming adversity and getting a top-notch education. Books can be found on Amazon.com.
Doherty also the authored The Dayne Game: Ron Dayne and the Greatest Day in Wisconsin Football History. The book harkens back to that memorable day on Nov. 13, 1999, when the future Heisman Trophy winner set the all-time NCAA rushing record…a marks he still holds 12 years later. It is also available on Amazon.com.
Doherty’s first book about the Badgers was Tales of the Wisconsin Badgers. The book weaves together a series of anecdotes, personal recollections and research to give readers a taste of just a few of the stories that make Badger football so interesting. There are the Heisman trophies hard-earned by running backs Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne, the tumult of a 23-game winless streak broken with a victory over archrival Iowa in 1969, the bizarre tale of "Kangaroo Kicker" Pat O'Dea, and the Badgers' ascendance to greatness under coach Barry Alvarez. To order visit Amazon.com.
Other UW staff writers include Athletic Director Barry Alvarez whose autobiography is called Don’t Flinch. The book talks about the lessons that he learned from his mentors, the hurdles that he had to overcome as a young assistant and high school coach, and the challenge of taking over his own college program while living in a fishbowl, especially from his family’s perspective. Alvarez maps out a strategy and game plan for young coaches who are seeking to achieve similar goals, and he also talks about his future as Wisconsin athletics director, and the future of college football. To order go to Bucky’s Locker Room.
Also featured is Bo Ryan’s book, Another Hill to Climb. The University of Wisconsin head men’s basketball coach and longtime Madison Capital Times sports columnist, Mike Lucas, together wrote Ryan’s autobiography. To order a copy online, visit Bucky's Locker Room.
UW Vice President for communications, Vince Sweeney, witnessed Wisconsin’s successful emergence from red ink as an assistant athletic director under former AD Pat Richter and then wrote about it with Always a Badger: the story of Pat Richter. A UW All-American tight end, basketball and baseball star who also experienced Rose Bowl glory, Pat Richter’s record as a University of Wisconsin-Madison athlete would be achievement enough for most men. But after making his mark in professional football and the business world, Richter returned to lead the UW athletic program through one of the greatest turn-arounds in the history of college sports. To order visit here at Barnes and Noble.
Other books about UW sports written by Madison journalists include Lords of the Ring: The Triumph and Tragedy of College Boxing’s Greatest Team by Doug Moe, a columnist in the local Madison papers; and another book by Mike Lucas, the 25 Greatest Moments in Camp Randall History. Lords can be found here on Amazon.com, and 25 moments here.
There is a poignant account about the 1942 Badgers who interrupted their college careers, and in some cases gave their lives during World War II. Written by Terry Frei, the son former 1942 Badger Jerry Frei, Third Down and a War to Go talks about such great names as Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, Pat "Hit ‘Em Again" Harder and two time All-American Dave Schreiner were coached by Harry Stuhldreher (one of Notre Dame’s Four Horsemen). This is their story written with insight, humor and respect. To order visit the Wisconsin Historical Society here.
There are a number of books on Wisconsin Rowing and its history as the oldest sport at the University of Wisconsin dating back to 1879. Brad Taylor writes, Wisconsin Where they Row. Also available is The Red Rose Crew By Daniele J. Boyne, Mind Over Water By Craig Lambert and The Amateurs by David Halberstam.
Volleyball coach Pete Waite has a book on Aggressive Volleyball available. And the story of the Badger men’s and women’s hockey teams winning the NCAA championship in the same year a week apart in 2006 is told in Two Roads to Badgers Hockey Heaven.
There is a Badger book for every reader on your list. Check out the selection today.