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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Camino Books Inc; 1 edition (October 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933822414
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933822419
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,324,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having lived in Philadelphia since coming here to coach their Eagles in 1976, I can honestly say I lived many parts of this fine book right along with Big Al. It was a great read for me, as it will be for the rest of you that love the Delaware Valley. Al so accurately describes the events and people of that time. His passion for Philadelphia, as well as the compassion he demonstrated throughout his career for all of us in the sports world, was very much appreciated and will always be respected. Enjoy the read! ----Dick Vermeil, Former Coach Philadelphia Eagles

Al Meltzer devoted half a century to TV and sports, 40 of those years in the sports-crazed city of Philadelphia. Amazing! When Big Al says something, we all listen! ----Pat Croce, Former President Philadelphia 76ers

Al seemed to recognize that I would one day be in television as early as 1987, when I came to the Eagles. He believed in my originality and sense of humor. Al was more than a great pioneering sportscaster; he could see into the future. Perhaps he saw Mike and Mike all those years ago. ----Mike Golic, Radio and TV Broadcaster

About the Author

The 50-year sportscasting career of Al Meltzer has ranged from his early years in Syracuse and Buffalo to the major markets of Philadelphia and Chicago. Big Al has done play-by-play for a number of major league teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers and Eagles, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the Buffalo Bills.. A 10-time Emmy Award winner, Al Meltzer has won just about every honor in his profession. The Philadelphia Daily News named him Arguably, Philly s most recognizable, most popular and best sports anchor ever. For more than 40 years, Robert S. Lyons covered professional and college sports for the Associated Press and contributed articles to numerous national publications. He is the author of Palestra Pandemoniumand co-author (with Ray Didinger) of The Eagles Encyclopedia.

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By Lillian Stock on November 28, 2012
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I purchased this book for personal reasons.Al Meltzer and I went to the same u niversity and I dated him for several years. I often wondered about his life...and reading it brought me up to date. It seems that he lived an interesting and full life as a popular Sports Commentator...and a true sports fan would probably enjoy the memories of past sporting events and the personal encounters he had and wrote about during his long and successful career.
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I enjoyed the book very much. He is a very well know sportscaster and family man in this area. He is known as a pioneer in broadcasting, but around here everyone calls him 'Big Al'.
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Al Meltzer's autobiography reads like a Who's Who of Hall of Fame sports personalities.

Big Al says that he is the only person in broadcasting history to have experienced everything in radio and television during a career that began in Syracuse and Buffalo and continued in Philadelphia and Chicago. As the only sportscaster to have worked at five TV stations in the same city (Philadelphia), he has witnessed television grow from its infancy through today's era of Satellite, World-Wide TV.

His interview with Wilt Chamberlain is a journalistic classic. But there's much more including recollections of conversations with personalities like Carmen Basilio, Chuck Bednarik, Tom Brookshier, Jim Brown, Bob Clarke, Mort Crim, Mike Golic, Dallas Green, Alex Hannum, Wayne Hardin. Harry Kalas, Harry Litwack, Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer, Bernie Parent, Joe Paterno, Jack Ramsay, Buddy Ryan, Lou Saban, Dolph Schayes, Fred Shero, Mike Schmidt, Sylvester Stallone, Bobby Thomson, Leonard Tose, Dick Vermeil, Mitch Williams, and Pat Williams, to mention a few.

Big Al also describes some bumps and bruises along the way. Like the time people showered him with beer after a World Series game. Or the terrifying moment following a National League baseball playoff when he was stormed by angry fans that almost overturned his remote TV truck. And that frightening incident during one of the NFL player strikes when he was tossed around like a rag doll.

It's easy to see how the Philadelphia Daily News once named Big Al "Arguably Philly's most recognizable, most popular and best sports anchor ever."
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Al Meltzer took me on a whirlwind tour of his sportscasting career that began in upstate New York in Syracuse and Buffalo, and continued in major markets of Philadelphia and Chicago. Big Al recalls how he has done-play by play for a number of major league teams including the Philadelphia 76ers and Eagles, Milwaukee Bucks, and Buffalo Bills. He also handled Philadelphia Big 5 basketball (his favorite assignment) and Temple University football as well as Syracuse Chiefs Triple AAA baseball, University of Buffalo football, professional soccer, auto racing and boxing. Big Al appeared as himself with Sylvester Stallone in Rocky V. and recalls events like O.J. Simpson's record-breaking game with Buffalo. He covered numerous World Series, Super Bowls, NBA Championships, Stanley Cups, Final Fours, and many Big 5 college basketball contests played in Philadelphia's venerable Palestra.

Big Al's autobiography includes his memories people like Wilt Chamberlain, Carmen Basilio, Chuck Bednarik, Tom Brookshier, Jim Brown, Bob Clarke, Mort Crim, Mike Golic, Dallas Green, Alex Hannum, Wayne Hardin. Harry Kalas, Harry Litwack, Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer, Bernie Parent, Joe Paterno, Jack Ramsay, Buddy Ryan, Lou Saban, Dolph Schayes, Fred Shero, Mike Schmidt, Sylvester Stallone, Bobby Thomson, Leonard Tose, Dick Vermeil, Mitch Williams, and Pat Williams.

If you're into Philly sports stories, as told by true philly sports "historian", then you'll love this book!
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