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Big Al: Fifty Years of Adventures in Sports Broadcasting Hardcover – October 15, 2011
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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
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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."
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!