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Bill Campbell: The Voice of Philadelphia Sports Hardcover – May 16, 2006

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Despite suffering through the Phillies' infamous 1964 collapse -a traumatizing experience for a nine-year-old- Sam Carchidi became hooked on sports at a young age. He has been writing sports stories for The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1976, and he has written for many national publications. In 2001 he co-authored "Miracle in the Making: The Adam Taliaferro Story." He lives in Wenonah, N.J., with his wife, JoAnn, and their two children, SaraAnn and Sammy.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Middle Atlantic Press (May 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975441965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975441961
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,343,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EDMUND J. GRANT on June 15, 2006
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For those of us who have spent most of their lives in the Philadelphia area, the sound of Bill Campbell's voice on radio and TV is one that is usually instantly recognizable, even if the name associated with the voice might be misplaced for a moment. My own memory of Campbell's mild and trusting voice goes back to very young preschool days and today its tone still triggers a pleasing resonance of comfort and security.

Sam Carchidi has done a remarkable job of bringing alive for us the life and experiences of that voice and shows us that Bill is really the nice, respectful guy that his voice always said he was. Campbell also has covered the Philadelphia sports scene for 60 plus years as few others have and Sam's book is rich in Campbell's delightful stories and impressions of those athletes and others, that have made the Philadelphia area such a great sports venue.

From witnessing the incomparable Glenn Davis as he teamed up with Doc Blanchard in the Army-Penn and Army-Navy football games in the mid-forties to all of the many other great athletes and teams of the intervening decades up until the current day, Bill Campbell has an outstanding breath of experience and knowledge of Philadelphia sports. He is "The Dean" indeed!

An excellent read for all, especially for those of us who have followed Philly sports' ups and downs over the last few generations and a pleasure to finally put a unique life story to one of the great broadcasting voices.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph F. Dowd Jr. on May 30, 2006
I was fortunate to read an advance copy of this book and it did not disappoint! Sam Carchidi did a great job of telling the story of a true Philadelphia legend. This book kept my interest from beginning to end. It tells the story of not only one of the greatest sports voices of our time but really sheds some light on what a nice/genuine person Bill Campbell has been over his several decades in the spotlight. This will be a great Fathers' Day gift for my dad who spent his life listening to Bill Campbell's great calls.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By john w duffy jr on October 31, 2006
Sam's writing style makes this a great read for sports fans and non-sports fans alike. I had a vague recollection of Bill Campbell from my childhood in the Philly suburbs, but this read brought back great memories that were dormant. The writer lets his subject be the star in this book, a highly recommended read that'll keep the pages turning!
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Who was the better sports announcer.......Bill Campbell, John Facenda or Harry Kallas? Well, we Philadelphians, I don't think, could make that decision even after reading this book, and not because "Bill Campbell, the Voice of Philadelphia Sports" was not a great book. It was a great book because Sam Carchidi indirectly told us all three were the "best." John Facenda was mellow and almost intriguing; Harry Kallas was exciting and energetic....and Bill Campbell was honest, told you "like it really was" and a devoted announcer. They were all great in their own unique ways, but Bill Campbell, was a Philadelphian born professional who wanted THAT job more than anything else in the world and took pay cuts to remain in that position all his life. This book brought back fond memories of yesterday sports in an easy-to-read life of an almost truly holy man!
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