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George Toma: Nitty Gritty Dirt Man Hardcover – March 1, 2004

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About the Author

Alan Goforth has written dozens of articles for local, national, and regional publications and recently authored the University of Missouri Men’s Basketball Media Guide for the 2000-2001 season and Tales from the Missouri Tigers for Sports Publishing L.L.C.

Goforth earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, and after working for several newspapers, magazines, and advertising agencies, started Veritas Communications in 2000. He writes and edits for a variety of publications and corporate clients and now lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with his wife, Sheri, and their two children.

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"The Pro Football Hall of Fame is proud to award the Daniel F. Reeves Pioneer Award to…George P. Toma!"

Hearing those words in Canton, Ohio, on August 3, 2001, took my breath away. The award, named in honor of the late owner of the Los Angeles Rams, is presented periodically to nonplayers who have made significant contributions to the sport. And now, my name was beside names such as the legendary voice of the NFL, John Facenda, who won the award in 1986.

I have a basement full of awards and plaques of all shapes and sizes. I have worked in two Olympic Games, one World Cup soccer tournament, baseball’s All-Star game and World Series and every Super Bowl game ever played. I have maintained fields from Tokyo to Mexico City to Barcelona. But for this 74-year-old man, nothing compares with being honored where my boyhood heroes and the stars of today are enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame.

It’s been a remarkable journey for a kid from the coal mines of Pennsylvania, who had to go to work at age 10 when his father passed away. Although that plaque in Canton, Ohio, reads George Toma, I guarantee you that the fingerprints of countless owners, coaches, players, groundskeepers, sports journalists and fans are on it as well. Without them, there would be no Nitty Gritty Dirt Man.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582616469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582616469
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,252,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2004
I don't think I've ever read any biography that did a better job painting a picture of a person. I laughed. I cried. I couldn't believe with which the art that Goforth used to paint his words. I especially liked reading about Toma's tales about getting the football field ready for the Super Bowl. That's probably why I liked this book--there was something in it for everybody--sports fans, George Toma fans, or anybody else who just wants to read a colorful, delightful book. This is one tome that should make any Toma lover happy. There should be more books out there by Goforth and other journalists like him. What a talent!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Regina Stewart on October 1, 2012
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Bought this book as a gift for my brother who worked with George Toma for several years on several Super Bowl Fields. He learned so much from Mr. Toma and enjoyed the book very much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jason M. Loyet on February 24, 2005
George Toma has inspired so many people with his great work ethic and dedication. This book does a fine job of detailing the life of a great man.
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