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High Above Courtside: The Lost Memoirs of Johnny Most Hardcover – October 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC; First Edition edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582617406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582617404
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"We love Mike Carey’s new book on legendary Boston announcer Johnny Most." -- New York Post (Steve Serby and Kevin Kernan, 1/18/04)<br /><br />"…at once a tribute, an autobiography, a time machine... belongs in a prominent place on your sports bookshelf." --Harvey Frommer, Sportsology.net

About the Author

MIKE CAREY got into writing through comic books, where his horror/fantasy series Lucifer garnered numerous international awards and was nominated for five Eisners. From there he moved into novels and screenplays, while still maintaining a presence in the comics world (he is currently writing two of Marvel's flagship titles, X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four). His movie Frost Flowers, an erotic ghost story, is currently in production with Hadaly/Bluestar Pictures. He lives in London, England, about as far as you can get from the centre of the city and still have access to the London Underground train network. His wife, Linda, writes fantasy for young readers under the pseudonym A.J. Lake. They have three children and an implausibly beautiful cat.


Most received his BA in commincations/visual arts at the University of California-San Diego.

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The laugh-out-loud stories were priceless.
J. M. Kelly
Like almost everyone who loved the Celtics, I usually listened to his broadcasts on the radio even when watching the games on television (with the sound off).
Donald Mitchell
"High Above Courtside: The Lost Memoirs of Johnny Most" is a treasure for anyone else who grew up a basketball fan in New England.
Shawn Mccullion

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 27, 2004
No one ever cared as much about the Boston Celtics as did Johnny Most, the radio voice of the Celtics for 37 years including their 16 championship seasons. To him, no one in the green and white ever made a mistake. No opposing player failed to be a "bum" who was "mugging" the Celtics. The referees were all suspect . . . especially Jake O'Donnell. His rants anticipated the development of that form of entertainment, and came equipped in four different voices . . . depending on how outraged he was. Humor was always interceding as Johnny was known to get into brawls with fans, light himself on fire while smoking, insult the security guards who tried to get him to stop smoking, and told one revealing personal story after another that would leave us in stitches. But we never laughed at the man . . . but with him . . . because we knew he loved the Celtics.
Like almost everyone who loved the Celtics, I usually listened to his broadcasts on the radio even when watching the games on television (with the sound off). I would turn on the radio to hear the post-game show whenever I left a home game. My eye would often sweep up to see what antics he was up to while attending a game.
Basketball broadcasting hasn't been the same since Johnny left the field. Tommy Heinsohn is the closest we have now, but he's not the total fan (atic) that Johnny was.
The book is remarkable in many ways.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Calvin Graham on October 16, 2003
When I began to read "High Above Coutside", I expected to read another somewhat boring history of the Celtics. Instead, I read about a man, a war hero, who did just about everything in the broadcasting field. And he did it using his own unique style---whether it was calling dog races, hockey games, football or baseball.
It took him years to get his first real break. He would walk New York City going from audition to audition, making very little, if any money, from the jobs he managed to get.
Then a famous broadcaster, Marty Glickman, happened to take a liking to Johnny Most's style. He eventually became the radio voice for the Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York football Giants and then---finally---the Boston Celtics.
As the Celtics broadcaster, he was unbelievably one-sided. He was a classic homer. As Johnny Most said, "There are thousands and thousands of Celtic fans in New England. When I did my job, I just considered myself the one lucky fan who got to tell all the other fans what was taking place on the basketball court."
Along the way, Johnny Most made enemies, from Roughhouse Rudy LaRusso, to Rick Barry, to Kareeem Abdul Jabbar, to Wilt Chamberlain, to Rick Mahorn, Jeff Ruland and the entire Pistons team.
His battles with them, among others including a physical fight with a team owner, makes for fascinating reading.
His battle against ill health was a losing one, but Johnny Most, according to Boston legend Larry Bird, never lost a winner's attitude.
I read the book in four days and I'd recommend it to any New York, Boston, or New England sports fan.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2003
This book brought an insight into THE MAN HIMSELF THAT we knew as Johnny Most. Anyone growing up a Boston Celtic fan knew and loved Johnny Most for "bringing them right into the game," with a unique approach that left no doubt that he was one of you---a Boston Celtic rooter. He helped us cheer on our team and did it with style---even when the team lost. But we never realized what an incredible human being he was and how much he actually did to bring about the "Boston Celtic Mystique," and how much he meant to all the generations of Celtic players, as well as fans. This book brings all that to light without any actual bragging, just facts. I never knew he was a war hero, a poet and a champion of
worthy causes. All the "behind the scenes" stories Mike Cary has chronicled brought Johnny Most back to life for me---in a new, and much more illuminated light. He was an icon for more than one generation and an inspiration to us all, especially after losing his legs to diabetes and I thank Mr. Cary, Jamie Most and the publishers for bringing us this incredible story. I would like to hear more of Johnny Most's life AFTER his operation and am loking forward to....the rest of the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rich Thompson on October 20, 2003
"High Above Courtside: The Lost Memoirs of Johnny Most is required reading for any true Celtics fan. '
The book chronicles Johnny's truly amazing career in a writing style that captures the broadcaster's passion for all sports and love of the Boston Celtics.
I found it amazing that Johnny Most was such a huge part of the Celtics that a number of players complained that he never received a championship ring.
The authors, Mike Carey and Jamie Most, pointed out various classic stories which few Celtics fans---even the diehard ones---probably weren't aware of.
I enjoyed this book tremendously. I bought it because I thought it would be interesting to read about Most's famous calls. However, the book was not just a rehash of his Celtics broadcasts. It was a fresh look at both Most as a person and his relationships with players, refs, owners, fans and his own family.
Even the pictures were excellent.
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