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Doug Feldmann is a professor in the College of Education at Northern Kentucky University and a former scout for the Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, and San Diego Padres. He is the author of numerous books, including El Birdos, Fleeter Than Birds, Miracle Collapse, September Streak, and St. Louis Cardinals Past and Present. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cliff Koroll and Keith Magnuson were teammates growing up in Saskatchewan, at the University of Denver, as well as on the Chicago Blackhawks. He delivered the eulogy at Magnuson’s funeral and is the current president of the Blackhawks Alumni Association. He lives in Chicago.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; 1st edition (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600788319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600788314
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Doug Feldmann is a professor in the College of Education at Northern Kentucky University and a former scout for the Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, and San Diego Padres. He completed his Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies at Indiana University, his master's degree in Secondary Education at Rockford University, and his bachelor's degree in English and History at Northern Illinois University (where he played baseball and was a walk-on running back and punter on the football team).

Dr. Feldmann has written extensively on baseball history and the sport's sociological impact on urban and small-town America. A multiple-time nominee for the Casey Award and the Seymour Medal from the Society for American Baseball Research, Dr. Feldmann is married and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Visit his web site at dougfeldmannbooks.com.

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I'm not a hockey fan but I did follow hockey casually from the late 1950s through the 1970s. Keith Magnuson will always be memorable to me by the cover photo of him on Sports Illustrated minus the teeth. His job with the Chicago Black Hawks was as a defense man and he was the enforcer which got him involved in numerous fights on the ice. Keith sacrificed his body by giving a 100% effort at all times and gave that same effort with his employment following the end of his playing career. He may have paraphrased Vince Lombardi who said, "Winning isn't everything, but making the effort to win is." Keith Magnuson phrased it by saying, "Winning isn't everything. What's everything is whether or not you give 100%." This is a good reminder for young people who read this book.

Yes, the book contains quite a bit on fighting, but due to Magnuson being a defense man fighting went with the job. I found only one profanity in the book so I would suggest you can give this to a youngster who enjoys hockey whether they like the Chicago Black Hawks or have heard of Keith Magnuson or not.

This book also brought back to life the names of a number of hockey players I remembered from this time period but had forgotten about. Whether you are a hockey fan or just a casual sports fan I believe you will enjoy this book especially if you are familiar with hockey during the 1970s.
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This is a book that every coach in every league below the nhl should give to each player as a Xmas gift!! I would also include the book Orr. This includes college teams!!! After reading these two book you will become a better player and a better person in your hockey life and after hockey life. I have read a lot of hockey books but none compare to these two. I have always been an Orr fan and a Maggie fan and have had the pleasure of watching both in person!! Do buy and read!! You will enjoy!! Signing off as a life long blackhawks fan. -- Jim H.
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I didn't start following the Blackhawks as a kid until the mid-to-late 80s, just a bit after Keith's time with the Hawks. I had read stories about Keith, particularly after his number was retired a few years ago, but I didn't know a great deal beyond a few bullet points. This book is extremely well researched and laid out, eloquently filling in the gaps. For instance, like many others, I'd had a hard time reconciling Keith's on-ice enforcer persona with his reputation as a kind, generous person off the ice. In the book, I learned that Keith was big when he was young, which often led to him scuffling with other kids, but then he realized that kids didn't want to play with him. In his words, "This hurt." Indeed, his physique afforded him greater strength, which continued into his adult years as a hockey player, but he was clearly a sensitive person even as a kid. The book takes the reader from Keith's humble Canadian beginnings through his college career in Denver to his playing and coaching years with the Blackhawks. Fascinating nuggets are scattered throughout, as the author recounts Keith's multiple injuries (had no idea he had so many broken jaws!) as well as his triumphs and kindness off the ice (such as when he drove through a snowstorm to visit with a hospitalized 12-year-old boy whose father had asked Keith for a visit). I also loved the story about Keith and his partner in crime, Cliff Koroll, having a superstition that they had to make sure they saw a particular Blackhawks-themed billboard on the Kennedy expressway in order to have a good game. This occasionally necessitated slowing down and pulling off into the emergency lane until the billboard came on.Read more ›
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By Pugwash on October 24, 2015
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The Original Six Hockey product loosed on North America was a game that was so vivid, and so charismatic that although it ended nearly a half century ago, at this writing, it still resonates strongly among those who followed it. The skaters were more grounded and down to Earth than in other sports, more accessible to the fans and easily recognizable because of television contracts and the lack of headgear.

Keith Magnuson joined the Black Hawks shortly after the league doubled by way of expansion. He quickly became a fan favorite with his red hair ans his tremendous heart. He was paired with Doug Jarrett as the second line defensive tandem, and took the enforcer/ protector role on the team.

Doug Feldmann was clearly a fan, and makes some concise observations about the players and teammates of "Maggie" and the era of hockey itself that I had not read or thought about before.

Magnuson only scored fourteen regular season goals in his ten year career with the Hawks, but played with passion and heart. Apparently, he stayed true to his ideals in his friendships and family life, as well. He was appointed head coach of the Black Hawks, but quickly became consumed with righting a very young team. His heart would not let him short the team or himself of an all encompassing existence until he put the team on a winning path. He moved on, but always bled the Black Hawk colors.

His untimely and tragic end touched fans and friends deeply. Mr Feldmann found a wonderful outlet for a well written sports biography.
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