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Product Details

  • Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: sorrento publishing; 1st edition (November 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974902322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974902326
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My name is C.F. Stewart and I love to write biographies of interesting off-beat characters who are irreverent, and a bit on the shady side:

The touring tennis player who could have been one of the best, but preferred to drink beer and gamble with Wimbledon pub dwellers -- instead of performing on center court for the Duchess of York. The same touring tennis player who boarded a plane for Australia to play in the Australian Championships -- and forgot his racket and tennis shoes. And when all his contemporaries' retired to the TV booth or had knee replacement surgery, he continued to play at a high level well into his 60's.

Tony Salinas is one of the best sports handicappers in the business. He pioneered the use of extensive, almost compulsive research in analyzing trends in football and baseball. When most handicappers followed the Las Vegas line, Tony was out getting every bit of information possible on the games he was betting. One of his tools was analyzing the umpires. He knew what each umpire had for breakfast, if they fought with their wives, and most important, he knew their respective strike zones better than each team's hitting instructor.

The handsomest, dapperest, and almost best golfer on the planet, but if you mentioned him to a thousand scratch golfers only a select few would remember his name. And only a select few would remember that he won the first Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, cavorted with Hollywood stars, and called Joey Bishop, Bob Hope, and Dwight David Eisenhower by their first names.

Some unique individuals like Mike McLaney, Ash Resnick, or Welby Van Horn lived fascinating lives, but they don't appear extensively on the internet. So if people like the aforementioned are the subject of a perspective book, the author needs to do a ton of leg work. And that is the satisfying element in writing my kind of biography. For anyone who is a "frustrated private eye" knows that the fun in writing an original biography is having a unique subject and discovering information never before published on a public form.

Order Books by C.F. Stewart:

Unflappable: The Life and Times of Whitney Reed
(A funny, touching look into the life of unconventional tennis legend Whitney Reed)
ISBN: 978-0-9749023-2-6
Whitneyreedtennis.com, or Amazon.com, or Sorrento Publishing: 415-847-6132

Five Kids For One Penny: Confessions Of A 92-Year Old San Francisco Landlady
(The heartfelt story of a woman ahead of her times, her rise as a successful entrepreneur, and the colorful characters she encountered along the way!)
ISBN: 978-0-9749023-4-0
Charlottebirsinger.com, or Amazon.com, or Sorrento Publishing: 415-847-6132

The Dapper Adonis: The Prince of Merchantville NJ.
Al Besselink, Golf Legend
ISBN: 978-0-974902305-0-7
Sorrento Publishing 415-847-6132

A True Las Vegas Legend: The Tony Salinas Story: The story of Las Vegas handicapper/gambler Tony Salinas
ISBN: 978-0-9749023-7-1

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gene Cisco on December 31, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a romp down memory lane with the laid-back, two-martini before sunrise Whitney Reed, forgotten hometown champion (Alameda, Ca.)of the National Men's Singles title('61), breezily and humorously told by Curtis Stewart, another long admirer. Anyone who saw a Reed match in any decade leading up to the money circuit years (1970 to the present day) will remember with delight the thrall Reed held over the gallery, taking the court with unorthodox strokes and Buddy Ebsen "hillbilly" charm,facing a top-seeded opponent to unexpected results. He played out of his age bracket and upset time and again the great tennis legends: Laver, Neal Fraser, Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall and others along the way. Curtis, with a Mark Twain pen, has recorded more than enough Reed off-court "stories" to fill another volume, and this admirer cannot wait for the next volume. These were the days when the quality of play mattered, not the rewards of celebrity and endorsements. I encourage any tennis player to read this book about those innocent times when the great players were truly hungry about the game and the level of play. Some of Reed's off-court antics are told, being chased by jet Setters, fleeing LA hotspots ahead of jealous husbands, showing up for key matches without so much as a racquet, and flubbing a Wimbledon showing enough to be left off any hall of fame tennis induction. This is one fast, hilarious read that should spur Hollywood to take note. One other bad-boy of note, the great Richard "Pancho" Gonzales, was enough of an admirer to label Reed's overhead as "Grandma's" stroke and then embrace him as an equivalent court presence in his later years.Plenty of tennis great photos make this a wonderful tennis fan present.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rodger Stollery on January 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
Stewart captures the essence of one of the most unique and talented tennis players of the '50s and '60s. Having lived with Whitney at San Jose State, chauffered him to several tourneys in the bay area, and shared quite a few beers and played poker, California gin rummy and bar shuffleboard with Reed,the author doesn't exaggerate his exploits on or off the court. There are those who wonder just how great a player he might have been by carrying out a healthier lifestyle, but I think that most of his friends would admit that his "unflappable" nature made him what he was. I treasure the memories I shared with him, and the author creates a vibrant picture of an athlete that is deserving of recognition in print and for those tennis aficianados who aren't familiar with players whot toiled before the big money, live TV era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Weathers on August 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
As a teenager growing up in Alameda and playing tennis on the park courts, you couldn't help but know about Whitney Reed. He was a treasure of the tennis world waiting to be discovered. The author, Court Stewart, has captured his life on and off the tennis courts remarkably well. I found the book very entertaining and interesting.
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By dave on January 7, 2013
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super, terrific book about one of the most interesting players in his era. subject is interesting. writing presentation perfect. one of my all time favorite tennis books. 10 out of 10.
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