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Bob Miller's Tales from the Los Angeles Kings Hardcover – October 1, 2006
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About the Author
Hockey Hall of Famer Bob Miller has been "Voice of the Los Angeles Kings" for 31 seasons, providing play-by-play for more than 2500 Kings games. He is a recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, selected by the NHL Professional Broadcasters Association, recognizing members of the radio and television industries who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and the game of hockey in their careers.
In addition, on February 4, 2002 Miller was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In February of 2001, that organization named him the top television play-by-play announcer in Southern California sports, the second time he has won the award. Along with his duties for the Kings, Millers voice has accented numerous TV and film projects including Cheers, Rollerball, Miracle On Ice, The Mighty Ducks, and The Mighty Ducks 2.
In 1997, Miller, a native of Chicago, Illinois, was selected as one of the six inaugural members of the Kings Hall of Fame during the organizations 30th-Anniversary celebration. Currently a resident of West Hills, California, Bob and his wife, Judy, have a married daughter, Kristin, and a son, Kevin.
Coauthor Randy Schultz has been a freelance sports writer for almost 30 years, covering the National Hockey League for such publications as The Hockey News, The Sporting News, Hockey Digest, Western New York Hockey Magazine, Sabres Magazine, and USA Hockey Magazine. He is currently a correspondent covering the Buffalo Sabres for NHL.com
The Wilson, New York, native has written two other books for Sports Publishing, including: Dominik Hasek: The Dominator and Legends of the Buffalo Bills. He has also written several childrens books on sports and U.S. history. He resides in Wilson with wife, Janet. They have a daughter, Karla, and a son-in-law, Scott Adams, who reside in Memphis, Tennessee.
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So what? You're going to like "Bob Miller's Tales from the Los Angeles Kings" under any circumstances.
Miller is the classy announcer who has been broadcasting Kings' games since the early 1970's. Los Angeles hasn't won any Stanley Cups during that time, but they sure haven't been boring. Miller concentrates on good, funny stories from his years with the Kings, and that's a wise decision.
It's tough to argue with the choice of tales of Jack Kent Cooke, a veteran owner of the Kings and a unique personality by any account. One reporter once tried to pitch a story on Cooke by saying he was one of only three men in a particular category. Cooke replies that he wasn't one of three men in any category. He had a point.
Cooke was the type of owner who would tell his announcers not to mention a particular player, because there was a chance that player might be traded. Or, he would yell at Miller for hogging the microphone, not knowing that the commentator's microphone was broken and that Miller was filling time.
You might remember Bruce McNall, who took over the Kings and had a nice ride until authorities caught up with his, um, accounting methods and sent him to jail. Then there's general manager George Maguire, who set some pretty low standards for crude and vulgar behavior by someone in the public eye. The Kings had some pretty good players, such as Wayne Gretzky and Marcel Dionne,
While the games and seasons fade, the funny stories remain. And there are several laugh-out-loud tales in this book. Like the time Pete Weber got on a commercial flight and said, "Boy I sure hope I don't get sick like I did on the last flight." To which, Miller, picking up on the gag quickly, said the guy sitting between them, "I'd switch seats with you, but the last flight he threw up all over my pants and shoes." The man in the middle seat was the one turning green turning takeoff.
This is a quick, easy read, full of fun. You don't have to be from the West Coast to enjoy it.
if theres any hope i hope one day bob miller calls his last game as he anounces the los angeles kings are the stanley cup champions and ride of to the sunset. with a stanley cup ring in his finger
the book has alot of interesting details about the history of the frnachise form the the miracle in manchester to the 1993 stanley cup run
to the stunner at staples in 2001 against the red wings.
it talks about the greatzky trade form bruce mcnalls ownership duties.
its a very intesresting book for all kings fans we love l.a.
do u love it.