Champions by Bill Littlefield
Stories of Ten Remarkable Athletes

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Profiles ten extraordinary male and female athletes who not only excelled at their sports, but also raised human consciousness, challenged deep-rooted prejudices, and provided fresh perspectives.

About Bill Littlefield

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Bill Littlefield is the host of NPR's "Only a Game" & the author of numerous books. He has also served as guest editor of "The Best American Sports Writing". He lives in Massachusetts. Bernie Fuchs was born in O'Fallon, Illinois on October 19, 1932. After high school, he worked in a machine shop. While there, he lost three fingers from his right hand in an accident, which ended his ambition of playing jazz trumpet. He received art training at Washington University in St. Louis and graduated in 1954. After college, he worked for a commercial art studio in Detroit and found success drawing the latest car models for magazines, brochures and billboards. He went on to work for businesses such as Coca-Cola and Seagram's as well as magazines including TV Guide, Look, Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated, and McCall's. Starting in the mid-1970's, he also had contracts to illustrate postage stamps and children's books. He was inducted into the Society of Illustrators' Hall of Fame in 1975. He died of esophageal cancer on September 17, 2009 at the age of 76.
Published September 1, 1993 by Little Brown & Co (Juv). 132 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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A penetrating study of five men and five women who provide ``images of excellence,'' both in and out of the spotlight.

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Littlefield is probably best known for his mordant commentaries broadcast on National Public Radio, but he is also the author of an underrated baseball novel, Prospect , and it is a novelist's art that makes this collection of profiles so compelling.

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