How Seattle Became A Big-League Sports Town by Dan Raley

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The 324-page How Seattle Became a Big-League Sports Town: from George Wilson to Russell Wilson by author Dan Raley provides an often-gritty account of the city s sporting past, an unapologetic, behind-the-scenes look at its heroes and scandal-makers. Dan, a sportswriter for the Seattle PI for nearly three decades and who wrote Fairgreens Publishing s 2010 title, Tideflats to Tomorrow: The History of Seattle s SoDo, documents the Emerald City s ardent pursuit of national attention, professional franchises and championship moments, mixing in sex, drugs and pick-and-rolls to explain how the city s sports trajectory unfolded. Released in summer 2015, the book covers every sport, from football, basketball and baseball to boxing, golf, horse racing, hockey and hydro racing. There s wrestling, soccer, track and field, crew and tennis, too. Raley interviewed each of the people profiled - many since deceased - or their family members while writing his Where Are They Now feature for the PI. His stories transcend the usual cut-and-dried reporting as he delves into the lives, warts and all, of the intriguing characters in the book. This is not a valentine to Emerald City sports, but a true depiction of the city s athletic evolution from an isolated outpost to one now boasting internationally-known athletes competing in state-of-the-art stadiums worth billions of dollars. How Seattle Became a Big-League Sports Town by Fairgreens Publishing is a one-of-a-kind sporting anthology featuring over 200 historical photos and three-dozen Top 10 lists, plus an index of 530 additional individuals, making it the most comprehensive and compelling history of Seattle sports ever written.

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Published June 15, 2015 by Fairgreens Publishing. 324 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors.