Individual Author Record
Name: Taylor H.A. BellPen Name: Taylor Bell Genre: Non-Fiction Born: 1940 in Blue Island, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionTaylor was born in Blue Island, Illinois and currently resides in Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationBell covered high school and professional sports in Illinois for more than forty years, mostly for the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1971 and received the IBCA’s Buzzy O’Connor Award for contributions to the game in 2002. He was also inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.The long and exciting history of high school basketball in Illinois is the subject of Taylor Bell's highly praised book Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie and Bobby Joe. This is the first comprehensive history of high school basketball in the state, written by a reporter who is a lifelong fan and authority on high school basketball for more than 40 years. The book is titled for four players who reflet the unique quality of highschool basketball and whose first names are enough to trigger memories in fans who love the sport - Sweet Charlie Brown, Dike Eddleman, Cazzie Russell and Bobby Joe Mason.
- Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie, and Bobby Joe, High School Basketball in Illinois, University of Illinois Press, 2004
- Glory Days: Legends of Illinois High School Basketball, Sports Publishing LLC, 2006
- Dusty, Deek and Mr. Do-Right: High School Football in Illinois, University of Illinois Press, 2010
Titles At Your Library
Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie, and Bobby Joe: HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL IN ILLINOIS
ISBN: 0252029488 University of Illinois Press. 2004 Far from the jaded professionals, the stories in Taylor Bell's Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie, and Bobby Joe are of hungry young men playing their hearts out, where high-tops and high hopes inspire "hoop dreams" from Peoria to Pinckneyville, and Champaign to Chicago. Bell, a lifelong fan and authority on high school basketball in Illinois for more than 40 years, brings together for the first time the stories of the great players, teams, and coaches from the 1940s through the 1990s.
Glory Days: Legends of Illinois High School Basketball
ISBN: 158261945X Sports Publishing. 2006 Along the way, somebody invented the jump shot and the crossover dribble and added a three-point line. Times changed, the game was integrated, players grew taller and more wildly athletic. That evolution is chronicled in Glory Days, as 50 of the state’s best high school basketball players from the past five decades sit down to chat with longtime prep basketball scribe Taylor Bell. Every last one of the featured players was an all-state selection. Some led their teams to state titles others were chosen as Illinois’ Mr. Basketball many were named McDonald’s All-Americans.
Glory Days pulls its roster from all regions of the state: from southern Illinois (Edwardsville, Centralia, Mount Vernon) to the state’s waist (Galesburg, Peoria, Decatur) to north of I-80 (Rockford, Evanston, and many Chicago schools). Each player on the roster relives his time on the high school hardwood, but also reveals what happened after he walked down the aisle in his cap and gown. Bell catches up with greats like Mannie Jackson, Dave Downey, Jay Shidler, Jack Sikma, Rashard Griffith, Cazzie Russell, Kiwane Garris, Cuonzo Martin, and Billy Ridley, and discovers what happened to these legends later in life, after their hops deserted them. Their Chuck Taylors may be a distant memory, but for each of these former stars, basketball has continued to hold a special place in their heart.
Dusty, Deek, and Mr. Do-Right: High School Football in Illinois
ISBN: 0252077318 University of Illinois Press. 2010
From small towns like Metamora, Aledo, and Carthage to East St. Louis and Chicago's South Side, Illinois's high school football fields have been the proving ground for such future stars as Dick Butkus, Red Grange, and Otto Graham. In Dusty, Deek, and Mr. Do-Right, longtime fan and sportswriter Taylor Bell shares the stories of the greatest players, toughest coaches, most memorable games, and fiercest rivalries in Illinois history. Drawing on dozens of personal interviews, Bell profiles memorable figures such as Tuscola's record-setting quarterback Dusty Burk, Pittsfield's brutally demanding yet devoted Coach Donald "Deek" Pollard, and Evanston's Murney "Mr. Do-Right" Lazier, who coached sternly but without prejudice in the racially charged 1960s and '70s. The book also discusses winning programs at schools such as East St. Louis, Mount Carmel, and Joliet Catholic, as well as longstanding rivalries and memorable games in the state playoff and Prep Bowl.
The ultimate book for high school football fans in Illinois, Dusty, Deek, and Mr. Do-Right is infused with Bell's own love for the game and illustrated with sixty photographs of the players and coaches who made lifetime memories under the Friday night lights.