Individual Author Record
Name: Rick TelanderPen Name: None Genre: Born: 1948 in Peoria, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionRick Telander is a native of Peoria, Illinois and attended Northwestern University on a football scholarship. He played for coach Alex Agase as a cornerback (and punter junior year),making All-Big Ten his senior season and two-time All-Big Ten Academic. His teammates included Mike Adamle, who is also now a member of the Chicago media.
Biographical and Professional InformationRick Telander is a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.
- The Hundred Yard Lie: The Corruption of College Football and What We Can Do to Stop It, University of Illinois Press, 1996
- String Music, Cricket Books, 2002
- Heaven is a Playground, (Second Edition) Bison Books, 2004
- Like a Rose: A Celebration of Football, Sports Publishing, 2004
Titles At Your Library
The Hundred Yard Lie: The Corruption of College Football and What We Can Do to Stop It
ISBN: 0252065239 University of Illinois Press. 1996 The lead college football writer for Sports Illustrated examines the myths that surround college football and obscure the reality of the game.
ISBN: 0812626575 Cricket Books/Marcato. 2002 When Robby, a mediocre basketball player, bumps into his hero, NBA superstar J.J., Robby thinks his dream has come true, but as they get to know one another, Robby realizes that being an NBA star isn't as great as it appears to be from a distance.
Heaven Is a Playground
ISBN: 0803294530 Bison Books. 2004
In 1974 Rick Telander intended to spend a few days doing a magazine piece on the courtwizards of Brooklyn’s Foster Park. He ended up staying the entire summer, becoming part of the players’ lives, and eventually the coach of a loose aggregation known as the Subway Stars.
Telander tells of everything he saw: the on-court flash, the off-court jargon, the late-night graffiti raids, the tireless efforts of one promoter-hustler-benefactor to get these kids a chance at a college education. He lets the kids speak for themselves, revealing their grand dreams and ambitions, but he never flinches from showing us how far their dreams are from reality. The roots of today’s inner-city basketball can be traced to the world Telander presents in Heaven Is a Playground, the first book of its kind.