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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Thomas J. Dygard  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;

Born: 1931 in Little Rock, Arkansas

Died: 1996 in Evansville, Indiana

-- Thomas J. Dygard on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Dygard lived in Arlington Heights while he was the Associated Press Chicago Bureau Chief. He retired to Evansville, Pa in 1993.

Biographical and Professional Information

Thomas Dygard began his career as a sportswriterfor the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock and joined the Associated Press in 1954. After that, he worked in A.P. offices in Little Rock, Detroit, Birmingham, New Orleans, and Indianapolis. At one time he was bureau chief of Chicago. His books for children are all sports related.

Published Works

  • Tournament Upstart, Morrow, 1984
  • The Rookie Arrives, Morrow, 1988
  • Forward Pass, Morrow, 1989
  • Halfback Tough, Morrow, 1989
  • Wilderness Peirl, Morrow, 1991
  • Backfield Package, Morrow, 1992
  • Game Plan, Morrow, 1993
  • The Rebounder, Morrow, 1994
  • Infield Hit, Morrow, 1995
  • Running Wild, Morrow, 1996

Selected Titles At Your Library

Tournament upstart /
ISBN: 068802761X. OCLC Number:

Morrow,. New York :. 1984.

Under the leadership of their new young coach, a Class B high school basketball team from the Ozark foothills challenges big-city schools for the state championship.

The rookie arrives /
ISBN: 0688075983. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1988.

Cocky Ted Bell moves from being star of his high school baseball team directly into playing in the major leagues and finds that he has a lot to learn before becoming the world's greatest third baseman.

Forward pass /
ISBN: 068807961X. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1989.

To improve his struggling football team's chances of winning, Coach Gardner brings in a new wide receiver, Jill Winston.

Halfback tough /
ISBN: 0688059252. OCLC Number:

Morrow,. New York :. ©1986.

New at Graham High, Joe joins the football team and begins to change his tough guy outlook as he becomes absorbed by the game and gains self-esteem and new friends.

Wilderness peril /
ISBN: 0688041469. OCLC Number:

Morrow,. New York :. ©1985.

Two teenage boys camping in the Minnesota woods encounter a desperate airplane hijacker attempting to escape with three-quarters of a million dollars.

Backfield package /
ISBN: 0688114717. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1992.

The decision of four high school friends to go to the same college so that they can continue playing football together is shaken when one of them begins to receive attention as a star quarterback.

Game plan /
ISBN: 0688120075. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1993.

When the hospitalization of Barton High's head football coach forces skinny student manager Beano Hatton to step in, he must deal with a rebellious quarterback and his own lack of confidence.

The rebounder /
ISBN: 0688128211. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1994.

Doug Fulton, coach of the Hamilton High Panthers, is certain that transfer student Chris Patton can lead the team to a championship, but a tragic accident has made Chris decide to never play basketball again.

Infield hit /
ISBN: 0688140378. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. 1995.

After transferring to a new high school during his junior year, Hal tries to make friends, gain a starting position on the baseball team, and hide the fact that his dad is a famous ex-major leaguer.

Running wild /
ISBN: 0688148530. OCLC Number:

Morrow Junior Books,. New York :. ©1996.

When Coach Wilson and Officer Stowell encourage him to join the high school football team, Pete no longer believes that "nobody does anything for nothing."