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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rick Telander  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1948 in Peoria, Illinois

-- Rick Telander on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Rick 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 Information

Rick Telander is a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Published Works

  • 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

Selected Titles At Your Library

The hundred yard lie :
ISBN: 0252065239. OCLC Number:

University of Illinois Press,. Urbana :. ©1996.

This edition, first published in 1989, includes a new afterword in which the author reviews some of the major gridiron scandals of the 1990s and new forewords by a university president and a leading scholar in the history of college sports.

String music /
ISBN: 0812626575. OCLC Number:

Cricket Books,. Chicago :. 2002.

An unlikely friendship develops between a lonely eleven-year-old boy and the professional basketball star whom he idolizes.

Heaven is a playground /
ISBN: 0803294530. OCLC Number:

University of Nebraska Press,. Lincoln :. ©2004.

"In 1974 Rick Telander intended to spend a few days doing a magazine piece on the court wizards of Brookly'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."--BOOK JACKET.

Like a rose :
ISBN: 1582618917. OCLC Number:

Sports Pub.,. Champaign, IL :. ©2004.



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