Books by Thom Loverro
Orioles Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan!
by Thom Loverro. "From their origins as the floundering
but lovable St. Louis Browns to the dawning of a new era in
Baltimore and the emergence of the Oriole Way, the Baltimore
Orioles have proved to be one of the most storied franchises in
sports. Everything any real fan could ever want to know about
this beloved ballclub is in Orioles Essential. This fun,
fact-filled reference guide tells the complete story of one of
baseball's most cherished teams."
Eagles Essential: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Real Fan!" The Super Bowls and the near-misses.
The up-and-(mostly)-down early years. The glorious 1940s. The
star-studded 1960 team. The rebirth at the turn of the century.
Itís all here. Greasy Neale, 'Concrete Charlie' Bednarik, Tommy
McDonald, Dick Vermeil, Wilbert Montgomery, Reggie White,
Randall Cunningham, Donovan NcNabb, and T.O. are here, too,
along with the oddballs, flakes, and one-hit wonders.... all
contained in this handy reference that tells the story of one of
the NFLís oldest and most compelling franchises."
|Hail Victory: An Oral History of the Washington Redskins "Who is the greatest quarterback in Redskins history? Baugh? Jurgensen? Theismann? Rypien? However you answer that question,
you'll find plenty of evidence to support your argument in Hail
Victory. This comprehensive history of the tradition-rich
Washington Redskins puts you on the 50-yard line to witness all
of the team's most memorable moments, meet its greatest players,
and hear what they have to say about the brightest and darkest
moments from the team's past."
The Rise & Fall of ECW: Extreme
Championship Wrestling (WWE) by Thom Loverro with extensive
interviews with Paul Heyman, Tazz, Tommy Dreamer and more. "To
look at the history of ECW, it is important first to examine the
history of the business itself, and the steps that led to the
The Quotable Coach: Leadership and Motivation From History's Greatest Coaches.
"Using short, inspirational phrases
that crystallize the concepts of motivation and determination,
many coaches-known and unknown, from high school to the
pros-have mastered the fine art of summing up a key point in a
single sentence or phrase. Sports coaches, perhaps more than any
other profession in America, are the best at delivering these
short, pithy quotes. The Quotable Coach is the first book to
gather more than a thousand of these inspirational wonders. It
is filled with words to stoke your competitive fires, touch your
heart, raise your level of motivation, or even make you laugh."
The Encyclopedia of Negro League Baseball (Facts on File Sports Library).
Library Journal says Thom Loverro "provides a solid compendium on
Negro League baseball, with certain teams and individuals
afforded extensive treatment. Drawn extensively from files at
the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, this
encyclopedia occasionally relates heartbreaking stories of what
some of America's greatest athletes confronted. The very first
entry repeats Hank Aaron's remembrance of hearing plates being
broken in the kitchen at a restaurant behind Griffith Stadium
because black ballplayers had eaten from them. Aaron eloquently
related, 'What a horrible sound.' Loverro spins familiar tales
about the likes of Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige, but the
retelling nevertheless remains enjoyable. He also offers
accounts of some of the legendary black teams, ranging from the
Cuban X Giants, on which Rube Foster first starred, to the teams
Foster jumped to: the Philadelphia Giants, the Leland Giants,
and his own Chicago American Giants. What is most telling about
this collection is the commentary from leading Negro League
figures like Dave Malarcher, a terrific manager and a fine
player, who, like Aaron, succinctly stated, 'The propaganda of
segregation and bigotry is evil.'"
Oriole Magic: The O's of '83
by Thom Loverro with a forward
by Cal Ripken. "Oriole Magic is the first book that introduces us to all of the
subplots and personalities that contributed so greatly to that
unforgettable summer. Orioles fans will not only relive one of
the proudest times in Baltimore's sports history, they will also
get a true, inside look into the machinations of the franchise's
last world championship."
Cammi Granato: Hockey Pioneer.
Ages 9-13. "Loverro tells the
story of how the only girl playing a 'boys-only' game in
Downer's Grove, Ill. grew up to be a captain for the U.S.
Olympic team. Loverro's quick paced biography covers all of
Granato's accomplishments on the ice with plenty of statistics
and some nice quotes from the star herself. The book has lots of
color photographs of Granato and a page of career highlights for
those who love to consume statistics," according to the web site
of the Women's
Home of the Game: The Story of Camden Yards.
"'If you consider baseball to be sports theater, a drama played
out in green cathedrals,' suggests Loverro in this spirited
exploration of how one ballpark changed the essential experience
of the fans and a city's image of itself, 'then Camden Yards has
become the stage for the game.' Indeed it has, and the model for
things to come as well. In the first half of his Camden yarn,
Loverro reconstructs the complex thinking and planning that went
into creating the archetype of new-wave retro ballparks. As he
examines the confluence of events (including the remarkable
collaboration between baseball and Baltimore) required to raise
a mecca for the game and a renaissance for a city in decline, he
also offers a smartly concise history of stadium evolution and
shows the influence Camden Yards has had on every park built
since. The book's second half is devoted to memorable moments on
the field itself--none, of course, more dramatic and
inspirational than the thrilling 1995 series against the Angels
in which Cal Ripken tied and then broke Lou Gehrig's
consecutive-game streak. It was an event that first stirred
baseball from its poststrike doldrums, a high drama played out
on a stage that seemed custom-built for its very occasion."
Amazon.com review by Jeff Silverman.
Blazing Trails: Coming of Age in Football's Golden Era
by John Mackey with Thom Loverro. Forward by Don Shula. "Blazing
Trails chronicles Mackey's life as a lightning rod for attention
throughout the 1960s. Mackey refused to remain silent on any
topic he felt strongly about - especially anything dealing with
justice. He fought for racial equality in Baltimore (he was one
of the city's first famous African-Americans) and battled for
legal equality for pro football players of all colors as the
first president of the newly merged NFL and AFL National
Football Players Associations." Triumph Books