"St. Louis Sports Memories"| Reviewed By Bill Schwab
Local author Ed Wheatley has written an entertaining book about the history of St. Louis sports. Put your feet up and relax as you read about the captivating history of local bowling, the National Invitation Tournament championship of the St. Louis University basketball team, and the outstanding Washington University volleyball program. You will delight in these articles about the World Chess Hall of Fame and such high-profile sports figures as Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Sonny Liston. Wheatley’s history portrays St. Louis as an historic hotbed of diverse professional and amateur sports.
If you would like to reminisce about the four National Football League teams and four Major League Baseball teams that have called St. Louis home, this book is for you. You may be surprised by little-known facts such as St. Louis being the first city to have female owners of both the MLB and NFL and also one of the first cities to include African Americans on professional teams.
If you enjoy local interest books, you will find this one hard to put down. It is full of forgotten nuggets of sports moments that took place in the Lou. Each memory includes photographs, charts, and other visuals of heroes and championships for a great sports city with a promising legacy for new teams and yet-to-be-discovered heroes.
“This book is all about St. Louis proud,” Wheatley boasts. “Every chapter. Every single chapter is St. Louis proud.”
About the Author: Ed Wheatley is an award-winning author, film producer, and sports historian. He is the co-author of “St. Louis Browns” which was recognized by “Sports Collectors Digest” as “the best book published on baseball in 2017.” Wheatley was executive producer of the PBS documentary “A Baseball Legacy: Fans Remember the St. Louis Browns,” which was selected for the annual Film Festival at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He also received a Mid-America EMMY Award. Reedy Press is the publisher of this 182-page, thoroughly indexed paperback.
Ed Wheatley will make a presentation about “St Louis Sports Memories” at the Washington Public Library, January 30th, at 6:30 PM. This event is co-sponsored by Neighborhood Reads and the Friends of the Washington Public Library. All are invited to this free event.