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Number Four Bobby Orrby Sports Illustrated
Synopses & Reviews
Starting with his jump from the Oshawa Generals to the NHL's Boston Bruins, Sports Illustrated began in-depth coverage of the career of Bobby Orr, a player who remains, over thirty years after his retirement, one of the greatest hockey players of all time.
Orr completely changed the way hockey was played, taking it from a game of grinding defence to a rushing, high-scoring affair. Along the way, Orr set scoring records, won individual awards, and led his Bruins to two Stanley Cups before a bad knee began costing him games. He tried two major comebacks in the late seventies, showing a perseverance and dedication unmatched in the game, but ultimately was forced into an early retirement at the age of thirty.
Number Four, Bobby Orr brings together the stories and photographs behind the career. The media-shy Orr rarely opened up to reporters, hiding his charitable works and his loyalty to his friends and teammates and letting his play speak for itself. This anthology brings together all SI's reporting on Orr, from the 1960s to his new career as a player agent in the 2000s, to form a comprehensive biography of one of the greats of the game.
"The makeup of this collection from the pages of Sports Illustrated is a lot like a hockey team. There are A-list writers such as Frank Deford, deftly tossing out beautiful turns of phrase on a debuting 18-year-old Orr, and the veteran S.L. Price anchoring the line-up with a rock-solid 2009 story on Orr turned player agent, even more fascinating given that Number Four did not agree to an interview. Mark Mulvoy, SI's hockey writer at the height of Orr's stardom from 1968-1974, turns in dependable tales that are often more about the Bruins than just Orr, reflecting the news of the day. Centering the squad is Jack Olsen, with the 1970 'Sportsman of the Year' epic that will stand the test of time. Role players such as Gary Ronberg and Peter Gammons fill out the team. Hockey Hall of Fame writer Michael Farber serves as the general manager, delivering an inspiring pre-game speech/foreword that stresses Orr's importance to the game without getting bogged down in statistics. Although an anthology which relies on what appeared in the magazine leaves large gaps in the story — from 1978 to 2009 — this is still a icy cool collection for all those who were electrified watching Orr at the height of his game. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Sports Illustrated opened its doors in 1954. The company has a massive international staff of the highest regarded sports writers and photographers, and has widely become recognized globally as the most respected voice in sports journalism. Through its magazines and website, Sports Illustrated reaches over 21 million sports enthusiasts weekly — that's a lot of hockey fans.
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