The right kind of heroes : Coach Bob Shannon and the East St. Louis Flyers (Book, 1992) [WorldCat.org]
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The right kind of heroes : Coach Bob Shannon and the East St. Louis Flyers

Author: Kevin Horrigan
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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East St. Louis, Illinois, is arguably the most dangerous and desolate city in America, perhaps our starkest example of urban collapse. With the nation's highest murder rate, it's a city in which half of the 41,000 residents are unemployed and 75 percent receive public assistance. In a city where most young men wind up on the streets, in jail, or dead, the high school football coach has sent dozens of his players on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Bob Shannon; Bob Shannon
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kevin Horrigan
ISBN: 094557570X 9780945575702
OCLC Number: 25709313
Description: ix, 332 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Kevin Horrigan.

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East St. Louis, Illinois, is arguably the most dangerous and desolate city in America, perhaps our starkest example of urban collapse. With the nation's highest murder rate, it's a city in which half of the 41,000 residents are unemployed and 75 percent receive public assistance. In a city where most young men wind up on the streets, in jail, or dead, the high school football coach has sent dozens of his players on to college on football scholarships. He has done it with hard work and absolute dedication to virtues that went out of style in East St. Louis decades ago. He's done it by refusing to desert boys who need his attention and discipline. "If I don't care about them, who will?" he asks. This is the story of Coach Bob Shannon and the East St. Louis Flyers. It is a true story about a coach who won't give up and a team that has beaten all the odds. Author Kevin Horrigan, former sports editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, tells this story by focusing on two heartstopping seasons - 1990, when the Flyers lost the state championship, and 1991, when they won it back. He tells it from up close. We are there on the bench with the boys and their coach for every game. We follow them into the pitiful excuse for a locker room to hear the coach's credo firsthand: "Get it done." No water for the sinks, the toilets, the urinals? Try upstairs. No toilet paper? Bring your own. No money for new uniforms? Wear the old ones until they are rags. Get it done. Just get the job done. Coach Shannon has against the power of poverty. In East St. Louis, pride is winning, inch by inch, with a coach and his team carrying the flag.

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