Big Train: The Legendary Ironman of Sport, Lionel Conacher

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Lionel Conacher excelled at football, hockey, baseball, boxing, wrestling and lacrosse. He taught himself how to play and he worked hard, and it paid off. He supported his struggling family, never giving up or letting people down. He was given the nickname Big Train because he was unstoppable on the football field when he ran through the opposition. In 1921 Conacher joined the Toronto Argonauts, and in 1926 he played professional baseball for the Toronto Maple Leafs. After retiring from sports, Conacher was ...

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Big Train: The Legendary Ironman of Sport, Lionel Conacher

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Lionel Conacher excelled at football, hockey, baseball, boxing, wrestling and lacrosse. He taught himself how to play and he worked hard, and it paid off. He supported his struggling family, never giving up or letting people down. He was given the nickname Big Train because he was unstoppable on the football field when he ran through the opposition. In 1921 Conacher joined the Toronto Argonauts, and in 1926 he played professional baseball for the Toronto Maple Leafs. After retiring from sports, Conacher was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1949. Richard Brignall tells this fascinating story of the man who could do it all.

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CM Magazine
"Sports writer Richard Brignall has written an interesting account of the life of one of Canada’s legendary sports hero...Young sports enthusiasts will be interested in this biography of sports star Lionel Conacher. The chapters are short and fast-paced with accessible vocabulary and sentence structure...Recommended."
CM Magazine

"Sports writer Richard Brignall has written an interesting account of the life of one of Canada’s legendary sports hero...Young sports enthusiasts will be interested in this biography of sports star Lionel Conacher. The chapters are short and fast-paced with accessible vocabulary and sentence structure...Recommended."

Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Lionel Conacher was a real-life super sport star. He had many nicknames, but the most popular one was Big Train because people said he looked like a powerful steam engine when he ran down the football field. His favorite sport was football, but he also excelled at hockey, baseball, boxing, lacrosse, and even wrestling. Many people may not have heard of this sports legend, but in Canada, he was a hero. Born in 1900 in Toronto, Ontario, he was the oldest boy of ten children born to Benjamin and Elizabeth Conacher. He left high school to help his big family pay the bills. He knew he would probably never get a good paying job without graduating, but he was good at sports. As author Brignall recounts in this nicely done biography, Conacher once told his brother, "If you want to live better, you've got to make good at something and I don't know where we're going to do it if it isn't in sports." It wasn't long before he began playing for a hockey team and helped the team to a big win. Conacher went on to join the Toronto Argonauts football club. At twenty-one, he was over six feet tall and weighed 185 pounds, and was a fast lightening bolt of speed flying down the field. Eventually, Conacher attended the University of Pittsburgh on a scholarship. He also married and raised a family. There were hard times in his life, but he overcame personal difficulties and became one of Canada's greatest all-around athletes. When he retired from sports, he entered politics and became a Member of Parliament in the Canadian House of Commons. He died at the age of fifty-four, shortly after hitting a ball into left field in the annual House of Commons baseball game. Black and white photographs and a glossary are included. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552774502
  • Publisher: Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Series: Lorimer Recordbooks Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,264,906
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Brignall is a journalist who has written for such publications as Cottage Life and Outdoor Canada. He was previously the sports reporter for the Kenora Daily Miner and News. He is the author of the Recordbook Big League Dreams, a 2010 VOYA Honor List Book.
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