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Big Train: The Legendary Ironman of Sport, Lionel Conacher

Big Train: The Legendary Ironman of Sport, Lionel Conacher

by Richard Brignall

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The inspirational story of a true sports legend.


The inspirational story of a true sports legend.

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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."

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

Product Details

Lorimer, James & Company, Limited
Publication date:
Lorimer Recordbooks Series
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Brignall has written multiple books for young readers and adults and has contributed hundreds of articles to magazines. His books have been nominated for a number of young-adult literature awards.

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