Bowerman and the Men of Oregon: The Story of Oregon's Legendary Coach and Nike's Cofounder

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No man has affected more runners in more ways than Bill Bowerman. During his 24-year tenure as track coach at the University of Oregon, he won four national team titles and his athletes set 13 world and 22 American records. He also ignited the jogging boom, invented the waffle-sole running shoe that helped establish Nike, and coached the US track and field team at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

With the full cooperation of the Bowerman family and Nike, plus years of taped ...

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Overview

No man has affected more runners in more ways than Bill Bowerman. During his 24-year tenure as track coach at the University of Oregon, he won four national team titles and his athletes set 13 world and 22 American records. He also ignited the jogging boom, invented the waffle-sole running shoe that helped establish Nike, and coached the US track and field team at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games

With the full cooperation of the Bowerman family and Nike, plus years of taped interviews with friends, relatives, students, and competitors, two-time Olympic marathoner Kenny Moore - himself one of Bowerman's champion athletes - brilliantly re-creates the legendary track coach's life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594867316
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 400,406
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.93 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Meet the Author

KENNY MOORE, who trained with Bill Bowerman at the University of Oregon, is a two-time Olympic marathoner and former senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He cowrote and coproduced teh movie Without Limits, based on the life and tragic early death of Hall of Fame runner Steve Prefontaine. Moore lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Men of Oregon     1
That Wild Yearning     9
Lizzie and the Governor     17
Wild Bill Meets a Mule Skinner     25
Barbara     32
The University of Oregon     41
Bill Hayward     49
Medford     61
The Tenth Mountain Division     68
First Principles     82
A Friend, a Son, a Community     98
A Dynasty Begins     105
Rome     114
Innovation     123
The 1962 Season     131
The AAU Dictatorship     140
Jogging     146
The Birth of BRS     156
Tokyo     161
A curious Mind     181
Rites of Passage     187
Lessons Inserted     203
Mexico City     214
Enter, Prefontaine     234
BRS Become Nike     257
Munich     273
Transit and Sorrow     305
Legacy     331
Rajneeshpuram     369
Builderman     380
Immortal Messages     399
Index     418
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  • Posted December 7, 2010

    Bowerman

    Once you get into the meat of this book it is really enjoyable. Bill Bowerman. One of the most well known coaches in the track and field world. While playing football at the University of Oregon Bill Bowerman became friends with Bill Hayward head track coach of Oregon. As they grew closer Bowerman got more and more into track. When Hayward retired he handed the job over to Bowerman. Bower man was a strict, but good track coach. During his 24 years as head coach at the University of Oregon he won 4 national team titles. Athletes he trained set 13 world, and 22 American records. On a trip to Europe Bowerman understood how much they cared about track in Europe. Bowerman wanted the US to start becoming more serious about track. He started with his town of Eugene, now known as Track Town USA. Bowerman also brought back with his a fitness technique that very few in America had tried before. Jogging. Bill Bowerman started a boom known as the jogging boom. During the time nearly every American was taking a nightly jog. Bowerman was not happy with the high prices of Adidas, which had no big competitor at the time. To try to stop this Bowerman and his close acquaintances in the running field decided to try to make their own brand of running shoes that would be the same quality at a much lower price. This brand became known as Nike. Bill was always spending time in his garage trying to create new prototypes of running shoes. His greatest contribution was the waffle-sole. These soles are still used today in all modern running shoes. I would recommend this book to anyone who is into running books, or any type of sports history books. This book defiantly captures and shows the full extraordinary life of Bill Bowerman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2006

    More than Bowerman

    I loved this book, which took me inside the world of American track at the highest level. I am grateful to Kenny Moore for the immense work he did in researching, arranging, and presenting this inspiring material. Moore does what any masterful writer would do: he presents the story accurately, without gushing - and the effect is moving, funny, and inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2006

    Good material disappointing execution

    I've read it (in advance of release -- Phil Knight's forward was neatly razor-bladed out of the copy in accordance with the Playboy deal), and I think Kenny Moore manages to capture much of the powerful spirit of Bowerman and his times. He also provides an insider's and sound researcher's level of detail. Unfortunately the organization and writing/editing (if there _was_ significant editing) made for a sometimes-tedious read. I say tedious even though I have a huge interest in the subject -- having grown up an hour from Eugene during the Bowerman era and just beyond. I'm not really keen on the ending either, and not convinced the preceding 416 pages lead naturally to that. I've always loved Kenny Moore's writing for Sports Illustrated, and have deep affection for Oregon and running my inclination is to want to say the book is great alas, I cannot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2006

    Comprehensive Portrait of a Legendary Coach

    Well-written and researched, this biography paints virtually every facet of Bill Bowerman's life and character across a canvas as broad as the Western skyline. From Bill's adventurous ancestors' settlement in Oregon, to his fatherless upbringing, to his high school sports and military successes, to his coaching, and finally to his entrepreneurial undertakings as a Nike founder, the narrative progresses in a logical, well-organized fashion. Even knowing that Kenny Moore, as one of Bill's unwavering supporters over the years, must have skewed this character study a bit toward the positive, I turned the last page convinced that Bill Bowerman was a multi-talented man of high principle and inquisitive Promethean temperament, who left the sport much better than he found it. Moore is at his finest when describing training techniques and track performances and when discussing, from his insider's vantage point, Bill's early running shoe prototypes and his relationships with the many talented athletes who ran at Oregon. As a fourth-place Olympic finisher in the same Munich Games where Pre faltered down the home stretch, Moore also did a wonderful job of illustrating how an untimely illness, a poor race plan, or other unfortunate circumstances denied many great champions the elusive Olympic medals by which athletic success is too often measured. Some of the material is slow-going and somewhat dense in factual detail, however, and a disciplined editor could probably have pared it down by fifty pages or more. In particular, I wished that less text was spent on Bill's ancestors and families, his involvement in World War II and the struggles with Track & Field's governing bodies. That said, I can understand why Moore might have felt compelled to err on the side of over-inclusion when taking on the weighty responsibility of memorializing the life of his beloved coach.

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