High above Courtside: The Lost Memoir of Johnny Most

High above Courtside: The Lost Memoir of Johnny Most

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by Mike Carey
     
 
A legendary NBA pioneer and one of the game's most intriguing characters, Johnny Most was the Boston Celtics' play-by-play radio broadcaster for all 16 of the team's championships and 37 years overall. His autobiography is the ultimate insider's indepth look at the personalities of the players and coaches who contributed to "Celtics Pride." Most's numerous famous,

Overview

A legendary NBA pioneer and one of the game's most intriguing characters, Johnny Most was the Boston Celtics' play-by-play radio broadcaster for all 16 of the team's championships and 37 years overall. His autobiography is the ultimate insider's indepth look at the personalities of the players and coaches who contributed to "Celtics Pride." Most's numerous famous, shrill, almost earpiercing calls, including pro basketball's most memorable moment when "Havlicek stole the ball," are still frequently used to introduce national TV games. Johnny Most's career began as a struggle. A World War II hero, he spent several frustrating years "pounding the pavements" in search of work before landing bit parts on soap operas. He served as a quiz show stand-in, accepted one-line roles in the United Nations' "FM Playhouse" and then served as an assistant program director for tiny Oil City, Pennsylvania's only radio station, where he was the DJ, newscaster, and sports reporter. (He was fired from that job for slugging the station's owner.) Johnny Most, as one referee said, "could cause a riot at a High Mass" with his emotional, pro-Celtic descriptions. He turned shoving matches into "bloodbaths" and minor fouls into "vicious muggings." As Boston's recently appointed director of basketball operations Danny Ainge said, "I always believed we had thirteen guys on the active roster -- twelve wore uniforms and the thirteenth -- Johnny Most -- was high above courtside."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582617404
Publisher:
Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date:
09/20/2003
Pages:
425
Product dimensions:
6.18(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.32(d)

Meet the Author

MIKE CAREY got into writing through comic books, where his horror/fantasy series Lucifer garnered numerous international awards and was nominated for five Eisners. From there he moved into novels and screenplays, while still maintaining a presence in the comics world (he is currently writing two of Marvel's flagship titles, X-Men and Ultimate Fantastic Four). His movie Frost Flowers, an erotic ghost story, is currently in production with Hadaly/Bluestar Pictures. He lives in London, England, about as far as you can get from the centre of the city and still have access to the London Underground train network. His wife, Linda, writes fantasy for young readers under the pseudonym A.J. Lake. They have three children and an implausibly beautiful cat.

Most received his BA in commincations/visual arts at the University of California-San Diego.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The No. One Celtic fan of all-time, Johnny Most was proud to be an unofficial member of Boston's dynasty teams. The authors did a great job of recounting hundreds of classic Most stories, some comical, some heartwarming, some historical. The book clearly demonstrates that Most was a "one of a kind" broadcaster who had a knack for capturing in words all the great moments in Celtics history with passion, pride, suspense and spontaneous excitement. After finishing reading "High Above Courtside," my only question was: Why isn't Johnny Most not in the Hall of Fame? If Dick Vitale made it in, then Johnny Most certainly deserves to be honored for all his magical play-by-play calls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book---even from its Celtic Green perspective. This is a fun book, with numrous anedcdotes. No tell-all stories, just gresat memories and classic stories of sports radio broadcasts. Along the way, it shows why the Celtics were a winning team though sacrifice, humor and determination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Johnny Most, the long-time Celtics broadcaster who died in 1993, was a man with a talent for painting verbal pictures. These 'pictures' weren't always accurate but they were colorful, vibrant and memorable. In 'High Above Courtside,' authors Mike Carey and Jamie Most (Johnny's son), detail the fascinating history of Johnny Most's times with the Brooklyn Dodgers' 'Boys of Summer,' his brief but important role as legendary broadcaster Marty Glickman's color commentator for the NY football Giants and, finally his 37-year life as the 'Voice of the Celtics,' which included his calls during all of Boston's 16 world titles. But the real emphasis of the book was the close relationships he developed with the players and coaches with whom he was friends. The stories are humorous and non-stop. The authors also include a moving tribute to Most through an epilogue written by former Celtics star Larry Bird. I found the book to be thoroughly enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'High Above Courtside' captured broadcaster Johnny Most's personality and love for the Boston Celtics perfectly. He was a rough-and-tumble guy who was a friend of every Celtic player. One player, Rick Carlisle, mentioned in the book that Johnny Most rooted harder for the players at the end of the bench than he did for the stars of the team. His pre-Celtics career was fascinating reading and his battle against health problems in his final years was told in plain, moving language by Larry Bird.' When I finished the book, I wondered, just like many Celtics players did, why this unique broadcaster is not in the Hall of Fame. I would urge every Celtics fan to read High Above Courtside. Its fun reading and it portrays Johnny Most in an honest way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Johnny Most was more than just the Celtics broadcaster who provided New England fans with excitement for 37 years. He was a war hero who worked his way into radio by accepting bit parts in soap operas, working on quiz shows, and auditioning for any job which furthered his goal of becoming a sports announcer. Thanks to a lucky break, he became legendary broadcaster Marty Glickman's protege. The story of how he became the radio voice of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the New York Knicks and the New York football Giants is told in detail in 'High Above Courtside.' But the focus of this book is his adventures as Celtics broadcaster. He was, in his own words, 'the one lucky fan who got to tell all the other Celtics fans what was taking place on the basketball court. The author details Johnny Most's friendship with every Celtic player and his loyalty to the Boston organization. The book also provides many 'inside stories' of Johnny Most's battles with such villains as Roughhouse Rudy LaRusso, the referees, Rick Barry, Rick Mahorn and Jeff Ruland, and his fight with the entire Detroit Pistons team. It even tells of Johnny Most's fistfight with the owner of an opposing team. There's also the stories of his one-game stint as the Boston Bruins broadcaster, his auto racing announcing and his dog track play-by-play. His courageous battle when he was faced with declining health is a profile in courage and is told by none other than Larry Bird. As a long-time Celtics fan, I thought I knew a lot about Johnny until I began to read 'High Above Courtside.' However, after reading this book I realize how much he accomplished in his life. The author makes it clear that he wasn't a perfect person, but he was, for all Celtic fans, the perfect announcer.