On Wisconsin!: A Celebration of Football, Basketball, and Other Badger Sports

Overview

The University of Wisconsin boasts statistics that make it one of intercollegiate athletics’ ten best programs. Although the high-profile sports, such as football, basketball, and hockey, have grabbed most of the headlines, Badger athletes have excelled on many playing fields. These unique and easy-to-read vignettes about Badger lore include the football exploits of Pat O’Dea and Alan “The Horse” Ameche; the basketball heroics of Wisconsin’s 1941 national championship team; and the thrills generated by Badger ...

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Overview

The University of Wisconsin boasts statistics that make it one of intercollegiate athletics’ ten best programs. Although the high-profile sports, such as football, basketball, and hockey, have grabbed most of the headlines, Badger athletes have excelled on many playing fields. These unique and easy-to-read vignettes about Badger lore include the football exploits of Pat O’Dea and Alan “The Horse” Ameche; the basketball heroics of Wisconsin’s 1941 national championship team; and the thrills generated by Badger greats Suzy Favor, Pat Richter, Michael Finley, Mark Johnson, Scott Lamphear, and many more. On Wisconsin: The History of Badgers Athletics presents UW’s greatest moments and athletes, including a complete listing of Wisconsin’s nearly 10,000 letter winners and a detailed history of coaches and administrators behind the scenes. This newly revised edition examines every decade of the UW athletics since the very beginning. On Wisconsin: The History of Badgers Athletics is a must-have for the library of every UW fan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613213421
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,368,219
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Kopriva, a veteran editor and author, has been writing about Big Ten sports for more than 40 years. A 1971 Michigan State graduate, Kopriva served as manager of the main press center for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and later was an assistant managing editor for the Chicago Sun-Times. He is also the author of Coming Back Strong, which profiles elite distance runners and relates their stories of injuries and recovery. He is managing principal of Lisle, Illinois–based WriteOn Communications Solutions.

Jim Mott, the late Wisconsin sports information director, spent his entire adult life in Madison and had encyclopedic knowledge of all things Wisconsin. His remarkable recall of Badger sports events, coaches, and athletes helped immeasurably with this book. Mott, a UW graduate, was assistant SID for 12 years and then directed the sports information office until his retirement in 1990, when he was inducted into the UW Athletic Hall of Fame. He passed away in 2009.

Elroy Hirsch was a former UW football player and the Director of Athletics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for almost 20 years. He passed away in 2004.

Barry Alvarez is the former University of Wisconsin–Madison football coach (1990-2005) and has been the Director of Athletics for eight years.

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