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This is the first edition of a biennial publication designed to recognize the outstanding student athletes of American colleges and universities. Nominations for inclusion are made by school officials and are open to nearly every athletic activity. Final selection is made by the publisher and is based on a combination of academic and athletic factors, such as grade-point average and accumulated regional and national honors. Each entry highlights individual accomplishments and activities and amounts to a brief biographical profile. Somewhat puzzling is a concluding section containing numerous tables of sports records and results, including professional events (Super Bowl and World Series champions, etc.). Such data is readily available in any general almanac and it appears here almost as an afterthought. As a first of its kind, Who's Who in Athletics . . . is an admirable effort to correct the imbalance in scholar/athlete recognition. Whether it translates into patron demand remains to be seen. For comprehensive sports reference collections.-- William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.
Profiles outstanding student athletes, highlighting their scholastic and athletic accomplishments and activities, and providing personal biographical data. Selection for inclusion is based primarily on recommendations and nomination by the college or university in accordance with the criteria and quota restrictions of the publisher. All published information is supplied by the biographees. A third of the volume is devoted to athletic records and results. Published by Athletic Press of America, 6430 Falkirk Road, Box 66053, Baltimore, MD 21239-6053. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)