Last Press Bus Out of Middletown

Last Press Bus Out of Middletown

A Memoir
Bob Hammel
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Format: Hardback 28 color illus., 9 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-04467-9
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For 30 years, celebrated sports journalist Bob Hammel has reported on a variety of games and athletes–the Olympics, Pan American Games, 23 NCAA Final Fours, Major League Baseball playoffs and World Series, college football bowl games, Muhammad Ali's last championship victory, and dozens of Indiana high school basketball Final Fours. In all that time, however, he's never written much about himself–ntil now.

In Last Press Bus Out of Middletown, Bob tells the story of how an Indiana sports journalist without a college degree, armed with talent, gumption, and a whole lot of inspiration and advice from those he worked with, earned national attention while still working for his small-town newspaper. From Bob Knight to Mark Spitz, from the horrors of the Munich Olympics tragedy to the Hoosiers' exhilarating clinching of the NCAA basketball championship, Bob Hammel's journey has been unforgettable. Even in his 80s, it's a dream that still has him smiling and storytelling.

Author Bio

Bob Hammel is a journalist and lifelong resident of Indiana. He is author of twelve books, including The Bill Cook Story: Ready, Fire, Aim!, The Bill Cook Story II: The Re-Visionary, and (with Bob Knight) Knight: My Story and The Power of Negative Thinking.

Michael Koryta is the New York Timesbest selling author of a dozen suspense novels, including Rise of the Dark and How It Happened.

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Table of Contents

Preface by Michael Koryta


In the Beginning...Henry David, William Allen, Dad, and Mom

BOOK ONE Journalism and I

My "Sundown Town"

Religion, Politics, and Me

My College Years, in a Newsroom

Four Schools, Four Towns, Second Grade


BOOK TWO Olympian Tales

The Perry Stewart Effect

BOOK THREE My Gift That Kept Giving

Munich 1972

Even at Schwimmhalle, All Wasn't Golden

About That Basketball Game

Montreal 1976

Los Angeles 1984

Barcelona 1992

Atlanta 1996

BOOK FOUR The Bob Knight Effect

BOOK FIVE Friendships and Relationships