The book is slowly coming together with a scheduled release date of March of 2008. We've put up a web site that can take orders at a prepublication price of $99.99.
With a limited edition printing of 1500 copies, the retail price will be $125 after the book's release. We are also showing short exerts of the book on this site starting now with the 1971-72 season:
Buffalo, Home of the Braves
Season Two, 1971-72
Heading into their second year, the Braves had nowhere to go but up. Elmore Smith, a shot-blocking specialist out of
Yet drafts, regardless of sport, are capricious, often humbling enterprises. Super Bowl MVP quarterback Tom Brady, for example, was a sixth-round choice of the New England Patriots. Often drafts are better remembered for the first-round flops and those who somehow come out of late-round obscurity to become superstars. Such was the case with Randy Smith.
A tremendous all-around athlete, Smith excelled at basketball, soccer and track and field at obscure
At first glance, it was easy to underestimate Smith. Despite his athletic ability, he was so soft-spoken that his manner often bordered upon the laconic. Even though he was the greatest athlete in
During his senior year at
Most scouts felt Smith lacked a dependable jump shot. So, in the weeks before the Braves’ training camp at Paul Snyder’s resort in