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Page 20 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 1,2014 BOXING BY THE BOOK Summer Reading Recommendations (Part III) MIKE SILVER: Boxing historian Mike Silver is the author of the The Arc of Boxing: The Rise and Decline of the Sweet Science (McFarland Publishers, 2008). The critically acclaimed book has just been reissued in paperback and in kindle ver- sion. The book is available at Amazon.com. For signed copies contact the author via his website: "MikeSilverBoxing.com ". I just finished a wonder- | ful boxing book that I rank among the best I have ever read. It is titled, The Gods of War: Boxing Essays by Spring Toledo (Tora Book Publishing Co., 2014). It is so pleas- ing to discover an author with such a rare under- standing of the complexi- ties -- both physical and psychological -- of this sport and its athletes. Many times while reading this book I had to stop and admire the brilliantly crafted prose of this gifted writer. The book is com- prised of 21 essays. Among his subjects are Roberto Duran, Wladimir Klitschko, Alexis Arguello, Sonny Liston and Sugar Ray Leonard. But the icing on the cake are his ten essays in which he rates the 10 great- est boxers since 1920 -- or as he calls them, "the gods of war." Toledo's arguments are insightful and logical. I won't give away who is number 1 except to say it is neither Muhammad All nor Sugar Ray Robinson. This is defmitely not your rank and file box- ing book. File this one under "Superlative." Among the top three boxing books I have ever read is Beyond Glory: Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling and a World on the Brink by David Margolick (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005). The two heavy- weight fights in New York in 1936 and 1938 between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling galva- nized the world at a piv- otal moment in twentieth century history. At a time when boxing rivaled baseball in popularity the heavyweight championship was unequivocally the most important title in sports. In 1936 Max Schmeling had scored a major upset when he knocked out the seemingly invincible Joe Louis. The return bout in 1938 for the heavyweight champi- onship of the world was fought under extraor- dinary circumstances. Louis represented the free world and Schmeling was seen as a representative of the evil Nazi regime. The historic bout symbolized the hopes, hatreds and fears of a world on the brink of World War II. Margolick's magnificent prose and meticulous research vividly captures the outpouring of emotion the two fighters aroused and the broader societal implica- tions. You do not have to be a boxing fan to appreciate and enjoy Beyond Glory. MIKE CASEY: Mike is a professional journalist and boxing historian who lives in Folkestone in the county of Kent, England. HIS work appears on a regu- lar basis on Boxing.com Kinys of the Ring by James Buffer: Beau- tiful writing by one of the great English box- ing reporters who met and befriended the legendary likes of Jim Jeffries, Ted (Kid) Lewis, Owen Moran, Benny Leonard etc. Butler was a genuine boxing man who wrote for The Ring Magazine from the early days right up until the late 1950s. In This Corner! by Pe- ter Heller: A simple con- cept, but it worked so well. Heller got his tape re- corder, did a series of one- to-one interviews with great former champions and simply let them talk freely and without censorship. From Mickey Walker to Gene Fullmer and Carmen Basilio, Heller cleverly captures each man's personality. PAUL DOYLE: Paul is a retired Drug Enforcement Agent, Diamond Belt Boxing Champion, and author of the best selling book "Hot Shots and Heavy Hits available on Amazon. One of the first boxing books I read as a boy was "Somebody Up There Likes Me" the stol-y of Rocky Graziano by Rowland Barber. I identi- fied with Graziano. Like Rocky and many other fighters I started out with two strikes against me, but found my way to the New Garden Gym. I still abide by many of the lessons I learned in- side the "squared circle." The title of'the book comes from Rocky. He describes a fight that he was losing badly, thoughts of get- ting knocked out crossing his mind, when he heard a single voice from somewhere in the crowd cheering for him, calling his name, and that voice inspired him. He went on to win the fight. I adapted the title "Some- body Up There Likes Me," to my life. No matter how dark it got, I always got down on my knees at night. Things got better and I believe it happened that way and tell others in the same circumstances, because "Somebody Up There Likes Me." It's a thought that always gave me hope. My other favorite boxing book is a classic, "The Harder They Fall," by Budd Schulberg. It is so well writ- ten that anyone can appre- ciate it. It was a cautionary tale for me about the under- belly of boxing in general and the seedy characters, the parasites, who revel in riches at the expense of the fighters, with no regard for their well-being. HENRY HASCUP: Henry is President of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame. He is also a ring announcer and noted boxing historian. I just finished read- ing Willie Pep Vs. Sandy Saddler by Doug Werner which is a quick read and I thought it was pretty good. Another one which is a lot longer is Joe Jennette: Boxing's Ironman by Joe Botti. Joe (Botti) is a friend of mine and I proofread the book for him. It is more than a boxing book, it's also a book about blacks and whites who got married and what they had to go through. Joe's parent were also black and white. Botti lets it seem that Jennette is telling his own story. r Remember Your Loved Ones The Post-Gazette accepts memorials throughout the year. Please call 617-227-8929 ACTION AT AGGANIS ARENA AND BEYOND -- As August arrives, thoughts of the coming academic year move forward in one's think- ing, the prospective return of students bringing with it the resumption of athletic action for the coming two semesters. In keeping with the har- bingers of autumn, Boston University has released its men's hockey schedule, a slate featuring 36 contests that stretch from early Octo- ber through the final day of February. There will be 22 Hockey East matchups, 11 non-con- ference games, a pair of meetings with USA Hockey squads plus an exhibition against a college team from Canada to kick off the 2014- 2015 proceedings. Those coming to Common- wealth Avenue include de- fending NCAA Champion Union College, Midwestern powers Michigan and Michi- gan State plus local rivals Harvard, Northeastern and Boston College. UConn, play- ing in its first season in Hockey East, will also pay a visit to Agganis. Another highlight will be a return to Walter Brown Arena for one game on December 194 -- when the Terriers host the U.S. National Junior Team as it prepares to compete in the World Junior Championships in Canada over the holidays. It all adds up to a challeng- ing year for second year coach Dave Quinn, who compiled a 10-21-4 overall record (5-12- 3 HE) last season in his in- augural stint behind the sto- ried bench that formerly was presided over for 40 years by the legendary Jack Parker. To be sure things could have gone better as the Terriers finished ninth in Hockey East. They were quickly eliminated from the HE playoffs by Notre Dame and were on the sidelines during the NCAA Regionals. This year, though, there is an added incentive since the Grand Prize -- the Frozen Four National Championship semi- finals and I'mals -- will be at the TD Garden come April. "Our schedule this coming season will be a good chal- lenge from start to finish," said Quinn in a press release as he looked forward to his second tour of duty in service to his alma mater. "Most of our non-conference oppo- nents are the same as last year with the exception of Union and Colgate. Plus, with all the great memories I have from Walter Brown Arena, it will be a thrill to coach against the junior team there." Action gets under way on October 4 when St. Thomas from New Brunswick, Canada comes to Boston for a pre- season affair. After that, it's on to the real thing with BU opening the regular sea- son at UMass-Amherst on October 104 . The U.S. National Under 18 Team comes in on October 184 followed by contests against Michigan (October 24 th) and Michigan State (October 25th). The home game against UConn is November 8  while the Harvard matchup is November 25 th and the one against Colgate is Novem- ber 29 th. The face-off with Colgate will be the Terriers' first game against the Red Raiders in 21 years. The 2015 portion of the schedule begins with a string of challenges. There's the con- test with defending National Champion Union on Janu- ary 3 rd followed by a two- game road trip to always tough Wisconsin on January 94-I0% The Union game will be the first-ever matchup be- tween BU and the Dutchmen. Additional games at Agganis in January feature rival Boston College on Janu- ary 164 and defending Hockey East Champion UMass-Lowell on January 19 th. February 2 nd and 9 a brings the Beanpot to the TD Garden with BU fac- ing Harvard on opening night. Another highlight has Notre Dame visiting for two games on February 20 t and 21 st. The regular season closes with two contests against North- eastern, at Agganis and at Matthews Arena. March brings the Hockey East Tournament and the NCAA Regionals. The NCAA Frozen Four comes to Cause- way Street April 9  and 11 . IN MEMORIAM -- Remem- bering Boston Globe sports columnist Ray Fitzgerald on the 32 "d anniversary of his passing (August 3, 1982). A former resident of Westfield, Ray graduated from Notre Dame in 1949 and then started his career in journal- ism at the Schenectady (N.Y.) Union-Star. He came back to the Bay State to work for the Springfield Union for 12 years before joining the Globe in 1965. He worked for the paper for 17 years, winning the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year Award 11 times during his career. He was 55 at the time of his death. Also recalling veteran Spnrujfield Union sportswriter Gerry Finn who died June 30 th in Hartford at age 86. Born in Chelsea and raised in Arlington, he gradu- ated from American Intema- tional College in Springfield in 1951 and continued to live in Western Massachusetts for most of his life. He created the golf beat coverage at the paper and went on to win awards in various categories of the Golf Writers' Associa- tion of America annual writ- ing contest on six occasions. Retired since 1993, he was inducted into the Western Massachusetts Golf Hall of Fame in 2007 as a member of its original class. Also remembering Boston Garden organist Ron Harry on the I0 th anniversary of his death (August 8, 2004}. A graduate of the acclaimed Juilliard School in New York City, he performed during Celtics and Bruins home games for more than two decades. He died while on vacation in Hawaii. He was 75.