Reading With Bobby Orr Part I

Can you guess what this weeks (and next weeks for that matter) post is about. Of course it’s all about books. Specifically books where Orr is on the cover.

There are quite a few out there, so I’ve decided to split them up into two categories: Books strictly about Bobby himself or the Bruins as a team and books about hockey in general.

I’m not going to include magazines here, because frankly, their are too many to write about and show.

So with that said, let’s get on with the first part which is books about Orr or the Bruins.


These books and the others that you will see came out in the 70’s and are mostly light weight accounts of Orr’s life and career. The one exception is the upper left hand book entitled “Searching for Bobby Orr.” This was released in 2006 and digs a little deeper into Orr’s personal life.


Again, alot of these are Scholastic books aimed at kids, so nothing too intense within the pages.


You’ll notice that with these books, I have different versions. The content is the same, just the covers different. The top set is just the hardcover and paperback versions. The bottom is just a photo cover and a drawn one.


Here are the American and Russian versions of the same book.


Here are three versions of the same book. The hardcover, paperback and large paperback book of “Orr on Ice.” The hardcover version is the actually copy that I’ve had since I was a kid.


These books feature Orr on the cover, but are about the Bruins team as a whole. The book on the left, “The Picture History of the Boston Bruins” is a particular great book to own if you are a fan of the team. It covers the formation of the team right through the 1975 season in both words and pictures.

That’s all for part I. Next week I’ll have even more books with Orr featured on the cover and inside the pages. Hope you all come back to check them out.

10 Responses to “Reading With Bobby Orr Part I”

  1. scifinds says:

    So which one was you favorite read? Then of course which one is the rarest? I think I like the one about the bog, bad Bruins. Ha!

  2. Gary says:

    Actually, The Big Bad Bruins is probably my favorite book because it deals with the whole team. As far as rarity, I don’t think any of them are really that rare. You don’t see them all the time, but with a little looking you should be able to get any that you would want. I would have to say however that the Russian version of “Bobby Orr: My Game” is probably the toughest to find.

  3. The Goog says:

    I had no idea there were so many books about Orr, but considering all the books I’ve seen (or read) about Stephen King, I shouldn’t be surprised.

  4. theiceman says:

    the Russian book was impossible till Ronald Regan had that wall torn down, but I found the “Shore to Orr” book harder to find with a good dust jacket, as the gold cover seems to tear easily.

  5. Gary says:

    I know what you mean The Goog. When I started collecting Orr items it seemed that everytime I thought I was done with his books another one came out of nowhere.

  6. Gary says:

    You’re right Bob. Everytime I came across a copy of “Shore to Orr” (which wasn’t very often), the jacket always seemed to be messed up. I’m lucky to have one in nice shape.

  7. Russ says:

    Hey Gary, I really like this post. It actually reminded me of a couple of these books that I’ve had tucked away with the rest of my collection. I was in Montreal in 2006 and a buddy of mine stopped in a book store on St.Catherine st and they had copies of “Searching for Bobby Orr” signed by the author. I havent had a chance to read it yet but I think I will soon.

  8. Gary says:

    Thanks Russ! I know you’re a busy guy, but it’s a good read.

  9. jeff says:

    I have the book you have, “#4 bobby orr “french version, booby orr bumper hockey game ( orr’s image on the outside boards) sticks and puck etc. still in plastic bags. open box , unused, super colour poster #14 “farewell to bobby orr” in hawks uniform, and a bobby orr poster with CAHA save and score image with facsimile autograph, I wondering if you have seen these before, thanks for your time

  10. Gary says:

    Hi Jeff, I probably have, but I’ve seen so many Orr items over the years it would be easier if you had pictures of the items. If you can at some point email me photos and I’ll take a look. Thanks.

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