A Who’s Who of Bobby Orr (and other athletes).

I’ve long said that my favorite hockey players are from the 1960’s and 70’s. Now I wasn’t born until 1969 so you would think that it should be the 1980’s, but that just isn’t the case. Consequently, anything written about that time period I love to read, especially if Bobby Orr is mentioned.

This week I have two books to show you. One talks about Orr and other NHL stars of that era. The other actually features athletes from other sports.

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Both books are pretty self explanatory. The Who’s Who is definitely my favorite as it contains stats for every NHL player for the 1971-72 season. Four future Hall of Famers grace the cover which is an added bonus. What also intrigues me is declaration that for the first time ever, scoring averages of every player are included. I guess it’s nice to know the goals, assists and points per game for each player.

Here is Orr’s bio on the inside.

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The second book is one of those Scholastic paperbacks that I’m sure most of us remember getting in elementary school. The other three athletes on the cover need no introduction. Out of the four, only Roger Staubach seems a bit out of place. While he had a great career, it’s not on par with those of Orr, Abdul-Jabbar and Aaron.

The inside contains very brief cookie cutter biographies of each athlete. Perfect for a 10 year old.

Here is the beginning of Orr’s story.

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Now it’s strange to me that the picture they chose to use is one of Orr skating in an exhibition game between the Bruins and their minor league affiliate the Boston Braves. Orr played for the Braves that game. Also they chose to air brush out the Braves logo on the jersey. I guess they did that as to not confuse people.

If you are interested in other Orr books like this, check out these past posts on Orr books here and here.

That’s all for this week. See you again next Sunday with more Bobby Orr.

3 Responses to “A Who’s Who of Bobby Orr (and other athletes).”

  1. The Goog says:

    I have fond memories of the Scholastic Book catalog. I never really paid attention to the sports section though :)

  2. Gary says:

    I loved those scholastic books too Goog.

  3. scifinds says:

    Which football player do you think should have been on the cover?

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