Sports Talk Memories

Sports Talk Memories

by Randy Turner


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From 1986 through 1999, reporter Randy Turner gave southwest Missouri readers a different look at sports through his Sports Talk columns. The columns not only covered the games, but offered a revealing look at the athletes who played in those games.
Among the stories featured in this volume:
-A football coach meets an eight-year-old girl who is permanently in a wheelchair because of a drunk driver
-A cheerleader talks about her aunt, Nancy Cruzan, and the right-to-die case that went to the U. S. Supreme Court
-A mother watches her daughter play her final high school volleyball match
-The high school coach who murdered his wife and then committed suicide
-A football legend returns to his home town after 25 years to be honored
-The baseball great who fanned five Hall-of-Famers in a row
-The high school girl who received her first kiss in front of 1,500 fans
-A high school basketball player teaches Haitian children how to play the sport
-A town tries to cope with the suicide of a football player
-He played in one of the greatest Cotton Bowl games of all time, but this legend is stirred more by a high school rivalry
-Family and friends help a basketball player whose house burns to the ground
-On the day she was expected to lead her team to the state volleyball championship, funeral services are held for a star athlete
-After an ACLU threat bans a pre-game prayer over the public address system, a community gathers in the end zone to pray
-A football player overcomes a near-fatal accident to receive a college scholarship.

The Best of Sports Talk relives the joys and sorrows of sports and of the people who participate in them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781974653089
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/17/2017
Pages: 122
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

Randy Turner is a retired teacher and longtime newspaper reporter and editor who has received more than 70 awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, spot news coverage, and sports writing. His essays on education and politics are featured frequently on Huffington Post and Daily Kos. His blog, The Turner Report,, features news and commentary about education and politics in southwest Missouri, the state of Missouri and the nation.

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