Local Author Provides First-hand Look at Boston’s Sports Heroes
LEOMINSTER -- Boston sports fans are in for a treat this holiday season, as local author and former Sentinel & Enterprise sports editor Chris Daly will be on hand at the Barnes & Noble in Leominster to sign copies of his new book, “Hub Heroes: Revealing Profiles Of Boston Sports Legends ... And More.”
The book-signing will be held at Barnes & Noble in Watertower Plaza on Friday, Dec. 28, from 3-7 p.m.
Daly, drawing on his first-hand experience as a sports editor for the community paper, focuses mostly on Boston sports legends, then closes with a pair of chapters on two New York baseball Hall of Famers, little-known dead-ball era pitcher Jack Chesbro and Yankee great Mickey Mantle.
Boston legends featured include Bob Cousy, Larry Bird, Johnny Most, Rocky Marciano, Carl Yastrzemski, Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, and Johnny Sain. Even though Marciano was born and raised in nearby Brockton, Boston has always made its own claim on the former undefeated heavyweight boxing champion.
“With the exception of two entirely new chapters, these profiles are revised, updated, and expanded versions of articles written during of my 12-year tenure at the Sentinel & Enterprise,” Daly said. “I added chapters on Marciano and Chesbro because I had a personal interest in these legends.”
Daly, a Gardner resident who owns Daly’s Property Shoppe in Gardner, explains the focus of his book in the introduction.
“This book is a collection of no-holds barred profiles and commentary drawn mostly from my interviews -- many one-on-one -- with legendary athletes, as well as one iconic broadcaster,” he writes. “I have added interesting facts gleaned from historical research to bring these heroes into sharper focus. In summary, this book is a combination of memoir, biography, and sports history.”
Born on Long Island, like Yastrzemski, and raised there and in Massachusetts, Daly has been an enthusiast of teams from both New York and Boston, whose legendary figures are profiled in the book. He is 1974 graduate of Gardner High School.
Daly explained how his text is different from most sports books available today.
“Sports books that are biographical in nature usually just focus on one person, like recent books on David Ortiz and Tom Brady,” he said. “My book is a collection of 10 legends. Only half of them are still alive: Cousy, Bird, Yastrzemski, Boggs, and Clemens. All made a distinct and lasting mark on their sports.”
Jamaal Dockery, a 2018 graduate of Mount Wachusett Community College’s graphic arts department, designed the cover and provided the illustrations for the book.
“Jamaal is a talented young man,” Daly said. “It was fortunate that he was able to tackle the project immediately after he finished his studies.”