Books by and about Delaware County Sports Legends

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People familiar with Delaware County’s Sports Heritage are well aware of the achievements of County athletes and coaches. However, it might come as a surprise that many of these same individuals are also authors. Among this group are:

Jimmy Dykes, the only baseball major league player to play for over 20 years and manage for over 20 years in the big leagues.

Emlen Tunnell, first African American to be elected to football’s Hall of Fame.

Jack Ramsay, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Jack McKinney, NBA coach of the year and Phil Martelli are all St. Joseph University basketball coaches turned authors.

Two more basketball coaches–“Bo” Ryan and Theresa Grentz–are as current as you get, with Bo having coached the University of Wisconsin Basketball team to the 2014 final four and Theresa being elected in 2014 to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Vince Papale of Invicible lore, Joe Klecko and Joe Fields are three football stars with books to their credit.

Rich Westcott has written 24 books, including Mickey Vernon The Gentleman First Baseman.

Rich Pagano has published a recent book on fight promoter Baron Dougherty.

Colleen Hroncich, Danny Murtaugh’s granddaughter has authored his biography.

Ray Didinger has compiled a New Eagles Encyclopedia that is soon to be released.

Books by these authors are among the many included in an exhibit slated to open in mid-October at the Mickey Vernon Sports History Museum. The museum is located in the Granite Run Mall, on the second floor near Boscov’s. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm. For more information, contact

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Books in the Athletes and Authors Exhibit
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