Champions of Sports Author:George Vass When Babe Didrickson Zaharias entered the world of sports, women weren't involved in professional athletics. Through determination, hard work, and skill, she paved the way for other women athletes. — Johnny Unitas was a most unlikely person to become a great quarterback. Unusually small for a football player, he had to make a supreme effort to ... more »reach the peak of his profession.
Mickey Mantle had to overcome tremendous physical handicaps to achieve success in baseball.
Barney Ross, one of history's great boxers, and the one-time holder of both the lightweight and welterweight world crowns, fought and won his battle against drug addiction.
All of these people and others in this volume -- Jackie Robinson, Jesse Owens, Ben Hogan, Althea Gibson, Jim Piersall, and Pete Reiser -- have something in common: they all fought against great odds to achieve their goals. They showed both physical and moral courage.« less