Minnesota Made Me

Minnesota Made Me


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What is it about living in Minnesota that shapes the careers and values of its most successful athletes and sports figures? In Minnesota Made Me, award-winning sportswriter Patrick C. Borzi digs into the background of more than three dozen of Minnesota’s most accomplished athletes, coaches, broadcasters, and executives in search of the answer.

For this book, Borzi interviewed more than 20 local sports figures, including Larry Fitzgerald Jr., Lindsay Whalen, Adam Thielen, and Tyus Jones. The stories go beyond modern stars, though. Lou Nanne and Tony Oliva came to Minnesota from afar and never left. Paul Molitor and Zach Parise found success elsewhere, then came back and found more. The book also chronicles historical figures such as the late Toni Stone, who left to become a pioneer in baseball's Negro Leagues. And the state has produced Olympians in many sports, with gold medalists Jessie Diggins, Briana Scurry, John Shuster, and Gigi Marvin among those who shared their stories.

Whether famous or obscure, lifelong residents or transplants, all share common ground in work ethic, integrity, and a drive for excellence. Many have gone on to find success in post-athletic endeavors as well. The stories they've shared here are sure to educate and inspire.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781634940313
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 288,607
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Patrick C. Borzi's three-decade career in journalism has taken him from Long Island to South Florida to New England to New Jersey and on to Minneapolis. A graduate of Fordham University, Borzi has covered nine World Series, three Super Bowls, two Olympic Games, and the careers of more than a dozen Hall of Famers. He met his wife Rachel, also a journalist, on the Olympics beat.

Sid Hartman is an iconic sports columnist for the Star Tribune. He has covered sports for Minneapolis newspapers for more than 70 years, and since 1981 he has also hosted a radio show for WCCO 830 AM.

Table of Contents

Foreword Sid Hartman 6

Introduction 10

Patty Berg 13

Matt Birk 16

Henry Boucha 25

Dick Bremer 33

Herb Brooks 41

Natalie Darwitz and Krissy Wendell 47

Jessie Diggins 54

Tori Dixon 63

Ryan Dungey 70

Pete Fenson 76

Larry Fitzgerald Jr. 83

Michael Floyd 91

Tyus Jones 95

Jerry Kindall 99

Buzz and Manny Lagos 103

Gigi Marvin 112

Paul Molitor 122

Lou Nanne 133

Peps Neuman 141

Tony Oliva 146

J.P. and Zach Parise 156

Jim Petersen 165

Amy Peterson 175

Maddie Rooney 182

Tony Sanneh 192

Flip Saunders 201

Brian a Scurry 208

Marcus Sherels 219

John Shuster 224

Bruce Smith 237

Toni Stone 242

Glen Taylor 245

Adam Thielen 254

Darrell Thompson 262

Lindsay Whalen 266

Select Bibliography 280

Index 290

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Minnesota Made Me 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MinTwinsNY More than 1 year ago
Minnesota has produced its share of championship athletes in a wide variety of sports. From curling (Pete Fenson) to motocross (Ryan Dungey) to women’s soccer (Briana Scurry), stories about more than three dozen athletes, or people who have worked in sports such as broadcasters, who have called Minnesota home are told in this book by Patrick C. Borzi. The format of the book is straightforward – short biographies of more than three dozen athletes in many different sports. They are presented in alphabetical order from golf legend Patty Berg to basketball star Lindsey Whalen. Whalen is in a class by herself as she won championships for her teams in Minnesota at the high school, college and professional level. In addition to the lesser known sports listed above, there are stories about star athletes in major sports that many people know. Stars such as Larry Fitzgerald (football), Paul Molitor and Tony Oliva (baseball) and Zach Parise (hockey) are also portrayed. The stories are short but complete as the reader will learn more about the person in their professional and private lives. Some stories are understandably longer than others, but much of that depended on how much the athlete wanted to share with the author. It should also be noted that not every person portrayed is a Minnesota native. For example, the above noted Tony Oliva was born in Cuba but was signed by the Minnesota Twins as a teenager and once he came to Minnesota, it was his home. While I was hoping to learn a little more about some of these athletes, especially those in the fringe sports that get little or no coverage from the media, this was a decent book that readers who hail from Minnesota (like this reviewer) or want to read about a wide variety of sports will enjoy it. I wish to thank Press Box Books for providing a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.