The Maddest and Baddest Sportsmen on the Planet
By (author) Richard Bath
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Notorious by Richard Bath
Book DescriptionStraddling humour, trivia and sport, "Notorious" brings together for the first time one hundred of the most potty sportsmen in history. From boxing to cycling, soccer to baseball, and most sports in between, here are the hard-men and the criminals, the psychos and the loonies, that make up the sporting madness hall of shame. Among the prime candidates for sporting lunacy in this book: Prinya Charoenpal, one of the most talented kick-boxers in the sport's history, who wore make-up and pink nail polish, broke down when asked to strip for the weigh-in, pummelled the opponent who made the mistake of mocking her with a camp embrace, and who fought solely to get the money for a sex-change operation. Jack 'Hacksaw' Reynolds, the San Francisco 49-ers linebacker during the 80s, who once got plastered after losing a college game, went out to the car park with a hacksaw, and cut someone's car in half. The Brazilian football star Edmundo, infamous on the pitch for beating up fans, referees and journalists, and making his name off it by crashing his truck and killing three people, and being arrested for force-feeding beer to a chimpanzee at his son's birthday party. And there's more. The rugby league hard-man with a predilection for sticking a rigid digit finger up opponents' rears on the field of play; the baseball Hall of Famer who wielded his bat to beat up unsuspecting victims; the golfer hospitalised three times for alcohol poisoning, who came through two suicide attempts, three divorces, plus countless hotel room trashings and suspensions; the Irish jockey involved in an air rage incident who copped 110 hours of community service! And closer to home, the likes of Roy Keane, Alex Higgins, Vinnie Jones and Paul Gascoigne are also featured in this wildly captivating, and often shocking, collection of crazed sports celebrities.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780007224852
(129mm x 198mm x 17mm)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 16-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Richard Bath
Treasures of Rugby Union, Hardback (August 2015)
Covers the development of the game from the moment William Webb Ellis is reputed to have picked up a ball and run with it during a football match at Rugby School in 1823, this book focuses on the sport's biggest nations and provides a history of some of rugby's quirkier aspects, such as the British and Irish Lions and Barbarians.
Behind Enemy Lines, Paperback (February 2012)
With three Military Crosses, three Croix de guerre, a Legion d'honneur and a papal knighthood for his heroics during the Second World War, Sir Tommy Macpherson is the most decorated living soldier of the British Army. This title tells his story and features a diverse cast of characters, including Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle.
British and Irish Lions Miscellany, Hardback (October 2008)
What colour jerseys did the Lions first play in? Which of the four home nations has been represented in every Lions test team? When did Ugandan dictator Idi Amin line up against the Lions? This book contains 120 years worth of facts, stats, stories, lists and quotes from the rich history of the oldest touring team in the sporting world.
Scotland Rugby Miscellany, Hardback (October 2007)» View all books by Richard Bath
From the world's first ever rugby international against England in Edinburgh in 1871 to Andy Irvine, Gavin Hastings and beyond, this book celebrates the rich history of Scottish rugby union. It contains stats, lists, anecdotes and quotes, including the result of every Scotland rugby international ever played.
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Author Biography - Richard Bath
Richard Bath was born in 1967 and is sports editor of 'Scotland on Sunday' and a contributor to several magazines including 'Rugby World', 'Inside Edge', 'Golf' magazine and 'Inside Sport'. A former Scottish Sports Journalist of the Year, he has also published the 'Ultimate Encyclopedia of Rugby'.
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