"The man is a paradox, a ruler who sometimes doesn't rule but a leader who almost never loses": First edition of The Wizard of Westwood; Inscribed by John Wooden
The Wizard of Westwood: Coach John Wooden and His UCLA Bruins.
Chapin, Dwight and Jeff Prugh. (John Wooden).$475.00
Item Number: 92508
Boston: Houghton and Mifflin, 1973.
First edition of Chapin and Prugh’s exhaustive biography of legendary basketball coach John Wooden. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated. Lengthily inscribed by Wooden on the front free endpaper, “Many thanks for your interest in the subject of this book, even though it is filled with inaccuracies, both complimentary and uncomplimentary. John Wooden.” Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some light rubbing to the extremities. Jacket photograph by Rich Clarkson.
Written by two sportswriters for the Los Angeles Times, The Wizard of Westwood delves into the complex character of one of the most revered coaches in the history of sports, John Wooden. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1960 and as a coach in 1973, Wooden won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period as head coach at UCLA, including a record seven in a row (no other team has won more than four in a row in Division 1 college men or women's basketball). Wooden was renowned for his short, simple inspirational messages to his players which often were directed at how to be a success in life as well as in basketball.