Conversations with Coach Wooden: On Baseball, Heroes, and Life (Hardcover)
On Baseball, Heroes, and Life
Santa Monica Press, 9781595800763, 439pp.
Publication Date: May 15, 2013
From legendary basketball coach John Wooden’s life lessons and pyramid of success” philosophy to musings on his favorite sportbaseballthis engaging account chronicles the friendship between Wooden and fellow University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) head coach Gary Adams. For nearly a decade, the two celebrated coaches shared an office and developed a close friendship that lasted 35 years until Wooden’s passing. Adams’s heartwarming narrative details discussions they shared about heroes, history, life, and their mutual favorite pastimebaseball. The book also reflects on Wooden’s core philosophies and the guiding principles behind his numerous basketball successes, including his election into two halls of fame as a player and a coach, winning 10 National College Athletic Association (NCAA) National Championships in a 12-year period, and being named NCAA College Basketball Coach of the Year six times. Recollections from Major League Baseball stars Eric Karros, David Roberts, and Chase Utley are also included, along with quotes from other athletes and associates of UCLA.