This book represents not only the sum of forty years of experience in athletics, but also in a significant way, the input and influence throughout the years of many family members, friends, teammates, teachers, and coaches. A few, in particular, deserve mention: My brothers, Greg and Tom, and my sister, Jeannie, whose advice, support, and perspective have always been, and will continue to be, greatly appreciated; others along the way have made a lasting impression, including Ernie Bence, Ed Salomon, Carm DiSimoni, Bo Brickels, Ron Grinker, Cynthia Patterson, Jim Bruning, and of course, Willie Marble.
I am grateful to all those who took the time to discuss ideas or to review drafts, especially Mark Soltz, Mark Sumwalt, Lane Estes, Maureen Devlin, Cynthia Patterson, Kevin Lennon, Neil Isaacs, Ed Salomon, and, in particular, Bob McCabe. Their thoughtful comments and continued interest in my work is greatly appreciated.
Jim Lichtenberg deserves a special measure of gratitude for the active personal interest he took in this project and for his