Local Legends: The Stories Behind the Headlines100 Years of Southwestern Indiana Sports History

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Local Legends: Volume I
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By: Ron Eaton

8.5" x 11"

Vol. I - 312 pages - $54.95 - ON-DEMAND - Please allow 3-4 weeks for shipment. All ON-DEMAND sales are final.

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Author Ron Eaton has teamed up with local publisher M.T. Publishing Company to compile two successful books on local sports Local Legends: The Stories Behind the Headlines and Local Legends: The Stories Continue.

These books are large 8.5" x 11" coffee table editions with a deluxe hardbound covers and dust jackets. High-gloss, double-coated paper has been used for superior photo reproductions in this all-color editions.

This is a great addition to your personal library or as a gift for the sports enthusiast in your life. Do not miss this opportunity to own a piece of our community's history.

Ron Eaton has captured the history and ambience that is sports in southwestern Indiana. Local Legends is a must read for those who remember the stories he recounts and for those who will continue the legacy of athletics in the area for years to come.
- Jon Siau, Evansville

Ron Eaton’s book brings Southern Indiana sports to life. It is a walk down memory lane with stories of outstanding athletes and their teams. I can relate to all the people, both younger and older, because I have lived it and have heard of these people all my life. I highly recommend it to everyone as a true history of Southern Indiana athletics. It is an honor to be included in this fine publication.
- Roger Kaiser, Carrollton GA (Dale High School, class of 1957)

When I heard about Mr. Eaton's proposal to write about the local legends of the area, I was skeptical. Oftentimes in this kind of endeavor the focus is narrow or limited to a certain era in time. I was amazed at the product that Ron put out. The focus was all-encompassing, and the span of time he covered was amazing. The time and effort that went into this project had to be enormous. He is to be commended on a job extremely well done. It is obvious that this was a grind, just nothing but hard work and dedication.
- Bob Clayton, head football coach, Heritage Hills High School

Ron Eaton's meticulously researched chronicle of Southwestern Indiana athletics will provide hours, if not days, of compelling reading. Even veterans of the Evansville sports scene will be surprised by what they never knew or had long forgotten. Ron's series of short profiles should find readers saying, "Just one more." Each is a masterpiece.
- Bill Bussing, Evansville

Local Legends is first class from the outside cover with memorabilia items to each page filled with ‘local legends’. It is a fantastic journey down memory lane for sports fans who grew up in this area. Even my daughters wanted a copy as soon as they saw not only me, but also people they had known growing up in Evansville mentioned in the book.
Local Legends would make a great gift for grandparents, dads, moms and even children who lived in this area during any of the years covered in this book. I guarantee they will be nodding their heads and even sometimes saying, "I saw that; I was there." as they read about the ‘Local Legends’.
- Buster Briley, Evansville

This book is a great read! It is full of photos, stories and fun facts. It is written in an entertaining yet concise style.
- Jeff Crowley, Evansville

Ron Eaton has done what I thought was impossible. In one book, Local Legends, he has examined an enormous number of athletes, eras, and different sports in the tri-state area. His research and efforts to retell the well-known as well as the long forgotten sports stories are very important to the history and sports community. Local Legends uses numerous personal accounts and rarely seen photos to bring these stories alive. This book is a must for local history aficionados and sports fanatics alike.
- Jon Carl, Evansville

The book Local Legends is much more than I expected it to be. It is truly a great read. You can't put it down.
- Richard Lankford, Princeton

I love the Local Legends book! I am finding out about a lot of the people who have worked hard to get where they are today. Great work ethic is the key to most of these people's success. It is interesting to look back and reminisce about a lot of good times.
- Paul Gries, Evansville

Local Legends: The Stories Behind the Headlines by Ron Eaton is a long-overdue project. Ron is the one with the tenacity and fortitude to complete the project like no other. The stories and photographs that he compiled created a masterpiece. It is a "must own" and an incredible reference for anyone connected with Southern Indiana history or sports.
- Randy Harris, Petersburg

Thank you, Ron Eaton! Any true sports fan who grew up in Indiana and believes in basketball, in particular, will truly enjoy Local Legends: The Stories Behind the Headlines and how it honors outstanding accomplishments.
It isn’t just every day a family can find a book as well written and full of information, a book that will be shared not only with friends and family, but with others as well. Local Legends is filled with southwestern Indiana greats who are finally receiving the recognition that is long overdue. A MUST READ!
- Ron Brand, Evansville (member of the Roberts Stadium Foundation Board)


Introduction and Dedication
Local Sports IQ Quiz

Chapter 1 (1907-1949)
Reitz Football: A Tradition of Excellence
The Byers Family: West Side Royalty
The 1923 Alices in Wonderland
Edd Roush: The “$10,000 Man”
Bob Hamilton: “It’s a great world!”
Pete Fox: Evansville’s First World Series Champion
The Dope Bag: A 34-Year Tradition
The Ping Era: When the Tigers Reigned Supreme
Billy Hillenbrand: The Evansville Express
100 Years of Washington Basketball
Bosse Goes Back-to-Back in ’44 & ’45
Cyril Birge: A Piece of Hoosier Hoops History
The Wildcat Wonders, Jasper’s 1949 State Champs

Chapter 2 (1945-1965)
Local Girls Had a League of Their Own
Lee Hamilton: From the Court to the Capitol
Lincoln High School: The End of an Era
Marty Amsler: Persistence and Patience Pay Off
Roger Kaiser and Bob Reinhart: Dale High School’s Pair of Aces
Carson Jones: The Nebo Flash
1950– ’51: A Season to Remember
Gil Hodges: An American Hero
Larry Stallings: He Tackled the Best
Quentin Merkel: Memorial’s Mr. Baseball

Chapter 3 (1957-1962)
The Perfect Panthers of 1961
Don Hansen: Big Man in the Middle
Mike Madriaga: Fear Factor Made Him a Winner
Princeton’s Jerry Scott: ‘The Snake’ Could Do It All
The Volkmans: Ed, Eileen and the Boys
Once in a Lifetime Journey
Bosse’s 1962 State Champs: A Touch of Class
Dave Schellhase: A Game for the Ages
Our Fields of Battle

Chapter 4 (1950-1975)

Aces Basketball: An Incredible Journey
The Golden Age of Aces Basketball
Arad McCutchan: The Man with the Plan
Gus Doerner: The Mackey Marvel
Hugh Ahlering: ‘The Old Man’ Was a Winner
Ed Smallwood: The Big Smoke
Buster Briley: Sweet Guy with a Sweet Shot
Larry Humes: Still #1
Jerry Sloan: Simply the Best
Steve Welmer: A ‘Whale’ of a Career
Don Buse: From Poverty to the Pros

Chapter 5 (1958-1975)
Bob Griese: From Sandlot to Super Bowl
Senior Moments
Vaughn Wedeking: A Winner On and Off the Court
Jerry Brewer: 44 Years of Winning
Larry and Haley Harris: Like Father – Like Daughter
Paul Gries: A Lifetime of Sports
Vincennes University: A Stepping Stone for Talent
The Owen Family: Three Generations and Counting
The Lochmuellers: Father and son Hall of Famers
Basketball and Strawberry Shortcake
Vincennes Basketball: The Memering Era
Gunner Wyman: He Did It His Way
Tom Kron: UK Blue Through and Through

Chapter 6 (1960-1990)
The ’67 North Huskies: How Sweet it Was!
Bob Ford: Mr. Clutch
The Mattingly Brothers: Talent and Class
Don Mattingly: Donnie Baseball
Woodie Sublett Walker: At the Top of Her Game
Bob Winchell: Brains and Brawn
Scott Studwell: ‘Little’ Man Made It Big
Andy Benes: From #3 to #1
Area Bowling Centers Are Steeped in Tradition
Bosse’s Bulldogs: Back-to-Back Perfection
Castle’s Rise to Football Prominence
Cheryl Dowell: The Queen of Mean
Fütbol: The New Kid in Town
Vincennes Lincoln: #1 in ’81

Chapter 7 (1960-1990)
Richard Lankford: The Voice of Gibson County
The Lander Family: Daddy’s Little Girls Made It Big
The ’81 Lady Panthers: Super Team – Super-stitious
Kevin Hardy: As Tough as They Come
Lanae Renschler: A Perfect 4 for 4
Lights, Camera, Action
Mike Blake: A 35-Year Stopover
Chris Lowery: A Coach on the Floor
Mark Buse: Flying High
Calbert Cheaney: Mom Showed Him the Way
Elissa Kim: “Off the Record”
Walter McCarty: You Gotta Dream
Mt. Vernon Swimming: “There is no secret.”
Pat Shoulders Brought the World to Evansville

Chapter 8 (1985-2007)
1994 Castle Football: From Outhouse to Penthouse
Memorial Girls Tennis: A Legacy of Love
USI: From Ugly Duckling to Swan
‘Big John’ Hollinden: A Giant of a Man
LeAnn Freeland: A Small Town Girl with Big Dreams
Mike Pegram: The Man with the Golden Touch
Boonville Softball: He Built It, and They Came
Heritage Hills Football: Pipeline to the Pros
Jay Cutler: God-Given Talent
Ken Dilger: Super Bowl Champion
Matt Mauck: Natural Talent, Natural Leader
Stephanie Hazlett: A Competitor at Every Level
Mater Dei Wrestling: Decades of Dominance
Jamey Carroll: Little Man with a Big Heart

IHSAA State Champions
Legends in the Making


Introduction & Dedication
Legends Update
Sports History IQ Quiz

Chapter 1 – Gridiron Greats
Evansville College Football: A Legacy of Leadership
Levron Williams: He Beat the Odds
Mt. Carmel Football: A Way of Life
Bob Stephenson: Grey & Blue Through & Through
Logan Hayford: The Heart of a Champion
Curtis Painter: Courage under Fire
Joe Gengelbach: A Career of Service
Super Fan ― Super Family
Deke Cooper: This Dog Could Bite

Chapter 2 – Batter Up!
Castle Softball: A Model of Excellence
Jim Haaff: Rockport’s Mr. Baseball
Tecumseh Softball Can Play with the Best
Don Liddle: A Piece of World Series History
Larry Collins: A Little League Legend
Gibson Southern Softball: A Winning Machine
Jasper Baseball: First Class All the Way

Chapter 3 – Fore!
The City Golf Tournament
Bob Walther: Golf’s Guru
Steady Ed Wolf
Kevin Wassmer: Chasing the Legend
Jerry Schreiber: The Undisputed King
Victoria National: A Diamond in the Rough
Brian Tennyson: The Dream Chaser
North High Golf: A Model of Consistency
Jeff Overton: BOOM, BABY!
Natalie Schmett: Destined for Greatness
David Erdy: The Naturalv

Chapter 4 – Hoops Heroes
Tex Graham: A Leader of Men
Jerry Clayton: The Best Ever?
Vincennes Rivet: From Joke to Juggernaut
Joe Mullan: The White Shadow
Marty Simmons: The Man for the Job
Bruce Dockery: “I Could See It in Their Eyes”
‘Little Dickey’ Kinder: Long-range Sniper
The’09 Princeton Tigers: Pure Perfection
The Jim Crews Era at UE
Mater Dei’s Lady Wildcats: “Don’t stop until you get there”
The Best of the Best: The Area’s Top 20

Chapter 5 – Multi-talented
John Wellemeyer Could Do It All
Jim Schmidt: A Man for All Seasons
Jalen Pendleton: Player of the Year
Dan Egierski: “It’s All about the Kids”
Julie Goedde: Versatile and Talented
Bruce Lomax: Hometown Proud
Wayne Boultinghouse: From Farm to Fame
Jerry Birge Has Done It All
Clint Keown: One of a Kind
Rex Mundi: 13 Years of Excellence

Chapter 6 – Superstars
Alisa Raymond: Power Personified
John Schmitt: Star Gazer
Mary Cox: A True Boonville Pioneer
Bud Garland: The Relay Master
Jim Kaiser Could ‘Deliver’
Ginger Lutterman: The Queen of Local Volleyball
Charlie Siesky: The Maestro
Memorial Soccer: Double Domination
Bryce Brown: Simply the Best
Blake Maurer: In a Class of His Own
Leslie VanWinkle: Born to Compete

Chapter 7 – A Family Affair
The Welch Brothers: Castle’s Triple Threat
Max & Gracie Lachowecki: Super Siblings
The McIntosh Boys: All the Clichés and More
The Risingers: Three-mendous Family
The Emmons Sisters: A Recipe for Success
Pete & Chad Rupp: Like Father, Like Son
The Zellers: Building a Foundation
The Winsett Sisters: Unparalleled Success
The Schiff Brothers: An Era of Supremacy

Chapter 8 – Diaper Dandies
Macie Elliott: Fierce & Fearless
Jasmine Lee: A Product of Desire
McKinley Warren: Running for Daylight
Bosse’s Super Sophs
Lukas Greif: Extraordinary Talent
Travis Wannemueller: Little Man, Big Leg
The Duncans: A True Family Affair
Tori Schickel: Power in the Paint
Maura Muensterman: The Best of the Bunch
Tyra Buss: Little Sure Shot
Yamani Hunter: Chasing History
Jackie Young: The Sky’s the Limit

Additional Information

ISBN 978-1-934729-10-6 Vol. I, 978-1-934729-98-4 Vol. II
Availability In Stock

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