Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rich memoir recounts a life built around sports

In the world of sports, there isn't much Bob Rich hasn't played, coached, or managed. His childhood love of hockey blossomed into a stint as part owner of his hometown Buffalo Sabres. He formed a handball team that competed in the New York State Games, capturing a bronze medal and two silvers in three years. He purchased the then Double-A Buffalo Bisons in 1982, building them into one of the most successful franchises in minor league baseball. Add to that list holding naming rights on Buffalo's NFL stadium, playing competitive polo, sport fishing, endurance swimming, and you have a guy who can't sit still.

Rich details his varied sports history in his new book, The Right Angle: Tales from a Sporting Life. While the baseball chapters, which are full of behind-the-scenes details of the expansion process, will likely be of most interest to readers here, there are plenty of other entertaining stories in the book, particularly for residents of Upstate New York who follow the Sabres and Bills. For my full review, please visit BaseballAmerica.com.

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