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Reviewed by Steve Leshin for Readers' Favorite
Reading Excellence in Motion (25 of the Finest Acts of Sportsmanship) by Dave Tomlinson, I came away with a more positive feeling toward competitive sports in general. In an age of prima donna sports celebrities (they know who they are) and bad behavior tolerated in sports, this book is a must-read. The 25 finest acts, nicely described by the author, Dave Tomlinson, focuses on famous sports professionals like Jack Nicklaus and Jimmy Connors, as well as less known amateur athletes. I especially liked the story of Sara Tucholsky, a softball player and college senior for Western Oregon. In her whole college career, she had never hit a home run. I was amazed at what happened when she finally did. And what happened to her next. The unselfish act of an opposing team member is amazing. There is the story of Nicklaus at the Ryder Cup, and what he did. The book begins with the display of sportsmanship of Luz Long with Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. You will be inspired.
Without giving too much away, let me say there are amazing examples of selflessness from names I am very familiar with and names I have never heard of. The story of Meghan Vogel and the sacrifice she made in a state championship track meet is inspiring. Excellence in Motion covers a wide range of sports from golf, softball, track and field, formula car racing, gymnastics, cricket, football (soccer to some) and American football. The Olympics are covered as well by author Tomlinson. I appreciate the research that must have been done. Overall, the writing is well done. There are also illustrations to accompany each story. A fine read.