Last Press Bus Out of Middletown
Published by: Indiana University Press
For 30 years, celebrated sports journalist Bob Hammel has reported on a variety of games and athletes–the Olympics, Pan American Games, 23 NCAA Final Fours, Major League Baseball playoffs and World Series, college football bowl games, Muhammad Ali's last championship victory, and dozens of Indiana high school basketball Final Fours. In all that time, however, he's never written much about himself–ntil now.
In Last Press Bus Out of Middletown, Bob tells the story of how an Indiana sports journalist without a college degree, armed with talent, gumption, and a whole lot of inspiration and advice from those he worked with, earned national attention while still working for his small-town newspaper. From Bob Knight to Mark Spitz, from the horrors of the Munich Olympics tragedy to the Hoosiers' exhilarating clinching of the NCAA basketball championship, Bob Hammel's journey has been unforgettable. Even in his 80s, it's a dream that still has him smiling and storytelling.
Preface by Michael Koryta
In the Beginning. . .Henry David, William Allen, Dad, and Mom
BOOK ONE Journalism and I
My "Sundown Town"
Religion, Politics, and Me
My College Years, in a Newsroom
Four Schools, Four Towns, Second Grade
BOOK TWO Olympian Tales
The Perry Stewart Effect
BOOK THREE My Gift That Kept Giving
Even at Schwimmhalle, All Wasn't Golden
About That Basketball Game
Los Angeles 1984
BOOK FOUR The Bob Knight Effect
BOOK FIVE Friendships and Relationships