Orr

Orr

My Story

Book - 2013
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One of the greatest sports figures of all time breaks his silence in a memoir as unique as the man himself. He has never written a memoir, authorized a biography, or talked to journalists about his past, but now he is finally ready to tell his story. The author is often referred to as the greatest ever to play the game of hockey. From 1966 through the mid-seventies, he could change a game just by stepping on the ice. No defenseman had ever played the way he did, or received so many trophies, or set so many records, several of which still stand today. But all the brilliant achievements leave unsaid as much as they reveal. They don't tell what inspired him, what drove him, what it was like for a shy small-town kid to suddenly land in the full glare of the media. They don't tell what it was like when the agent he regarded as a brother betrayed him and left him in financial ruin. They don't tell what he thinks of the game of hockey today. He is speaking out now because 'I am a parent and a grandparent and I believe that I have lessons worth passing on.' This is more than a book about hockey; it is about the making of a man. -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2013]
ISBN: 9780399161759
0399161759
Branch Call Number: 796.962 ORR ORR
Characteristics: xiii, 290 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : facsimiles, illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm

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moose7766
Aug 11, 2016

This is a good book, albeit, its very polite, as Orr the man is. There is no real detailing of grievances. You would think his affairs with Alan Eagleson would merit some kind of anger coming out of the book, but that is glossed over. I recommend this book, but if you want BOTH sides of the story of Orr, I strongly suggest reading Stephen Brunt;s great book "Searching for Bobby Orr" after you read this one. Stephen's book is amazing in detailing both good and bad things that happened to Orr.

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dirtbag1
Jan 20, 2016

One of the very best all round hockey players ever to play the game. Definitely THE best skater in hockey ever. I loved his anecdote about Eddie Shack and wish there were more memories along this line in the book. Keep your head up Bobby.

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rb3221
Apr 29, 2015

Perhaps the greatest hockey player ever who changed the way the game was played. A phenomenally gifted skater who won the Art Ross Trophy twice (an incredible feat for a defenseman), the James Norris 8X in a row and countless other awards. But the unassuming Orr shows he did not place a great value on these: he was truly a team player. Rather he "is the nicest, kindest and giving person you will ever meet" (quote by Gordie Howe). This biography is not just about hockey but rather how we need to treat people with respect, about Orr's approach to life, what he learned along the way and the incredible role model his parents provided .
Also included is a chapter on Don Cherry and an honest account of Alan Eagleson ("the bad memory", "the bully", "how can he sleep with the knowledge" and how Eagleson changed his approach to people. Orr ends with some forthright, very relevant and timely opinions on hockey to-day, especially the role of coaches and parents.

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pagpas
Nov 10, 2014

A remarkable story of #4 - his personal journey. A quiet, unassuming man.

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robert4
May 12, 2014

Good book. Well worth reading.

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