MACKIN, Bob




Author Tags: Sports

A former soccer player, Bob Mackin has written several baseball books and books on soccer.

Co-written with goalkeeping coach Shel Brodsgaard, Goals and Dreams: A Celebration of Canadian Women's Soccer (Nightwood, 2005) highlights the Edmonton Under-19 Women's World Championships and the Women's World Cup, in which Canada beat Argentina, Japan and China to clinch fourth place. In 1973, there were only three girls’ soccer clubs in British Columbia. By 1980, there 317 teams playing under the BC Girls Soccer Association. In 2004, there were more than 347,000 women and girls playing nationally on registered teams—42 percent of Canada’s 825,000 players. With profiles of Canada’s top female players such as Charmaine Hooper and Kara Lang, Goals and Dreams recalls and celebrates the evolution of Canadian women’s soccer.

Action shots of Mia Hamm, Gabriel “Batigol” Batistuta and other soccer greats bearing down on the ball with steely-eyed determination inspire young players in Soccer The Winning Way: Play Like the Pros (Greystone 2001). Along with full-colour photos of professional players in game situations, Mackin outlines basic skills from fair play to defensive strategies with step-by-step photos of junior players. In his The Unofficial Guide to Baseball's Most Unusual Records (Greystone), Mackin recalls how manager Jack McKeown and Vancouver Mounties ace pitcher George Bamburger once experimented with using a miniature radio transmitter to communicate with one another while pitching in 1962.

BOOKS:

Soccer The Winning Way: Play Like the Pros (Greystone 2001 $14.95). 1-55054-825-5

The Unofficial Guide to Baseball's Most Unusual Records (Greystone).

Goals and Dreams: A Celebration of Canadian Women's Soccer (Nightwood, 2005, $14.95). With Shel Brodsgaard. 0-88971-205-0

[BCBW 2005] "Sports"