By William J. Buchanan
"This isn't really your traditional account of a tender man's dying of melanoma, yet a full of life and extraordinary tale of John Baker's choice to go away scholars with newfound talents and self-confidence. . . . a notable, uplifting tale of wish and backbone which just isn't missed."--Bookwatch
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Then, on Sunday, October 3, 1964, racing through a blinding, bone-chilling rainstorm, he had captured the five-thousand-meter Gold Medal for the United States in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. In 1967, as Sports Director of the Athens Athletic Club in Oakland, California, Bob Schul was training selected runners he believed had merit. Schul remembered the scrappy Lobo miler well. He replied to John's letter at once. He'd be happy to accept him as a trainee. Schul quickly detected flaws in John's style.
Sweating profusely he raised his shirt. The movement of the material across his chest was like a red-hot file on his skin. Scared, bewildered, he dropped his hands to his side and lay back against the boulder. " he muttered aloud. " He remained there, unmoving, for almost an hour. At last the pain subsided. His vision and breathing slowly returned Page 16 to normal. He pushed himself to his feet and found his legs were rubbery, but he could walk. He went over to where he had fallen and bent down to pick up his stopwatch.
I'm in training for the Olympics . " "I know," Johnson said. " John smiled, honestly grateful for this recognition, for this unexpected bond between them. Somehow it put him more at ease. "Tell me the truth, Doctor. " Johnson hesitated. It was always the same. How to emphasize the seriousness of the situation without destroying hope. "I can't tell you before the operation. " "May not be confined? " "I'm sorry. But it can't be ruled out. If pathology bears out malignancy then we'll have to explore further to determine the extent of its spread.
A Shining Season: The True Story of John Baker by William J. Buchanan
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