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Icons of Australian Sport - Ron Barassi
Chronicling His Football Career Using His Scrapbooks and Memorabilia
<font size="+1">Icons of Australian Sport - Ron Barassi</font><br><i>Chronicling His Football Career</i>

Author: Ron Barassi
Editor: Glenn McFarlane
Publisher: Hyperactive 2008
ISBN: 978-0-9803015-6-4
Length: 288 pages
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<font size="+1">Ron Barassi Wisdom</font><br><i>Life Lessons From an Australian Legend</i>   <font size="+1">Barassi: The Biography</font><br><i>Biography</i>  

There are few names in Australian sport as instantly recognisable and revered as that of Ronald Dale Barassi. The most famous name in football has opened up the numerous scrapbooks kept about his very public life - a number of them collected and maintained by his beloved mother, Elza, and others by staunch supporters over more than five decades. These scrapbooks magnificently tell his story, the story of football, and the story of Australian society through the decades.

Icons of Australian Sport - Ron Barassi is the latest publication from a best-selling series that has included football luminaries such as Leigh Matthews and Gary Ablett.

This stunning 288-page full colour book highlights Barassi's monumental contribution to football. It documents the highs and lows, the tears and triumphs, the controversies and the premierships of an extraordinary career.

With revealing personal insights into what made him the person he is, and the footballer he was, Barassi takes the reader through his involvement with four great clubs - Melbourne, Carlton, North Melbourne and the Sydney Swans.

A few highlights of the book include pages on:
  • Ron talking about the death of his father at Tobruk when he was only five years old.
  • The letter that was sent to Ron asking him to train with Melbourne in 1953 actually spelling his name wrong - even though he was living out the back of the coach’s home.
  • The story behind how Ron become the first player or coach in Australian football history to have life insurance taken out by his club.
  • Why Ron rode to the North Melbourne premiership dinner in 1975 in the back of a divvy van.
  • And how Sydney star Tony Lockett helped to change Ron’s signature forever.

The book features a foreword by John Bertrand, and chapter introductions from Leigh Matthews, Malcolm Blight, General Peter Cosgrove, Alex Jesaulenko, John Nicholls, Robert Flower, Paul Kelly, Jim Stynes, Murray Weideman, Allen Aylett, Brian Dixon, Frank Adams, Neil Mitchell and Peter Smith.

They all agree that Barassi is not simply an icon of Australian sport - he is without doubt a national living treasure.