“First and foremost, thanks for featuring me in your book This Close To Greatness, but thanks also for filling me in with information I didn’t know until this day about Meadowlark Lemon and his upbringing. Your books are something special and I really appreciate the love and support over the past ten years I’ve been with The Original Harlem Globetrotters. Thanks, my friend.”
William “Bull” Bullard
“Andy has a rare talent with words, enabling him to detail athletic-related events and achievements to a higher level. This book gives the reader a glimpse into the lives of each subject, not previously known to most of the public. I’ve enjoyed knowing him and being exposed to his literary prowess. Thanks, Andy…and ‘write’ on!”
Hix Green (Halfback)
’63 Texas Longhorn National Champions
“Andy, Congratulations on Secrets of Greatness! It is a fine book. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on Gene Elston. ‘He owned a pirate smile and a voice that could qualify as medicinal.’ This line says it all about Mr. Elston and your book. Your research and writing style make sports and its great cast of characters accessible to all. I can’t wait to pick up the next one.”
Director of Broadcasting Corpus Christi Hooks Baseball Club
“Andy! What an excellent story and tribute to my all-time greatest sports hero, Muhammad Ali. I really enjoyed reading your words, and as I read each paragraph I could not wait for what was to come next. You did a marvelous job capturing the real Ali: bigger than life, flawed, yet comforting and relatable. He was truly the greatest. I only wish that these current generations of young people could have lived to witness his life like we did. It is an honor to read Greatness Above The Noise.”
Ben Jobe Award Winner
“Andy Purvis is one of the most-talented sports writers I have read in my 23 years of college coaching. But what makes Andy so unique and special is the way he communicates the comradery, brotherhood and family side of an athlete’s success. These are the real treasure in sports stories, the heart-and-soul personal aspect behind the winning and victories. This is what I’ve enjoyed so much about Andy’s writing. God Bless.”
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Director of Tennis
“I started watching and playing sports in the late 1950’s; therefore, I consider myself “old school,” which is why I was drawn to Andy when we first met many years ago. Andy is a good friend, and I have thoroughly enjoyed reading his books over the years. By reading between the lines, I’m often struck by just how much research must go into each and every one of his books. This is evident not only by the facts he presents, but by the interesting and little known stories he artfully tells about the players of the game. Reading his books offers much insight into the game and the players. So much so that his stories have given me the opportunity to relive some of those games, and remind me of the players I most loved watching. Thank you, Andy, for the joy I’ve gotten from reading your books. I’m looking forward to the next of your ‘Greatness Series.’ Keep’em coming!”
Purdue Boilermakers’ Football
“Andy another home run by you, sir! You do a truly wonderful job of bringing some unknown stories about some of the biggest names in the history of sports, to light. It’s a very hard book to put down once you get started. You’ll want to immediately start the next story and a new chapter once you finish the previous one! Andy chooses the perfect words at the right time to add humor or emotion when necessary, while letting the fascinating story itself provide the meat and potatoes. Well done, Andy. This one will be on my bookshelf for years to come. I’m already excited for your next book!”
Former New York Yankees’ Radio Broadcaster
“Great book! This is really good stuff! I have already pulled some useful quotes that I had not heard before.”
Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Northwestern State
“Andy, your writing brings forth the very essence of sports, which is the humor, pathos, and sportsmanship, so much of which seems to be declining in sports today. Keep up the good work.”
Colonel Tom “Electric” Lytle
USAF Retired Top Gun Pilot
“Congratulation! Excited for the release of your latest gem. I have really enjoyed reading the Greatness Collection as it captures the very essence of sports and those you write about. Your storytelling ability is second to none and truly highlights Greatness. Thank you for sharing these incredible stories with us.”
Deputy Director of Athletics, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
“Your book was great!”
NBA Official and Former Gold Whistle Award Winner
“Finally getting Andy’s next book is like being a kid again and opening a new pack of next year’s baseball cards. It never gets old and always brings excitement and smiles.”
Jim “The Splendid Splinter” Bruns
Boston Red Sox Fan
“I am really impressed. I am young but an old soul at heart. Anything having to deal with details of the game and actual occurrences always catches my eye; very good reading material.”
Texas High School Baseball Magazine
“AWESOME! Loved it! Author Andy Purvis brings to life many of our most intriguing sports icons. His short stories are interesting to read, and each page turn presents another outstanding competitor and their passion for sports. These are truly inspiring books to read and make a great gift for any sports enthusiast.”
Sports Enthusiast & Denver Broncos’ Fan
“I’ve always had a place in my heart for the guy in the middle of the lineup, the working-class dog on the O-line, the athletes who dig deep and do what they do despite the fact most of the limelight goes to others. In Secrets of Greatness, Andy Purvis covers the big names, but he takes special effort to also shine the spotlight on other players -- names you may or may not be familiar with, but who nonetheless had a huge impact on the games we all love. Whether household names or obscure pitchers from the back end of the bullpen, Andy has a way of delivering much more than the stats and facts, bringing you into the lives of the sports heroes of days gone by.”
Managing Editor, Rio Grande Valley Metro-Leader Magazine
“I have treasured Andy’s stories for over 20 years. The collection of stories in Secrets of Greatness is only surpassed by the storytellers themselves. From Dolph Schayes, “Chuck” Noll, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, to Milo Hamilton and “Yogi” Berra, and many more. If you enjoy swapping stories with your friends, Secrets of Greatness is a must read.”
KLWB-FM Program Director
Host 103.7 “The Game”
“As a huge sports fan, I really enjoy reading Andy’s stories about sports legends from my youth. My personal favorite was the Ernie Banks story. Ernie was a childhood hero of mine.”
Chicago Cubs’ Fan
“Reading the first page of a Purvis book is like Opening Day at the ballpark. There is anticipation and excitement, and Purvis does not let you down. His ‘personal encounters’ with many of our ‘sports heroes’ is like putting one on the field of play with each one of them. Reading this book allowed me to ‘chat’ with Gene Michaels and ‘play golf’ with Arnold Palmer. When you finish a Purvis book, it is like the last pitch of a World Series and YOUR TEAM WON! Thank You, Andy!”
Presbyterian Pastor and New York Yankees’ Fan
“Andy Purvis has a writer’s voice and an authentic understanding of the game of life. It’s magic. He has lived the person he is and, with every word, his unique understanding of sports and the memories he has of the masters of them, is an anthology that is a ‘must read’ for anyone who loves the game.”
“Andy Purvis’ books are ‘must reads’ for sports fans. Other authors recount the exploits of great athletes. Andy, however, gives rare insight into the personality traits and the personal challenges that made these people extraordinary.”
Northwestern University Wildcats’ Fan
“It’s a great book! Really interesting, and I have enjoyed reading Andy’s book. After reading the first few stories, it is OBVIOUS that they are genuine, sincere and very informative. There is a lot of Greatness in these books and Andy should be proud of his work. Thanks, Andy.”
Oklahoma City Thunder, Coaching Staff
“Andy’s love for sports comes through tremendously in his writing. He is a living, breathing, and walking sports encyclopedia. He keeps the memory of my sports heroes alive.”
Cowboys’, Astros’ and Spurs’ Fan
“Yes, I read Secrets of Greatness. It’s a great read. You knocked it out of the park again, Andy.”
Assistant Basketball Coach, Sam Houston State University
“Andy’s books always leave even the bigger sports nuts walking away thinking, ‘I thought I knew everything about Bum Phillips or Bud Adams,’ etc. The factual knowledge shines through in the writing, but what keeps you reading and coming back for more are the amazing storytelling and the masterful metaphors that make you really feel like you personally know the person you are reading about, even if you’ve never heard of them before. I find each book a pure joy to read, anticipate the release of the upcoming, and also use it as a way to honor and remember the way the late ‘greats’ created their greatness. Thanks for pouring yourself into these books, Andy; it doesn’t go unnoticed.”
“Andy’s ability to blend history, sports facts and humor, and to describe his subjects, is phenomenal! I would compare it to the perfect golf swing. He is able to bring each component of some of the greatest athletes’ life accomplishments and stories together like a Long Island iced tea. Remarkable, Andy! I really enjoyed Tony Gwynn and, of course, Charlie Sanders. He was and will always be the Detroit Lions! He has been a part of the organization for my entire life. Thanks for the wonderful reading, Andy! I am looking forward to your next book!”
Lifelong Detroit Sports Fan
“When you read a Purvis book…you feel like you’re sitting in the arena when the action is happening. He brings you to the lip of the cup for an up-close and personal look inside. You won’t need a book marker, because you’ll never be able to put it down.”
Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders’ Women’s Basketball
“Andy, your book Secrets of Greatness is such a joy to read. It’s hard to put down once you start reading! The stories on the great players of the past make you think of them as ‘Regular Joes’ from the old neighborhood. Sure you know about their feats and accomplishments, but now you see them in a whole new light! You finish one of the stories on a player and you say to yourself, ‘Man! What a guy! He could’ve been one of us!’”
Texas High School Coaches’ Association Hall of Honor
Texas High School Athletic Director’s Hall of Fame
“Reading Andy’s work feels like sitting down with a buddy over coffee and reminiscing about an old friend. Andy’s colorful and conversational writing brings his subjects right into the room with you. I come away from each article feeling like I know the person, not just know about him or her. Andy’s books are like a collection of your favorite stories from your grandfather.”
Executive Editor for Metro-Leader Magazine
Lifelong Dodgers’ Fan
Andy, the depth of your
exposure to so many “greats” in the world of sports is amazing. Your research on these people has to have
been a daunting task. With a couple of
exceptions, the stories from the world of baseball made me laugh the most,
although the football narratives really held my interest. No surprise there. Regardless of the reader’s special interest
in any particular sport, he will be drawn to the intimate portrayals of each and
every story. No sugarcoating. Good job, Andy.
Hall of Fame Coach
Having been involved in
baseball for over 65 years, the last 20 as an associate scout with the Houston
Astros, I can now relax in my recliner and read the best sports stories ever
written, thanks to my good friend, Andy Purvis.
Keep them coming, Andy.
Baseball Scout, Houston Astros and Brainchild
of the RBI program for kids
I have always been fascinated
with the story telling of Mr. Purvis.
His ability to capture the reader’s attention and paint a vivid picture
is unlike any other. Cheers to you, and
Owner and Operator of
V-Fit Training Centers
This book refreshes my memory
and educates me on sports figures, famous and not so famous, that have passed
on from this life with the passage of time.
It emphasizes their great athletic accomplishments and returns us to the
joys we received in our past days. I
highly recommend its purchase to all sports fans as an enjoyable read and
reminder of the satisfaction we have received from our association with these
Baseball Fan and Fine
Andy, your books are an
enjoyable and informative read. They are
insightful, truthful, and sometimes humorous.
Your ability to look in-depth at each player and see the best in each of
them is remarkable. You are a bridge
between athlete and reader, making sure the story is correctly told. As athletes use their gifts in their chosen
sport, you use your gifts each time you put pen to paper, to make sure the
spirit of greatness in each athlete is captured. I am grateful to call you friend, and even
more grateful for the authenticity of your literary works and character.
Two-time AFL Champion running back,
What pleasure I’ve received
in my life by my interest in sports.
Andy Purvis has enlarged that rich reward for me by revisiting these
great athletes. His latest book is a
real page turner. What fun!
Chairman Emeritus of
San Antonio Pizza Huts
With the knowledge of a
historian and the love of a sports fan, Andy has a wonderful way with words,
and his sense of humor and pathos make his essays a joy to read. Andy Purvis gave me my first foray into sports
talk radio. A profound “thank you” to
him and my heartfelt congratulations on his 20 years on the air!
Andy Purvis continues to
enthrall with his magical spell of weaving words into more than just sports stories,
but also enhancing lives. Thank You Andy
for sharing your gift with the world.
The world needs to discover more of your talent. Next!
This book brought back so
many great memories of the life of my favorite sports heroes during my
childhood. I also listened to nightly
play-by-play on my transistor radio. I
followed the Cleveland Indians, and it was great to relive those exciting
years, especially 1948. Thanks to Andy
Purvis for making me feel young again.
Now I’m giving this book to my 12-year-old grandson to read, so he can
also learn about these great heroes of the past.
Wilson Perrin, DDS
Andy has a way with words
that allows the casual reader to gain some remarkable insights into the lives
of many of our greatest sports heroes.
He enhances many of these stories with anecdotes from his own personal experiences
with these stars, which enables you to have a unique perspective into their
Vice President & General Manager of
Andrews Distributing Company
These are all great books and
they make excellent gifts. They made me
think of many players that may have been forgotten.
former Business Associate
What I really enjoy about
Andy’s books is that they are not all facts or statistics, but instead intimate
short stories about the amazing athletes and coaches of our time. Myself, I have not met many of the legends he
shares stories about. However, his short
stories honoring our lost heroes bring them to life one more time. I get to see the personal side, a side I
never knew or heard on ESPN or any other media.
Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Islanders Men’s Basketball Coach
To all who enjoy sports and
sports history, Andy’s books are the essential read. Having owned and read all of his books, I
have not been disappointed in any of them.
Andy has the unparalleled ability for the research he puts into each
story. I can only describe his writing
style as “smooth,” like a Bluebell vanilla milkshake, something to savor from
start to finish. I am proud to count
Andy as a friend and look forward to his future books.
I have read all but the last
book in the “Greatness Series” and I believe them to be the most informative,
easiest reading, and most entertaining stories about true sports heroes. I’m not an avid reader, but your short-story
style and sparkling wit keeps even me focused on the finish line. Thanks for your heartfelt dedication to
capturing not only the statistics, but the heart and soul of these heroes. Keep writing and God Bless!
My Basketball Partner
Reading an Andy Purvis book
is a walk through our own childhood. His
insightful thoughts and little-known facts about our past heroes keep one glued
to every word of every story. I can’t
count the times I have said “Wow, I didn’t know that.” Always a great read, I
can’t wait for the next story!
Just Another Weekend Warrior
Andy, your books are a
hit!!! I have been a fan of your books
since the first one you sent me years ago.
I have enjoyed them so much that I can reread them. Your newest books are easy reading, full of
history and interesting fun facts on sports greats that will help keep them in
our sports talk. You have made your
books enjoyable for all, not just sports fans.
Thank you for putting their stories to paper for all to share. You keep writing and I will keep reading and
sharing with others. Great Job on your
Russ & Bev Ansley
Associate and Friend
Andy Purvis has a remarkable
way of reaching into the lives of great athletes and sharing not only their
accomplishments, but also the character and motivations that have made them
great. Through his books, Andy’s gift as
a writer and heart of a hero has invited me to consider the best in others
while accepting that like me, my heroes are human.
Interim Pastor of
Island Presbyterian Church
“Through the years I have found no one more caring or
passionate about athletics and the athletes that participate. Andy is a true gentleman and a walking sports
Bulls, Assistant General Manager
“As an avid reader of his stories as well as being a good
friend, I find that when reading Andy’s books, articles or listening to one of
his stories on the radio, I am mesmerized by his factual and at the same time,
very entertaining writing style. It is
an old cliché, but very applicable
to all of Andy’s books. ‘I couldn’t put
it down.’ In my opinion, Andy Purvis is
one of the finest writer’s of sports related stories that I have ever read. I am honored to have him as a friend.”
College Football Officiating Hall of Fame 1995
“Your books are powerful my friend! God gave you many gifts, Andy; your “HEART”
and “CARE” are amazing! Your ability to tell “their” story and share
those great testimonies that shine a bright light on that person’s character
and the hardships required to accomplish something significant! You’re a very talented man! You are an inspiration to me and others. I have been so blessed by our long friendship! These past ten years we both have been on
different paths in our journey; but trust me, “our” friendship is chiseled in
granite for our lifetimes!”
Former NFL Linebacker, Buffalo
“I attend about 100 or more professional baseball games each
year and each one is unique. The
strategies differ. The reactions of the
fans vary from approval to disdain
but once we hear the National Anthem and PLAY BALL then we sit back and enjoy
another sporting event. This is true
whether I am attending soccer games in other countries or rooting for my
Gamecocks to win in football but what should come after every PLAY BALL is READ
ANDY’S BOOKS! Andy has a unique ability
to include the reader in the very personal lives of those who have brought us
great joy though the years. Even though
I never did get to watch Andy play football when he was a student in North Carolina…I still
consider him a hero in the world of sports.”
Presbyterian Pastor and Yankee Fan
“In my twenty years of coaching basketball, the
relationships and stories that I have experienced has been my favorite part of
this journey. Andy brings these stories
and relationships alive in his writings about important figures in the sports
world. He is a great friend of mine and
his books have been at my night stand on many occasions. He brings sports to life in a real and
personal level for the reader, and I would strongly recommend his writings to
any true sports fan.”
Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Eastern New Mexico University
“Andy’s books make me something I never was—a sports guru
who can dispense little known facts and share stories of the greats! I even shared his books with the two greatest
sports fans in my life, my son, and my brother and they fell in love with
Andy’s stories and stats! His Greatness
Series is a must read for anyone in love with the “game” and its heroes, past
Alan P. Scaglione
Author and Xulon Press Reporter
“The thing that has always stood out the most for me about
Andy’s books is the passion that shines through the writing. It’s as though he is writing about a good
friend, rather than just an athlete. And
if you know him as well as I do, then you would realize that they are his
friends, they’re people who have impacted him in such a way that it motivates
him to share his experience with others.
And that’s the key to being a good writer, sharing a fact that the
reader won’t forget, sharing a tidbit that keeps the reader engaged and wanting
more. When I read his books, I feel like
I’m there, I feel like I’m part of his story, and that’s one of the many
reasons I keep coming back.”
NBC Sportscaster, KRIS-TV Corpus Christi, TX
“If you are a sports enthusiast of any kind, Andy’s writings
are a must read. He has a passion and
knowledge that few can match.”
Former Major League Pitcher and Baseball All-Star
“My grandpa wrote an awesome book on baseball. It’s called Remember Greatness. He’s an inspiration to all. Love u grandpa!”
Nathan Phillip James, age 12-facebook (Grandson of Andrew
“I am a voracious reader, and I love reading history,
science, and religious books. I also
love reading Andy Purvis, especially his books about some of the great figures
in sports from the past. Andy brings
these folks to life in a way that is both joyous and insightful. Andy’s knowledge is excelled only by his
gracious heart and both come through in each of his stories. I highly recommend reading Andy Purvis, and
look forward to his next book.”
C. Richard Mills
“Andy’s books bring back special memories; playing catch
with my older brothers and Dad; seeing Willie Mays get his 2,999
hit; my brother and I begging our parents to go back the next day, seeing
Willie Mays get his 3,000 hit and finally, watching Game 1 of the
Rangers-Giants World Series with my son; I lived in SF then and this was a
dream come true Series for this loyal Giants fan. Thanks Andy for helping us to remember the
past. We are what we remember.”
Rev. Peter D. Crouch, CFRE
Presbyterian Children’s Home of Austin, Texas
“When you take one step into Andy’s restaurant you quickly
understand what type of sports fan he is.
Not just a fan, but a historian of sports with stories that could fill
100 books. His latest book will be a
must read for sports fans.”
Head Men’s Baseball Coach at University of Texas A&M Corpus Christi
“Andy’s books are always informative, humorous, insightful,
and thought provoking. His work, after
you have read his books, makes you feel as if you have a personal relationship
with whom he is writing about.”
Head Men’s Basketball Coach, North Carolina A&T
This is not to be missed! Read the back story of America's beloved sports figures. New stories about people I thought I knew. You will enjoy every minute of it.
This book refreshes my memory and educates me on sports figures famous and not so famous that have passed on from life with the passage of time. It emphasizes their great athletic accomplishments and returns us to the joys we received in our past days. I highly recommend it's purchase to all sports fans as an enjoyable read and reminder of the satisfaction we have received from our past association with these greats.
Andy Purvis has done it again. What a fun read. I love sports and Andy Purvis has shared his insight, experience and wit into the world of famous sports figures and personalities. Andy reminds us that foremost our sports heroes are human, just like us, but reveals why these sports stars became bigger than life and effected so many. Thanks Andy!
You will enjoy reading: Remembered Greatness. The author has given the readers a personal insight into the lives of some of our most famous sports icons. The approach taken with each sports hero gives you the feeling of a warm fire-side chat with each individual. J. B.
This book isn't exactly a sequel to Andy Purvis's "In the Company of Greatness" but it does somewhat follow in the style of the earlier work. "Remembered Greatness" is longer, reflecting more passed sports greats whom Purvis had met or in some way interacted with. It is rich in facts, well researched, and written from the standpoint of a true sports enthusiast and broadcaster. If there is a central theme I suppose it could be baseball, clearly the most frequently represented sports discipline of the book, a fact related to Purvis's history announcing baseball games, and also delving deeply into baseball card collecting. I also noted many stories about football heroes of the Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies, however. A surprising element of the book that meant something to me, was the coverage of several boxing icons. Names like Ali, Frazier, Foreman, and Lyle mean plenty to those of us who were students of the big fights in the early 1970's. As you read the boxing chapters, Howard Cosell's unmistakeable voice can be heard ringing through the air of coliseum.
I have a vast library of books about sports and the people who appear on the field or in the arenas or stadiums. Purvis has once again produced a book that ties the games and personalities together and the players become bigger than life and my best buddies as well. Spending time with this book is entertaining and a look beyond the skills of the athlete to what made them tick. Great read.
The author's homespun metaphoric phrases make it an enjoyable read for any sports fan!
I honestly loved this book... Each chapter carries its own sense of inspiration, perseverance and determination in more than just sports. It inspires the reader and proves that there are no boundaries to ones success..... Andy Purvis's definition of the essence of sports is nothing less than beautiful...... Hats off to you Andy and may your success continue....
THIS BOOK BROUGHT BACK SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES OF THE LIFE OF MY FAVORITE SPORT HEROES DURING MY CHILDHOOD, I ALSO LISTENED TO NIGHTLY PLAY BY PLAY ON MY TRANSISTOR RADIO. I FOLLOWED THE CLEVELAND INDIANS AND IT WAS GREAT TO RELIVE THOSE EXCITING YEARS, ESPECIALLY 1948. THANKS TO ANDY PURVIS TO MAKE ME FEEL YOUNG AGAIN. NOW I AM GIVING IT TO MY 12 YEAR OLD GRANDSON TO READ, SO HE CAN ALSO LEARN ABOUT THESE GREAT HEROES OF THE PAST.
This book really "humanizes" many of the sports figures that I have grown up watching or idolizing. The short stories (68 in all) make it a great book to open up whether you have only a few minutes or several hours to spare at a given time. Mr. Purvis shows that he is a true sports fan with a unique perspective and a sense of humor. Well done!
I enjoyed reading In The Company of Greatness very much. There were a lot of very interesting stories of sports legends I have heard of and admired but never really had the kind of insight Mr. Purvis provides. I have played sports my whole life and was reminded why I loved playing the games and of the many friendships I made with my teammates and coaches. This book captured the innocence and simplicity of the sports and the personal complexity, humor and idiosyncrasies of some of the greats that played the games. This book really put a personal face on a lot of the players I idolized as a kid. This book was a fun read and the short stories made it great for a quick break or a story or two before bed. Mr. Purvis has an observant sense of humor and is a pleasure to read because I can tell he really enjoys what he does. And what he does best is remind us that in the company of greatness, we are all still just human. Some just more human than others.
This book connects interesting little known stories of our greatest sports heroes with the statistics that prove their greatness. I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in sports---it will be an eye-opening experience!!!
This book is a clever mix of stories and statistics about sports greatest heroes. Legends such as Joe DiMaggio, Yoga Berra, Mickey Mantle in baseball, and Bart Starr, Doak Walker, and Walter Payton in football are brought to life with little known inside stories illuminating their greatness. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in sports.
This is an insightful, informative collection of tales about people who loved their sports, told by someone who shares their passion. These are the life stories of the personalities who played the games and those who reported on them. For generations these sports were what was entertainment. I get the impression of how significant these lives were when it was a game. I enjoyed the read. Thank you!