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The Strangest Season - The Pittsburgh Scene 2020-2021

This was a time unlike any other in our lifetime.  The Corona virus pandemic hit hard and affected every aspect of our lives, from sports to politics and religion.  This book contains all kinds of stories about Pittsburgh, Western Pennsylvania and national figures and events and how the healthcorns, hospitalizations and deaths changed things forever.  Tiger Woods, Adam Frazier, Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Tomlin, Tunch Ilkin, Bryan Reynolds, Roberto Clemente, Muhammad Ali are just some of sports names that come under in-depth reporting on their lives from a writer who mixed with all of them in a 65-year sports-writing career.  Over 200 photos illustrate the 480-page book.

ISBN 978-1-886348-24-0
Looking Up Once Again -- A Basketball Memoir

This 480-page fully illustrated memoir brings to life a long list of NBA, ABA collegiate and scholastic stars on every level of competition.  This is an insider's view of what happened, often behind closed doors, in the wild and wacky world of basketball.  Just checking out the cover and the likenesses of Shaq O'Neal, Bob Pettit, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Elgin Baylor, LeBron James, Bill Russell, David Thompson, Red Auerbach, Bob Cousy, Spencer Haywood, John Havlicek, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and Oscar Robertson gives you some idea of the enormous scope of these stories.  Dick Weiss, Dick Vitale, Peter Vecsey and Bob Ryan have reviews of Jim O'Brien;s journalistic efforts over several decades.

ISBN 978-1-886348-22-6
Franco Rocky and Friends - It Pays to be a Good Guy

Stories about the Steelers of the ’70s that provide insight in why Chuck Noll and the Steelers were the NFL Team of the Decade, and how Rocky and Franco fit into the picture. Learn why the Steelers were so successful and had lots of good guys on the team that won four Super Bowls under Chuck Noll's direction.

ISBN 978-1-886348-17-2
Looking Up From the ABA to the NBA the WNBA to the NCAA -

Jim O'Brien was the founding editor of Street & Smith's Basketball Yearbook in 1970 and continued to be associated with the magazine for more than 35 years. It became the No. 1 selling annual of its kind in the country and the official NBA pre-season magazine. O'Brien also edited The Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball and wrote a column on pro basketball for The Sporting News for nine years. So in this book he takes a look back at the great players he met and interviewed along the way. It is 480 pages with over 200 photos and illustrations.
From A To Z: A Boxing Memoir from Ali to Zivic -
Jim O'Brien relates stories about the great boxers from Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania who were world champions, and stories and profiles of many of the great boxing champions who came to Pittsburgh to fight. This is an up-close and behind-the-scenes study of the strange and wonderful world of boxing. O'Brien includes stories about his days in Philadelphia, Miami and New York when he met some of the greatest boxers of all time. Muhammad Ali and Fritzie Zivic are only two of those. He has stories on Joe Louis, Floyd Patterson, Billy Conn, Roberto Duran, Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Sonny Liston, Sugar Ray Robinson, Al Jones, Luis Rodriguez, Sammy Angott, Teddy Yarosz and others, even some of the young men and women who are working out in boxing gyms today. If you liked "Boys In the Boat," you will like this book, too.


This is the first book ever devoted exclusively to Chuck Noll and it is long overdue.  You will learn much about this man who was rated the No.5 coach of all time in a poll taken in 2013.   Jim O’Brien has interviewed Noll many times through the years and, most recently, he has interviewed some of the great players from those teams of the ‘70s and ‘80s who shed some interesting light on their coach.  You also catch up on what’s become of those great players from the Steelers when they were the Team of the Decade.  The book is a real block-buster – 640 pages, with over 300 photographs, 32 pages of full-color photos.

ISBN # 978-1-886348-16-2
The Chief Immaculate Reflections -

The 2012-2013 season marks the anniversary of many important events for sports fans in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. It marks the 120th anniversary of the founding of professional football in Pittsburgh, the 80th anniversary of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 50th anniversary of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, and the 40th anniversary of Franco Harris’ “Immaculate Reception.”

It is a great time to reflect on sports events and issues that have gained the interest of sports fans through the years.

There are stories here – reflections really – on the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins, Pitt, Duquesne, Carnegie Mellon, Penn State, Pittsburgh boxing and other sports on every level of play.

ISBN # 978-1-886348-15-8


The Penguins’ Sidney Crosby and the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin and Troy Polamalu are pictured on the front cover, and Myron Cope, Willie Stargell, Jamie Dixon and Ben Roethlisberger are among those pictured on the back cover.  They are just a sampling of the more than 80 Pittsburgh sports personalities portrayed in this book that celebrates the city’s rich sports history.  This will remind you of how Pittsburgh came to be known as “the city of champions.”

ISBN # 978-1-886348-14-6
The Chief THE CHIEF - Art Rooney and his Pittsburgh Steelers

This book is 496 pages, but has 108 chapters, so the chapters are shorter than usual, making for an easier-to-read book. Plus, there are over 300 photos in this fully illustrated book. Some of the greatest players in Steelers history, many of Art Rooney’s personal favorites, have been interviewed for this revealing reflection on the Steelers’ founder and owner, one of the most colorful figures in sports history. Anyone who cares about Pittsburgh sports, and football in particular, will enjoy this book. You will learn more than you ever knew about the Rooneys and their impact on Pittsburgh and the national sports picture as well. 496 pages, plus reproduced autographs of those featured in book.

ISBN # 1-886348-06-5.
Glory Years GLORY YEARS - A Century of Excellence

Profiles of 35 men and women from the tri-state area who have excelled in some way to become a hero in their hometown. There are stories about “Deacon Dan” Towler, John Woodruff, Ron Necciai, Jackie Sherrill, Dave Hart, Jack Twyman, Gus Suhr, Mace Brown, Mo Scarry, Fran Rogel, Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Mary Lou Retton, Swin Cash, Bill Fralic, Joe Luxbacher, Roberto Clemente, Michael Jordan, Pete Maravich, and Wilt Chamberlain. 400 pages, 234 classic photographs, plus reproduced autographs.

ISBN # 1-886348-05-7.
FANTASY CAMP - Living the Dream With Maz and the ‘60 Bucs

The 1960 World Series champion Pirates were celebrated at Fantasy Camp in January of 2005. Author Jim O’Brien attended the camp and spent an entire week in the clubhouse and dugout with Bill Mazeroski and ten other members of that all-time favorite team. Plus, he interviewed some of the other popular Pirates who were associated with that team in some respect. It’s an update on what’s going on in their lives and their reflections on that wonderful 1960 season.

ISBN #1-886348-12-X
Lambert LAMBERT - The Man in the Middle and Other Outstanding Linebackers

Jack Lambert remains the most popular of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the ‘70s. He joined the team out of Kent State in 1974 and the Steelers won the first of their four Super Bowls in his rookie season. Lambert symbolized the Steelers of the ‘70s with his aggressive spirit and intensity. These are stories about Lambert, his buddies, his family and former teammates and coaches. There are 496 pages and over 300 photos.

ISBN # 1-886348-11-1
Steeler Stuff STEELER STUFF- Stories about a championship season and a remarkable journey

These are up-close and personal stories of the Steelers who overcame all odds to win Super Bowl XL in Detroit. It features stories about Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward, Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu, Alan Faneca and Willie Parker, plus stories about others associated with The City of Champions. You won’t believe some of their success stories. 448 pages with over 200 photos.

“Hollywood would turn down this script as too hokey.”
-- Jerome Bettis

ISBN #1-866348-13-8
With Love and Pride - Portraits of a Pittsburgh Family

Author Jim O'Brien writes about the women in his family: His mother, mother-in-law, wife, their two daughters, a granddaughter and a beloved female dog named Bailey.  "it's about families - mine and yours," writes O'Brien.  It's about the little stuff in our lives, events and challenges we all deal with every day.  It's full of laughs and tears. There are stories that will hit home with you.

ISBN #1886348-11-1
Hometown Heroes - Profiles in Sports and Spirit

A variety of Inspirational Stories about men and women from the tri-state area who excelled in some way to become heroes in their hometowns.  Many all-time favorites are profiled.
432 pages and 200 photos.

ISBN# 1-886348-04-9