At 5'3", Bogues is the shortest player ever to play for an NBA team. Born in 1965 and raised in public housing projects in Baltimore, he distinguished himself on the court at Dunbar High School, where, during his junior and senior years, the team won 59 consecutive games. At Wake Forest University, Bogues encountered not racism but prejudice against students on athletic scholarships as dumb jocks. He was picked by the Washington Bullets of the NBA, with whom he had a disappointing rookie season, then went to the Charlotte Hornets and led them into the 1992-93 season playoffs. A dynamo and a sparkplug on the court, this starting point guard has been called ``a damn pest'' and ``your worst nightmare'' by opponents. Readers will find his autobiography, written with Levine (Life on the Rim), as exciting as a fast break. Photos not seen by PW. (Nov.)
The list of worthwhile autobiographies of sports personalities is small. However, the story of basketball's diminutive overachiever (he's just over five feet tall) is a book that should be read, particularly by young adults who think they aren't big or smart enough. Bogues's life is memorable for the obstacles he overcame (poverty, size, and a dysfunctional family) to become a star in high school, college, and then professional basketball. Many would say that being a National Basketball Association star is not the only road out of the ghetto, and while this is true, the fact that Bogues was successful when so many are not makes his story important. There are far too few positive role models available to young black men. Bogues is, and should continue to be, an inspirational figure. Highly recommended for high school and public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/94.]-William O. Scheeren, Hempfield Area H.S. Lib., Greensburg, Pa.
YA-Tyrone ``Muggsy'' Bogues is 5'3" tall and is a professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets. His story begins in the Baltimore projects where, against all odds, he excelled at the sport. People who laughed at him for trying to compete with six and seven-foot players stopped after he helped his high school teammates go to the state championships, and he played outstandingly at Wake Forest. He ended up with the expansion team that went to the NBA playoffs within five years, leading his team. In conjunction with sports writer David Levine, Bogues has created a delightful autobiography. He writes with charming candor of his pride in his family, his friendships with such stars as Reggie Williams and Alonzo Mourning, and his extensive community work. He explains with gentle humor the obstacles he had to overcome and his strong determination to succeed in such a competitive sport. Muggsy comes across as a warm, caring human being whom readers would like to know. Fortunately, they can do so through the pages of this book.-Pat Royal, Crossland High School, Camp Springs, MD
At five feet three inches, Charlotte Hornet point guard Muggsy Bogues is the smallest player in the history of the National Basketball Association. Remarkably, he is also one of the league's more effective players. This autobiography follows Bogues from his youth in Baltimore's projects through his college career at Wake Forest to his rocky pro start with the Washington Bullets and on to success with the Hornets. The enthusiasm Bogues exhibits on the court is equally evident in his views on life. For example, he sees his childhood poverty not as a handicap, but as something that fired his resolve to succeed. Though he grew up in a loving family, his was not the life of Beaver Cleaver: his dad went to prison when Muggsy was 12. This account fits squarely in the tradition of inspirational sports bio, and as such, it offers pleasant entertainment for fans. Expect demand, especially where the Hornets are popular.