Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 11 to 18
- Grade: 6 to 12
- Reading age: 11 to 18
Lionel Conacher excelled at football, hockey, baseball, boxing, wrestling, and lacrosse. He taught himself how to play and he worked hard, and it paid off. He supported his struggling family, never giving up or letting people down. He was given the nickname Big Train because he was unstoppable on the football field when he ran through the opposition. In 1921 Conacher joined the Toronto Argonauts, and in 1926 he played professional baseball for the Toronto Maple Leafs. After retiring from sports, Conacher was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1949. Richard Brignall tells this fascinating story of the man who could do it all.
[Fry Reading Level 4.6
About the author
Richard Brignall is a freelance writer, former newspaper sport reporter, based in Kenora, Ontario. He has over 130 articles published in magazines like Cottage Life and Outdoor Canada. He helped originate the Recordbooks series at James Lorimer and Company. This series focuses on Canadian sports history and issues like race, gender, disability, and poverty. He has written seven books for this series. Titles include Small Town Glory about the Kenora Thistles winning the Stanley Cup, Forever Champions about the Edmonton Grads women’s basketball team, Big League Dreams about black baseball player Fergie Jenkins, and China Clipper about Chinese-Canadian football player Norm Kwong.
- Short-listed, Red Cedar Book Award, 2011-12
"Young sports enthusiasts will be interested in this biography of sports star Lionel Conacher. The chapters are short and fast-paced with accessible vocabulary and sentence structure."
Canadian Review of Materials
"A great resource for any school porject about Canadian history -- or the everyday sports buff looking for a really great read."
Other titles by Richard Brignall
Champion for Health
How Clara Hughes fought depression to win Olympic gold
Real Justice: A Police Mr. Big Sting Goes Wrong
The Story of Kyle Unger
The Enduring Legacy of the Record-setting Edmonton Grads
The Story of George Chuvalo, Canada's Greatest Boxer
Pro football's first Chinese-Canadian player, Normie Kwong
Small Town Glory
The story of the Kenora Thistles' remarkable quest for the Stanley Cup
WinnipegÕs Hockey Heritage
Summit Series '72
Eight games that put Canada on top of world hockey
Big League Dreams
Baseball Hall of Fame's first African-Canadian, Fergie Jenkins