Below is the full review that Ron Gonder gave on December 16, 2010, about Hawkeye Greats By the Numbers: “Back in May of 2006 during my first year of doing this Footprints program, I did a program on an idea for a unique book that was going to be titled Hawkeye Heroes, By The Numbers.  The man with the idea was 1996 University of Iowa grad Lyle Hammes.  He interviewed me for an hour about some of the Hawkeye football and basketball players that I considered to be the greatest that I’d covered in my years of doing Iowa play by play…

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Ron Gonder

My co-authors and I interviewed sixty of the biggest names in Hawkeye sports for our book, Hawkeye Greats, By the Numbers.   These interviews included both former athletes and members of the Iowa media.  One of the highlights was talking with Hawkeye institutions like Jim Zabel, Bob Brooks, and Ron Gonder.  Everyone we spoke with was great, but Gonder stood out as a truly classy guy. Ron Gonder’s background Ron Gonder grew up in Youngstown, New York, where he became a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  As a young boy listening to hockey over the radio, Gonder fell in love with play-by-play.  He wound…

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Below is the full review that George Wine wrote on December 12, 2010, about Hawkeye Greats By the Numbers: “Hey, Hawkeye fans, here’s a question for you. Who was the greatest Iowa football or men’s basketball player to wear No. 5 on his jersey? Was it Drew Tate, Sedrick Shaw, or Andre Woolridge? Who was the best to wear No. 15? Was it Don Nelson, Willie Fleming, or Duke Slater? How about No. 44? Dallas Clark, Glenn Vidnovic, Greg Brunner, or Kevin Kunnert? You’ll find the answer to those questions in a new book titled Hawkeye Greats, By the Numbers, by Lyle Hammes,…

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