Magnolia resident and readio personality Mike Gastineau has co-authored a new book entitled The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists. The book is a chronicle of the sports history of Seattle and Washington. Local fans may think they’ve seen and read everything – but until now, it has never been in one place. The book is now available for sale afor $14.95 and there is a book launch party on May 4, at FX McRory’s from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The greatest moments, worst teams, wildest pranks, largest parties, biggest chokes, silliest statements and weirdest injuries and deaths have been collected and ranked by three of the savviest experts in Seattle sports – Gastineau along with writers Steve Rudman and Art Thiel.
The book reveals how the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 helped launch University of Washington athletics program, as well as what Ichiro Suzuki finds annoying about American baseball. The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists also contains wisdom and wryness from more than 30 well-known Seattle sports and pop culture figures who supplied their own lists, including:
•What the Refs Really Told Me About Bad Calls, by Mike Holmgren
•Sonics Dramas Untold Until Now, by George Karl
•Guys I Want to Be For a Day, by Sir Mix-a-Lot
•Things to Avoid at the Hydro Races, by Chip Hanauer
•Worst Pick-up Lines, by Sue Bird
Gastineau has hosted the 3-7 p.m. slot on Seattle sports-radio station KJR AM 950 since 1993 (co-hosting the popular “Groz and Gas” show with Dave Grosby for 2 hours daily). He’s also written for local magazines The Grand Salami and NW Sports Magazine, and for Lindy’s College Football Preview.