Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Winner - Free shipping when you order 2 or more
Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Winner - Free shipping when you order 2 or more
a ball with no points recently earned the Bronze Medal in Readers' Favorite 2022 Annual Book Award Contest for the Non-Fiction - Sports category!! Readers' Favorite conducts one of the larger book contests each year with thousands of entries worldwide, with submissions from independent authors, small publishers and giant publishing companies. Most categories receive hundreds of submissions and 2022 was a record year for entries.
This Bronze Medal Award is further validation that this story is resonating with readers, and that you don't need to be from Westfield or be a basketball fan to love this feel-good story.
"A Ball With No Points is genuinely inspiring because it really happened. We join the author in his trip down memory lane, as he recalls an epic basketball season in 1971, a year that witnessed the emergence of an unforgettable basketball team in a town obsessed with football....a non-fiction sports story that shows its own uniqueness from the rest....It evokes genuine inspiration and may well set the standards for future real-life sports stories. It’s an effective sports story, as well as an effective portrait of a man whose integral role in a team becomes a genuine tale of the indefatigability of the human spirit. No matter if you have played a sport or preferred to be a spectator, this must-read story will resonate." - Vincent Dublado, Readers' Favorite, ★★★★★
"An inspiring story of fearless belief in the face of impossible odds, A Ball With No Points by Stephen D. Reddy is a decade-spanning trip through the author's deep love of basketball, specifically during one legendary season in 1971. Written with a remarkable level of detail, from pickup games on Gumbert Court 1 to the play-by-play recall of nail-biters during Westfield High School's historic run, this memoir is both exciting and heartwarming....will be a pleasure for readers prone to nostalgia over their own long-buried passions." Self-Publishing Review, ★★★★½
“The year 1971 saw the birth of a trailblazing basketball team that made the suburban town of Westfield proud.... A Ball With No Points provides a suspense-filled, thrilling, energizing, and mightily inspirational experience for lovers of all sports...intrigued me from the first page to the last and...puts you right in the middle of the games, with its vivid, thorough, and skillful narration. Stephen D. Reddy's book is an exuberant, dreamy escape into an important moment in Westfield's basketball history that would leave you satisfied and awestruck! I recommend!” - Foluso Falaye, Readers’ Favorite, ★★★★★
“Reddy nailed it, big-time! It's one of the best books of this kind that I've read, and I've read a lot of them…part remembering a historic event, and part a trip down memory lane. It's not a basketball book. It's a memoir of another time and place. I really, really loved it.” – Bruce Johnson, WHS class of 1963, longtime Westfield sports historian
"Anybody who has ever laced up a pair of basketball sneakers should read this book. The story is of the Westfield NJ high school basketball team’s record setting 1971-72 season. But it is so much more – it’s about dedication, camaraderie, and friendship. The author, a starting guard on that wonderful team, has written a compelling account of the special season. Readers will find themselves rooting for the Westfield Blue Devil players as they develop into a close-knit team while pursuing excellence." - Jay Jorgensen, 2-time Academic All-American Basketball Player at FDU and accomplished author
"This is a wonderful story of human emotion and triumph for any athlete that ever dreamed of winning a title. But as we are often reminded, victory doesn’t always come without heartache. Sit back and enjoy the thoroughly entertaining story-filled ride that Steve Reddy so deftly weaves." - Dave Miller, Former TV Executive for ESPN and NESN
"...an exquisite look back at a championship season...It's a love letter to basketball and a celebration of friendships lasting half a century." - John Belis, longtime sportswriter for The Courier-News
"Steve has done a great job in capturing the joy and heartache of high school sports. A great coming of age story of life in the early 70’s and how a group of small town guys were emotionally tied together forever. The book is not about winning and losing as much it is about friendship and growing up....it was a nostalgic trip back to a time when things seemed so much simpler. Great book for all who grew up that era as well as for anyone who played high school sports." - Jim Baglin, star player for Plainfield HS and Susquehanna U and legendary coach for Mendham HS with 685 career wins
"Reddy captures the full arc of a basketball lifer's tale, with insight, sympathy, humor, and honesty. Plus, he conveys the excitement and tension of the games during that season in punchy, exciting prose. He sees it all. A great read." - John W
“A ball with no points seamlessly incorporates the author’s own personal story with those of his teammates during a “magical” basketball season and in the years that follow. A great story that is well written!" - Rose H
"Reddy’s attention to basketball details will satisfy the die-hard fan, and his insights into the personalities of the players, coaches, parents and student body added depth and color to the tale. On a team with no real superstars in a town where football was king, Reddy helps the reader understand how this real-life fairy tale came true." - Larry K
"This remarkable tale is all true. Indeed, an exciting read for any basketball junkie. It’s a New Jersey sports legend. Best yet, an insight into the soul of an athlete." - George P
"Anyone who ever played a competitive sport will relate to self-doubt that happens when things are not going well. The life lessons that can be learned by working hard to overcome shortcomings. And the joy of being part of a team that comes together. Steve does a great job of weaving in the different stages of his life while reliving the details of the 71/72 Westfield High basketball team." - James K
"A classic underdog story that kept me entertained and rooting for the home team until the final buzzer!" - Joe S
"Steve Reddy has given us a gem. The book is situated at the intersection of sports' youthful ambitions and dreams, and the later-realized lessons that made the journey so applicable to other aspects of life. Like a relatable diary, Steve shares the details of a championship season as they unfold for a player and a team, in a town where hoops was the traditional undercard. With each page, you will find yourself rooting for the unheralded '72 Blue Devils to snatch another victory." - Bill K
"It’s not just a hoops story- Steve chronicles the bond of lifelong family and friends, the triumphs and the everyday battles that life reveals." - Pete K
"Take a roller-coaster ride with the young men who led their team to a state basketball title during the rough and tumble early 1970s. The author was an integral part of the team and spares no detail in sharing with the reader the highs, lows, and day-to-day sacrifice required to mount such an achievement. From tip-off to the final buzzer and page you will be so glad you are along for the ride." - Lynn W
"Rick Wolff is a nationally-recognized expert in the field of sports psychology and sports parenting. Routinely quoted by the media about the issues that face today’s athletes, coaches, and parents, Wolff has written and lectured widely on the psychological pressures that accompany America’s keen passion for sports.
For more than 23 years, Wolff has hosted a highly-popular weekly sports parenting program, “Rick Wolff’s Sports Edge”, on WFAN Radio in New York City. He’s been a featured expert on Oprah, ESPN, CNN, ABC’s “NightLine”, ABC’s “20/20”, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, Fox & Friends, Fox Business, CNBC, PBS, A&E, MSNBC, Court TV, Lifetime, SportsChannel, the Madison Square Garden Network, as well as dozens of other media outlets. Along the way, he’s been honored with an Emmy Award for his on-air work on SportsChannel. In 1997, Wolff co-hosted an original video program, Youth Sports, with Steve Young, the Hall of Fame quarterback from the San Francisco 49ers." - https://www.askcoachwolff.com/about
Doug Doyle has been News Director at WBGO since 1998 and has taken his department to new heights in coverage and recognition. Doug and his staff have received more than 200 awards from organizations like PRNDI, AP, New York Association of Black Journalists, Garden State Association of Black Journalists and the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists.
SportsJam features in-depth interviews with top athletes, coaches, reporters, authors and fans of the sports world. WBGO News and Sports Director Doug Doyle started the award-winning podcast SportsJam in 2008. The Pennsylvania State University graduate is one of the most decorated reporters in New Jersey radio history. SportsJam with Doug Doyle was recently named one of the top sports podcasts in 2017.
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