What do the Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Knicks, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Furman Paladins and the Eastern Kentucky Colonels all have incommon? They have all had star athletes who began their careers as Corbin Redhounds.
For four decades the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s, Corbin High School sports were the glue that held the town together. For those who worked on the railroad, cut or hauled timber, or chiseled and drug coal from the nearby mines, football and basketball was a diversion from the daily chore of providing for their families. Sports were the common denominator that transcended economic levels of Corbin’s citizenry.
There are others who were prep All-Americans, college All-Americans, NBA and NFL all-stars. The Boys from Corbin–America’s Greatest Little Sports Town is not just a story . .. it’s a phenomenon.
Sports Hall ofFames are dotted with Corbin stars:
Gary P. West has simple criteria when it comes to writing books.
“I only take on a project that I will enjoy writing about and I only write about something I think people will enjoy reading,” he says.
West grew up in Elizabeth town, Kentucky and attended Western Kentucky University before graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1967 with a journalism degree. At U.K. he was a daily sports editor for the Kentucky Kernel.
For twelve years, West was the executive director of the Hilltopper Athletic Foundation at Western Kentucky University, and provided color commentary for Wes Strader on the Hilltopper Basketball Network.
In 1993, he became the executive director of the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. He retired from there in 2006 to devote more time to his writing.
He is a freelance writer for several magazines in addition to writing a syndicated newspaper travel column, Out & About ... Kentucky Style, for several papersacross the state.
This is his seventh book. Previous books are King Kelley Coleman – Kentucky’s Greatest Basketball Legend (2005), Eating Your Way Across Kentucky (2006), Eating Your Way Across Kentucky - The Recipes (2007), Shopping Your Way Across Kentucky(2009), 101 Must Places to Visit in Kentucky Before You Die (2009), and Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association (2011).