Almanac Book Review – ‘The Big O: The Life and Times of Olsen Filipaina’ by Patrick Skene.

Patrick Skene’s book on Olsen ‘Big O’ Filipaina has been reviewed by Braham Dabscheck, who delves into the importance of his story for the modern nations of Australia and New Zealand.

Remembrance of things past – sort of: 1966 and all that!

Braham Dabscheck was 17 in 1966 , his Matriculation year. He has always been a passionate Saints fan and remembers their premiership year, and his. Braham mentions here that he started to write about sport, and study it. [Braham has been a world leader in the field of professional players’ unions across codes and countries. It was a privilege and pleasure to work with him on the VFL Players’ Association HIstory – and to continue to publish him here on the Almanac site – JTH]

Almanac Book Review – Roy Hay’s Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere

We bring you two highly respected thinker-writers in the field of sport and sports history: Braham Dabscheck reviews Roy Hay’s recent book Aboriginal People and Australian Football in the Nineteenth Century: They Did Not Come from Nowhere.

The Big Show Comes To Old Sydney Town

Braham Dabscheck has been going to the SCG since 1959. On the weekend he saw Major League baseball there. These are his observations. [Nicely paced – Ed]

Book Review: The Best American Sports Writing 2013

Where do I buy this book? Comprehensive review of what sounds like a must-read from Braham Dabscheck. He writes “in the words of Series Editor Glenn Stout, ‘[Sport]is more about people and what concerns us – love, death, labor and loss – than about the simple results of a game or competition. Wins and losses are the least important part of the equation.” [Looks like we’re following in a fine tradition, from afar, and from first principles. Ed]