Noted Albuquerque Athletes
Johnny Tapia (1967–2012), boxing
Mi Vida Loca by Johnny Tapia; Bettina Gilois (As told to)
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The Unser Family, auto racing
Bobby, Big Al, Little Al, Joe, Jerry, and Mary. Also visit the Unser Racing Museum!
John Baker (1944-1970), running
A Shining Season by William Buchanan; Norman Zollinger (Foreword by)
"This is not your usual account of a young man's death of cancer, but a lively and exceptional story of John Baker's determination to leave students with newfound skills and self-confidence. . . . a remarkable, uplifting story of hope and determination which shouldn't be missed."--Bookwatch
Trent Dimas, gymnastics
The first American gymnast of Latino heritage to win an Olympic gold medal.
Trent Dimas by Valerie Menard
Real-Life Reader Biographies present the lives of contemporary role models for young readers. These are the stories of real men and women, who, despite many obstacles, followed their dreams. The story of a young gymnast who saw his dreams come true when he took a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics.
Call Number: J Biography
For mentions of more Albuquerque athletes, check out Richard Melzer's Legendary Locals of Albuquerque.