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Floyd Conner

Floyd Conner is the author of biographies of film stars Tuesday Weld and Lupe Velez, as well as Hollywood's Most Wanted, Baseball’s Most Wanted, Golf’s Most Wanted, Basketball’s Most Wanted, Wrestling’s Most Wanted and Tennis’ Most Wanted (all on Potomac Books). He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Wrestling's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Pro Wrestling's Outrageous Performers, Punishing Piledrivers and Other Oddities

by Floyd Conner

Wrestling's Most Wanted profiles 700 of the most outrageous wrestlers, obnoxious managers, and powerful promoters in pro wrestling history, including all of today's greatest stars, including Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Undertaker, Mick Foley, Goldberg, and Sid Vicious. It also remembers the greats of the past, such as Gorgeous George, Dick the Bruiser, The Sheik, Superfly, Jimmy Snuka, Argentina Rocca, Abdullah the Butcher, Bruno Sammartino, and André the Giant.

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Basketball's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Hoops' Outrageous Dunkers, Incredible Buzz-Beaters and Other Oddities

by Floyd Conner

Basketball's Most Wanted chronicles 700 of the most outlandish players, coaches, and fans in basketball history. Its seventy lists describe in humorous detail basketball's top ten worst shooters, strangest plays, bizarre nicknames, politicians who have played, little-known records, unlikely NBA teams, and more.

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Olympic's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Gold Medal Gaffes, Improbable Triumphs and Other Oddities

by Floyd Conner

Olympic history is filled with the unusual, the bizarre, and the unbelievable. The Olympic's Most Wanted chronicles 700 of the most outlandish competitors in the history of the winter and summer Olympics. Its seventy lists describe in humorous detail the Olympics' most inept athletes, strangest events, most embarrassing performances, poorest losers, most outrageous cheaters, unlikeliest heroes, most notorious disqualifications, and more. Only here will you find out that Margaret Abbott won the gold medal in women's golf in 1900 without realizing she was competing in the Olympics or that American Fred Lorz rode in a car for eleven of the twenty-six miles of the 1904 marathon. American tennis player Marion Jones won a bronze medal at the 1900 games without winning a match. Stella Walsh, 1932 gold medalist in the women's 100-meter dash, was, in reality, a man. All this and more can be found in Olympic's Most Wanted.

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Tennis's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Baseline Blunders, Clay Court Wonders and Lucky Lobs

by Floyd Conner

Tennis history is filled with unusual, bizarre, and unbelievable stories. Tennis's Most Wanted chronicles 700 of the most outrageous players, coaches, and officials in tennis history. Its seventy lists describe in detail tennis's colorful characters, surprising matches, inept players, bizarre nicknames, outrageous outfits, embarrassing losses, errant shots, terrible tantrums, and more. Only here will you learn that Joshua Pim won Wimbledon in 1893 and 1894 under an assumed name because he was afraid that being a tennis player would hurt his medical practice. Frank Riesley and Sydney Smith settled their 1904 Wimbledon semifinal match by flipping a coin. M. H. de Amorin served seventeen consecutive double faults in a 1937 match at Wimbledon. Renee Richards played in the 1955 U.S. Open as a man and, after a sex-change operation, as a woman in 1975. W. C. Fields played tennis with a racket in one hand and a martini in the other. Tony Pickard lost a match at the Italian Open when a linesman left to buy ice cream. "Gorgeous Gussy" Moran did a striptease at a press conference, and Pat Stewart wrote her phone number on her panties for the 1961 Wimbledon. You can find all this and more in Tennis's Most Wanted.

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Hockey's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Wicked Slapshots, Bruising Goons and Ice Oddities

by Floyd Conner

The history of hockey is filled with the bizarre, the unexpected, and the hard to believe. Hockey's Most Wanted chronicles 700 of the most outrageous players, coaches, and owners in hockey history. In humorous detail, Floyd Conner describes hockey's top-ten strange plays, inept players, bizarre nicknames, craziest fans, colorful characters, unlikely heroes, odious owners, worst coaches, beleaguered officials, most brutal fights, and more. Learn why Dave Reece was nicknamed "the Human Sieve," and find out which goalie once gave up fifteen goals in a game. Meet the player who was whistled for a record sixty-seven penalty minutes in a single game and another who played in the National Hockey League for five years before scoring his first goal. Imagine scoring the winning goal in the seventh and deciding game of the Stanley Cup-for the opposing team-or how it felt to be the defenseman traded for a net. You can find all this and more in Hockey's Most Wanted, a book that every hockey fan will enjoy.

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Baseball's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of the National Pastime's Outrageous Offenders, Lucky Bounces and Other Oddities

by Floyd Conner

Baseball’s rich history brims with the bizarre, the weird, and the hard to believe — and it’s all here! Fans will enjoy encountering more than 700 of the game’s most outlandish players, managers, and owners, and checking out 70 top-ten lists of the worst hitters, wildest pitchers, and poorest fielders ever to wield a bat, ball, and glove. From freaky injuries to unique nicknames, the strangest plays to the least-known records, this quirky and irreverent look at baseball is thoroughly entertaining.

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Hollywood's Most Wanted

by Floyd Conner

Warren Beatty's first job was as a rat catcher in a Washington, D.C. theater. When Jack Nicholson first arrived in Hollywood, he sorted fan mail for the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry. Alan Ladd was discovered operating a hotdog stand outside a studio. George Hamilton used to throw away his socks after wearing them only once. Tough guy Charles Bronson was so poor as a kid that he wore his sister's hand-me-down dresses. Judy Garland was turned down for a role in the "Our Gang" comedies. Ronald Reagan rejected the role of Rick in Casablanca, later made famous by Humphrey Bogart.

The history of Hollywood is filled with the strange, the bizarre and the unbelievable. The 70 lists in Hollywood's Most Wanted describe in amusing detail Hollywood's top 10 worst movies, most dreadful performances, biggest bombs, funniest real names, sexiest blonde bombshells, most intriguing mysteries, most audacious publicity stunts, oddest couples, most inauspicious debuts, weirdest pre-acting jobs, most scandalous behavior, strangest deaths and more.

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