By Jerry Del Priore
If you’re a sports fan and enjoy reading, especially when it comes to meeting sports figures, you’re in luck.
Books & Greetings in Northvale, New Jersey, will host four book signings, with NFL legend and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, American former professional heavyweight boxer Gerry Cooney, boxing media professional Randy Gordon, and New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award-winning broadcaster Ron Darling during the month of November.
On Monday, November 4th, Rice, who played 20 years in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and Seattle Seahawks, will be autographing his book, America’s Game: The NFL at 100 starting at 6:00 p.m (follow the Amazon link to the left if you cannot make this event, as I earn a small commission from each purchase(s) through my blog).
Rice, considered by many NFL experts and fans alike to be the best at his position, caught 1549 passes for 22,895 yards with 197 touchdowns in his long career.
Additionally, he won three Super Bowls with the 49ers and an AFC Championship with the Raiders.
Cooney will be signing his book Gentleman Gerry: A Contender in the Ring, a Champion in Recovery, while ring announcer and broadcaster Randy Gordon will be autographing copies of Glove Affair: My Lifelong Journey in the World of Professional Boxing on Sunday, November 10th at 1:00 p.m.
Cooney compiled a pro record of 28 wins and three defeats, with 24 knockouts.
Plus, the New York City-born pugilist fought for the title in 1982 against Larry Holmes in a losing effort. He then boxed for the IBF belt, which was only recognized as a title fight by 18 states and Ring Magazine because the IBF stripped Micheal Spinks of the championship due to facing Cooney instead of No. 1 contender Tony Tucker, in 1987. But Spinks beat Cooney via fifth-round TKO.
On Thursday, November 14, starting at 7 p.m., Darling, a New York Mets great pitcher who helped the team capture the unforgettable 1986 World Series versus the Boston Red Sox, will be signing his insightful book, 108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game.
Darling, who underwent successful treatment for thyroid cancer this year, has been broadcasting Mets games since 2006. He also works national games for TBS and MLB Network.
From Books & Greetings’ — located at 271G Livingston Street in Northvale, New Jersey — website:
Events are ticketed. When you purchase your book you will receive a numbered ticket, which is your number in the signing line. Each person attending needs to have their own book/ticket. Either stop by the store or call 201.784.2665 to purchase your book and secure your place in the signing line.
NO ONLINE ORDERS FOR EVENTS:
All books must be purchased from Books & Greetings to attend the events.