Category Archives: Billy Conn

Why does Sylvester Stallone wanna make more Rocky Movies? Because he can’t sing or dance. Also, Rocky movies usually strike¬†money. (Not that everyone is a fan.) Creed, the most recent entry in the forty-year old (!) franchise, raked¬†in plenty of … Continue reading

  Though quibbling a bit with Andrew O’Toole’s portrayal of the Joe Louis-Billy Conn rematch (was it fixed?), recommends Sweet William: The Life of Billy Conn. “O’Toole recounts Conn’s rise vividly and gives this reader real insight into Billy Conn’s … Continue reading

On January 6th the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published Roy McHugh’s review of Sweet William: The Life of Billy Conn. “Other than Ali, there was never a fighter as handsome. Warner Brothers asked him to play the 19th-century champion Gentleman Jim Corbett in … Continue reading

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review featured Sweet William, Andrew O’Toole’s biography of hometown boxing legend Billy Conn, in its December 30th edition. “Before Roberto Clemente, Terry Bradshaw or Mario Lemieux became household names, Billy Conn was Pittsburgh’s most famous athlete. In Andrew O’Toole’s … Continue reading

  Thomas Hauser, writing for the boxing site, recommends four University of Illinois Press boxing titles for your holiday gift list, including Sweet William, Andrew O’Toole’s new biography of Billy Conn.  “The two Louis-Conn fights are the highlight of O’Toole’s … Continue reading

Andrew O’Toole is a freelance writer and the author of several books on sports, including Smiling Irish Eyes: Art Rooney and the Pittsburgh Steelers. His new book Sweet William: The Life of Billy Conn will be published in January 2008 … Continue reading