About the Books
The Centennial Editions of "You Can Call Me Al: The Colorful Journey of College Basketball's Original Flower Child, Al McGuire" and "Goin' Uptown: Marquette's March to Madness and Return to the Final Four" were recently released to mark the 100th anniversary of the Marquette University basketball program, which began during the 1916-17 season. Both are published by JDM Press of Arlington Heights, IL, the self-publishing firm I created in 2016.
"YOU CAN CALL ME AL" was the first biography of the late Hall of Fame basketball coach and television commentator Al McGuire, and written with his cooperation. He coached at Marquette from 1964-77, winning the NCAA Championship in his final game as head coach. The first edition of the book was published in 1999. The Centennial Edition is the fifth edition of the book. In addition to photos of McGuire's funeral, there is a full photo page of every coach in Marquette history as well as an Introduction which looks back at the beginnings of the Marquette basketball program.
This is the full story of one of the greatest and most colorful coaches in the history of college basketball. From the playgrounds of Rockaway Beach, New York, to the NCAA Championship to the broadcast booth, there was only one Al McGuire. This is his story, as quick-paced and fascinating as the man himself.