Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan: Taking the Field with Pro Athletes and Olympic Legends to Answer Sports Fans’ Burning


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Editorial Reviews


“An entertaining new book with the best title I’ve ever heard. . . . There are lots of cool and authoritative conclusions in this book, based on empirical evidence.”
—Gene Weingarten,
Washington Post
“Asks such burning questions as: Would an all-midget baseball lineup be almost unstoppable? Are pro golfers good at miniature golf? Could a tennis pro wielding a skillet beat an amateur with a racket? Sports fans often pose these kinds of off-the-wall questions—Mr. Gallagher heard many when he was a writer for—and this comic sports book sets out to find the answers by setting up bizarre contests.”
Wall Street Journal
“[George] Plimpton, the patrician, Harvard-educated polymath with a taste for the madcap and presumably the nightcap, would have appreciated the spirit of Gallagher’s new book.”
International Herald Tribune
“Todd Gallagher has a lot on his mind. Like, ‘Could a morbidly obese goalie shut out an NHL team?’ And, ‘Would sumo wrestlers make great NFL linemen?’ And, ‘How easy is the transition from soccer player to NFL kicker?’ To get to the bottom of those burning questions, Gallagher teamed up with players, managers, and coaches.”
Boston Herald
“Gallagher has personally committed to resolving so many of these kind of thinking-outside-the- squared-circle ideas that some have referred to him as ‘Plimpton on acid.’”
Los Angeles Daily News

About the Author

TODD GALLAGHER is a former professional basketball coach, writer for ESPN, and television producer. He became the youngest director of player personnel in pro basketball history when he was appointed to that position in the USBL at the age of twenty-one.

Additional information

Publisher ‏

‎ Three Rivers Press (October 2, 2007)

Language ‏

‎ English

Paperback ‏

‎ 288 pages

ISBN-10 ‏

‎ 0307352803

ISBN-13 ‏

‎ 978-0307352804

Item Weight

‎ 8 ounces

Dimensions ‏

‎ 5.5 x 0.75 x 8 inches