Big Train

The Legendary Ironman of Sport, Lionel Conacher

by Richard Brignall

The story of the legendary iron man of sport, Lionel Conacher.

Lionel Conacher excelled at football, hockey, baseball, boxing, wrestling, and lacrosse. He taught himself how to play and he worked hard, and it paid off. He supported his struggling family, never giving up or letting people down. He was given the nickname Big Train because he was unstoppable on the football field when he ran through the opposition. In 1921 Conacher joined the Toronto Argonauts, and in 1926 he played professional baseball for the Toronto Maple Leafs. After retiring from sports, Conacher was elected to the Canadian House of Commons in 1949. Richard Brignall tells this fascinating story of the man who could do it all.


About the Author

Richard Brignall
RICHARD BRIGNALL is a journalist from Kenora, Ontario, who has written for such publications as Cottage Life and Outdoor Canada. He was previously the sports reporter for the Kenora Daily Miner and News.


"Young sports enthusiasts will be interested in this biography of sports star Lionel Conacher. The chapters are short and fast-paced with accessible vocabulary and sentence structure."
Canadian Review of Materials
"A great resource for any school porject about Canadian history -- or the everyday sports buff looking for a really great read."
Linsday Schluter, Resource Links


Red Cedar Book Award, 2011-12

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