Atlantic City, New Jersey
|Died||June 16, 1984|
|Alma mater||Indiana University|
|Notable works||Champions of College Football|
|Children||Allyson, Laurie Libby|
Libby graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis, also attended by several notable authors including Kurt Vonnegut. He attended Indiana University then served in the Navy. In the 1950s, Libby was sports editor of the Herald Statesman, then later worked for the New York Post.
Libby wrote several books on sports figures including Rod Carew, Wilt Chamberlin, Phil Esposito, A.J. Foyt, Catfish Hunter, Fred Lynn, Rocky Marciano, Pete Rose, O.J. Simpson, Willie Stargell, and Fran Tarkenton as well as books on hockey, auto racing, professional football, and college football.
He also co-wrote several books on celebrities and sports people including Nancy Reagan, the Roosevelt family, Rick Barry, Vida Blue, Monty Hall, Richard Petty, John Roseboro, Nolan Ryan, and Jerry West.
Libby national championsEdit
Libby's 1975 book Champions of College Football selected a single college football national champion from the 1900 to 1974 college football seasons. As the highest level of college football does not have an official national champion, Libby's selections are often referenced by the athletic department of the selected university.
In 1964, Libby was named National Magazine Sportswriter of the Year. He was named to the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
Libby and wife Sharon had two daughters, Allyson and Laurie Libby.
- AP. "BILL LIBBY". Retrieved 2018-10-03.
- "BILL LIBBY". The New York Times. 18 June 1984.
- "The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on June 17, 1984 · Page 30".
- Libby, Bill (1975). Champions of College Football. Hawthorne Books, Inc. pp. 11–14. ISBN 0-8015-1196-8.
- "Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Home". www.scjewishsportshof.com.