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The Boys From Corbin: America's Greatest Little Sports Town is a book written by Gary P. West. It was first published in 2013.


What do the Los Angeles Lakers, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Knicks, San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, Kentucky Wildcats, Louisville Cardinals, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, Furman Paladins and the Eastern Kentucky Colonels all have in common? They have all had star athletes who began their careers as Corbin Redhounds.

For four decades the 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's, Corbin High School sports were the glue that held the town together. For those who worked on the railroad, cut or hauled timber, or chiseled and drug coal from the nearby mines, football and basketball was a diversion from the daily chore of providing for their families. Sports were the common denominator that transcended economic levels of Corbin's citizenry.

Sports Hall of Fames are dotted with Corbin stars: Frank Selvy, Rodger Bird, Calvin Bird, Billy Bird, Jerry Bird, Steve Bird, Roy Kidd, Nick Denes, David Selvy, Fred Radar, Mel Chandler, Princess McBurney, Jesse Grant, Marvin Selvy, Bobby Terrell, Curly Selvy, Edd Selvy, Ted Meadors, Jerry Smith, Bob Barton, Tommy Adkins, Bob Coleman, Marion Cluggish, and Curt Selvy.

There are others who were prep All-Americans, college All-Americans, NBA and NFL all-stars. The Boys from Corbin America s Greatest Little Sports Town is not just a story . . . it s a phenomenon.