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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Taylor H.A. Bell  

Pen Name: Taylor Bell

Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction

Born: 1940 in Blue Island, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Bell was born in Blue Island and currently resides in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Taylor Bell covered high school and professional sports in Illinois for more than forty years, mostly for the ''Chicago Daily News'' and the ''Chicago Sun-Times''. He was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1971 and received the IBCA’s ''Buzzy O’Connor Award'' for contributions to the game in 2002. He was also inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

The long and exciting history of high school basketball in Illinois is the subject of Taylor Bell's highly praised book ''Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie and Bobby Joe''. This is the first comprehensive history of high school basketball in the state, written by a reporter who is a lifelong fan and authority on high school basketball for more than 40 years. The book is titled for four players who reflet the unique quality of highschool basketball and whose first names are enough to trigger memories in fans who love the sport - Sweet Charlie Brown, Dike Eddleman, Cazzie Russell and Bobby Joe Mason.

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-- *Ring Lardner Award for excellence in print journalism, 2005 *Taylor was honored at the 2005 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.