The most memorable book of my youth is Gordie Howe by Stan Fischler. I read it faster than any story before or since, after Santa kindly stuffed it in my Christmas stocking.
The part that I recall the clearest is Fischler’s account of the February 1, 1959 fight that Gordie had with Rangers’ defenceman Lou Fontinato. After years of hostility between the two men, Howe dismantled his foe with a series of vicious punches that seriously disfigured Fontinato’s face, an image I’ll never forget — even though I didn’t see it. Merry Christmas.