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Aug 20, 2013 1:39 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Sportswriter Sam King to sign his new book "Tiger Beat" in Lafayette this weekend


LAFAYETTE, La. - If you enjoy talking LSU sports, you might want to visit with Sam King this weekend.

Veteran sportswriter Sam King, who covered LSU football and basketball for Baton Rouge newspapers most of his professional career, will be in Lafayette to talk sports and sign his new book at Barnes & Noble.

The public is invited to the signing at 5705 Johnston Street on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

King's book is titled TIGER BEAT: Covering LSU Sports for 35 Years. The publisher is Acadian House Publishing of Lafayette.

The 240-page hardcover book is about the coaches and players and many of the big games of the past half century. It features some of LSU's top athletes, from Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon and the fierce, flamboyant "Chinese Bandits" of the 1950s and '60's to the magical "Pistol Pete" Maravich, the lightning-quick Chris Jackson and the gentle giant, Shaquille O'Neal. It contains some previously untold stories and behind-the-scenes material that only working journalists were privy to until now.

Tiger Beat includes 32 pages of photographs of football and basketball coaches, players and action shots, both historic and contemporary.

And it answers a number of questions that Tiger fans have asked at one time or another:
- Who said Shaquille O'Neal would never make it as a basketball player?
- Who was the best running back in LSU history?
- What brought on the religious conversion of "Pistol Pete" Maravich?

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