Shellhorn shares stories, laughter during book signing

Dick Shellhorn shares stories with Virginia and Mike Anderson, after his presentation during his book signing for "Balls and Stripes: A Lifetime of Sports Adventures", at the Cordova Center on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times

Fans and family listened intently, often breaking into laughter, as author Dick Shellhorn shared stories and history of his time playing, coaching and broadcasting sports throughout Alaska.

Shellhorn held a book signing at the Cordova Center on May 10 for his latest book, “Balls and Stripes: A Lifetime of Sports Adventures”, a collection of his best sports stories over more than half a century. The book, incidentally, is dedicated to his wife, Sue.

“You think being a referee is hard, you ought to try being a referee’s wife,” he wrote. Shellhorn is also the author of “Time and Tide: Adventure’s on Alaska’s Copper River Delta.”

Media passes and memorabilia rest on a table during Dick Shellhorn’s book signing for his new book, “Balls and Stripes: A Lifetime of Sports Adventures”, at the Cordova Center on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Referee jerseys and jackets lined the wall and media passes, memorabilia, magazines and equipment covered the table as he showed photographs on the screen behind him.

He trailed off during his storytelling, careful not to give away the endings to his lively yarns, which can be found scattered in the book, along with 90 photos that should stir a lot of memories in Cordova.

Dick Shellhorn shows the Fox 40 whistle to the audience as he shares stories and history during his “Balls and Stripes: A Lifetime of Sports Adventures” book signing at the Cordova Center on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times
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Emily Mesner is a staff reporter and photographer for The Cordova Times. Reach her at emesner@thecordovatimes.com. Emily graduated from Central Michigan University, earning a degree in photojournalism with a cultural competency certificate. She first visited Alaska in 2016, working as a media intern for the National Park Service in Kotzebue and Denali National Park and Preserve, and has been coming back ever since. To see more photos, follow @thecordovatimes and @emilymesnerphoto on Instagram.