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Sports fans!

Here is your first-ever guide to the best athletes from more than 260 Montana communities. These athletes—men and women, historic and contemporary, Olympic champions and hometown heroes—are the best in more than a dozen sports, including football, basketball, rodeo, track, and more. Included are well-known “greats” such as World Series pitcher Dave McNally, but did you know that:

  • At one time the world’s fastest human was a Montanan?
  • Muhammad Ali said the hardest he was ever hit was by a “Montana cowboy?”
  • Football’s “hidden-ball trick” was performed to perfection by a speedy Sioux Indian who lived in Wyola?

All these treasures and much more are revealed in Montana Greats, a winning book for sports fans, historians, and all Montanans.

“What I love about Montana Greats is how it memorializes the small towns in Montana [where] the identity of the community is strongly connected to their teams. Thank you, Jeff Welsch, for honoring their best athletes and for ensuring we never forget their legacies.”
—Joe Puckett, Peerless native and author of The Dream

“Growing up in northeastern Montana, our sports heroes were not from the pros or college, but they were high school stars from each and every small town. Thanks, Jeff, for telling this amazing story!” —Rocky Erickson, veteran Montana sportscaster and Vida native.

“As a native Montanan (Class C Belfry) who has avidly followed Montana sports my entire life, Montana Greats is like a walk down memory lane.” — Sherm Weimer, Miles City

Author Jeff Welsch is the Executive Sports Editor for and Lee Montana newspapers.