MARBLEHEAD — Author Bob Latham was at the Spirit of ‘76 Book Store in Marblehead last night signing copies of his book “Winners and Losers”. Latham, a graduate of Stanford and the University of Virginia law school, is a very successful attorney in Texas, specializing in commercial litigation.
He is also an avid sports fan, and a columnist, who writes amusing articles for Sports Travel Magazine. Latham will be the guest speaker tonight at The Landing in Marblehead at a fund raiser for Northeastern Sports Fund and Skillz Academy which his friend Reggie Plaisir supports. Plaisir grew up in Marblehead and is now a sports agent.
“I’ve been writing a monthly column for seven years now, and some consistent themes keep showing up so I decided to put them in a book,” said Latham. “I take all the stories from my experiences, and I enjoy all sports. I have a passion for all of them, but rugby is the one in my background.
There is no athletic contest from the most famous events that take place around the world to the obscure happenings that Latham doesn’t enjoy. He wrote a book to allow the average sports fan to get a glimpse into some of those big and small events and provide a front row seat for readers. Humor is always something Latham relies heavily on when telling anecdotes about heroism or heartbreak. He includes a little bit of everything from an Inn of the 18th hole at St. Andrews to the cryogenics facility where Ted Williams is preserved.
“Ted’s is a tragic story,” said Latham. “Here is a guy, who clearly wished to have his ashes spread off the coast of Florida, but instead he is in a non-descript strip mall in Arizona. One power outage, and he’s done. I happened to be in Scottsdale on business and couldn’t resist going to see where he was because it was only a half hour away. I was with a guy from my office. We found the place, rang the bell and he said we were there to see Ted’s head. They let us in.”