KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The definitive biography of Kansas City Chiefs Founder Lamar Hunt will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 2., but Chiefs fans will get an exclusive opportunity to purchase Lamar Hunt: A Life in Sports ahead of the general public at the Chiefs Team Store at Arrowhead Stadium beginning Sunday, Sept. 30. The book is also available on www.kcchiefs.com.
Lamar Hunt: A Life in Sports was written by Michael MacCambridge chronicling the lasting legacy of one of America’s greatest sportsmen. MacCambridge examines in rare detail Hunt’s life and career which forever changed the landscape of professional sports.
“We are very excited about the release of Lamar Hunt: A Life in Sports, and we hope that fans of all sports will enjoy reading about the life and legacy of my father in this outstanding work by Michael MacCambridge. Michael is well-respected as both an author and a sports historian, and with exhaustive research, unprecedented access and poignant eloquence, he has crafted the definitive biography of my father’s life.”
MacCambridge is widely respected in NFL circles for his previous work on the critically-acclaimed America’s Game, the definitive history of professional football. During his research for the book, MacCambridge forged a relationship with Lamar Hunt, spending more than 25 hours interviewing the humble Texan who founded the American Football League, named the Super Bowl and served as a driving force in the landmark AFL-NFL merger.
"The life of Lamar Hunt was, by its very nature, difficult to summarize,” said MacCambridge. “He inhabited several different worlds at the same time, yet remained inimitably his own person. What I found, over the course of my research, is that sports wasn't merely Lamar's pastime or profession, but to a great extent, the prism through which he viewed the larger world. What was most clear through all this was that Lamar was animated not by some abstract impulse for empire-building or a profit margin, but by the same things that true sports fans value—a love of the games themselves.”
MacCambridge’s in-depth biography traces the life of Hunt, who appropriately earned the nickname “Games” as a youth. Hunt spent his adult life immersed in the American sports scene. In addition to founding the AFL, Hunt helped usher in the open era of professional tennis (through his World Championship Tennis tour), was a central figure in popularizing the sport of soccer in the United States (owning franchises in both the North American Soccer League and Major League Soccer), and was a founding co-owner of the NBA’s Chicago Bulls.
In total, Hunt was inducted into 11 different halls of fame thanks in large part to his involvement in six different professional sports leagues. Widely regarded during his career for his more notable contributions to professional sports, the ever-modest Hunt eschewed credit for his many accomplishments, content to remain a fan at heart throughout his time. MacCambridge’s work thoroughly documents the life of one of America’s great sports pioneers and sheds new light on Hunt’s tremendous legacy.