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Rare photos and heartfelt letters from fans of San Francisco 49ers hero Dwight Clark
Featuring essays by Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Brian Murphy, and Kelly Clark, Letters to 87 offers rare photos and heartfelt letters from fans of San Francisco 49ers hero Dwight Clark.
Football fans will always remember “The Catch” as the moment a dynasty was born. When Dwight Clark received the touchdown pass that sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl in 1982, an indelible moment was etched into the history of the NFL. Later, as Clark battled ALS, he and sportswriter Matt Maiocco put out a call to fans, asking them to share their memories of this moment. The letters that Clark and Maiocco received tell the story of how the man who wore number 87 brought together a city and a franchise through his sincerity, his loyalty, and his spirit for life and the game.
All royalties will go the the Golden Heart Fund, a nonprofit arm of the 49ers that helps support former 49er players. Find out more at www.lettersto87.com.
About the Author
Matt Maiocco, beat reporter for NBC Sports Bay Area, has covered the San Francisco 49ers for over a decade. Michael Zagaris, legendary sports, music, and fashion photojournalist, has served as team photographer for the San Francisco 49ers since 1973. Brad Mangin is a photographer who, since 1987, has captured the biggest stars in professional sports. All three reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.