Early Greyhound Books

Here are some early Greyhound Books I am putting in the Museum. The Greyhound in Australia by the late Mike Agostini was first published in 1969 and the Revised and enlarged edition came out in 1973. The second edition featured our own Pigeon Collerson as co-author. Mike Agostini was a Trinidadian track and field athlete. He was the first athlete from his country to win a gold medal at what is now known as the Commonwealth Games, when he won the 100 yards final in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on 31 July 1954. Agostini retired from active sports in the late 1950s. He graduated with a degree in economics from Fresno State University, California, in 1958. In the late 1950s Agostini moved to Australia and married Pamela, with whom he had two daughters and two sons. He received Australian citizenship in 1961. He coached various sprinters, including Ralph Doubell, Andrew Ratcliffe, Peter Vassella, and Jenny Lamy. He worked as a freelance journalist and as a teacher for a brief time, and also served as editor and publisher for Track and Field magazine in the mid-1960s. He edited numerous periodicals and authored nine books. In 2007, Mike Agostini was inducted into the Fresno County Athletic Hall of Fame.[13] In his later years, he suffered from arthritis and pancreatic cancer. He died on 12 May 2016 of cancer in Sydney. The third book is Go Greyhound by Damian Morgan and Greg Fahey a 50-year history of the Hobart Greyhound Racing Club.

Jeff Collerson – Actually Mike didn’t write a line, just published it and put his name on the cover as co-author. Never mind. I once raced the former Coomonwealth Games champion over 50 metres at White City tennis courts in Sydney and he HOPPED while I RAN. He beat me comfortably. True story. We worked on the Tele together and apparently that’s how he used to train.
Dennis Christey – Greyhound trainer by the guvnor 1962 book.