Meet the Author: Mike Guardabascio Signs Football in Long Beach

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Football in Long Beach

Football in Long Beach by Mike Guardabascio.

Sports fans will have two opportunities to meet local author Mike Guardabascio where he will be signing copies of his book Football in Long Beach.

Guardabascio will be at Barnes & Noble Towne Center, 7651 Carson St., on Saturday, October 6th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For details call (562) 938-1690.

Guardabascio will be at Gatsby Books, 5535 East Spring St., on Wednesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. For information call (562) 208-5862.

The roots of football run deep in Long Beach, where Long Beach Polytechnic High School has produced more players who have played in the National Football League than any other high school in the United States. 

Poly’s storied program has fed the NFL a wide variety of top players, including such receivers as Johnny Morris, Gene Washington, Tony Hill, Stephone Paige, Marcedes Lewis and DeSean Jackson. This authoritative citywide pigskin history by Mike Guardabascio includes the football sagas of other area high schools, as well as the legacies of Long Beach State and Long Beach City College, which have enjoyed their own brands of national recognition.

Mike Guardabascio was born and raised in Long Beach, California. He has been writing professionally for ten years and has been published in over two dozen magazines and newspapers. He has been covering high school and college sports in Long Beach for the last five years and is co-editor of the Grunion Gazette sports section and the popular website He lives in Long Beach with his wife, Shar. He can be reached via email at

Football in Long Beach by Mike Guardabascio (ISBN 978-1-60949-545-9) is available for $19.99.

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