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 friends and 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.

Letters to 87 is a coffee table book featuring heartfelt letters from fans of San Francisco 49ers hero Dwight Clark, and essays by Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., Ronnie Lott, Joe Montana, Brian Murphy, and Kelly Clark. Letters to 87 also offers rare photos from Michael Zagaris, Brad Mangin, and John Storey.

100% of the book royalties will be donated to the Golden Heart Fund.

Throughout his adult life, Dwight Clark was always there for his fans—through his actions on the field and his approachable nature off the field. He was everybody’s best friend. Even strangers—many of whom sent letters—could meet him and come away feeling a special connection to the man. Now, through this book, that connection has been completed. Fans of the 49ers came through for Dwight Clark when he needed them most.
— Matt Maiocco, NBC Sports Bay Area

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