Basketball History in Syracuse: Hoops Roots

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Anyone who has spent time in Syracuse, New York, knows that basketball season is the most wonderful time of the year. And while the local popularity of the sport is known nationwide, the region also has a long and rich basketball history. Sports historian Mark Baker traces the evolution of Syracuse's "hoops roots," beginning in the early days, when local, national and college basketball organizations were primitive institutions. It was during this time that one of the first teams to gain a national following was ...

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Overview

Anyone who has spent time in Syracuse, New York, knows that basketball season is the most wonderful time of the year. And while the local popularity of the sport is known nationwide, the region also has a long and rich basketball history. Sports historian Mark Baker traces the evolution of Syracuse's "hoops roots," beginning in the early days, when local, national and college basketball organizations were primitive institutions. It was during this time that one of the first teams to gain a national following was founded here by an Italian immigrant, Danny Biasone, and it was in Syracuse that the 24-second clock was invented. From the outset, Syracuse residents and fans were hooked, and this love of the game has endured, feeding the fanaticism that sustains the sport today.

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Walkable Eastside - Lonnie L
"...a book that will be of interest (might I say, utter fascination?) not only to Eastwood residents but to history and/or basketball fans in Syracuse and beyond."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596299832
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 10/18/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Allen Baker is a former business executive (General Electric/Genigraphics Corporation, assistant to the president and CEO), author (sixteen books and more than two hundred articles) and historian. A graduate of the State University of New York, his expertise has been referenced in numerous periodicals including USA Today, Sports Illustrated and Money. Following his book, Goldmine's Price Guide to Rock & Roll Memorabilia, he appeared as a co-host on the VH1 series Rock Collectors. Baker has also been a featured speaker at many events, including the Hemingway Days Festival & Writers Conference in Key West, Florida. He is also the author of the recently (2010) published book Title Town USA: Boxing in Upstate New York.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Acknowledgements 13

Introduction. A Nationals Medley: People, Places and Things 15

Part I A Prelude

Chapter 1 Basket Ball 21

Chapter 2 Syracuse Nationals, 1946-1949: The NBL Years 39

Part II The Syracuse Nationals

Chapter 3 The Franchise's First Star, 1949-1954 55

Chapter 4 A Gut-Wrenching Championship, 1954-1955 79

Chapter 5 A Big-League Team in a Small Town, 1955-1959 97

Chapter 6 Nats Wilt after Chamberlain Arrives, 1959-1961 113

Chapter 7 The Sixties, 1961-1963 125

Chapter 8 A Cognitive Transition 137

Part III The Syracuse Legacy

Chapter 9 The 24-Second Clock 143

Chapter 10 The Calls from Springfield 149

Chapter 11 Professional Basketball, Syracuse Style 167

Bibliography 177

Index 183

About the Author 191

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Recommended for basketball enthusiasts

    I purchased this book for my Grandson who is into basketball.

    He is a Syracuse fan and I thought he would like to read about the basketball history in Syracuse.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    Perfect Timing - Basketball Season Has Arrived!

    With a lot written about Syracuse University Basketball, it surprises many that there is much more to the rich history of basketball in central New York and that is where this book begins."Basketball History in Syracuse, Hoops Roots" by Mark Allen Baker is an informative, entertaining and comfortable read - an introduction to professional basketball in Syracuse, New York. From the All-Americans (with Vic Hanson) to the NBA Syracuse Nationals (with Dolph Schayes), readers are treated to a delightful "Hoops History." The Nationals Medley, the introduction to the book, was just priceless and a must read for anyone living in Syracuse. The book is divided into three parts: A Prelude (introduction to the sport), The Syracuse Nationals(a season by season review) and The Syracuse Legacy (the 24-Second Clock and members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. While I enjoyed the first two parts, the last portion was my favorite. I loved the content, the impressive graphics and the entire feel of the book, I only wish it could have been a bit longer with a few more photographs. Overall, it was well worth the money and a great read! As a big Syracuse basketball fan it does manage to fit perfectly into my Orange painted library!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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