The Greatest Basketball Records


From Cal Ripken's 2,632 consecutive games played to the 26 World Series Titles of the New York Yankees, sports are filled with amazing individual and team records. Explore the details of each achievement with historic photos and tables of stats.

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From Cal Ripken's 2,632 consecutive games played to the 26 World Series Titles of the New York Yankees, sports are filled with amazing individual and team records. Explore the details of each achievement with historic photos and tables of stats.

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Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Part of the "Sports Records" series, this book starts with a brief history of basketballs rule changes, which, after 1954, prohibited endless passing between players. Now, a team must attempt a shot within 24 seconds, speeding up the game and elevating the scores. Chapter One also gives a brief history of the game's development. Chapter Two discusses records from the games top performing players: Michael Jordan tops the list of "Most Season Scoring" titles with ten; Wilt Chamberlain is second in this category with seven. Mr. Chamberlain dominates the records of "Most Points in a Single Game" by scoring 73 points in two different games during the 1962 season; 78 points during a 1961 game and 100 points in another 1962 game. He also holds four of five records for "Highest Average Points per Game in a Season," starting with 37.6 points in the 1959-60 season and ending with 50.4 points in the 1961-62 season. He was an amazing player to watch. Other record categories in this chapter list most assists in a game, a season, and a career. John Stockton shows up the most in these categories. Defensive players also have their records: they include most blocks in a game and a career and most steals in a season and a career. Chapter Three gives records about the best teams to ever play the game, and Chapter Four lists "Basketball's Wildest Records." For instance, in the 1983 Detroit Pistons game against the Denver Nuggets, the teams scored a combined total of 370 points—Detroit, 186, and Denver, 184. The book is full of interesting tidbits in the "Edge Fact" sidebars. This book is just the ticket for the basketball enthusiast. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429620062
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Sports Records Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 512,255
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Matt Doeden is a freelance author and editor from Minnesota. He’s written numerous children’s books on sports, music, current events, the military, extreme survival, and much more. His books Sandy Koufax (Twenty-First Century Books, 2006) and Tom Brady: Unlikely Champion (Twenty-First Century Books, 2011) were Junior Library Guild selections. Doeden began his career as a sports writer before turning to publishing. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and two children.
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Table of Contents

Shooting for a Record     4
Basketball's Greatest Players     8
Basketball's Greatest Teams     16
Basketball's Wildest Records     22
Glossary     30
Read More     31
Internet Sites     31
Index     32
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