Legacies of Kentucky Mountain Basketball: Champions and Their Palaces of the Mid-1950's

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A look back at what once was the heart and soul of sports in the beautiful, but rugged mountains of Kentucky is what Legacies of Kentucky Mountain Basketball does with photographs from today.

It was a time when many small communities and towns were put on the map by the play of their local high school basketball team. Some communities weren't even towns themselves, but their teams played as good as or better than any from the state.

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Overview

A look back at what once was the heart and soul of sports in the beautiful, but rugged mountains of Kentucky is what Legacies of Kentucky Mountain Basketball does with photographs from today.

It was a time when many small communities and towns were put on the map by the play of their local high school basketball team. Some communities weren't even towns themselves, but their teams played as good as or better than any from the state.

A time when folks would crowd into gyms just to watch their favorite team play and those that couldn't make it inside would stay outside with someone calling the score out the front door to the crowd gathered fighting the elements (sometimes with the help of a little anti-freeze).

This was a time when high school basketball was bigger than University of Kentucky basketball statewide.

Legacies of Kentucky Mountain Basketball ... is about the golden era of high school basketball in Kentucky (the mid-1950s), high school basketball that was as close to the original game as we will ever see again ... good, fundamental basketball ... set shots, pick and roll, picket fence, blocking out, guard around, and hard-nosed disciplined coaches.

This book features the towns and high schools of the 13th, 14th and 15th Regions of the Commonwealth, including detailed accounts of the 1953-54, 1954-55, and 1955-56 seasons - the golden era of Kentucky Mountain Basketball - including stunning photographs of over 60 schools and gymnasiums that remain today!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935001751
  • Publisher: Acclaim Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/2012
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,467,595
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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About the Author

Harold M. Kelley was raised in the rural south central Kentucky town of Scottsville attending Scottsville High School and then receiving a BS degree from Murray State University in Medical Technology and Biology in 1970. After serving 3 years in the Army, Harold attended Blood Bank Technology School in Orlando, Florida and then worked 17 years for the American Red Cross Blood Services in Asheville, North Carolina as Technical Director and later Assistant Administrator/Compliance Officer. Harold has since worked in other areas of the medical field.

While living in North Carolina and soon after purchasing his first 35mm camera, Harold attended a basic photography class at Asheville-Buncombe Community College in the early 1980's and his interest in photography has continued to grow since then. Harold had the opportunity to meet the late photojournalist Bill Thomas at a weekend photo workshop outside of Ocala, Florida and later attended photo and writing workshops given by Bill at his farm near Glendale, Kentucky. Bill served as a nature photography mentor and friend who could be called upon when a particular question needed an answer. Harold also had the opportunity to work at Shutterbug Digital Photo in Bowling Green for almost 4 years and learned other basics of photography and photo enhancement while working in the digital lab.

Harold currently resides in Glasgow, Kentucky with his wife Pat. He teaches Beginning Digital Photography through Barren County Community Education and is the volunteer preserve monitor of Brigadoon State Nature Preserve in Barren County. He has held several exhibits of his work and has been published in various magazines and newspapers.

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  • Posted February 5, 2013

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    Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite Harold Kelley ha

    Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite

    Harold Kelley has created this memorial to the long ago 1950's basketball teams of the coal country of eastern Kentucky and their special champions such as Johnny Cox and "King" Kelly Coleman. The photographs of old gymnasiums of the area of eastern Kentucky, some of which are long demolished or converted into part of schools or offices, will draw the reader into this book. On page 13, the author writes: "So why did basketball become so important in Kentucky, especially the southeastern part? A simple explanation is that in order to have a game, one needs only five players on a team, a hoop of some kind and a court, either inside or out ... Many have said that there simply wasn't much to do in these towns and the roads were so bad they couldn't go anywhere else, so basketball it was."

    "Legacies of Kentucky Mountain Basketball: Champions and Palaces of the Mid-1950's" is a photographic journey that will entice readers even if they live in urban areas. It is a tribute to what was and the author has covered in detail every gymnasium and the town in which it was located. The old gyms made of stones from nearby quarries and all the photos are beautifully captured and the author writes of each very well and concisely. The index at the end is well-organized and the biographies of Kentucky mountain basketball greats will impress readers and answer their questions of "what happened to..?" "Legacies of Kentucky Mountain Basketball" is a photo-journey that readers will treasure.

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