Palestra Pandemonium: A History of the Big 5

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Bob Lyons describes the history of the Big 5 from its very beginning in 1955. At that time, some of the Big 5 schools - La Salle University, University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph's University, Temple University, and Villanova University - weren't even talking to each other, and some people predicted that the colorful city series matchups would end before they began. Conducting interviews with coaches, players, and administrators - including famed Temple coach Harry Litwack's last extensive interviews before his ...
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Overview

Bob Lyons describes the history of the Big 5 from its very beginning in 1955. At that time, some of the Big 5 schools - La Salle University, University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph's University, Temple University, and Villanova University - weren't even talking to each other, and some people predicted that the colorful city series matchups would end before they began. Conducting interviews with coaches, players, and administrators - including famed Temple coach Harry Litwack's last extensive interviews before his death - Lyons offers the play-by-play on how the Big 5 became a cherished institution, and how it was ultimately undone by college basketball's own success.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566399913
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 10/14/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 968,977
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. 1 The Field of Dreams 1
Ch. 2 Just One Big Happy Family 15
Ch. 3 "It Will Never Work!" 29
Ch. 4 Hail to the Chief 39
Ch. 5 Dr. Ramsay's Hawks Come Marching In 57
Ch. 6 Finally Some Respect for the Quakers 75
Ch. 7 The Year the Champs Stayed Home 89
Ch. 8 The 'Cats Run with the Ball (Defense) 105
Ch. 9 The Owls Fly High with Casey & Chaney 123
Ch. 10 Another Miracle for St. Joseph's 141
Ch. 11 La Salle's Speedy, Lefty, and "Shakespeare" 157
Ch. 12 The "Ivies" in the Final Four 177
Ch. 13 The 'Cats Reach the Promised Land 193
Ch. 14 What Went Wrong? 211
Acknowledgments 223
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