Tales from the Gonzaga Hardwood

Tales from the Gonzaga Hardwood

by Dave Boling
     
 

It's the mom-and-pop store that has become a national franchise. The most renowned player in school history grew up three blocks from the cozy campus, yet the program has grown into a perennial top 25 power with a coast-to-coast following—even if those casual fans still mangle the name. It's Gonzaga University—"Gon-zag-a"—as in "Zags," the endearment

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It's the mom-and-pop store that has become a national franchise. The most renowned player in school history grew up three blocks from the cozy campus, yet the program has grown into a perennial top 25 power with a coast-to-coast following—even if those casual fans still mangle the name. It's Gonzaga University—"Gon-zag-a"—as in "Zags," the endearment that has overtaken "Bulldogs" as the school's athletic ID. There are many Bulldogs, but only a few Zags. There are many Zags stories, however, and fans will find the essence of this college basketball phenomenon in Tales from the Gonzaga Hardwood. For readers who only know Gonzaga as the school that launched John Stockton toward the Basketball Hall of Fame and later rewrote the concept of being an NCAA Tournament Cinderella, this anecdotal anthology will fill in the blanks. The book focuses on a variety of names and events, like the "Tall Gaul"—seven-foot-three Frenchman Jean Claude Lefebvre; the year the Zags actually pulled their "sixth man" out of the stands; and Frank Burgess, the future judge who led the nation in scoring. These stories are all a part of the little known legacy that led to the modern-day heroics of Dan Dickau, Richie Frahm, Blake Stepp, and many others. Fans will meet them all, along with numerous other unforgettable characters, in Tales from the Gonzaga Hardwood.

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Editorial Reviews

If you have heard of Gonzaga University, you've heard of Gonzaga basketball. Its most famous player, Hall of Famer John Stockton, helped create the school's "little engine that could" image. Award-winning sportswriter John Blanchette possesses rare credentials to write this hoop history: This Spokane-based reporter has been covering Gonzaga basketball since 1981.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582612720
Publisher:
Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.78(d)

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Dave Boling is a veteran columnist for the Tacoma News Tribune and has provided coverage and commentary on sports since 1980. In 1998 he was honored as the top sports columnist in the Pacific Northwest. Boling has covered Super Bowls, Final Fours, the Olympics, and many of Jim Walden's Washington State Cougar football teams.

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