Hoop Crazy: College Basketball in the 1950s

Hoop Crazy: College Basketball in the 1950s

by Jim Lester

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What do Wilt Chamberlain, Adolph Rupp, the fictional character Chip Hilton, the CCNY Beavers, the future director of Monday Night Football and a coach who won the national championship and ended his career driving a school bus have in common? The answer is they were all part of the wonderful tapestry of college basketball in the 1950s. Set against a backdrop of the Korean War, McCarthyism, hoola-hoops and Elvis Presley, Hoop Crazy is the inspiring story of how college basketball overcame the disastrous gambling scandals of 1951 and emerged a decade later as a major component of the American sports scene.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015632958
Publisher: Jim Lester
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jim Lester holds a Ph.D. in history and has written six books on regional history as well as teaching courses in American culture including “The History of Sports in America.” He is also the author of Fallout, an action packed young adult novel published by Bantam/Delacorte The author is married to his high school sweetheart and lives in Denver, Colorado.

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