The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End

The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End

by Gary M. Pomerantz

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735223615
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 5,893
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Gary M. Pomerantz, historian, journalist and Stanford University lecturer, is the author of six nonfiction books on topics ranging from history to sports to civil rights. His first, Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn, on Atlanta's racial conscience, was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. He also authored WILT, 1962, about Wilt Chamberlain's legendary 100-point game (a New York Times Editors' List selection), Nine Minutes, Twenty Seconds, about an aviation crash, and The Devil's Tickets about a Jazz Age murder and trial. His most recent book, Their Life's Work, a narrative about the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, explores football's gifts and costs. For the past twelve years, he has taught reporting and writing at Stanford's Graduate Program in Journalism.

Table of Contents

Preface: April 9, 1957 xv

Section I Becoming Cooz 1

1 "Sale Boche" 3

2 Houdini 10

3 New Beginnings 15

4 The Celtics 29

5 Rough and Tumble 39

6 Courting Fame 52

7 Auerbach's Secret 62

Section II Dynasty 69

8 Russell's Arrival 71

9 Ack-Ack 82

10 Being Cousy 93

11 Wives Row 106

12 Bush-League Impression 110

13 Being Russell 115

14 Locker Room Pulse 131

15 Aristocrats 141

Section III Bob Cousy Day, 1963 151

16 La Ferme des Cousy 153

17 High-Strung 157

18 "Take It Easy, Baby" 166

19 Anticipating His Day 174

20 The Boston Tear Party 180

21 A Dreamy Sunset 194

Section IV Cooz In Winter 203

22 Salisbury Street 205

23 Russ 216

24 Thursday Nights 230

25 Auerbach 236

26 Missie 247

27 Legacy 256

28 Russ Redux 274

29 Versailles, Books 282

30 Mea Culpa 286

31 In the House of Russell 297

32 Serenaded 301

Acknowledgments 305

Note on Sources 311

Bibliography 315

Notes 319

Photography Credits 347

Index 349

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