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Title:
A history of basketball for girls and women : from bloomers to big leagues
Author:
Lannin, Joanne.
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Publication Information:
Minneapolis : Lerner Sports, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Summary:
Traces the development of women's basketball, from its beginnings at Smith College to today's Women's National Basketball Association.
Language:
English
Contents:
A girls' game from the beginning -- Basketball travels West and South -- Changing the rules -- The roller coaster of the roaring '20s -- Babe and Texas league basketball -- Basketball grows like corn in Iowa -- The AAU era -- A time of change -- Olympian promise, professional failure -- Growing pains in the '80s -- Into the spotlight -- Into the future.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.5 6.0 49694.
ISBN:
9780822533313

9780822598633
Format :
Book

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Just one week after Professor James Naismith invented basketball in 1891 for his male physical education students, female students at nearby Smith College had adopted the sport and made it their own. From being sequestered in empty gyms to playing before millions on TV, women have played basketball with passion, intensity, and skill ever since. This thorough and lively history traces basketball's development from the sedate movements of early 20th century maidens to the dramatic and flamboyant power of Olympic and professional athletes. Discover how basketball's rich and controversial history has shaped the sport into the demanding, but rewarding pursuit it has become.


Summary

Since Professor James Naismith invented basketball in 1891, women have played with as much passion, intensity, and skill as men. This thorough and lively history traces basketball's development from the sedate movements of early 20th century maidens to the dramatic and flamboyant power of Olympic and professional athletes.


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-9. This title in the Sports Legacy series offers a thorough, compelling account of the sport as championed and played by women. In clear, accessible prose, Lannin describes the game's creation in 1891 and its adoption by and adaptation for women. Abundant photos and drawings, including early game diagrams, reflect changing times, from fashions to game rules. Well-chosen examples of real-life events and generous use of quotes, most attributed within the text, effectively illustrate efforts made by women athletes, teams, and coaches to achieve some parity with male players in terms of respect, acceptance, and funding--from college to the pros. This well-researched, inspiring account will appeal to fans of both genders who follow the game, as well as to those interested in feminist studies and equal rights--on and off the court. A detailed list of further readings is appended. --Shelle Rosenfeld


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Well-designed series entries featuring attractive covers and dozens of black-and-white and full-color photographs with captions. Wrestling briefly covers the colorful history of this sport from ancient times to the present day. One chapter is included on wrestling in Japan during the last few years, and some mention is given to wrestling in Europe and Mexico, but the focus is on the United States during the last 20 years. Personal and career highlights are related for many stars including Gorgeous George; Hulk Hogan; Bret Hart; Steve Austin; Andre the Giant; and promoter Vince McMahon, whose outrageous acts and use of marketing propelled pro wrestling to previously unimaginable heights of popularity. Greenberg doesn't shy away from the controversies that surround pro wrestling, including the entertainment versus sport debate, steroid abuse, and the behind-the-scenes deals that affected many athletes' lives. The author also covers the role of women in pro wrestling. Readers interested in the topic will gravitate to this book and learn that what they are watching are finely crafted, physically demanding soap operas, (as admitted by McMahon and others), not pure sport. Basketball covers the history of the sport and discusses how the changes in it over the last 100 years reflect the changes in American society. This fascinating account also provides information on female stars, coaches, officials, and rules and will satisfy fans as well as student researchers; in fact, there is no comparable book available on the subject for this age group.-Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-9. This title in the Sports Legacy series offers a thorough, compelling account of the sport as championed and played by women. In clear, accessible prose, Lannin describes the game's creation in 1891 and its adoption by and adaptation for women. Abundant photos and drawings, including early game diagrams, reflect changing times, from fashions to game rules. Well-chosen examples of real-life events and generous use of quotes, most attributed within the text, effectively illustrate efforts made by women athletes, teams, and coaches to achieve some parity with male players in terms of respect, acceptance, and funding--from college to the pros. This well-researched, inspiring account will appeal to fans of both genders who follow the game, as well as to those interested in feminist studies and equal rights--on and off the court. A detailed list of further readings is appended. --Shelle Rosenfeld


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Well-designed series entries featuring attractive covers and dozens of black-and-white and full-color photographs with captions. Wrestling briefly covers the colorful history of this sport from ancient times to the present day. One chapter is included on wrestling in Japan during the last few years, and some mention is given to wrestling in Europe and Mexico, but the focus is on the United States during the last 20 years. Personal and career highlights are related for many stars including Gorgeous George; Hulk Hogan; Bret Hart; Steve Austin; Andre the Giant; and promoter Vince McMahon, whose outrageous acts and use of marketing propelled pro wrestling to previously unimaginable heights of popularity. Greenberg doesn't shy away from the controversies that surround pro wrestling, including the entertainment versus sport debate, steroid abuse, and the behind-the-scenes deals that affected many athletes' lives. The author also covers the role of women in pro wrestling. Readers interested in the topic will gravitate to this book and learn that what they are watching are finely crafted, physically demanding soap operas, (as admitted by McMahon and others), not pure sport. Basketball covers the history of the sport and discusses how the changes in it over the last 100 years reflect the changes in American society. This fascinating account also provides information on female stars, coaches, officials, and rules and will satisfy fans as well as student researchers; in fact, there is no comparable book available on the subject for this age group.-Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

A girls' game from the beginning
Basketball travels West and South
Changing the rules
The roller coaster of the roaring '20s
Babe and Texas league basketball
Basketball grows like corn in Iowa
The AAU era
A time of change
Olympian promise, professional failure
Growing pains in the '80s
Into the spotlight
Into the future
A girls' game from the beginning
Basketball travels West and South
Changing the rules
The roller coaster of the roaring '20s
Babe and Texas league basketball
Basketball grows like corn in Iowa
The AAU era
A time of change
Olympian promise, professional failure
Growing pains in the '80s
Into the spotlight
Into the future

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