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Dolph Schayes and the rise of professional basketball
Grundman, Adolph H., author.
First Edition.
Publication Information:
Syracuse, New York : Syracuse University Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
xix, 193 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
My day with Dolph Schayes -- New York's golden age of basketball -- The Syracuse Nationals: the Al Cervi years -- Dolph Schayes rewrites the record book -- The transition game: from player to coach -- A life well lived.
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GV884.S36 G78 2014 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Grundman presents readers with a portrait, the first of its kind, of Dolph Schayes - the star of the Syracuse Nationals basketball team during the 1950s and '60s. Schayes may not have one of the most recognizable names in basketball history, but his accomplishments are staggering - he was named one of the fifty greatest players of all time by the NBA and he held six NBA records (including one for career scoring) at his retirement. The text follows Schayes from his early days as the child of Jewish Romanian immigrants, through his illustrious basketball career, first at New York University (during New York's "golden age of basketball") then as part of the Syracuse Nationals. In writing about Schayes' career, Grundman also reflects on many of the revolutionary changes that were happening in the professional basketball world at the same time; changes that affected not only Schayes and his contemporaries, but also the entire essence of the sport.

Author Notes

Dolph Grundman is professor of history at Metropolitan State College of Denver, Colorado. He is the author of Jim Pollard: The Kangaroo Kid.

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Grundman examines the collegiate and professional basketball career of Dolph Schayes (b. 1928), a New York City native who played for New York University, the Syracuse Nationals, and the Philadelphia 76ers. With meticulous detail, Grundman (history, Metropolitan State Univ.) charts Schayes's Hall of Fame playing career, throughout providing snapshots of Schayes's contemporaries in order to place his playing career in context. Schayes played at NYU at a time when New York City stood as the center of intercollegiate basketball. As a professional basketball player, he witnessed the birth of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the arrival of African American players, and the institution of rule changes that remain in effect in the 21st century. Schayes also participated in a world tour featuring American professional basketball players, a tour Grundman links to the modern-day globalization of professional basketball. Grundman also covers Schayes's transition from playing to coaching and describes his time as supervisor of officials for the NBA. By focusing on Schayes's career, Grundman offers an insightful and informative cultural history of collegiate and professional basketball in the mid-20th century. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. --Courtney Michelle Smith, Cabrini College