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The Schoolyard game : an anthology of basketball writings
Wimmer, Dick.
Publication Information:
New York : Macmillan ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, [1993]

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xiv, 205 pages ; 22 cm
Michael Jordan leaps the great divide / John Edgar Wideman -- Rabbit, run / John Updike -- The great Santini / Pat Conroy -- Haymon's crowd / Robert Greenfield -- Heaven is a playground / Rick Telander -- White men can't jump / Ron Shelton -- The city game. The fallen idol : the Harlem tragedy of Earl Manigault / Pete Axthelm -- A king felled by drugs revisits court he ruled / Ian O'Connor -- American pastime / David O. Weber -- The shooter / Thomas A. Boswell -- The ultimatium of Hattie Tatum / Dick Wimmer -- Goodbye, Columbus / Philip Roth -- A season of the brink : a year with Bobby Knight as the Indiana Hoosiers / John Feinstein -- The killer instinct. Winning and losing / Bob Cousy with John Devaney -- The breaks of the game / David Halberstam -- Good-by to Jerry West / Dave Anderson -- Coliseum hour / John McPhee -- Forty-eight minutes / Bob Ryan and Terry Pluto -- Wait till next year. Revolution comes to Madison Square / William Goldman with Mike Lupica -- Life on the run / Bill Bradley -- Lady magic / Nancy Lieberman-Cline with Debby Jennings -- The franchise. The Pistons / Cameron Stauth -- Unforgettable / Jack McCallum -- To hoops on its 100th / Ira Berkow.
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PS648.B39 S35 1993 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A literary celebration of America's love and passion for basketball. The writing features Pat Conroy's basketball confrontation in The Great Santini; John Edgar Wideman's description of Michael Jordon; and Ron Shelton capturing the playground scene in his screenplay for White Men Can't Jump.

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Booklist Review

Among the notable authors contributing work to this outstanding anthology are Senator (and former New York Knick) Bill Bradley, Tom Boswell, John Updike, Philip Roth, and Bob Cousy. Though basketball is the unifying topic, the themes of the individual pieces are diverse. Bradley writes poignantly of the professional athlete's figurative death when time forces him to retire; Pat Conroy examines a painful father-son ritual in a selection from The Great Santini; David Weber's pickup game escalates inexorably toward violence; and Terry Pluto and Bob Ryan reflect on a city's identification with a team. New York City playground legend--and tragic figure--Earl Manigault is profiled by fan Ian O'Connor, and Rick Telander provides a first-person account of life on those same playgrounds. Baseball literature may get more attention than its basketball counterpart, but, as every selection in this volume demonstrates, hoops has inspired more than its share of fine prose. ~--Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

This uneven collection of both fiction and nonfiction tries to touch all aspects; included are articles or book excerpts from nearly everyone noteworthy who has written about basketball since WW II. However, one senses that many of the pieces have been added pro forma, like a four-page reprint from John Updike's Rabbit, Run , an even shorter entry from Philip Roth's Goodbye, Columbus and inconsequential selections from John Edgar Wideman, Pete Axthelm, John McPhee and Ira Berkow. Even so, some material is excellent--a chapter from Bill Bradley's Life on the Run ; a capsule history of the Boston Celtics by Bob Ryan and Terry Pluto from Forty-Eight Minutes ; a scene from The Great Santini (which is about generational conflict, not basketball); and David O. Weber's novella ``American Pastime'' (about racism, not basketball). Despite these moments, though, the book is less than impressive. Wimmer is the author of Baseball Fathers, Baseball Sons . (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

What do streetwise youth and a U.S. senator have in common? Basketball! From the screenplay of the popular movie White Men Can't Jump (1992) to Bill Bradley's Life on the Run ( LJ 5/1/76) , this anthology of basketball literature summons forth images of America's game. There are 24 stories in this collection, including both fiction and nonfiction. Representative pieces include a short essay on Michael Jordan's legendary flights to the basket and excerpts from John Feinstein's A Season on the Brink ( LJ 11/1/86), John Updike's Rabbit, Run (1960), and Philip Roth's Goodbye, Columbus (1979) . Whether realistically portraying graceful jump shots on the parquet floor of Boston Gardens or a one-on-one, in-your-face, pick-up game between trash-talking kids on a hot city playground, The Schoolyard Game is a slam-dunk collection for hoops fans. Recommended for public libraries wanting to fast break through some exciting literature.-- Albert Spencer, Coll. of Education, Univ. of Nevada-Las Vegas (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.