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Product Details

  • Series: Sports and Entertainment
  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd) (November 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815609469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815609469
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A compelling read capable of both shaking you up and reaffirming your love of what he [Earl Lloyd]calls "a game where the ball knows no prejudice; everybody touches it, and everybody touches each other." -Yahoo Sports-BDL Review- NBA Blog --Yahoo Sports-BDL Review-NBA Blog

"A compelling read capable of both shaking you up and reaffirming your love of what he [Earl Lloyd]calls "a game where the ball knows no prejudice; everybody touches it, and everybody touches each other." -Yahoo Sports-BDL Review- NBA Blog --Yahoo Sports-BDL Review-NBA Blog

"In 1950, three years after Jackie Robinson first strode across the baseball diamond, Earl Lloyd became the first black man to play in the NBA.... Moonfixer, Earl Lloyd's first-person account of his life, reads like a good talk with your grandfather: It teaches you a lot of historical lessons [and] makes you want to hear more."- SLAM Magazine --SLAM Magazine

"When NBA pioneer Earl Lloyd was a freshman at West Virginia State in the late 1940s, he was the tallest man on campus. At 6-feet-5, it wasn't uncommon for Lloyd's friends to jokingly ask him to "fix the moon," so that the night might fall just so as they went out on their dates.... Former [Detroit] Piston Earl Lloyd was an NBA pioneer.. [His] autobiography tells [the] story of the league's first African-American player."- Detroit Free Press --Detroit Free Press

"Moonfixer: The Basketball Journey of Earl Lloyd," is a must read for not only NBA fans, but those who love stories about defying the odds. - Erie Times News --Erie Times News

"Lloyd's book is about life lessons, the value of education, family and community footprints and the human spirit faced with daunting social challenges."- Michigan Chronicle --Michigan Chronicle

About the Author

Sean Kirst is a columnist for the Post-Standard in Syracuse, New York. He was a contributing editor for Empire State Report, a political magazine in New York, and he is the author of The Ashes of Lou Gehrig. Kirst was awarded the 2008 Ernie Pyle Journalism Award for human interest writing, given by the Scripps Howard Foundation to the one newspaper writer nationwide who most exemplifies the works of Pyle, a famed World War II correspondent.

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By Doris on April 3, 2014
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Earl Lloyd is someone who accomplished much but obviously slipped under the radar because he seems to be
unknown to most people. He is a trailblazer who became the first African American to play in an NBA game. This
book might be of interest to anyone who is mentoring young men.
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