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Palestra Pandemonium: A History Of The Big 5 Hardcover – October 29, 2002


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"Big 5 fans young and old will delight in Bob Lyons' Palestra Pandemonium: A History of the Big 5, an anecdote-filled, school-by-school journey from 1955 to the present. You name him in Big 5 history, and Lyons, a lifelong Big 5 fan and former La Salle news bureau director, will probably have interviewed him. It's a fabulous read." - Philadelphia Daily News

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A history of the most famous rivalries in college basketball, fought out in the shrine to the game
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press; 1 edition (October 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566399912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566399913
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert S. Lyons is the author of On Any Given Sunday: A Biography of Bert Bell, Palestra Pandemonium: A History of the Big 5, and co-author of The Eagles Encyclopedia (all published by Temple University Press), and Big Al(Meltzer): Fifty Years of Adventures in Sports Broadcasting (Camino Books, Inc.).

Lyons, who covered professional and college sports for the Associated Press for more than 40 years, has written for numerous national publications including The Saturday Evening Post, Christian Science Monitor, Nation's Business, Delta SKY Magazine, The Sporting News, and Baseball Digest, among others.

The president of his own suburban-Philadelphia-based editorial services and public relations firm since 1995, Lyons has provided professional services to a variety of organizations including the Associated Press, Brandywine Global Investment Management, La Salle University, Merrill Lynch, Elf Atochem, Princeton University, and Philadelphia's WHYY-TV, among others.

Before forming his consulting firm, Lyons served in a number of capacities at La Salle University including director of the News Bureau, editor of the university's alumni quarterly magazine, and lecturer in the Communication Department, teaching courses in journalism, public relations, and advertising.

He has also worked as a commercial advertising and public relations account executive, a news and sports reporter for the (former) Philadelphia Bulletin, and the public relations consultant for Abington (PA) Township.

The past president and former chairman of the board of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association, Lyons has also served on the boards of the Philadelphia Sportswriters Association and La Salle University Alumni Association, as well as the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame selection committee. He lives in Southampton, PA.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Philadelphia Reader on December 7, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This comprehensive and compelling book makes me long for my playing days again. I never followed the Big 5 (except for ESPN highlights), but now I am a fan because of it's richness and depth. The rivalries in the Big 5 are fascinating and hearty. This book captures how deep basketball waters run in Philadelphia and how deep collegiate loyalty can be. The author has crafted a rare treat that any fan of sports, history, and life will love. If you want to read about sports in its finest, purest form, then read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Red Goodwin on November 1, 2007
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Having grown up in the suburbs of Philly, I have memories of going to the Palestra to watch Big 5 basketball doubleheaders on Saturday nights.
For those of us who lived it, it is nostalgic book....
For those of us who love the game of basketball, it is a historical account of an amazing time, with amazing players, and a passion that is too seldom seen in today's game ..
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If you grew up in the Philadephia area you grew up with The Big Five. This book brought back memories of the games I saw in the 70's and 80's and the stories I heard about the 60's and 70's. If you love Big 5 Basketball you'll love this book and if you want to explain about the greatest basketball rivalry in the country you'll need this book
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