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The National Basketball League: A History, 1935-1949 Paperback – April 13, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0786440061 ISBN-10: 0786440066 Edition: 1ST

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  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland; 1ST edition (April 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786440066
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786440061
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,164,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Murry R. Nelson is professor emeritus at Penn State University. He is the author of a history of the New York Celtics, as well as the biographies of Bill Russell and Shaquille O'Neal.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Koeller on September 28, 2009
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This book gives a very detailed review of the NBL from its birth in the 1930s to its merger with the BAA in the late 1940s. How the league grew, the players, the teams, the rules changes, the financial aspects, and, most specifically, the games, were all covered in great detail. Read about the season ending NBL tournament, the world professional tournament in Chicago, the advent of inter-league games with the financially troubled BAA, and individual players. The real tragedy is that while the NBL was populated with both white and black players over the years, the late-arriving BAA was an exclusive "white boys league". When the two merged into what became the NBA, the NBL's progressive posture on race was and still is largely ignored by today's NBA. The author does a commendable job in researching and describing the "ins and outs" over those two decades of professional basketball.

If you know the players, you know what pioneers they were in an age BEFORE inflated salaries and egos. It was all about basketball, because there was little money to be made. Why are some of the kingpins (e.g., Leroy "Lefty" Edwards) not in the Naismith Hall of Fame? These and many more issues are raised by the author that make one long for the days when basketball was basketball. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book of basketball history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By old999 on September 13, 2013
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If you're interested in basketball history, this is a must-have book. It's not just the only real history of this all-but-forgotten yet pivotal league, but it is a thorough compilation of everything there is to know about it. Author Murry Nelson has done an outstanding job of digging out and assimilating countless newspaper and other reports combined with personal interviews and artifacts to give us as complete a picture as one could possibly hope for. Some of the reading is a bit dry, as Nelson takes us through the history year-by-year and in many cases game-by-game. But in the end the reader comes away with a vivid picture of the era and the huge role the NBL played in setting the stage for today's game.

I personally came onto the basketball scene in the winter of '49, just as the NBL was concluding its final season before merging with the upstart BAA. Living in New York City at the time I was familiar with the BAA - especially because of the Bowman basketball bubble gum cards that year - but also because the hometown Knicks were so visible. I knew nothing of the NBL then, and relatively little till now. This book fills a big gap in my understanding of where basketball has been and how it got to where it is. I would give it 5 stars except that I think you have to have a zest for basketball history to fully appreciate it.
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Good in depth knowledge od the infancy of pro basketball/Anybody who love sport should read this book/Nothing motte to say
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By David on May 22, 2014
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Sir;

I really liked this NBL book. The NBL was the beginning of the modern NBA and the pioneer players yjay helped the new league..

David Karickhoff .
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If you like NBA you cannot skip reading this history of the pioneers of the NBL in a period of history it was easier disband than go ahead. Twelve years of games are the longer streak of pro season but modern NBA: 6yrs ABL 3yrs BAA 9yrs WT 9yrs ABA. I agree is pity not see Leroy "Cowboy" Edwards and Charli Shipp at HOF.
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