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Growing Up: Farm Life & Basketball in the 1940s & '50s by [Schoen, Harold]

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"...Schoen grew up in rural western Ohio in a community of German Catholics who, despite having lived in the United States for more than a century, had only recently transitioned to speaking primarily in English. ... even readers with no connection to that time or place will be charmed by this account. ..." Kirkus Reviews

"Reading GROWING UP...was so much fun. It was like sitting across the kitchen table with an old friend who might have grown up just down the road, and swapping stories over coffee...Well done. Very highly recommended." Tim Bazzett, author of the Reed City Boy memoir trilogy

"...Hal tells a classic tale of character development from unsure novice, to maybe I'll quit, to maybe I can do this, to conquering hero. What a story. Would make a great movie." Greg Kohmescher

"The book has proved to be a delight... The latter...chapters are filled with [basketball] stories from that era including Red Auerbach scouting an eighth grader named Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul Jabbar), putting the basketball moves on Bill Russell..." Donna Seim, author of Asante Sana Tanzania

"... I loved hearing about the farm work, the Catholic-public school, the emerging sports culture. But more...I had to congratulate Hal and his 12 siblings for rising from humble origins to outstanding accomplished individuals." Mary Margaret Funk, author of Humility Matters: For Practicing the Spiritual Life (The Matters Series)

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MEMORIES OF FAMILY, FARM WORK AND PLAY; BASKETBALL AT UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON; WINNING THE 1962 NIT. 
 
Born in 1941, Hal Schoen grew up on a farm near the Ohio-Indiana line, the oldest boy in a family of 13 children. At first the farm had no electricity and was operated with workhorses.
 
No one in his family had attended college and neither parent graduated from high school. Fortunately, he obtained a basketball scholarship from legendary UD coach Tom Blackburn.
 
When the team returned [after winning the NIT], ...Mom, Dad, and a carload of siblings were in the crowd at the Dayton airport. After ten days in New York City competing in Madison Square Garden, the moment I saw them I was struck by the vast difference between the world I had just left and that of my childhood. (p. 180)
 
... the Flyers [under Blackburn and Don Donoher] had the most wins of any major college basketball team in the combined decades of the 1950s and 1960s, edging out UCLA and Kentucky ... (p. 204)
 
A story of a long-gone world of working with neighbors, radio entertainment, few telephones, unsupervised play, and sports just for fun.

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  • File Size: 7380 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: County Line Publishers; 5 edition (December 20, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 20, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019NAVGI2
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