- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: McFarland; 1st edition (April 13, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786440066
- ISBN-13: 978-0786440061
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,815,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The National Basketball League: A History, 1935-1949 1st Edition
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"this thoroughly researched history of the National Basketball League is an enjoyable read and forms an important chapter not only in American sports history but also illustrates the salient role of sports in the social history of small towns and cities in Middle America"--Journal of Sport History.
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The NBA has gained worldwide popularity with its high-flying stars and slam-dunking giants, but the early professional hoops game was played below the rim. This book provides the first history of the National Basketball League, which held court from the mid-1930s until its merger with the Basketball Association of America in 1949. Originally formed in Akron and Indianapolis, the league operated mainly in the Midwest but extended as far east as Rochester and Syracuse and west to Denver, building major franchises with hometown loyalties. Most of its stars were college graduates, a major change from previous professional leagues, and it was the first modern major professional league to integrate. Features include photographs, maps of league franchises, and tables of team standings, MVPs, and scoring leaders.
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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.
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.