The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End

Penguin Press - The legend exploded nationally in 1950, his first year as a Celtic: he would be an all-star all 13 of his NBA seasons. But he has one last piece of unfinished business. These teammates were basketball's ruth and Gehrig, and Cooz, as everyone calls him, was famously ahead of his time as an NBA player in terms of race and civil rights.

Cooz and russ fit beautifully together on the court, and the Celtics dynasty was born. Out of the greatest dynasty in american professional sports history, the Hall of Fame Boston Celtics captain who led the team to its first six championships on an unparalleled run, mortality, and regretAbout to turn ninety, Bob Cousy, an intimate story of race, has much to look back on in contentment.

But as the decades passed, cousy blamed himself for not having done enough, for not having understood the depth of prejudice Russell faced as an African-American star in a city with a fraught history regarding race. Ultimately it is a book about the legacy of a life: what matters to us in the end, long after the arena lights have been turned off and we are alone with our memories.

The Last Pass: Cousy, Russell, the Celtics, and What Matters in the End - To boston's white sportswriters it was cousy's team, and russell became more publicly involved in it, not Russell's, there were some ugly repercussions in the community, and as the civil rights movement took flight, more hurtful to Russell than Cousy feels he understood at the time. But even as cousy's on-court imagination and daring brought new attention to the pro game, the Celtics struggled until Coach Red Auerbach landed Russell in 1956.

The last pass situates the celtics dynasty against the full dramatic canvas of American life in the 50s and 60s.





Wilt, 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era

Broadway Books - On the night of march 2, in hershey, pennsylvania, a young and striking athlete celebrated as the Big Dipper, Wilt Chamberlain, right up the street from the chocolate factory, 1962, scored one hundred points in a game against the New York Knickerbockers. As historic and revolutionary as the achievement was, it remains shrouded in myth.

Its teams were mostly white, the number of black players limited by an unspoken quota. The game was not televised; no new york sportswriters showed up; and a fourteen-year-old local boy ran onto the court when Chamberlain scored his hundredth point, shook his hand, and then ran off with the basketball. March 2, 1962, presented the awesome sight of Wilt Chamberlain imposing himself on a world that would diminish him.

We see the fans and players, alternately fascinated and confused by Wilt, drawn anxiously into the spectacle. Announcer dave “the Zink” Zinkoff, who handed out free salamis courtside. At the heart of the book is the self-made Chamberlain, a romantic cosmopolitan who owned a nightclub in Harlem and shrugged off segregation with a bebop cool but harbored every slight deep in his psyche.

Wilt, 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era - Pomerantz portrays the other legendary figures in this story: the Warriors’ elegant coach Frank McGuire; the beloved, if rumpled, team owner Eddie Gottlieb; and the irreverent p. A. Pomerantz brings to life a lost world of American sports. In 1962, the national basketball Association, stepchild to the college game, was searching for its identity.





Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend

Harper Perennial - Red and me is an extraordinary book: an homage to a peerless coach, which shows how he produced results unlike any other, and an inspiring story of mutual success, in which each man gave his all and gained back even more. Red auerbach was one of the greatest basketball coaches in sports history. Used book in Good Condition.

A short, brash jew from brooklyn and a tall, intense African-American from Louisiana and Oakland, the men formed a friendship that evolved into a rare, telling example of deep male camaraderie even as their feelings remained largely unspoken. But auerbach and Russell were far more than just coach and player.

Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend - Above all, it may be the most honest and heartfelt depiction of male friendship ever captured in print. Bill russell was the star center and five-time MVP for Auerbach's Celtics, and together they won eleven championships in thirteen years.





Basketball: A Love Story

Crown Archetype - For the first time hundreds of legends, Lebron and Steph Curry to Magic Johnson, from Kobe, Dr. J and jerry west, spoke movingly about their greatest passion. Of a game that demands everything of those who love it, yet gives so much back in return. Used book in Good Condition. Iconic coaches like Phil Jackson and Coach K opened up like never before.

This is the greatest love story never told. Those who shattered glass ceilings, from Bill Russell and Yao Ming to Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie, explained what it really took to lay claim to their place in the game. This is the true story of basketball. New york times bestsellerinspired by a major espn film series, this is an extraordinary oral history of basketball—its eye-opening untold history, its profound deeper meaning, its transformative influence on the world—as told through an unprecedented series of candid conversations with the game’s ultimate icons.

Basketball: A Love Story - At once a definitive oral history and something far more revelatory and life affirming, Basketball: A Love Story is the defining untold oral history of how basketball came to be, and what it means to those who love it. Of a supposed “white man’s sport” that became a way for people of color, women, and immigrants to claim a new place in society.

It is deeply intimate yet crosses oceans, upends lives and changes nations. It has passion and heartbreak, triumph and betrayal.





The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968

Scribner - Two were members of the radical antiwar group SDS. The game is the rare sports book that lives up to the claim of so many entrants in this genre: It is the portrait of an era” The Wall Street Journal. There was one nfl prospect who quit to devote his time to black altruism; another who went on to be Pro-Bowler Calvin Hill.

Used book in Good Condition. And to many, the reasons had as much to do with one side’s miraculous comeback in the game’s final forty-two seconds as it did with the months that preceded it, months that witnessed the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. One player had recently returned from Vietnam.

The final score was 29-29. A newsweek and kirkus reviews best book of the year* from the bestselling author of the big house comes “a well-blended narrative packed with top-notch reporting and relevance for our own time” The Boston Globe about the young athletes who battled in the legendary Harvard-Yale football game of 1968 amidst the sweeping currents of one of the most transformative years in American history.

The Game: Harvard, Yale, and America in 1968 - On november 23, 1968, there was a turbulent and memorable football game: the season-ending clash between Harvard and Yale. Vibrant, this magnificent and intimate work of history is the story of ordinary people in an extraordinary time, energetic, and beautifully structured” NPR, and of a country facing issues that we continue to wrestle with to this day.

To some of the players, it was a triumph; to others a tragedy. George howe colt’s the game is the story of that iconic American year, as seen through the young men who lived it and were changed by it.





The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created

Harper - Drawing from more than 250 interviews, a trove of previously untapped documents, and Ruth family records, Leavy breaks through the mythology that has obscured the legend and delivers the man. He swung the heaviest bat, earned the most money, and incurred the biggest fines. Walsh called the tour a "Symphony of Swat.

The omaha world herald called it "the biggest show since Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey, and seven other associated circuses offered their entire performance under one tent. In the big fella, acclaimed biographer jane Leavy recreates that 21-day circus and in so doing captures the romp and the pathos that defined Ruth’s life and times.

There were road trips and hunting trips; grand tours of foreign capitals and post-season promotional tours, not to mention those 714 trips around the bases. After hitting his 60th home run in september 1927—a total that would not be exceeded until 1961, a three-week victory lap across America, when Roger Maris did it with the aid of the extended modern season—he embarked on the mother of all barnstorming tours, accompanied by Yankee teammate Lou Gehrig.

The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created - Like all the new-fangled gadgets then flooding the marketplace—radios, Brownie cameras, automatic clothes washers, microphones and loudspeakers—Babe Ruth "made impossible events happen. Aided by his crucial partnership with christy walsh—business manager, damage control wizard, spin doctor, and surrogate father, all stuffed into one tightly buttoned double-breasted suit—Ruth drafted the blueprint for modern athletic stardom.

His was a life of journeys and itineraries—from uncouth to couth,  spartan to spendthrift, abandoned to abandon; from Baltimore to Boston to New York, and back to Boston at the end of his career for a finale with the only team that would have him. Used book in Good Condition.





The Boston Celtics: Larry Bird, Bob Cousy, Red Auerbach, and Other Legends Recall Great Moments in Celtics History

Sports Publishing - Former celtics honor the legacy of reggie lewis and relay the dark days after his untimely passing in 1993, and the revival of the Celtics under the guidance of Paul Pierce and Brad Stevens in the 2000s. Hall-of-famer bob cousy recalls the turmoil of the fifties, as the franchise struggled to get its footing and the nation faced the birth of the Civil Rights Movement.

C. More than thirty interviewees are featured in this iconic book. In a book like no other, veteran writer and lifelong Celtics fan Michael McClellan brings Celtics history to life through exclusive interviews with legendary Celtics players and celebrity supporters, while using pop culture and music as a soundtrack.

And as boston has transformed over the years, the Celtics too have evolved to reflect and embrace the changing times. Jones and clyde lovellette narrate the glory of the Bill Russell era, as Russell himself remembers his time as a Celtic. Celebrated players john havlicek and dave Cowens relate the ups and downs of the psychedelic seventies, when the team won two national titles, only to collapse at the end of the decade.

The Boston Celtics: Larry Bird, Bob Cousy, Red Auerbach, and Other Legends Recall Great Moments in Celtics History - K. Since the team’s inception in 1946, the Boston Celtics have been at the heart of the culture and history of the city they call home. The editors are first-rate professionals, and my books receive top-shelf treatment. Also featuring interviews by notable boston natives such as Michael Dukakis and Mark Wahlberg, The Boston Celtics is the ultimate history of one of the NBA's greatest franchises.





Collision of Wills: Johnny Unitas, Don Shula, and the Rise of the Modern NFL

University of Nebraska Press - As they elevated the brutal game of football, civil rights, the world around them clashed about Vietnam, and sex. Collision of wills looks at the complicated relationship between Don Shula, the league’s winningest coach of all time, and his star player Johnny Unitas, and how their secret animosity fueled the Colts in an era when their losses were as memorable as their victories.

In their seven years together, kings of the fabled Baltimore Colts of the 1960s, quarterback Johnny Unitas and coach Don Shula, created one of the most successful franchises in sports. Baltimore lost the big game to the browns in 1964 and to Joe Namath and the Jets in Super Bowl III—both in stunning upsets.

Collision of Wills: Johnny Unitas, Don Shula, and the Rise of the Modern NFL - Their personal conflict mirrored their tumultuous times. Unitas and shula had a higher winning percentage than Lombardi’s Packers, but together they never won the championship. Used book in Good Condition. The colts’ near misses in the Shula era were among the most confounding losses any sports franchise ever suffered.

Rarely had a team in any league performed so well, over such an extended period, only to come up empty. The two men had a complex relationship stretching back to their time as young teammates competing for their professional lives.





40 Greatest Players in Boston Celtics Basketball History

Down East Books - Along with the boston red sox and the new england patriots, both of which have been the subject of “50 Greatest” treatments by Bob Cohen, the Boston Celtics is one of the most iconic professional basketball teams, representing a multi-state region rather than just a city or state. Cohen has chosen the best to ever wear the uniform, and he provides a short biographical profile, key stats, and details about each players exploits on the court.

Some of the sport’s greatest played for the celtics: bill russell in the 1950s, John Havlicek in the 70s, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Ray Allen, and Robert Parrish in the 80s, and recently Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett. Sports historian Robert W. Used book in Good Condition.





Boston's 100 Greatest Games: FIFTH EDITION – Includes 2018 World Series & Super Bowl 53

Independently published - Where does the patriots’ record-setting win over the rams in super bowl 53 rank among boston’s greatest games of all time? or their overtime thriller against the chiefs in the 2018 afc championship Game? How about the Red Sox’ come-from-behind Game 4 victory against the Dodgers en route to winning the 2018 World Series? Find out where each of these instant classics stacks up against other iconic performances—including the steals by Dave Roberts and John Havlicek, Carlton Fisk’s pole dance, Doug Flutie’s Miracle in Miami, Bobby Orr’s swan dive, and Malcolm Butler’s goal-line heist—in this updated edition of Boston’s 100 Greatest Games.

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Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend

Harper - Used book in Good Condition. Bill russell was the greatest team basketball player ever…. He has produced a moving tribute to his friend and, in a larger sense, to friendship. Booklist  in red and me, boston celtics basketball legend Bill Russell pays homage to his mentor and coach, the inimitable Red Auerbach.

A poignant remembrance of a life-altering relationship in the tradition of Big Russ and Me and Tuesdays With Morrie, Red and Me tells an unforgettable story of one unlikely and enduring friendship set against the backdrop of the greatest basketball dynasty in NBA history.