The Capital of Basketball: A History of DC Area High School Hoops (Hardcover)

The Capital of Basketball: A History of DC Area High School Hoops Cover Image
By John McNamara, Gary Williams (Foreword by), Andrea Chamblee (Afterword by)
$29.95
On Our Shelves Now at:
Politics and Prose at 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
11 on hand, as of Dec 15 9:30pm
Politics and Prose at Union Market
1 on hand, as of Dec 15 6:40pm

Description


The celebration of Washington D.C. basketball is long overdue. The D.C. metro area stands second to none in its contributions to the game. Countless figures who have had a significant impact on the sport over the years have roots in the region, including E.B. Henderson, the first African-American certified to teach public school physical education, and Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to take the court in an actual NBA game. The city's Spingarn High School produced two players - Elgin Baylor and Dave Bing - recognized among the NBA's 50 greatest at the League's 50th anniversary celebration. No other high school in the country can make that claim.These figures and many others are chronicled in this book, the first-ever comprehensive look at the great high school players, teams and coaches in the D.C. metropolitan area. Based on more than 150 interviews, The Capital of Basketball is first and foremost a book about basketball. But in discussing the trends and evolution of the game, McNamara also uncovers the turmoil in the lives of the players and area residents as they dealt with prejudice, educational inequities, politics, and the ways the area has changed through the years.

About the Author


David Elfin (@DavidElfin), who has called D.C. home since 1965, has covered local sports for most of the last four decades while writing seven books on Washington sports and serving on the D.C. Sports Hall of Fame selection committee.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781626167209
ISBN-10: 1626167206
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2019
Pages: 336
Language: English

Membership Benefits

Membership 
 

 Gift cards can be used online or in-store.

Gift Card