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- DescriptionHow World War II fundamentally changed basketball Wartime Basketball tells the story of basketball's survival and development during World War II and how those years profoundly affected thegame's growth after the war. Prior to World War II, basketball-professionaland collegiate-was largely a regional game, with differentstyles played throughout the country. Among its many impacts onhome-front life, the war forced pro and amateur leagues to contractand combine rosters to stay competitive. At the same time, the U.S.military created base teams made up of top players who found themselvesin uniform. The war created the opportunity for players fromdifferent parts of the country to play with and against each other. Asa result, a more consistent form of basketball began to take shape. The rising popularity of the professional game led to the formatiof the World Professional Basketball Tournament (WPBT) in 1939. Theoriginal March Madness, the WPBT was played in Chicago for ten yearsand allowed professional, amateur, barnstorming, and independentteams to compete in a round robin tournament. The WPBT includedall-black and integrated teams in the first instance where all-blackteams could compete for a world series of basketball against whiteteams. Wartime Basketball describes how the WPBT paved the way forthe National Basketball League to integrate in December 1942, fiveyears before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. Weaving stories from the court into wartime and home-front culturelike a finely threaded bounce pass, Wartime Basketball sheds light onimportant developments in the sport's history that has been largelyoverlooked.
- Author BiographyDouglas Stark is the museum director at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, USA. He is the author of The SPHAS: The Life and Times of Basketball's Greatest Jewish Team.
- Author(s)Douglas Stark
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication25/04/2016
- SubjectBall Games: Court & Indoor
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Note48 photographs, 22 tables
- Weight708 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine31 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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