Balls and Stripes

A Lifetime of Sports Adventures
Publication Consultants (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 1. März 2018
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  • 423 Seiten
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978-1-59433-780-2 (ISBN)
Balls and Stripes is a collection of stories about Alaska's most popular sport, basketball - and more. The title comes from my many experiences playing, coaching, and broadcasting Naismith's game; as well as refereeing the sport and also wearing the stripes of a sergeant in the U.S. Army. Basketball has taken me all over Alaska, with radio gear or whistle in hand. From Barrow to Petersburg, from Dutch Harbor to Tok, it has been a marvelous journey, with countless amusing experiences as well as dramatic moments. Much of the action occurs in my hometown, Cordova. A small fishing town of 2500 located on Prince William Sound, its denizens are passionate about their hoops, and also their rivalry with Valdez, located just 70 miles away. In many ways, sports transcend location. Small town basketball is the same anywhere; yet Alaska, with its vast spaces and dramatic climates, offers unique experiences. In northernmost Barrow, I watched Inupiat cooks shut down a high school cafeteria so they could glimpse the sun for the first time in 67 days; on the way to Dutch Harbor, I heard a pilot announce the reassuring words that he would land the small prop plane &quote;whenever we can&quote;, to load on fuel necessary to complete the flight; in Petersburg, I learned about &quote;julebukking&quote; and Men's Night Out. Refereeing, always a source of potential controversy, has provided its share of highlights. How many officials can claim fame for calling a technical foul on a curtain; or playing the first minutes of a championship game with the wrong size ball? Football and baseball are also included. Guess who brought Oregon State's mascot Benny the Beaver to Cordova's Iceworm Festival; and dodged barbed wire while tracking down a fly ball in Korea? And, like so many others, who can not recall in vivid detail a last second shot that didn't go in? People, places, moments. Sports - drama, tears, and cheers. It's all here.
  • Englisch
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  • USA
  • 14,32 MB
978-1-59433-780-2 (9781594337802)
weitere Ausgaben werden ermittelt
  • Intro
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgments
  • Contents
  • Book 1: Balls
  • Part I: Basketball
  • Not a Clair Bee Ending
  • Holes in the Wall
  • Teddy, Skookie, and Carl
  • The Red Light Boys
  • Cordova vs. Valdez: A Rivalry that Shouldn't End
  • Where the Game was Played
  • A Fiery Ball
  • A Sight to See
  • Go Johnny Go
  • A Legend in His Time
  • They Called Him Lenzo
  • Coach A, for a Reason
  • A Valdez Icon
  • A Quarter Century of Class
  • The Cheerful Raven from up North
  • From a NCAA Championship to a Small Alaska High School
  • Roger Dodger
  • Assistant Coaches Welcome
  • Adventures in the Lower Ranks
  • The Spiritometer
  • The Night it Rained Ravens
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Dockside Protests
  • The Raven Burger
  • A Ship to Remember
  • A Poster is Worth a Thousand Words
  • The Most Famous Cheer Ever
  • The CHS Basketball Ring of Fame
  • The Biggest Wolverine
  • Part II: Baseball
  • Birth of A Dodger Fan
  • A Dodger Pilgrimage
  • T-Ball Triumph
  • A Penguin Bat
  • Dodger Dirt
  • Take Me Out to the Ballgame
  • Part III: Football
  • Beaver Fever
  • Benny Wins Iceworm Festival Honors
  • A Rose Bowl Without Roses
  • Bow Down to Washington
  • OSU Squirrels
  • Remember the Alamo
  • Part IV: Broadcasting
  • How It All Began
  • Vin Scully and Steve Agababa
  • Elders Save the Day
  • Live From Cow Country
  • A Scorer to Remember
  • Right Down to the Wire
  • Men's Night Out
  • You Got A Problem with That?
  • Final Four, Radios, and Whiskey Ridge
  • Grandma Knows Best
  • Who Is Brook Van Dan?
  • Blue and White?
  • Say It Like It Is
  • Where's the Game?
  • On the Road Again
  • Book II: Stripes
  • Part V: U.S. Army
  • Deadeye Dick
  • Free Jeep Safari's
  • Georgia On My Mind
  • The Land of Morning Calm
  • A League of Our Own
  • You Might Want to Check The Oil
  • Ready, Aim, Fire
  • Quick and Deadly
  • A Royal Return
  • The Times they are Changing
  • Where Did The Old Quonset Hut Go?
  • Part VI: Referee
  • From Peach Baskets to Fox 40's
  • The Good Old Days: Fred, Pete, and Tom
  • A Game Without a Whistle
  • The Zorro Man
  • A "T" on the Curtain
  • The California Penal League
  • How Do You Spell Shi-shev-ski?
  • That's a Little League Call
  • This Ball is Huge
  • Oh Joe, I Love Your Mechanics
  • Count It!
  • The Bendozer
  • Go Arnie Go
  • King Crab and Other Delights
  • The Greatest Pregame Ever
  • A "T" Earns Him A Ticket
  • The Power of Two
  • Short Ones
  • The Most Popular Four Letter Word of All
  • Why We Referee
  • Laughter is the Best Call
  • Appendix
  • Index

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