Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened A City

Book - 2018
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"By winning the state high school basketball championship in 1955, ten black teens from an Indianapolis school meant to be the centerpiece of racially segregated education in Indiana shattered the myth of their inferiority. Their brilliant coach had fashioned an unbeatable team from a group of boys born in the South and raised in poverty. Anchored by the astonishing Oscar Robertson, a future college and NBA star, the Crispus Attucks Tigers went down in history as the first state champions from Indianapolis, and the first all-black team in U.S. history to win a racially open championship tournament - an integration they had forced with their on-court prowess."--Jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2018
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374306120
Branch Call Number: TEEN 796.323 HOS
Characteristics: 212 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Hoosier hysteria at its finest - written by an author with Hoosier ties.

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Jul 31, 2019

Very interesting history of racial segregation in Indianapolis which forced the start of Crispus Attucks High School as all-Black high school in 1927. The author then details how the success of basketball coach Ray Crowe and star players in the 1950s such as all-time great Oscar Robertson caused local schools to rethink segregation. People worried that if all the black athletes in Indianapolis were put in one school, no other school could win the state championship. Basketball was so important in Indiana that it trumped racism.

And sometimes that is the way that history is made.

An important part of Indiana history, written a former Indiana resident who is also a National Book Award winner.


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