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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Whalen, Thomas J.
Boston : Northeastern University Press, c2004
|Named Person:||Bill Russell|
|Material Type:||Biography, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Thomas J Whalen
|ISBN:||1555535798 9781555535797 1555536433 9781555536435|
|Description:||xx, 284 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||A divided city with a winning tradition --
The eagle with a beard --
Getting under way --
Nobody roots for Goliath --
Sinking in the east --
Limping into the playoffs --
A Philly rout and a Big Apple upset --
The greatest team in the world.
|Series Title:||Sportstown series.|
|Responsibility:||Thomas J. Whalen.|
The following summer, Russell stunned the sports world by announcing his retirement, ending his and the Celtics' celebrated reign."
"In this vivid and lively account, Thomas J. Whalen chronicles Russell's memorable last season and the Celtics' dazzling triumph. Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s and Boston's own turbulent and bitter struggles with race, he tells the fascinating story of how an improbable championship team overcame poor health, indifferent fans, disruptive personnel changes, and internal morale problems. Whalen recounts how Russell transformed the game of basketball during his remarkable career and revisits the outspoken superstar's conflicted relationship with Boston. He also tells why the Celtics, the first team to break several NBA color lines, failed to attract a loyal following among the city's largely white sports fanatics and press corps."--BOOK JACKET.