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Getting open : the unknown story of Bill Garrett and the integration of college basketball

Author: Tom Graham; Rachel Cody
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Atria Books hardcover edView all editions and formats
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Bill Garrett was the first black basketball player in the prestigious Big Ten college conference. He earned his basketball reputation at Shelbyville High School in Indiana, where he was named the state's Mr. Basketball in 1947. The authors, a father-daughter team with roots in Shelbyville, split their focus between the story of an extraordinary young man and the political battle waged on his behalf by the leader of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Graham, Tom.
Getting open.
New York : Atria Books, 2006
(OCoLC)607569539
Online version:
Graham, Tom.
Getting open.
New York : Atria Books, 2006
(OCoLC)609303162
Named Person: Bill Garrett
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Graham; Rachel Cody
ISBN: 0743479033 9780743479035
OCLC Number: 62282459
Description: xiii, 255 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Tom Graham and Rachel Graham Cody.
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Bill Garrett was the first black basketball player in the prestigious Big Ten college conference. He earned his basketball reputation at Shelbyville High School in Indiana, where he was named the state's Mr. Basketball in 1947. The authors, a father-daughter team with roots in Shelbyville, split their focus between the story of an extraordinary young man and the political battle waged on his behalf by the leader of the world's largest black YMCA and Indiana University's visionary president. Indiana seemed an unlikely setting for the integration of Big Ten basketball, given its reputation as the most racist of northern states, but basketball-crazy Hoosiers rose to the occasion. Recently much attention has been directed to Texas Western's all-black 1966 NCAA champions, but before there could be five black starters, there had to be one. Garrett's story--which includes a successful career as a coach and educator before a premature death at 45 from a heart attack--adds a little-known but fascinating chapter to the story of the integration of American sports. --Wes Lukowsky. Booklist.

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