Heaven Is a Playground

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U of Nebraska Press, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
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In 1974 Rick Telander intended to spend a few days doing a magazine piece on the court»wizards of Brooklyn?s Foster Park. He ended up staying the entire summer, becoming part of the players? lives, and eventually the coach of a loose aggregation known as the Subway Stars. » Telander tells of everything he saw: the on-court flash, the off-court jargon, the late-night graffiti raids, the tireless efforts of one promoter-hustler-benefactor to get these kids a chance at a college education. He lets the kids speak for themselves, revealing their grand dreams and ambitions, but he never flinches from showing us how far their dreams are from reality. The roots of today?s inner-city basketball can be traced to the world Telander presents in Heaven Is a Playground, the first book of its kind.
  

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User Review  - Peter Nolan - Goodreads

Rick Telander, a writer for Sports Illustrated, hoped to spend a few days in New York in order to write a piece on inner-city basketball. He stayed a whole summer. He became so drawn to the people and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Joseph - Goodreads

Wow. A good story about basketball, culture, NYC, individual personalities - a very worthwhile read. Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
MAY
6
EARLYJUNE
26
MIDJUNE
46
LATEJUNE
58
EARLYJULY
77
MIDJULY
98
LATEJULY
105
MIDAUGUST
140
LATEAUGUST
158
EARLYSEPTEMBER
181
MIDSEPTEMBER
196
EPILOGUE
207
POSTSCRIPT
210
AFTERWORD
217
Copyright

EARLYAUGUST
131

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About the author (2004)

Rick Telander is a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and was named 2002 Illinois Sportswriter of the Year by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters.

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