Blitz Kids

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Gibbs Smith, Feb 1, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 184 pages
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In the 1940s, before March Madness, the frenzy of the NBA draft, and multi-million dollar professional contracts, college basketball players played simply because they loved the game. This is the story of a group of kids who loved to play basketball: the underdog 1943–44 University of Utah men’s basketball team and their unlikely path to the NCAA championship, who came out of nowhere to upset heavily favored Dartmouth for the title.
 

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Contents

Foreword
6
Introduction
8
Prologue Pain and Providence
11
Wataru
19
Arnie
30
Making Enemies Out of Countrymen
39
Growing Pains
49
A Utah Man
59
Perseverance Pays Off
104
Bright Lights of the Big Apple
119
Filling In
135
The Blitz
144
Redemption
155
The Beginning
163
Acknowledgments
178
Index
181

Stitching a Team Together
68
Scraping Together a Schedule
93

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About the author (2012)

Josh Ferrin and Tres Ferrin, grandson and son of Arnie Ferrin, both grew up hearing stories of Arnie’s illustrious basketball career at the University of Utah. Josh established himself as an award-winning illustrator and author before deciding to research and write the story of Arnie’s championship season. He resides in Bountiful, Utah, with his wife and two sons. Tres is a physical therapist who has practiced in the area of sports medicine for thirty-five years, an adjunct faculty member at Weber State University, and an avid cyclist. He and his wife, Sherry, live in Ogden, Utah.

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