The Game Changer: How Hank Luisetti Revolutionized America's Great Indoor Game

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AuthorHouse, Mar 11, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 420 pages

Hank, the nimble; Hank, the quick; Hank, the human corkscrew; Hank, as fast as light; Hank, the rubber-boned man, wrote Roy Cummings after seeing a 19-year-old Hank Luisetti perform for the first time in 1936. Cummings sat alone in a deserted gym trying to describe to his readers what he had just witnessed on the basketball court. Luisetti, who learned the game to a background chorus of fog horns and gulls on San Francisco Bay, would later that year introduce New Yorks basketball legions to the jump shot. Now Philip Pallette has created a riveting account of the basketball life of this eminently shy and decent young man who transformed Stanford basketball from a group of fun-loving dabblers into national champions. The Game Changer is a book that rediscovers the long-forgotten adulation basketball fans felt for Luisetti by tracing his journey from boyhood on to becoming basketballs first matinee idol and the man who changed basketball forever.

 

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Philip Pallette lives not far from Madison Square Garden with his wife, enjoys watching and writing about basketball, and works for an acquisitions firm. He is currently working on a mystery novel that takes place in 1936 San Francisco, and yes, he does like to play basketball when he gets the chance.

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