Scandals of '51: How the Gamblers Almost Killed College Basketball
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  • Paperback
  • 272
  • March 1999
  • 9781888363913

Scandals of '51: How the Gamblers Almost Killed College Basketball

Charley Rosen

The college basketball scandals of 1951 were to basketball what the 1919 Black Sox scandals were to baseball—a loss of innocence, after which the game would be permanently tarnished, its relationship to power and big money firmly established. In Scandals of '51, Charley Rosen identifies all the major figures—including players, coaches, gangsters, clergymen, politicians—that made up the elaborate network that controlled the outcomes to many games or protected those who did so. Rosen shows who got caught and who didn't, and what role class, race, and religion played in determining this.


"This exceptionally interesting book offers a detailed and all too convincing account of the ugly sequence of events that exploded some of our most cherished myths about the purity of amateur sports in America." —Boston Globe

About Charley Rosen

CHARLEY ROSEN is a novelist, sports commentator, and all-around presence in the world of pro basketball, where he was a coach for many years. He is an analyst for and and is the co-author with Phil Jackson of the New York Times bestseller, More Than A Game. He has written for such publications as the New York Times Book Review, Penthouse, Sport, Inside Sports, and M, and was in January 2015 the subject of a New York Times Sunday feature. He lives in Accord, New York.

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