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Michael and the Whiz Kids

A Story of Basketball, Race, and Suburbia in the 1960s
Christgau, John (Book - 2013)
Michael and the Whiz Kids
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"The story of Christgau's 1968 season coaching lightweight basketball in California"-- Provided by publisher. "Imagine a boy, five feet tall and one hundred pounds, who wants to play high school basketball. Now imagine that he was blind until the age of six and that he's the first black student to attend his suburban school. And there you have Michael Thompson in 1965 in San Bruno, California. He played at the school where a young English teacher was coaching "lightweight basketball," a competition for smaller players that has since disappeared. The team that Coach John Christgau put together came to be called the Whiz Kids for the way they rocketed up and down the court, led by Michael and invariably winning. Michael and the Whiz Kids tells the story of the team's 1968 championship season. It is a tale of cliffhanger games and players as outsized in character as they are short in stature, from the wild-haired, bespectacled "Professor" to the well-traveled Latvian dubbed "Suitcase" to the quiet and tenacious "Salt," as in "of the earth." But it is also a tale of the time--of counterculture, suburbia, integration, and racial brawls erupting on the court. In Christgau's deft telling, it is an absorbing, often comic story of coming of age, for coach and Whiz Kids alike."-- Provided by publisher.
Authors: Christgau, John
Title: Michael and the whiz kids
a story of basketball, race, and suburbia in the 1960s
Publisher: Lincoln :, University of Nebraska Press,, [2013]
Characteristics: 183 pages ; 22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: "The story of Christgau's 1968 season coaching lightweight basketball in California"-- Provided by publisher.
"Imagine a boy, five feet tall and one hundred pounds, who wants to play high school basketball. Now imagine that he was blind until the age of six and that he's the first black student to attend his suburban school. And there you have Michael Thompson in 1965 in San Bruno, California. He played at the school where a young English teacher was coaching "lightweight basketball," a competition for smaller players that has since disappeared. The team that Coach John Christgau put together came to be called the Whiz Kids for the way they rocketed up and down the court, led by Michael and invariably winning. Michael and the Whiz Kids tells the story of the team's 1968 championship season. It is a tale of cliffhanger games and players as outsized in character as they are short in stature, from the wild-haired, bespectacled "Professor" to the well-traveled Latvian dubbed "Suitcase" to the quiet and tenacious "Salt," as in "of the earth." But it is also a tale of the time--of counterculture, suburbia, integration, and racial brawls erupting on the court. In Christgau's deft telling, it is an absorbing, often comic story of coming of age, for coach and Whiz Kids alike."-- Provided by publisher.
ISBN: 0803245890
9780803245891
Statement of Responsibility: John Christgau
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-183)
Subject Headings: HISTORY / United States / State & Local / West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY) bisacsh SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies. bisacsh SPORTS & RECREATION / Basketball. bisacsh Basketball Social aspects California Crestmoor Falcons (Basketball team) History Crestmoor High School (San Bruno, Calif.) Basketball History
Topical Term: HISTORY United States State & Local West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY)
SOCIAL SCIENCE Ethnic Studies African American Studies
SPORTS & RECREATION Basketball
Basketball
LCCN: 2013024702
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