Wednesday, November 4, 2009

This Day In History: Basketball Cracks Up!

The start of the basketball season is upon us, so here is a little piece of trivia for you: the first shattered backboard occurred way back on November 5, 1946! The excitement didn't happen during a game -- the improperly installed wooden backboard was broken while Chuck Connors of the Boston Celtics was warming up. (Even more trivia: Connors later became an actor and starred in the television series The Rifleman.)

To celebrate basketball season, check out some of these NCC Library titles:

Can I Keep My Jersey?: 11 Teams, 5 Countries, and 4 Years In My Life as a Basketball Vagabond
by Paul Shirley
GV 884 .S45 A3 2007 Stacks

On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
GV 884 .A24 A32 2007 Stacks

The Physics of Basketball
by John Joseph Fontanella
QC 26 .F66 2006 Stacks

Miracle on 49th Street
by Mike Lupica
PZ 7 .L9791 MIR 2006 Children's Literature (Young Adult section)

Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four
by John Feinstein
GV 885.49 .N37 F45 2006 Stacks

Shattering the Glass: The Remarkable History of Women's Basketball
by Pamela Grundy
GV 886 .G78 2005 Stacks

Wilt, 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era
by Gary M. Pomerantz
GV 885.7 .P66 2005 Stacks

Spinning the Globe: The Rise, Fall, and Return to Greatness of the Harlem Globetrotters
by Ben Green
GV 885.52 .N38 G73 2005 Stacks

Information courtesy of:
"Basketball." Online Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica. Web. Oct. 2009 <>.

Chase's Calendar of Events 2009
. New York: McGraw Hill. 2009. Print.

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