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Getting Open: The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Integrat

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Bill Garrett was the Jackie Robinson of college basketball. In 1947, the same year Robinson broke the color line in major league baseball, Garrett integrated big-time college basketball. By joining the basketball program at Indiana University, he broke the gentleman's agreement that had barred black players from the Big Ten, college basketball's most important conference. ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 3rd 2011 by Atria Books (first published March 28th 2006)
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Chad
Dec 06, 2010 Chad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book about basketball. If you liked Hoosiers you'll enjoy reading this book.
Kirk
Apr 25, 2008 Kirk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up last Monday (4/21) at a great bookshop in Shelbyville IN called Three Sisters---only a partial tribute to Chekov given that the store is indeed owned by three sisters. Getting Open won the Best Books of Indiana Nonfiction Award in 2007, and it's a well-deserved reward: the book recounts the story of late 40s/early 50s star basketballer Bill Garrett, who took Shelbyville to the state champs and then was one of the first black players for the U of Indiana. Garrett died in 1974, an ...more
Barb
Apr 04, 2015 Barb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read about the integration of college basketball. A great gift for young basketball fans headed off to college.
Roderick
Amazing story about the first black basketball player in the Big Ten, Bill Garrett at IU, and his unique experiences playing for Shelbyville HS.
Diener
Mar 13, 2011 Diener rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dave Shelles, Angel Holmes
Shelves: sports, history, biography
Most of us know of Jackie Robinson. But how many of us know of Bill Garrett? Whether or not you like basketball, or even sports, Bill Garrett's story is one that you must know. It both confounds and inspires, dampens the spirits and raises them. I do not remember reading a better "sports" book that so profoundly embodies the mid-20th century American experience.
Jpaflas
Really interesting book that shows Bill Garrett's arduous battle to be the first African American basketball player in the Big Ten well. It is also an interesting look at the old days of recruiting... they were probably sleazier than they are now.
Neil Sagebiel
Feb 19, 2012 Neil Sagebiel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. My mom grew up in Shelbyville, Indiana, and went to the 1947 state championship game. My dad has told me Bill Garrett stories over the years. This book helped inspire me to write my first sports history book.
Tyler Michael
I liked the story but at times it can be boring. I like the story a lot, and want to read more having to do with this topic.
Greg
Oct 13, 2011 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story finally told! A must read for any fan of basketball, history and integration. Go Hoosiers.
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Tom Graham grew up in Bill Garrett's hometown. He played basketball there and on the freshman team at Indiana University, so he knew many of Garrett's coaches, teammates, and fans. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he is an international trade lawyer in Washington, D.C.
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