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Scandals of '51

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  2 reviews
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—tha ...more
Paperback, 263 pages
Published January 5th 1999 by Seven Stories Press (first published December 1st 1997)
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Mar 11, 2011 Nick rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is a very interesting book about what I usually don't think of as an interesting topic -- college basketball. Specifically, this is a report on the scandals caused by criminal betting and game-throwing among many teams in the 1950's.

What keeps me from saying it's a perfect book on the subject is the writing style, which is very newspaper-like, it's as if you're reading a book length newspaper article. The author tends to ramble from one thought to another, often without a clear flow of idea
Not sure how many of the connections Rosen makes are actually true. There's no sourcing, which is a problem. And the book is more than a little purple, written in the vernacular of 1950s newspapers. But it's still an incredible story and one that even the most dedicated watchers of NCAA basketball rarely hear about.
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