How the NBA Changed in the 1970s

By Adam Criblez There have been some great shooters in the past. . . . But here again, when I played years ago, if you shot a shot outside and hit it, the next time I’m going to be up on top of you. I’m going to pressure you with three-quarters, half-court defense. But now…

Reflection on Writing Tall Tales and Short Shorts

By Adam Criblez Editor’s Note: For a brief excerpt from Tall Tales and Short Shorts, see this post from May 18, 2017. On May 16, I celebrated the publication of Tall Tales and Short Shorts: Dr. J, Pistol Pete, and the Birth of the Modern NBA. It’s a book I never intended to write. I am…

NASSH 2017: Call for Summaries

This weekend, sport historians will flock to the campus of the California State University, Fullerton, in sunny southern California for the annual convention of the North American Society of Sport History (NASSH). For the last three years, the Sport in American History Blog has published a review of the conference (2014, 2015, and 2016), offering a glimpse…

Excerpt from Tall Tales and Short Shorts

The following is an excerpt from Tall Tales and Short Shorts: Dr. J, Pistol Pete, and the Birth of the Modern NBA. Published by Rowman & Littlefield on May 26, 2017, Adam J. Criblez provides an account of professional basketball in the United States in the 1970s. This excerpt comes from Chapter 1: “1969 to 1970” and…

Baseball Myths in Trump’s America

By Katherine Walden Major League Baseball’s (MLB) 2017 season began over the weekend, with the reigning World Series Champion Chicago Cubs falling in the bottom of the 9th to their National League Central Division rival St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis expats in Cubs fan territory rejoiced. Elsewhere, San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner hit two…