Matthew Goodman - "The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team"

Event date: 
Friday, January 17, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Oblong Rhinebeck
6422 Montgomery Street
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

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Tautly paced and rich with period detail, Matthew Goodman's The City Game tells a story both dramatic and poignant: of political corruption, duplicity in big-time college sports, and the deeper meaning of athletic success.

Matthew GoodmanThe City Game by Matthew Goodman

The unlikeliest of champions, the 1949–50 City College Beavers were extraordinary by every measure. New York’s City College was a tuition-free, merit-based college in Harlem known far more for its intellectual achievements and political radicalism than its athletic prowess. Only two years after Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier—and at a time when the National Basketball Association was still segregated—every single member of the Beavers was either Jewish or African American. But during that remarkable season, under the guidance of the legendary former player Nat Holman, this unheralded group of city kids would stun the basketball world by becoming the only team in history to win the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same year.

Matthew Goodman is the author of three previous books of nonfiction: Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-Making Race Around the WorldThe Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York; and Jewish Food: The World at Table. A New York Times bestseller, Eighty Days has been translated into eight languages. Goodman’s work has appeared in The American Scholar, Harvard Review, Salon, and many other publications. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two children.

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Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780345527271
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 11th, 2014

The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780465019007
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