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Kentucky Colonels - Shots from the Sidelines
ISBN: 978-1-938905-97-1

Basketball Fever? Feature- Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living article


Author: Lloyd Gardner & Mark Gordon
"Kentucky Colonels: Shots from the Sidelines" by Lloyd "Pink" Gardner , Photographs by Mark Gordon is almost a pictorial history of the popular pro basketball team in Louisville which played during ...see full article

Book Details

Author: Lloyd Gardner & Mark Gordon
Hardcover: 224 pages
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11
Retail Price: $34.95

Book Description

Kentucky Colonels: Shots from the Sidelines turns back the clock four decades with this visual masterpiece featuring over 400 photos from official sideline photographer Mark Gordon and captions by Colonel trainerLloyd “Pink” Gardner.

Through these images, fans of the American Basketball Association will remember the high flying, intense action of that rough and tumble league, including stars like Louie Dampier, Artis Gilmore and Dan Issel fromthe Colonels, and other well-known greats such as “Dr. J” Julius Erving, Wes Unseld, and George Gervin, among others.

The sequel to the 2011 best seller, Kentucky Colonels: The Real Story of a Team Left Behind, …Shots from the Sidelines brings back the sights from every season from 1970-76, including the 1972 ABA All-Star Game and the Colonels championship run in 1975…from the shots, the blocks, the drives, the slam dunks, the locker room, and even a few fights…all are captured in these vivid photographs from Mark Gordon.  May this book bring back fond memories of one of the greatest professional basketball teams of its time—the Kentucky Colonels.


Lloyd “Pink” Gardner was born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in nearby Fairdale. To say he has roots in this small rural community outside the river city is an understatement. Fairdale High School, where he graduated in 1962, was built on his grandfather’s farm. Little did he know that his life would be changed forever when Coach Forest “Frosty” Able cut him from the basketball team in 1958. From there it was on to Western Kentucky University, where he was a manager and trainer for Hall of Fame coaches Ed Diddle and Johnny Oldham. After graduation in 1967, he volunteered part-time for the Kentucky Colonels and was a teacher for Jefferson County Public Schools. During the 1970-71 season, he returned to the Colonels full-time. When the ABA took down the nets and closed the doors, Gardner returned to Fairdale High School where he served as a teacher, athletic trainer and assistant basketball coach.

During his career, Gardner has accumulated five championship rings: 1975 Kentucky Colonels, 1983 Kentucky Bourbons Professional Softball, two as an assistant coach on Fairdale’s 1990 and 1991 back-to-back state champion basketball teams and in 1994, as the head coach, he guided Fairdale to their third state title in five years.

After 19 years as an assistant coach and 14 years (1991-2005) as Fairdale’s head basketball coach, Gardner hung up his whistle. He is the tournament director for the prestigious King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic that began in 1981.

Lloyd will be inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame on June 18, 2015. Lloyd and his wife, Janet, live in Louisville, Kentucky.

Mark Gordon was born in Louisville KY and was raised in Valley Station. He was in the first graduating class of Jesse Stuart High School in 1972. He attended Western Kentucky University (WKU) because of its strong
tradition of quality photojournalism. After two years at WKU, Mark decided to return home to work full-time in the photographic industry. He worked at Murphy’s Camera Center for approximately 11 years, where he became manager of the Murphy’s location at Bashford Manor Mall. While at Murphy's, he met a customer who became a friend and 20 years later would become his wife—Susan Hester. While working, he attended Jefferson Community College (JCC).

After achieving his associate’s degree with WKU thru JCC, he attended the University of Louisville J.B. Speed School of Engineering where he became attracted to computer systems. He returned to WKU to complete his bachelor’s degree with a major in photojournalism and a minor in information systems, finishing in December 1985. In 1986, he started working for Electronic Data Systems (EDS) and became a mainframe programmer with the EDS General Motors Service Parts account in Detroit. He later transferred to the EDS Saturn account in Spring Hill, Tennessee. He then discovered that his future wife was living in Nashville as well—that’s right, the one from the camera store. Their relationship rekindled. She moved to Chicago and Mark followed.

In 2000, Mark left EDS and went to work in Chicago for an IT company that ultimately became part of Capgemini. Mark married Susan in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and they later moved to Cary, NC, which is where they currently reside. He works for Capgemini as a database administrator and also works on business intelligence solutions. He still enjoys taking pictures.


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