Legacies of Kentucky Mountain Basketball

Champions and Palaces of the Mid-1950s

Retail Price: $29.95


A look back at what once was the heart and soul of sports in the beautiful, but rugged mountains of Kentucky is what Legacies of Kentucky Mountain Basketball does with photographs from today.

It was a time when many small communities and towns were put on the map by the play of their local high school basketball team. Some communities weren’t even towns themselves, but their teams played as good as or better than any from the state.

A time when folks would crowd into gyms just to watch their favorite team play and those that couldn’t make it inside would stay outside with someone calling the score out the front door to the crowd gathered fighting the elements (sometimes with the help of a little anti-freeze).

This was a time when high school basketball was bigger than the University of Kentucky basketball statewide.

Legacies of Kentucky Mountain Basketball … is about the golden era of high school basketball in Kentucky (the mid-1950s), high school basketball that was as close to the original game as we will ever see again … good, fundamental basketball … set shots, pick and roll, picket fence, blocking out, guard around, and hard-nosed disciplined coaches.

This book features the towns and high schools of the 13th, 14th and 15th Regions of the commonwealth, including detailed accounts of the 1953-54, 1954-55, and 1955-56seasons – the golden era of Kentucky Mountain Basketball – including stunning photographs of over 60 schools and gymnasiums that remain today!

Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.

Book Details
Author: Harold M. Kelley
Pages: 176 pages
Product Dimensions: 8.5x11
ISBN: 978-1-935001-75-1
Cover Type: Hardcover
Case Quantity: 20

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