Basketball My Way - -
By Harvey Frommer
The recent good news that
Nancy Lieberman was hired by the
Sacramento Kings as the National
Basketball Association’s second Female Assistant coach, joining Becky
Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs, was long overdue.
Long ago and far away I spent a great deal of time with Nancy
interviewing her, socializing with her, gathering all the material for
BASKETBALL MY WAY, a book about her life
and times and basketball insights.
The hardcover work was published in
Scribners. Since then, much has happened
to Nancy and to me.
Dubbed “Lady Magic,”
by her adoring fans, Nancy was big in Far Rockaway where she hailed
the Five Towns of Long Island, where I lived, and all over the place.
why not? She already had a superstar resume and a flair. She played for Team USA in
at the 1976 Summer Games, the first year the Olympics included women’s
basketball. At Old Dominion University, she set records and pushed the
Monarchs to two back- to-back national titles. Nancy was a three time
three-time All-American, two-time winner of the Wade Trophy as the top
with her on BASKETBALL MY WAY gave me some prestige in the
neighborhood. It was
also a pleasure and a kind of family affair. My mother-in-law of
became enamored with Nancy, made her little delicious treats to keep
up as we spent long hours interviewing for the book in progress. My
also got into the act and earned her credit as co-author. I spent time
Nancy’s mom who was so proud of what her talented daughter had
Basketball My Way, a hardcover book
priced at $12.95, began in Nancy’s voice: “I
was born on the first day of July in 1958.
Contrary to some stories you may have heard, I wasn’t born with a
my hand, and I didn’t take my first few steps while dribbling a ball.”
Since Nancy’s time,
I have written other sports celebrities books with Red Holzman, Nolan
Tony Dorsett, Don Strock. But that first one back in a simpler time for
for Nancy, still stays with me and has a kind of poignancy for the
I still have my
signed copy of the book from “Lady Magic.” The inscription reads:
look forward to working on another book with you. Thanks for
Written by acclaimed sports author and oral
Harvey Frommer, with an intro by pro football Hall of Famer Frank
It Was Just a Game tells the fascinating story of the ground-breaking
World Championship Football game played on January 15, 1967: Packers
Chiefs. Filled with new insights, containing commentary from the
memoir of Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram, featuring oral history
who were at the game-media, players, coaches, fans-the book is mainly
words of those who lived it and saw it go on to become the Super Bowl,
greatest sports attraction the world has ever known. Archival
drawings help bring the event to life.
Frommer is in his 39th year of writing books. A noted oral historian
journalist, the author of 42 sports books including the classics:
“New York City Baseball, 1947-1957″ and best-selling “Shoeless Joe and
Baseball,” his acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium was published in
best-selling Remembering Fenway Park was published to acclaim in 2011.
Frommer mint condition collectible sports
books autographed and discounted are available always from the author.
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