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Bob Davies: A Basketball Legend

Bob Davies: A Basketball Legend
Bob Davies: A Basketball Legend
Bob Davies: A Basketball Legend
Bob Davies: A Basketball Legend
Bob Davies: A Basketball Legend

Bob Davies played a significant role in the development of modern basketball. Davies was one of the first three NBA superstars. As a Rochester Royal, he played on one of only four teams in NBA history to win the playoff championship or finish or tie for first in their division or conference for five consecutive seasons. Davies is credited with introducing the behind-the-back-dribble, developing the penetration and transition styles of play, and creating several innovative passes.


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Bob Davies played a significant role in the development of modern basketball. Davies was one of the first three NBA superstars. As a Rochester Royal, he played on one of only four teams in NBA history to win the playoff championship or finish or tie for first in their division or conference for five consecutive seasons. Davies is credited with introducing the behind-the-back-dribble, developing the penetration and transition styles of play, and creating several innovative passes. Named by Sports Illustrated as one of the eight most influential players in the first century of college basketball, the NBA selected him as one of the ten best players in its first quarter century. Davies was a rarity in American sports history—a genuine sports hero and role model. This biography is rich in photos, archival materials and personal interviews.

About the Author

Barry Martin, a native of Webster, New York, saw Bob Davies play for the Rochester Royals. Martin is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the College of William and Mary, holds a master’s degree in American History from the University of Washington, Seattle, and graduated from the University of California Berkeley School of Law. He is a retired Administrative Law Judge. Martin has spent seven years doing extensive research, including interviews with Davies’ family members and former NBA players. The author and his wife, Carolyn, reside in Sacramento, California.

 

Details

Publisher: RIT Press (05/2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1-939125-28-6
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 296
Illustrations: 50
Size: 6 x 9 in.
Shipping Weight: 1lb

Table of Contents

1    Halley’s Comet                                                                        1

2    Harrisburg Houdini                                                                7

3    Li’l Abner and the Wonder Five                                        23

4    Duty to Country                                                                    53

5    The Rochester Royals Cinderella Season                        75

6    Double Duty Davies                                                             93

7    Win It For Dolly!                                                                 105

8    The Most Perfect Team                                                   123

9    Adulation and Frustration                                               143

10 NBA Championship Game                                               165

11 NBA’s Grand Old Man                                                      183

12 Farewell Tour                                                                     205

13 Life Off the Court                                                               221

14 Postscript: The Literary Legacy of Bob Davies           239

 

      Acknowledgments                                                             251

      Appendix                                                                              255

      Abbreviations                                                                     259

      Bibliography                                                                        261

      About the Author                                                              275

      Index                                                                                     277

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