The Fall of 1972

The Fall of 1972: A season for the Perfect Storm (The Story of a Dream Season), by writers Dr. Randy White and Michael Valentino, is a powerful account of a historical time period when the game of basketball reshaped the course of life for many at the Sam Houston State University. This book is a standalone manifesto of the then Sam Houston University’s basketball squad and how the Bearkats made history as the NAIA Champion. The Bearkat’s journey from early recruiting to winning a title in the fall of 1972-73 is extraordinary.

Dr. White and Valentino give a full spectrum of information regarding this so-called storm created by the Bearkats. The beginning of the book gives readers a brief overview of the game of basketball and its situation in the South, especially with African American basketball players. How the coaching staff recruited such a talented group of young players from all over the country and how the team charged ahead to bring the perfect storm is beautifully portrayed.

This book can be an excellent read for any sports enthusiast, especially basketball fans. This book flows at a good pace with organized chapters and simple language. The interview chapters give readers an in-depth look at things and how the people felt as history was being made. The authors are successful in showing a bird’s eye’s view of the spectacular victory of Bearkats with so much authenticity and passion. Reading about the players, their hard work, and how they played as a team for the love of the game is beautiful. In addition, the authors have given a good introduction of everyone involved in the 1972/73 Bearkats team with photographs and their whereabouts.

The Fall of 1972: A season for the Perfect Storm (The Story of a Dream Season) is a beautiful memoir of the grit and grind of the young players of Sam Houston State University. This inspirational story tells how they paved their way to success for their team and for many generations of basketball players to come. This is a memoir that I highly recommend.

Pages: 126 | ISBN : 149316922X

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