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Michael and the Whiz Kids, Michal and the Whiz Kids, 0803245890, 0-8032-4589-0, 978-0-8032-4589-1, 9780803245891, John Christgau, , Michal and the Whiz Kids, 080324844X, 0-8032-4844-X, 978-0-8032-4844-1, 9780803248441, John Christgau, , Michal and the Whiz Kids, 0803249357, 0-8032-4935-7, 978-0-8032-4935-6, 9780803249356, John Christgau, , Michal and the Whiz Kids, 0803249365, 0-8032-4936-5, 978-0-8032-4936-3, 9780803249363, John Christgau

Michael and the Whiz Kids
A Story of Basketball, Race, and Suburbia in the 1960s
John Christgau

paperback
2013. 192 pp.
978-0-8032-4589-1
$18.95 t
 

Imagine a boy, five feet tall and one hundred pounds, who wants to play high school basketball. Now imagine that he was blind until the age of six and that he’s the first black student to attend his suburban school. And there you have Michael Thompson in 1965 in San Bruno, California. He played at the school where a young English teacher was coaching “lightweight basketball,” a competition for smaller players that has since disappeared. The team that Coach John Christgau put together came to be called the Whiz Kids for the way they rocketed up and down the court, led by Michael and invariably winning.

Michael and the Whiz Kids tells the story of the team’s 1968 championship season. It is a tale of cliffhanger games and players as outsized in character as they are short in stature, from the wild-haired, bespectacled “Professor” to the well-traveled Latvian dubbed “Suitcase” to the quiet and tenacious “Salt,” as in “of the earth.” But it is also a tale of the time—of counterculture, suburbia, integration, and racial brawls erupting on the court. In Christgau’s deft telling, it is an absorbing, often comic story of coming of age, for coach and Whiz Kids alike.
 

John Christgau is the author of numerous books, including Origins of the Jump Shot: Eight Men Who Shook the World of Basketball and Tricksters in the Madhouse: Lakers vs. Globetrotters, 1948, both available in Bison Books editions.

“An absolutely great read, not just for basketball fans. John Christgau puts us back in the 1960s. We are there when the ‘Whiz Kids’ and the sharpshooting Michael win the championship as basketball and the world are changing.”—Seymour Smith, retired sportswriter of the Baltimore Sun


“John Christgau, a master of capturing in detail a certain time and place, has done it again. His vivid recounting of a memorable high school basketball season in a suburb of San Francisco during the tumultuous late-1960s is riveting and ranks among his very finest works.”—John Horgan, columnist, San Mateo County Times


"This brief book is on a smaller canvas than those of many similar underdog stories, but the quality of its writing elevates its magnitude."—Mark Levine, Booklist


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