The college basketball scandals of 1951 were to basketball what the 1919 Black Sox scandals were to baseball—a loss of innocence, after which the game would be permanently tarnished, its relationship to power and big money firmly established. In Scandals of ’51, Charley Rosen identifies all the major figures—including players, coaches, gangsters, clergymen, politicians—that made up the elaborate network that controlled the outcomes to many games or protected those who did so. Rosen shows who got caught and who didn’t, and what role class, race, and religion played in determining this.
A native of the Bronx and longtime pal of basketball guru Phil Jackson, CHARLEY ROSEN led the league in technical fouls during each of his six years as a coach in the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association. Since then he has become the… More about Charley Rosen
“This exceptionally interesting book offers a detailed and all too convincing account of the ugly sequence of events that exploded some of our most cherished myths about the purity of amateur sports in America.” –Boston Globe
“[T]he best nonfiction treatment of the affair.” –New York Times Book Review