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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Here's to Hoops!

A good companion to Jim Baumer's new book, When Towns Had Teams, might be Will Anderson's Here's to Hoops! — a paean to Maine high-school basketball.

Anderson is the author of several books on Maine subjects, including Was Baseball Really Invented in Maine? and Those were the days!: Drive-ins, dance halls, fried clams, summer & Maine.

In Here's to Hoops!, Anderson offers a glimpse of basketball's early history in Maine, now mostly forgotten.
Anderson uses a pile of newspaper excerpts to provide a sense of the sport in its early days and demonstrate that basketball games were social affairs, bringing communities together in the dead of winter. Refreshments were sometimes served after the contest was over and there was frequently dancing.

“Basketball made everything right,” Anderson says. “The band played, the whole town turned out… there was such spirit.” [Link]
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At 12:03 PM, December 29, 2005, Blogger Lindsey Dean said...

I have not yet read the book, but from the reviews this is an incomplete work at best. What about Camden-Rockport's team of '74, Medomak Valley, Jonesport-Beals, Wiscasset High, Orono High School, Stearns, George Wentworth, Bob Brown and Rockland High, South Portland and Kevin Nelson, Kevin Saunders and Dover-Foxcroft? Those are only the names off the top of my head. Are they included in this book?

Based on reading the reviews, I think Maine high school basketball deserves a more complete examination of it's history.

Lindsey Dean


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