Blue Yonder : Kentucky : The United State of Basketball
ISBN 10: 1882203208 / 1-882203-20-8
ISBN 13: 9781882203208
Publisher: Orange Frazer Press
Publication Date: 1998
This is an impeccably true story about a state's obsession, but it masquerades as a fast-paced cultural novel featuring at least a dozen of Kentucky's favorite characters. Even when the outcome is preordained-i.e., the University of Kentucky's 1997 trip to the Final Four-the readers cling precariously to their chairs, watching the astounding picture unfold. For in this unusual and disarming book, what happens next isn't always predictable. Wheeler, the author of eight books, including the best-selling I Had a Hammer (with Henry Aaron), begins with a fan camping out thirty-eight days in front of Lexington's Memorial Coliseum while waiting for tickets to a practice. Wheeler then takes the reader back in time to when basketball authoritarian Adolph Rupp established Kentucky's national reputation. Segueing deftly between the contemporary resurgence of Kentucky
basketball under Rick Pitino and all the eventful turns between these two legendary coaching icons, the reader is taken on a star-studded trip down memory's free-throw lane. 320 pages. Hardcover.
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