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Outside Shooter: A Memoir - Sports and American Culture Series (Hardback)
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Outside Shooter: A Memoir - Sports and American Culture Series (Hardback)

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Hardback 208 Pages / Published: 31/08/2003
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Philip Raisor lost two of the most storied basketball games ever played. He started at guard for the Muncie High Bearcats, who fell in the 1954 Indiana state final to tiny Milan, the David-over-Goliath event that inspired the movie Hoosiers. On a basketball scholarship to the University of Kansas, he watched his Wilt Chamberlain-led Jayhawks lose the 1957 NCAA championship in triple overtime to North Carolina. In Outside Shooter, Raisor recounts the hard knocks and hard-won triumphs of a basketball odyssey across 1950s America, from Indiana to Kansas to Louisiana, and from adolescence to adulthood. This was an era in which a racially divided society was taking halting steps toward integration, and few places held more tension than the sports arena. Raisor saw firsthand the toll of racism in the inner rage and sorrow of Muncie's star player, John Casterlow, whose life followed a trajectory from playing the legendary Oscar Robertson to a draw - almost - to death in the streets of Detroit at age twenty-three. Later, at Louisiana State University after having transferred from Kansas, Raisor, spurred by the memory of Casterlow, would join in hazardous early attempts to integrate the LSU campus. From Indiana to Louisiana, he sees the ordeal of racism reveal character - including his own - at depths beyond the illumination even of competitive sport. Devoted though Raisor was to basketball, Outside Shooter captures the period of his life in which he gradually stopped defining himself in terms of the game. As the rise and fall of his fortunes on the basketball court become overshadowed by the shifting patterns of his larger life - the competing measures of acceptance and expectation from his family and followers; the love and conflict in his relationship with the woman he eventually marries; his struggles with failure and doubt juxtaposed with his awakening intellect and conscience - he discovers the sense of purpose that will carry him beyond his playing days and into adulthood as a budding writer.

Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826214843
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


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"It is the kind of narrative that gives memoir a good name. A story of such honesty and humor and directness that the reader is made to feel as if he has not merely read about experience but lived through its pulse beat. It is a story that only a few individuals in America could tell this well and with the authority of such details: a coming-of-age story about facing loss and finding love; about the ugliness of racial discrimination and the necessary courage to stand against it; about basketball and dreams; about what divides us and makes us whole. It is a chronicle not only of Phil Raisor's coming of age but of America's, as well." Michael Pearson"


"It is the kind of narrative that gives memoir a good name. A story of such honesty and humor and directness that the reader is made to feel as if he has not merely read about experience but lived through its pulse beat. It is a story that only a few individuals in America could tell this well and with the authority of such details: a coming-of-age story about facing loss and finding love; about the ugliness of racial discrimination and the necessary courage to stand against it; about basketball and dreams; about what divides us and makes us whole. It is a chronicle not only of Phil Raisor's coming of age but of America's, as well."--Michael Pearson


"Both Philip's physical struggles and difficulties of conscience are astutely and honestly detailed in superbly insightful work which is especially recommended to the attention of anyone interested in the history of basketball as seen through the eyes of a player on the front lines."--Midwest Book Review

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