We at ET2 are certainly not immune to the madness that happens in March, so let’s look at some basketball-related items. IU Libraries hold both some basketball-related resources you might expect & some pretty surprising ones!
Indiana Collection and Microformats
We have many more basketball-related studies from the 1950s to the 1980s than you’d imagine, from histories like James Dale Woudstra’s “The History of Men’s Basketball in the Netherlands” to Edgar Ole Larson’s “Emotional Responses of College Basketball Players” to Paul M. Maaske’s “The Effect of the Practice of Shooting at Small Baskets on the Accuracy of Shooting in Basketball.” We have these on microformats, so come use our microform readers and scanners to help you can catch up on these social, psychological, or technical aspects of the game.
Of course, we also hold many books and print materials. Here are a few you might enjoy:
Getting Open: The Unknown Story of Bill Garrett and the Integration of College Basketball by Tom Graham and Rachel Graham Cody. Indiana Collection copy, Public Health Library copy
Pop quiz: who is the Jackie Robinson of college basketball? This book details not only the experience of Bill Garrett, the player who broke the Big Ten’s color line, but also the roles played by his teammates, coaches, and even Herman B Wells in integrating college basketball starting here at IU.
Hall of Fame : Home of Indiana Basketball Excitement! : New Castle by the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Indiana Collection copy
The Indiana collection holds documents of all sorts, and this one is one of the folded single sheet pamphlets you might be used to seeing in travel and tourism stands.
The Champs ’81 by Bob Hammel, Larry Crewell, and with contributions from the Herald-Telephone’s sports and photography staffs. Indiana Collection copy
Published by The Herald-Telephone and the Indiana University Press, this photo-packed book shows the 1980-81 team’s trajectory to that year’s victory.
Somebody Stole the Pea Out of My Whistle: the Golden Age of Hoosier Basketball Referees by Max Knight. Indiana Collection copy
It’s easy to overlook—or just revile—the role that referees perform in games, but this book draws from interviews with more than twenty refs who share their best stories.
Other IU Libraries Collections
Going beyond the Indiana Collection housed in ET2, the IU Libraries more generally holds quite a bit on the game. Here’s a small sampling of ones that caught our eye.
Pioneers of the Hardwood : Indiana and the Birth of Professional Basketball by Todd Gould. Wells Research Collection and Wells Undergraduate Core Collection copies
The Senior Producer for public television station WFYI in Indianapolis, Indiana, Gould shows how local teams like the Indianapolis Olympians and the Fort Wayne Pistons—you probably know their later Detroit incarnation—led the way in professional basketball as we’ve come to love it.
The Little Book of Basketball Law by Melissa Altman Linsky. Law Library copy
Have you ever wondered about the legal rights of season ticket holders, or the legal implications of spectator injuries? How about whether professional basketball players have legal rights to their names? Linsky’s book covers all of these topics and more.
Basketball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Paint edited by Jerry L. Walls and Gregory Bassham, with a foreword by Dick Vitale. Public Health Library copy
This collection of essays covers a lot of ground from whether the decline of small-town basketball can tell us about the change in communitarian feeling to how we might confront strategic cheaters in pickup basketball games. This collection is one of few items that also has a partial focus on women’s basketball, with an essay called “She Got Game: Basketball and the Perfectly Developed Woman.”
Give and Go: Basketball as a Cultural Practice by Thomas McLaughlin. Public Health Library copy
Focusing primarily on pickup basketball, this English professor at Appalachian State University writes chapters ranging from how basketball reflects postindustrial culture to how it relates to practicing masculinity and from how basketball is represented on television and in film to how it has its own sets of ethics.
When Mexicans Could Play Ball: Basketball, Race, and Identity in San Antonio, 1928-1945 by Ignacio M. García. Online version
San Antonio’s Sidney Lanier High School basketball team, the Voks, became a two-time Texas state championship team under their head coach William Carson “Nemo” Herrera. García uses interviews, newspaper articles, and stats from the games to write what the author says is methodologically a “risky proposition for a historian.”
All the Moves: A History of College Basketball by Neil D. Isaacs. Herman B Wells Undergraduate Core Collection and Public Health Library copies
Published in 1975, this is a worthwhile book for committed basketball fans. It does make you wonder who will write the history of the following decades.
Hysteria on the Hardwood: a Narrative History of Community, Race, and Indiana’s “Basketbrawl” Tradition by Kelly R. Eskew. Online version
In addition to published documents, IUCAT also sometimes contains scholarship produced by IU graduate students. This 2012 Master’s thesis by an IUPUI History student looks at the social and historical context for the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s 1964 decision to suspend the entire Muncie Central High School athletics program for a year after a bloody brawl at the end of a basketball game.
As you might expect, the IU library system has oodles more on basketball. The subject heading “basketball” brings up more than 1,000 items! IUCAT’s Advanced Search will let you dial in just the ones you want. For instance, if you’re looking for movies, you can look them up by format (DVD or Videocasette). If it’s raining and you don’t want to go outside, you can even look by location, such as “Bloomington RPS Libraries – Eigenmann.”
Once you’ve found something you like, you can use that to find similar things. Near the bottom of the record you’ll see a section called “Subject headings” with a bunch of red links. Not only can you click on those, but they’re actually links that combine to narrow down in scope as you move from left to right. If you were to click on “Basketball” you’ll see all 1,061 things we currently have. When there are other words in the same line, for instance “Basketball–Rules,” you can click further to the right of the double hyphen and get just the something on that combination of subjects. If you click on “Rules” in “Basketball–Rules” you’ll currently get 27 results. Similarly, “Basketball–History” currently has 38 results, and “Basketball–Social aspects” currently has 40 results.
Post by Ryan Randall