Monday 21 February 2022

"Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball" by Jennifer Bryant - Black History Month Spotlight

Above the Rim
Book Trailer (1:03) by Jen Bryant

From the author: Elgin Baylor may not be a name that is familiar to young people today. But it should be. It’s my hope that this book will help more kids and adults know the story of this under-recognized athlete who pioneered basketball’s “above the rim” style of play and inspired future NBA stars like Dr. J, Michael Jordan and LeBron James. In addition to his athletic artistry, Baylor also chose to “speak out by sitting out” of an NBA game in West Virginia in the league’s early days. This quiet but effective act caught the attention of the press and the NBA Commissioner, and resulted in a change of rules for every NBA team.

- Jennifer Bryant website resources for her book and Elgin Baylor
- Jennifer Bryant, Bastion Elementary Library
- Jennifer Bryant, Okanagan Regional Library (ORL)

- Hamilton Read Along: Colby Lewis reads "Above the Rim" from
The Gilder Lehrman Institute
on Vimeo (5:24).  Historical background to the story is given throughout the reading.

"Beyond the Book with Frank Morrison" by Abrams Books: "Go beyond the book with artist Frank Morrison as he gives us an insider's look at the illustrations from the picture book,
Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor
Changed Basketball." (11:38)

Author/Illustrator Interview with Jennifer Bryant and Frank Morrison by Politics and Prose Bookstore: "Jen Bryant and Frank Morrison - Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball " (55:24)

"Elgin Baylor: Most underrated player in NBA History" by Wilt Chamberlain Archive (26:42)

"Elgin Baylor: NBA Hall of Famer reflects on his career" podcast by Yogi Roth (36:34).
(Note: this podcast includes advertising for coffee and Yogi Roth items;
interview with Mr. Baylor starts at 5:25)

More Black History Month Sports Stories:
- Sportsnet Celebrates Black History Month

                - Thirty plus stories on Canadian and International black athletes

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