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Basketball My Way -- Nancy Lieberman

He welcomes hearing from anyone with memories, perceptions, leads, memorabilia for his newest book. ****


 By Dr. Harvey Frommer

The recent good news that Nancy Lieberman was hired by the Sacramento Kings as the National Basketball Association’s second Female Assistant coach, joining Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Spurs, was long overdue.

Long ago and far away I spent a great deal of time with Nancy Lieberman, interviewing her, socializing with her, gathering all the material for BASKETBALL MY WAY,  a book about her life and times and basketball insights.

The hardcover work was published in 1982 by Scribners.  Since then, much has happened to Nancy and to me.

Dubbed “Lady Magic,” by her adoring fans, Nancy was big in Far Rockaway where she hailed from, in the Five Towns of Long Island, where I lived, and all over the place.

And why not? She already had a superstar resume and a flair. She played for Team USA in Montreal at the 1976 Summer Games, the first year the Olympics included women’s basketball. At Old Dominion University, she set records and pushed the Lady Monarchs to two back- to-back national titles. Nancy was a three time three-time All-American, two-time winner of the Wade Trophy as the top women’s player.

Working with her on BASKETBALL MY WAY gave me some prestige in the neighborhood. It was also a pleasure and a kind of family affair. My mother-in-law of blessed memory became enamored with Nancy, made her little delicious treats to keep her energy up as we spent long hours interviewing for the book in progress. My wife Myrna also got into the act and earned her credit as co-author. I spent time with Nancy’s mom who was so proud of what her talented daughter had accomplished.

Basketball My Way, a hardcover book priced at $12.95, began in Nancy’s voice:  “I was born on the first day of July in 1958. Contrary to some stories you may have heard, I wasn’t born with a basketball in my hand, and I didn’t take my first few steps while dribbling a ball.”               

Since Nancy’s time, I have written other sports celebrities books with Red Holzman, Nolan Ryan, Tony Dorsett, Don Strock. But that first one back in a simpler time for me and for Nancy, still stays with me and has a kind of poignancy for the purity of the experience.

I still have my signed copy of the book from “Lady Magic.” The inscription reads: “Harvey, I look forward to working on another book with you. Thanks for everything. Love, Nancy”     

COMING IN SEPTEMBER: Nominated for the Pen Center Awards in the literary sports writing category, Harvey Frommer’s WHEN IT WAS JUST A GAME: REMEMBERING THE FIRST SUPER BOWL tells the fascinating story of the ground-breaking AFL–NFL World Championship Football game January 15, 1967: Packers vs. Chiefs. Book features oral history from many who were there and archival photographs & drawings. (Bookings in progress)


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Written by acclaimed sports author and oral historian Dr. Harvey Frommer, with an introduction by pro football Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, When It Was Just a Game tells the fascinating story of the ground-breaking AFL–NFL World Championship Football game played on January 15, 1967: Packers vs. Chiefs. Filled with new insights, containing commentary from the unpublished memoir of Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram, featuring oral history from many who were at the game—media, players, coaches, fans—the book is mainly in the words of those who lived it and saw it go on to become the Super Bowl, the greatest sports attraction the world has ever known. Archival photographs and drawings help bring the event to life.

Dr. Harvey Frommer, a professor at Dartmouth College, is in his 40th year of writing books. The author of hundreds of articles and  43 sports books including the classics: best-selling New York City Baseball, 1947-1957 and best-selling “Shoeless Joe and Ragtime Baseball ,the prolific Frommer also authored the acclaimed Remembering Yankee Stadium (second edition 2016) and best-selling Remembering Fenway Park..He is at work on “the Ultimate Yankee book” to be published in 2017.

Together with his wife Myrna Katz Frommer, he has written the acclaimed oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami.

Along with his wife Myrna Katz Frommer, he is a professor in the MALS program at Dartmouth College where he teaches oral and cultural history. Dr. Frommer has also taught "Sports Journalism" and "Sports and Culture" at Dartmouth College, Adelphi and New York University.

Frommer’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, USA Today, The Sporting News, Men's Health and other publications.

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Harvey Frommer along with his wife, Myrna Katz  Frommer are the authors of five critically acclaimed oral/cultural histories, professors at Dartmouth  College, and travel writers who specialize in cultural history, food, wine, and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. 

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