Pictured for sale is the book, The Last Loud Roar, written by Bob Cousy and Edward Linn and illustrated by Robert Riger. Bob Cousy is one of the greatest Boston Celtics basketball players of all time and in his book he relives his thirteen year career and especially his last 3 days as a professional basketball player. His book is copyrighted in 1964 by Robert Cousy, Edward Linn, and Robert Riger, and edited by Red Smith. It is Published by Prentice-Hall, Inc., of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
His book tells about the sixth game of the legendary 1963 World Championship Game between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers along with numerous live action photos of the game. He relives the highlights of his thirteen year career as a pro and what it was like to be always away from home along with the good and bad times being around players, coaches, officials, and his team-mates. The photos found throughout the book show the fantastic artistry of Bob Cousy and the Boston Celtics along with their legendary coach Red Auerbach.
Growing up in the 1960's I couldn't wait for the basketball season to start and watch the battles between the Celtics, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers, and other great teams and players of that era. It was a time when players actually played together as a team and winning was more important than pounding on one’s chest after making a simple play. Take away the dunk shot and most players today would not see playing time on a team from the 1960's and 1970's.
**Condition: The dust jacket is covered in plastic and is in good condition, very clean and bright. The front and back covers of the book are in good+ condition, very clean and bright. The inside pages are in very good condition, very clean and bright. *Dust Jacket: There is wear and a small tear at the top of the spine, and a small piece missing from the bottom corner of the back inside flap. There is some old tape still found on the jacket. *Covers: There is minor fading along the top front and back edges and the bottom front and back edges. The bottom right front corner and bottom left back corner have bumps. There is a small wear spot at the bottom of the spine. *Inside Pages: There is a small piece of tape and two tiny spots where the picture has been pulled off on the inside of the front cover. There is also some tape residue on the very last inside page(very hard to see).
This is a library edition from the U.S. Army Post Library at the Picatinny Arsenal Library, Book Number 796.32. This number is found on the bottom spine of the dust jacket.
There is gold lettering along the spine and Bob Cousy's facsimile signature is on the front cover in gold lettering are also in fantastic condition. All 271 pages are in very good condition. The library card is still attached to the last page of the book. The last time it was taken out of the library was on April 10,1965. Boy someone owes a lot of late fees.
Here's a little history about the Arsenal….Located in New Jersey, it was the first U.S. Army powder factory constructed in 1907 and later was named the Picatinny Arsenal. During WWII the arsenal was the only plant in the U.S. capable of making ammunition larger than that for small arms. At the peak of WWII the arsenal employed over 18,000 people working round the clock trying to keep up with demand.
Any fan of Bob Cousy and the Boston Celtics will love reading his story and his final game against the Los Angeles Lakers. A great gift for the big basketball fan in your family. Oh, by the way, if you locate the person that has overdrawn this book for 50 years you might want to tell them to stay out of the Base Library.
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