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To Ebbets FieldSport and the American-Jewish Experience$
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Peter Levine

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195085556

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195085556.001.0001

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Basketball and Community

Basketball and Community

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(p.26) 2 Basketball and Community
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To Ebbets Field
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Peter Levine

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195085556.003.0003

This chapter examines the Jewish immigrants' participation in basketball games in the U.S. Though hardly all Jews embraced basketball as a valid enterprise, some sportswriters, including Paul Gallico and Stanley Frank, identified basketball as the Jewish game during the 1930s. The game was open to improvisation and required little space or equipment, and this made it attractive to Jewish children. Their imagination and control of their own turf along with more structured opportunities for sport shaped their introduction to the game.

Keywords:   Jewish immigrants, basketball, U.S, Paul Gallico, Stanley Frank, Jewish children, sport

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