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The Mogul: Eddie Gottlieb, Philadelphia Sports Legend and Pro Basketball Pioneer
by Rich Westcott
Temple University Press, 2008
Cloth: 978-1-59213-655-1
Library of Congress Classification GV884.G68W47 2008
Dewey Decimal Classification 796.323092

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Eddie Gottlieb-The Mogul -was one of the most colorful figures in Philadelphia sports history.  A member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, he  founded, played and coached for the legendary South Philadelphia Hebrew Association (SPHAs) basketball team, helped form the National Basketball Association, owned the Warriors franchise, and created the NBA's annual schedule of games for over a quarter-century.  In baseball, he co-owned the Philadelphia Stars in the Negro Leagues and tried unsuccessfully to buy the Philadelphia Phillies.  Locally, he was the city's leading sports booking agent for activities ranging from sandlot baseball to semipro football to professional wrestling. 

Drawing upon sixty-plus interviews and many archival sources, well-known Philadelphia sports historian Rich Westcott vividly portrays Gottlieb's role in a pivotal era in city sports, in the process offering histories of the SPHAs, Warriors, and Stars and the role of Jews and African Americans in the city's sporting history.

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