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 Don Haskins

"Haskins: The Bear Facts"

Long-time El Paso sportswriter Ray Sanchez spent dozens upon dozens of hours with Don Haskins, making sure this book told the real story about the legendary basketball coach known as "The Bear."

Over his stellar career, Haskins won 719 games, seven conference championships and earned a trip to 14 NCAA Tournaments.

His amazing 72-65 upset victory over University of Kentucky during the championship finals of the NCAA Tournament in 1966 has earned him notoriety for breaking down segregation in colleges in the South. He started five black players against the all-white Kentucky team.

Don Haskins originally wrote this autobiography in 1987. For 2005, Sanchez has written an addendum that takes readers to Haskins' retirement in 1999.

Glory Road Book
Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and how One Team Triumphed against the Odds and Changed America Forever"

In a new autobiography, Hall of Fame coach Haskins tell his story to renowned sportswriter Dan Wetzel. It's another insight into the remarkable life of Haskins, from his boyhood days in Enid, Oklahoma, to his rise to coaching legend in El Paso, Texas.

The book includes a foreword by basketball legend Bobby Knight. Members of the winning 1966 TWC team recall their memories of the man who led them to victory.

Haskins' Seven Principles for Success, are sure to inspire readers, as well as fans of the movie and team.

This is a special edition autobiography being released in conjunction with "Glory Road." It is expected to hit bookstore shelves in winter of 2005.

Frank Fitzpatrick's book "And The Walls Came Tumbling Down"


 

"And the Walls Came Tumbling Down: The Basketball Game that Changed American Sports"

Frank Fitzpatrick's
meticulously researched work tells the tale of the coach and team that broke basketball's segregation barriers.

Fitzpatrick, a Philadelphia Inquirer sportswriter, carefully examines the social fabric that shaped coaches Haskins and Rupp and their players.
 
Ray Sanchez book "Basketball Biggest Upset"

"Basketball's Biggest Upset: TX Western Changed the Sport with a Win Over Kentucky in 1966"

Ray Sanchez' early book on a small and unknown school tucked away in the far corner of West Texas that came out of nowhere in 1966 to pull the biggest upset in the history of college basketball.