Barney Polan's Game by Charley Rosen
A Novel of the 1951 College Basketball Scandals

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In Barney Polan's Game, Charley Rosen takes on the legendary point-shaving scandals of 1950 and '51, when the best of the college basketball players took money from gamblers in return for affecting the outcomes of games, never knowing that in the process they were trading in their innocence and love of the game-until they were caught, and the scandal moved them from the sports pages to the news pages across the nation. No one will walk away from the scandals unscathed; many of the guilty will have their lives and careers ruined, others among the guilty will end up in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
 

About Charley Rosen

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Basketball player, coach, and critically acclaimed novelist CHARLEY ROSEN played for Hunter College from 1959–62, where he set school records for scoring and rebounding, and was voted team MVP all three years. He went on to play for the US Maccabiah team in 1961, for Camden and Scranton in the Eastern League (a forerunner of the Continental Basketball Association) in 1962, and was a member of the bronze-medal-winning team in the World Senior Games in 1994. Rosen coached in the minor-league Continental Basketball Association for nine years and was the head coach of the women's team at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He lives in Woodstock, NY.
 
Published December 9, 1997 by Seven Stories Press. 336 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rosen, whose first novel, The House of Moses All-Stars, was highly praised, returns to the subject of his 1978 nonfiction Scandals of '51, this time in a penetrating fictional portrait of the men (and woman) who conspired to corrupt college basketball.

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