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Above The Rim: How LA Laker Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball Both On and Off the Court

Updated: Jan 14, 2023

Above the Rim: Elgin Baylor

Title: Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball

Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers

Recommended Ages: 4-8

Where to order: Bookshop Here

Publisher's Description

Above the Rim is a poetic, exquisitely illustrated telling of the life of an under recognized athlete and a celebration of standing up for what is right.

Hall-of-famer Elgin Baylor was one of basketball’s all-time-greatest players—an innovative athlete, team player, and quiet force for change. One of the first professional African-American players, he inspired others on and off the court. But when traveling for away games, many hotels and restaurants turned Elgin away because he was Black. One night, Elgin had enough and staged a one-man protest that captured the attention of the press, the public, and the NBA.

Take a look at a few pages featuring stunning illustrations by the legendary Frank Morrison.

Above the Rim: Elgin Baylor

Above the Rim: Elgin Baylor


Elgin Baylor joins The Jump and reflects on his historic career with the Los Angeles Lakers and his statue outside of the Staples Center.

Read more about how Elgin Baylor Made History in this article:




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