Above The Rim: How LA Laker Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball Both On and Off the Court
Updated: Jan 14
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Title: Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
Recommended Ages: 4-8
Where to order: Bookshop Here
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.
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:
Elgin Baylor Made History and Became the First NBA Player To Boycott a Game in 1959
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