Hoop Hall’s 50th Means Big Book

The Basketball Hall of Fame is 50 and some of its treasures are on display in a new book.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, which recently inducted its most celebrated class in history, is celebrating the occasion with an official 50th anniversary commemorative book.

Hoops Heaven: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, offers a compilation of the game’s greatest players, coaches, contributors, referees, and teams, and their representation in the 80,000-square foot Hall located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Published by Ascend Books, The Hall traces the game’s roots from its invention by Dr. James Naismith in 1891 through the present-day popularity of college basketball and the NBA.

Special features include photos of artifacts and memorabilia from the Hall, photos and stories about fans and rivalries and breakthrough individuals and events that changed the landscape of the game at the collegiate, professional and international levels.

“It’s a natural fit for Ascend to publish this anniversary book,” Ascend CEO and Publisher Bob Snodgrass said. “We have specialized in helping organizations commemorate important milestone events for many years. We know how important it is for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to publish its history during this pivotal year in the Hall’s existence.”

Ascend recently has published books by 2008 Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Dick Vitale and by Bill Self, head coach of the University of Kansas and 2009 Associated Press Coach of the Year. Ascend will also release the official 75th anniversary commemorative book of the Orange Bowl in December 2009.

The Hall of Fame inducted its most celebrated class ever during ceremonies September 10-11 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan, John Stockton, and C. Vivian Stringer comprised the Class of 2009.

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