George Steinbrenner’s Pipe Dream: The ABL Champion Cleveland Pipers (Livingston)

I did not know Steinbrenner was from Cleveland. This is an entertaining and disjointed story. Livingston seems to have only limited abilities when it comes to developing and maintaining any kind of narrative drive. Even more problematic, though, is his very purple prose when he describes basketball games.

Still, the story lurches along. If you blink, you’ll miss the moment when the Pipers actually win the championship. Certain ‘characters’ emerge – like Abe Saperstein, the erratic commissioner of the league. There is much made of Jerry Lucas and John McLendon.

It’s an entertaining book – for a basketball fan and someone interested in Cleveland. It is amazing how far professional basketball has come.


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