Vanderbilt Basketball: Tales of Commodore Hardwood History

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Vanderbilt basketball has come a long way since the beginnings of organized team play in 1893. Vanderbilt athletic historian Bill Traughber leads the charge through Commodore history, from the Old Gym to the 2012 NCAA Tournament, complete with memories from players and coaches.Experience the program's turning point from the court of the 1947 98-29 loss to Kentucky that sent a clear message: time to play ball or drop it. The first full-time head coach, Bob Polk, soon arrived and built Vanderbilt basketball into the national contender it is today. Feel the magic of Memorial Gymnasium and get on your feet to cheer for impossible buzzer-beaters and thrilling victories.
ISBN: 9781609496883
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Tennessee
Series: Sports
Images: 46
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Bill Traughber is a researcher and writer of Nashville sports history. He has been a published writer for twelve years. The Nashville-born writer's work has appeared in Athlon's Baseball Annual, Nashville Sports Weekly, Titans Exclusive, Big Orange Illustrated, the City Paper, Tennessee Titans Season Review 2001, 2, Sports Nashville, Nashville Retrospect and the National Pastime (SABR). His stories have also appeared in these additional publications: Nashville Sounds 2004, 9 yearly programs; Nashville Sounds 2007, 9 media guides; Brentwood Academy 2004, 9 football programs; Vanderbilt University 2004, 9 football programs; and Vanderbilt 2008, 9 baseball media guides. His work has appeared on several websites, including and As a member of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association, he was presented with these awards: 2003 Best Feature Writer (Division II); 2005 Best Feature Writer (Division III); 2006 Best Feature Writer (Division III); 2007 Third Place Feature Writer (Division III); 2008 Second Place Feature Writer (Division III); 2008 Third Place Writer of the Year (Division III); 2009 Best Feature Writer (Division III); and 2009 Second Place Writer of the Year (Division III). His memberships include the Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA), the Nashville Sports Council, the Society of American Baseball Researchers (SABR), the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the Intercollegiate Football Researchers Association (IFRA). Traughber's stories have taken him to Cooperstown, New York; Anchorage, Alaska; and the White House in Washington, D.C. He resides in Brentwood, Tennessee.
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