26 October, 2021

Five Really Great Sports Books

Heaven is a Playground (Rick Tellender)PLAYGROUND

Fresh out of journalism school a young (white) sportswriter decides to spend a summer on the playgrounds of Rucker Park.

Heaven is a Playground is great because it not only glamorizes the legends of New York’s most famous basketball playground, but also their real life struggles off the court.

For Rucker legends like Fly Williams and Pee Wee Kirkland who found life a struggle, the playground was a place where they weren’t just a stereotype but rather a legend.

The book was made into a horrible movie starring D.B Sweeney as Tellender, so skip the flick and pick up the book.

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