In 1952, a year when Coach Adolph Rupp's University of Kentucky
Wildcats won their third national championship in four years, an
unlikely high school basketball team from rural Graves County,
Kentucky, stole the spotlight and the media's attention. Inspired
by young coach Jack Story and by the Harlem Globetrotters, the Cuba
Cubs grabbed headlines when they rose from relative obscurity to
defeat the big-city favorite and win the state championship.
A classic underdog tale, The Graves County Boys chronicles how
five boys from a tiny high school in southwestern Kentucky captured
the hearts of basketball fans nationwide. Marianne Walker weaves
together details about the players, their coach, and their
relationships in a page-turning account of triumph over adversity.
This inspiring David and Goliath story takes the reader on a
journey from the team's heartbreaking defeat in the 1951 state
championship to their triumphant victory over Louisville Manual the
More than just a basketball narrative, the book explores a
period in American life when indoor plumbing and electricity were
still luxuries in some areas of the country and when hardship was a
way of life. With no funded school programs or bus system, the
Cubs's success was a testament to the sacrifices of family and
neighbors who believed in their team. Featuring new photographs, a
foreword by University of Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall, and a new
epilogue detailing where the players are now, The Graves County
Boys is an unforgettable story of how a community pulled together
to make a dream come true.
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