O God of Players The Story of the Immaculata Mighty Macs

ISBN-10: 0231127499

ISBN-13: 9780231127493

Edition: 2003

Authors: Julie Byrne
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Description: Between 1972 and 1974, the Mighty Macs of Immaculata College -- a small Catholic women's school outside Philadelphia -- made history by winning the first three women's national college basketball championships ever played. A true Cinderella team, this unlikely fifteenth-seeded squad triumphed against enormous odds and four powerhouse state teams to secure the championship title and capture the imaginations of fans and sportswriters across the country. But while they were making a significant contribution to legitimizing women's sports in America, the Mighty Macs were also challenging the traditional roles and obligations that circumscribed their Catholic schoolgirl lives. In this vivid account of Immaculata basketball, Julie Byrne goes beyond the fame to explore these young women's unusual lives, their rare opportunities and pleasures, their religious culture, and the broader ideas of womanhood they inspired and helped redefine.

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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Julie Byrne is an assistant professor of religion at Duke University. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Note on Notation
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Philadelphia Hoop and Catholic Fun
Making the Team, Making Identity
Practicing Basketball, Practicing Class
Bodies in Basketball
Praying for the Team
Ladies of the Court
Championships and Community
Postscript: Immaculata Basketball and U.S. Religious History
Immaculata College Basketball Survey
Surveys, Interviews, Correspondence, and Unpublished Memoirs
Notes
References
Index
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