New Book Offers Locker Room Access to Texas Western and Kentucky in 1966
Over the years, much has been written about the 1966 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Game between Texas Western and Kentucky. Ray Sanchez's book Basketball's Biggest Upset remains a local favorite years after it was first published while Frank Fitzpatrick's And The Walls Came Tumbling Down took a look at the social significance of the Miners' win. Glory Road is the autobiography of Don Haskins and was written by Dan Wetzel at the time the Disney movie with the same name was released.
A little more than 50 years after Texas Western's historic win, David Snell took a different approach with his upcoming hardcover book, The Baron and The Bear: Rupp's Runts, Haskins's Miners, and the Season That Changed Basketball Forever. Unlike the other books exploring the 1966 title game, Snell takes the reader into both team's locker room with a detailed account of how Texas and Western and Kentucky were able to meet up in College Park, Maryland. Earlier this week, Snell joined us on Sportstalk to discuss his book and the personalities that made Coach Haskins and Coach Rupp basketball legends.