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Boxed out of the NBA


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Syl Sobel is the author of five children's books on U.S. history and government. He is an award winning-journalist, attorney, contributor to the op ed page of the Baltimore Sun, and was for many years the director of publications for a federal government agency.

Jay Rosenstein is a former reporter for American Banker newspaper and a financial writer for a federal government agency.

The authors grew up in Scranton, PA, home to one of the Eastern League's anchor franchises, the Scranton Miners. Rosenstein was a statistician for the team.


Syl and Jay brought me back to my brief playing days in the Eastern League! The small towns, the tiny gyms, the rabid fans, the colorful owners, and most of all the seriously good players who played with an edge because they fell one step short of the NBA. All the characters, the stories, and the brutally tough competition - it's all here. About time the Eastern League got some love!

-- Charley Rosen, author, basketball commentator, and former Eastern League player and CBA coach

The authors recognize men who gave their all to a game that gave little back. Men of character and intellect whose stories may never have been told, some of whom failed themselves but lifted themselves up to honor and play a game they loved. Meticulously researched, this book will impact their families forever.

-- Ray Scott, former NBA and ABA player and coach and former Eastern Leaguer

This book brought back some great memories of my six years playing in the Eastern League. The Eastern League really meant the world to me. It provided me with the opportunity to continue playing basketball after I had graduated from Syracuse. The competition in the Eastern League was fierce and the play was high quality. Believe it or not, I even have some fond memories of the drives through heavy snowfall from Syracuse to Scranton to play!

-- Jim Boeheim, Coach at Syracuse University and former Eastern Leaguer

Boxed Out of the NBA is an outstanding story on an unheralded era of professional basketball. Kudos to Syl Sobel and Jay Rosenstein for shining a light on the Eastern League and its many talented players.

-- John Chaney, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2001

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