Foreword by Susie Buffett Prologue Chapter 1. First BellChapter 2. Tears of a Clown Chapter 3. Summer of 67 Chapter 4. Just Their Imagination Chapter 5. So Glad They Made It Chapter 6. Get on Board Chapter 7. Jupiter Aligns Chapter 8. "A Mongrel Unit" Chapter 9. Wallace for President Chapter 10. Darkness, Darkness Chapter 11. The Broken Hearted Chapter 12. Last Bell Epilogue Postscript Acknowledgments Index
A true story about Omaha Central's first all-black high school basketball team in a time of racial unrest.
Steve Marantz is an Omaha Central graduate and the author of Sorcery at Caesars: Sugar Ray's Marvelous Fight. A researcher for ESPN Content Development and E:60, and a coeditor of sportsmediaguide.com, he formerly covered sports, government, and politics for the Kansas City Star, the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald. Susie Buffett, a 1971 graduate of Omaha Central, is the eldest of Warren Buffett's three children and runs the not-for-profit Sherwood Foundation.
"Four decades after George Wallace ignited a race riot in Omaha, Steve Marantz goes home to tell the story of a high school basketball team and its tragic star. A heartbreaking look inside the lives of white and black students fighting and falling in love as they grow up amid historic upheaval." - Ian Thomsen, columnist and feature writer for Sports Illustrated "The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central isn't just about a basketball team - it's about life - and how ugly, often tragic, inspiring, and so wonderfully hopeful it can be ... all at the same time. As a basketball fan, I was riveted by this story - and couldn't help but think about the other 'Rhythm Boys/Girls' there have been throughout our country's unique history - and about just how far we have come." - Lisa Salters, ESPN "The Rhythm Boys reminds us again how sports mirror society. It happened in Omaha in 1968, but it could be the story of any team in any city. What do you get when you mix the passion of basketball with the passion of race? You get a great book." - Tom Shatel, sports columnist for the Omaha World Herald