The Big 5-0: The Big 5 Turns 50 by The Philadelphia Daily News
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 100 pages
- ISBN-10: 1588220516
- Publisher: Philadelphia Newspapers (September 28, 2005)
This hardback book by the sports writers of the Philadelphia Daily News commemorates the 50th anniversary of college basketball's Big 5 - La Salle, Penn, Saint Joseph's, Temple and Villanova. The book takes a retrospective look at the Big 5's history - including its greatest players, coaches and games. It's all here, from the Steve Donches buzzer-beater that led St. Joe's over Villanova in 1966 to La Salle's Lionel Simmons scoring his 3,000th point in 1990. There are separate chapters on each school, several on the Big 5's treasured home, the Palestra, and lists galore. Filled with fine memories, statistics and photos, this is the definitive keepsake for fans of Philadelphia college basketball.
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