In 1970, Portland promoter and sports entrepreneur Harry Glickman won an expansion franchise with the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Rip City was born! Blazers of Glory is a fascinating, behind-the-scenes photographic chronicle of the early years of the team, published by The Oregonian. It leads up to their improbable 1977 NBA Championship victory in six games over the Philadelphia 76ers. The book’s pictures of the championship parade and celebration in downtown Portland are priceless and nothing that the city had ever seen or experienced before. Other chapters in the book cover the winning legacy that championship season instilled upon later Blazer players up to the present. Will Rip City ever bring home another championship to the Rose City? Until they do, Blazers of Glory is a wonderful history of this beloved franchise.
Reviewed by Sean Garvey, Adult Services Librarian
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