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Release Date: October 29, 2008Running Time: 86 mins.
MPAA Rating: NoneBox Office: $18,995.00
Genre: Documentary, Sports

Peter Riegert
David Vyorst
David Vyorst
Jennifer Crescenzo

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Explores the impact that basketball had on modern Jewish history, as well as the profound influence that unsung Jewish pioneers had on the evolution of basketball, as it grew from a game played with ash-cans on tenement steps to the second most popular sport in the world. Though basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith in Massachusetts, the game spread like wildfire through turn-of-the-century New York settlement houses and proved a perfect fit for urban Jewish kids. By the 1920s, basketball had become a staple of life in American Jewish communities, and many of the top teams grew out of these neighborhoods.