Jen Bryant Books ;
Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball

written by Jen Bryant
illustrated by Frank Morrison
Abrams Books for Young Readers, October 6, 2020
ISBN 978-1-4197-4108-1, hardcover $18.99
EAN 9781419741081

Above the Rim is a poetic, exquisitely illustrated telling of the life of an underrecognized athlete and a celebration of standing up for what is right.
Hall-of-famer Elgin Baylor was one of basketball’s all-time-greatest players—an innovative athlete, team player, and quiet force for change. One of the first professional African-American players, he inspired others on and off the court. But when traveling for away games, many hotels and restaurants turned Elgin away because he was black. One night, Elgin had enough and staged a one-man protest that captured the attention of the press, the public, and the NBA.
Honors and Recognition
Junior Library Guild selection
From the author: Elgin Baylor may not be a name that is familiar to young people today. But it should be. It’s my hope that this book will help more kids and adults know the story of this under-recognized athlete who pioneered basketball’s “above the rim” style of play and inspired future NBA stars like Dr. J, Michael Jordan and LeBron James. In addition to his athletic artistry, Baylor also chose to “speak out by sitting out” of an NBA game in West Virginia in the league’s early days. This quiet but effective act caught the attention of the press and the NBA Commissioner, and resulted in a change of rules for every NBA team.
"Elgin Baylor, Most Underrated Player in NBA History," from the Wilt Chamberlain Archive, YouTube, an excerpt of the first five minutes
Visit illustrator Frank Morrison’s website
Read Elgin Baylor’s lifetime stats from the NBA Hall of Fame
Above the Rim: How Elgin Baylor Changed Basketball
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