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Barnstormers Mini Print:
The SPHAS

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Barnstormers Mini Print:
The SPHAS

25.00

The Sphas—an acronym for South Philadelphia Hebrew Association—were organized in 1917 by Eddie “the Mogul” Gottlieb, who would later own the Philadelphia Warriors. Gottlieb promised “a fight in every game, guaranteed,” and the rough-and-tumble Sphas defeated both the Celtics and the Rens in best-of-three exhibition series in 1926. Paul Gallico, sports editor of the New York Daily News, mused, “The reason . . . that basketball appeals to the Hebrew . . . is that the game places a premium on an alert, scheming mind, flashy trickiness, artful dodging and general smart aleckness.” Though Jews soon faded from the courts as players, these traits continued to serve them well as they moved into coaching and managerial positions in later years. 

Originally published in FreeDarko Presents: The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History. Paper size: 13" x 10" Archival UltraChrome print on fine art paper. Open edition, signed by the artist. Please allow two to three weeks for delivery.

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The Sphas—an acronym for South Philadelphia Hebrew Association—were organized in 1917 by Eddie “the Mogul” Gottlieb, who would later own the Philadelphia Warriors. Gottlieb promised “a fight in every game, guaranteed,” and the rough-and-tumble Sphas defeated both the Celtics and the Rens in best-of-three exhibition series in 1926. Paul Gallico, sports editor of the New York Daily News, mused, “The reason . . . that basketball appeals to the Hebrew . . . is that the game places a premium on an alert, scheming mind, flashy trickiness, artful dodging and general smart aleckness.” Though Jews soon faded from the courts as players, these traits continued to serve them well as they moved into coaching and managerial positions in later years. 

Originally published in FreeDarko Presents: The Undisputed Guide to Pro Basketball History. Paper size: 13" x 10" Archival UltraChrome print on fine art paper. Open edition, signed by the artist. Please allow two to three weeks for delivery.

Other prints from this series are listed below:

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