It was a rough couple of years for the NBA s Minneapolis Lakers But at least the 1959 60 season had a promising start Team owner Bob Short had drafted college standout Elgin Baylor the year before and was rebuilding his team around this future superstar Adding a new coach in the form of Jim Pollard along with a dose of hometown enthusiasm had fans looking up The team even bought an airplane so they could play teams further away in the newly expanding NBA Then something happened, completely out of anyone s control, that almost changed everything On January 17, 1960 after a game in St Louis, the Lakers boarded their DC 3 for the flight home Perhaps the memory of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper perishing in an Iowa cornfield only 11 months earlier had faded In any case, this flight would be like no other For the first time in print, the co pilot of that flight, Harold Gifford, tells the real, full story of what happened that almost wiped out the Lakers before that NBA dynasty even had a chance to really get started....
|Title||:||The Miracle Landing: The True Story of How the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers Almost Perished in an Iowa Cornfield During a January Blizzard|
|Publisher||:||Signalman Publishing May 29, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||176 pages|
|File Size||:||981 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Miracle Landing: The True Story of How the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers Almost Perished in an Iowa Cornfield During a January Blizzard Reviews
I'm not a history buff, nor am I particularly interested in basketball. My main attraction to this title has to do with an interest in aviaiton. I was "pleasantly surprised" when the story pulled me into itself in ways I didn't at all expect! The story itself is very intriguing and its "never a dull moment" pace keeps you sitting on the edge of your seat. The book is packed full of history and fact however, the author is able to simultaneously keep the reader entertained and in the moment. I highly recommend "The Miracle Landing" to those interested in Aviation History, the L.A. Lakers or anyone who simply wants a really good story. Well done sir! Many thanks to you and your brothers for your brave service to our country.
I may be a little prejudiced-- the author of the book is my first cousin I did learn a few things about him and his family from the book that I didn't know. I knew quite a bit of the story before I read the book..
Great story from the early days of the NBA and general aviation by one of the pilots who saved the Lakers Basketball team.
This book was very entertaining and I loved it! I could not put it down. I was intrigued by the story and was surprised as well. Especially since I had not heard the story before! I was impressed by the way the crew kept their cool and found the best solutions to a horrific situation! I hate to fly but I hope when I do fly that the cockpit has as much experience and sense as these men did! Great Story!!
An outstanding account of what went wrong and, thankfully, what went right that cold and dark evening. Mr. Griffith keeps you on edge with this compelling story of human emotion and heroics. Thank you from all Lakers fans worldwide!
Compelling account of this true miracle landing! The guys in the cockpit stayed calm and pulled off an amazing landing in a blizzard.
The Miracle Landing is one of the best books I have ever read. I recommend It highly to all my friends.
My uncle Giff flew that plane and wrote the book. He signed two of them for me. It was quite good too read about it.