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Homecourt

by: Larry Needle  

Ages

9+
Red was one of the smallest kids in his grade, but he wasn’t going to let that stand in the way of his dream: to play basketball. This is the true story of a boy who overcame the odds to become the shortest ever player on an NBA championship team.
Ages 9+
Pages 96
Publisher PJ Publishing
Coming Apr 2022

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What the Book Is About

This is the true story of Louis “Red” Klotz, who fell in love with basketball as a boy in 1930s Philadelphia, went on to play for a professional all-Jewish team, and eventually toured the world as player-manager of the Washington Generals, the team that always played against, and nearly always lost to, the Harlem Globetrotters.

Jewish Content & Values

  • Red’s family lights Shabbat candles, attends temple on Shabbat, and afterwards stays home until Shabbat is over. Red likes it when his mom calls him by his Hebrew name.
  • The book includes information about Jewish players in the NBA.
  • Red plays for a successful professional all-Jewish basketball team, the SPHAS (named for their sponsors, the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association). The team experiences antisemitism from the opposing teams’ fans.
  • When a restaurant won’t serve the all-Black team the Harlem Renaissance, the SPHAS threaten to leave, demonstrating the Jewish value of tzedek (social justice), and the manager backs down.

Content Advisory

None.
What the Book Is About

What the Book Is About

This is the true story of Louis “Red” Klotz, who fell in love with basketball as a boy in 1930s Philadelphia, went on to play for a professional all-Jewish team, and eventually toured the world as player-manager of the Washington Generals, the team that always played against, and nearly always lost to, the Harlem Globetrotters.

Jewish Content & Values

  • Red’s family lights Shabbat candles, attends temple on Shabbat, and afterwards stays home until Shabbat is over. Red likes it when his mom calls him by his Hebrew name.
  • The book includes information about Jewish players in the NBA.
  • Red plays for a successful professional all-Jewish basketball team, the SPHAS (named for their sponsors, the South Philadelphia Hebrew Association). The team experiences antisemitism from the opposing teams’ fans.
  • When a restaurant won’t serve the all-Black team the Harlem Renaissance, the SPHAS threaten to leave, demonstrating the Jewish value of tzedek (social justice), and the manager backs down.

Content Advisory

None.