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ONE HAND BEHIND HIS BACK
Les Woodcock
December 09, 1957
Hank Luisetti came out of the West to New York 21 years ago, and basketball has never been the same game since
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December 09, 1957

One Hand Behind His Back

Hank Luisetti came out of the West to New York 21 years ago, and basketball has never been the same game since

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Luisetti's fame was so great when he finished at Stanford that he was starred in a movie titled Campus Confessions. Other than Betty Grable's legs, the picture had nothing to recommend it. Indeed, the AAU thought so little of it that a year after it had suspended Luisetti for professionalism it reconsidered and declared him an amateur.

Today, although he never made a name for himself as an actor (he is an automobile salesman in San Francisco), Hank Luisetti's place in basketball history is secure. His scoring records have long since been eclipsed, but today's 100-point team totals derive at least in part from that memorable evening 21 years ago when a talented young man visited Madison Square Garden and turned basketball upside down with, figuratively, one hand tied behind his back.

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