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THROUGH THE LENS OF RICH CLARKSON
INTRODUCTION BY LARS ANDERSON
March 06, 2013
THE VETERAN OF 59 FINAL FOURS HAS CHRONICLED COLLEGE BASKETBALL FROM EVERY ANGLE, AND HIS PICTURES TELL THOUSANDS OF STORIES. HE SHARES THE IMAGES THAT MEAN THE MOST TO HIM
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March 06, 2013

Through The Lens Of Rich Clarkson

THE VETERAN OF 59 FINAL FOURS HAS CHRONICLED COLLEGE BASKETBALL FROM EVERY ANGLE, AND HIS PICTURES TELL THOUSANDS OF STORIES. HE SHARES THE IMAGES THAT MEAN THE MOST TO HIM

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KANSAS 80, ST. JOHN'S 63

1955

KANSAS MEDIA DAY

"WILT HAD SUCH A HIGH WAIST AND LONG LEGS. YOU COULD SEE THAT BETTER WHEN HE WAS SEATED. I WAS LYING ON THE FLOOR TO GET THIS SHOT."

DURING MY freshman year at Kansas (1951--52), I began traveling with the Jayhawks and sharing in all the team's activities. Coach Phog Allen (far left) was a brilliant motivator whose pregame speeches were epic—and always unpredictable. Allen led Kansas to three NCAA championship games, winning in '52 with a young Dean Smith (fifth from right) as a role player. When Wilt Chamberlain (above) arrived in Lawrence before the '55--56 season, I tried to think of ways to show his 7'1" frame graphically. I had him do a sequence of shots, including his signature finger roll, but the photos didn't convey how tall he was. At one point his shoelace came untied. He sat down in a folding chair to retie it, and I thought, Now that really shows how big he is.

MARCH 24, 1967

NATIONAL SEMIFINAL

UCLA 73, HOUSTON 58

MARCH 27, 1971

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

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