Rediscovering New York

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

2020/03/31 - New York City and Basketball

[EPISODE] New York City and Basketball!

Join us this week as we explore New York's longtime history of, and unique relationship with basketball. My main guest will be Lilly Tuttle, Curator of the Museum of the City of New York and its current exhibition "City/Game; Basketball in New York", and Professor Jeffrey Gurock, Professor of American Jewish History at Yeshiva University,

Segment 1

Jeff introduces the guest of the show, Lilly Tuttle. Born and raised in New York, she talks when she decided to get into history focusing on ‘American Studies’ in college and working at the New York Historical Society and paving herself a path in museum work. Lilly outlines how she got to the Museum of the City of New York and begins the conversation with the invention of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts and its evolution into what the game is today. The conversation touches on the sport’s history in New York and Lilly explains the exhibition’s inception and what it covers. Lilly also disperses a few misconceptions about the Harlem Globetrotters.

Segment 2

Lilly discusses the Museum of the City of New York and the importance of basketball in history and culture as well as noting a few special features and some notable paraphernalia in the exhibition, the talk briefly touching on Madison Square Garden’s place in the sports history as well as how it became popularized in New York.

Segment 3

Jeff introduces the second guest of the show, Jeffrey Barrack who talks about his education and how he ended up studying Jewish-American history, the talk transitioning into the history of Jewish players in basketball and the NBA, and describing why basketball was originally labeled and perceived as a predominately Jewish sport.

Segment 4

Jeffrey talks about notable Jewish players in the history of the NBA and the scandalous history of basketball in New York City that slowly bled to the rest of the country, touching on gambling and racism in the sport along the way.