Sandy Koufax — BK Basketball Star?

Sandy Koufax during his basketball days.

With all the Brooklyn Dodgers nostalgia, it’s tempting to think that basketball only recently became The Brooklyn Game.  I was struck then reading the wonderful Jane Leavy biography of Dodger icon/hero Sandy Koufax by this: When he was growing up, baseball was neither Koufax’s dream nor his passion. His dream was to play for the […]

Brooklyn’s First Basketball Team (Not the Nets!)

The Smart Set Brooklyn Basketball Team

From all the hoopla surrounding the arrival of the Brooklyn Nets to the new Barclays Center, one would think that they are the first significant basketball team the borough has ever seen. Not so. Brooklyn was home to a historic basketball first, way back in 1906, when the the Smart Set Athletic Club of Brooklyn, […]