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One Shot Short:
The 1957-1958 Chattanooga Central Basketball Season
Author Jerry H. Summers
ISBN 978-1-947589-12-4
Publisher Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.
Description 6" x 9" perfect bound; 194 pages on 50# archival white; $21.95
Availability May 2019

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Tennessee State Championship by one point to Lenoir City 34-33. Coaching
career of Gordon W. Smith 1953-1974, and post high school careers of team


Library of Congress Control Number. 2019904276


HIS036120 HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South




















What readers are saying

  • One Shot Short is a fun historical read about a very special basketball
    team and their beloved coach, and it is a reminder that lessons on
    the court prove to shape young people and set their paths to success.
    These 10 men are examples of how teamwork and a caring adult make
    a difference in the lives of student athletes.
    ~ ~ Finley King – Principal, Chattanooga Central High School
  • Jerry Summers’ story of his high school basketball team, all over-achievers, is inspiring. Had that shot gone in, I don’t believe it would have changed much at all. All of those guys were destined to be successful.
    ~ ~ Randy Smith – Sports Broadcast Journalist and member of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame.
  • One Shot Short is living proof that true champions don’t always win the
    gold ball. How can a single missed shot spawn unsurpassed influence,
    be the foundation of a life-long camaraderie, and positively impact a
    multitude of Americans? This book is special beyond any scoreboard!
    ~ ~ Rick Rogers – Chattanooga Central High School Basketball Coach
  • Today we are taught that “winning is everything,” but the Purple Pounders’ reign in all sports taught the City of Chattanooga differently over 50 years ago. One Shot short is among Summers’ best works because he doesn’t anguish over the great City-Central games, the tough opponents, or the demanding practices, as much as he regales us when high school sports were played only for ”The Love of the Game.”
    ~ ~ Roy Exum – Chattanooga News-Free Press Sports Editor
Table of Contents
The Author 
Chapter I Gordon W. Smith 
Chapter II Coach Smith’s Early Years 
Chapter III 1957-1958 Outlook 
Chapter IV Early Season 
Chapter V Times Cup 
Chapter VI The Season 
Chapter VII District 9 Tournament 
Chapter VIII Region III Tournament 
Chapter IX The Team 
Chapter X State Tournament – 1958 
A. Nashville DuPont (Old Hickory) 
B. Lake City 
C. Kingsport 
D. Finals – Lenoir City 
XI Tournament Awards 
XII Conclusion 
XIII Coach Smith’s Later Teams 1958-1972 
XIV Appendix

About The Author
Jerry H. Summers is a practicing attorney in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He has served as an assistant district attorney and municipal judge since he began the practice of law in 1966. His entire life has been lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee, except for seven years in St. Petersburg, Florida, between the ages of seven and fourteen.

He has argued cases before the United States and Tennessee Supreme courts and has been involved in numerous landmark decisions in both civil and criminal law. His peers in the legal profession have elected him to membership in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American College of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers, American Board of Trial Advocates, American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and he has been selected every year since 1983 as one of the Best Lawyers in America, in both personal injury and criminal law. By an unsolicited vote of the lawyers of Tennessee, he has consistently been selected as one of the “Best 100 Lawyers in Tennessee” and “Mid-South Super Lawyers.”

Orange Grove Center and the Chattanooga Bar Association have both honored him as Philanthropist of the Year for his community work. In 2007 he was selected as a Distinguished Alumnus at the Centennial Celebration of Central High School. In 2014 he was honored by being designated as the Distinguished Alumnus at the University of the South at Sewanee, and in 2016, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville designated him as one of the Distinguished Alumnus at that institution.

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