The 1957-1958 Chattanooga
Central Basketball Season
Jerry H. Summers
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The 1957-1958 basketball season of Chattanooga
Central High School Purple
Pounders who accumulated a record of 33 wins and 4 losses but
Tennessee State Championship by one point to Lenoir City 34-33.
career of Gordon W. Smith 1953-1974, and post high school careers
Library of Congress Control Number.
SPO004000 SPORTS AND RECREATION/
HIS036120 HISTORY / United States
/ State & Local / South
BIO016000 BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
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
the court prove to shape young people and set their paths to
These 10 men are examples of how teamwork and a caring adult
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 dont 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 dont always win the
gold ball. How can a single missed shot spawn unsurpassed influence,
be the foundation of a life-long camaraderie, and positively
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 doesnt 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
Table of Contents
Chapter I Gordon W. Smith
Chapter II Coach Smiths 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
D. Finals Lenoir City
XI Tournament Awards
XIII Coach Smiths Later Teams 1958-1972
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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