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Slam Dunked: Five Star Ratings and Book Signings Schedule

Signings and Book Review Ratings provided by Ron Gomez and www.amazon.com

Book Signings Schedule:

Saturday, Sept 27, 1 to 3 P. M. Baja Beach Grill, in the shopping center across Bertrand Dr. from Cajun Field. 
Tuesday, Sept 30,  7:00 P. M., Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Gomez is guest speaker for the Writers Guild of Acadiana.  Shipley available for comments and signing.
Friday, October 3, 6 to 8 P. M. signing at Bella Figura Restaurant in River Ranch.
Saturday, October 4, 10 A. M. to 5 P. M. Louisiana Book Festival, State Capitol grounds,Baton Rouge. Gomez and Shipley have a table for signing and selling of books.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, Houston, ULL Alum golf tourney fundraiser for softball team at Kingwood Country Club.  Gomez and Shipley available in clubhouse for signing from 11:00 a.m. on.
Saturday, Oct. 25, 11 A. M. til, Books Along The Teche, New Iberia, LA.  Signing.
The ratings I've seen were on Amazon.com.  Anyone who wished to review a book may do so and they give the book their rating up to five stars. Slam Dunked has received three reviews and all are five stars.  One by former Lafayette attorney Ray Mouton is worth quoting.  You can find it on Amazon.com.  Go to the book and then to reviews.
The reviews below were provided by Amazon.com 
5.0 out of 5 stars A slamming read, August 17, 2008
By Troy A. Abshire - See all my reviews
This is an eye opening account of what the NCAA and universities within Louisiana did to try and stop segregation of college athletics (specifically basketball) in the 1960's and 1970's. Explains what the coaches and players from the University od Southwestern LA (USL), now University of Louisiana-Lafaytte, were put through during the time of the investigations
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Legend on Hardwood, August 7, 2008
By Ray Mouton (France) - See all my reviews
Buy this book and own a timeless portrait of a legend.

There was Lombardi in icy Lambeua Field, Auerbach in the Garden in Boston, Stengel pacing the dugout in pinstripes, the man with the houndstooth hat on the sidelines in Tuscaloosa and other legendary coaches.

None were greater men, greater coaches or better leaders of men than Coach Beryl Shipley at The University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette.

Had Shipley coached in a media center like Boston or New York, or headed a marquee program like Alabama football, he would have come alive in major daily sports pages the way he dominates the pages of this book - - his legend would have been established long ago.

One has the sense the if Beryl Shipley had been in the military, he would have refused any commission that would have taken him from his men on the battlefield.

His greatness looms large in this text, larger than the legends referenced above for his actions in intergrating a college basketball program in the deep south evidenced uncommon courage.

The exhaustively documented text details the pervasive racism that surrounded Shipley both in his own university and in the state athletic commission. Worse yet, were the incompetent, overzealous actions of the NCAA that brought about the death of Shipley's program, his dream, and the dreams of deserving young men, members of his team.

But there were those times . . . all those times when Shipley led his integrated charges onto the hardwood . . . at home in a cow palace packed to the rafters . . . on the road before angry jeering crowds . . . and into the highest echelons of the sport in NCAA playoff games played in far away venues.

Ron Gomez, the author, not only has known Shipley well since the coach's first day on the job, but he was also a close witness to the things he reports in this book. Though he was close, he manages to present an objective view of the debacle and a restrained view of this great man who is his friend.

It is all interesting reading, but the portrait of Coach Beryl Shipley is riveting for he is a man who was right and was punished for being right, yet maintained his personal dignity throughout.

You get the feeling that the Coach might have cussed some in private, but in public he remained composed, kept his head when those all around him were losing theirs.

Every great man deserves to have the record set straight, deserves a monument to himself, and in these pages both of those things are accomplished for Coach Shipley.

At times in reading this, you wish you had been a few inches taller, possessed more athletic skills, and had been fortunate enough to have your life touched by this great man.

Ray Mouton
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5.0 out of 5 stars He made history, July 1, 2008
By C. K. Breaux (Houston, Texas) - See all my reviews
I was a student at USL during the time the events in this book took place. Beryl Shipley was bigger than life then, and he's even bigger now. He made significant and positive history with respect to integrating sports in Louisiana. This book exposes the sham of back-room Louisiana politics and the pathetic actions of the NCAA and the University at that time in its history. Shipley deserves more recognition than he's received. Maybe this book will begin to show how much the man accomplished and how little the University deserved such a man. The NAACP should take a look at the events of this book and seriously consider honoring Beryl Shipley. We all knew he was a great coach, but few knew the battles he was fighting off the court with the University administration and Louisiana politicians. College sports fans need to read this book.