Where better can you get color for your garden and your love for the University of Arizona than at Rillito Nursery? Well, nowhere, of course.
On Saturday come and visit with former Tucson Citizen sports writer Steve Rivera and his new book, “University of Arizona Basketball Vault.” The book chronicles the top 100 games throughout the history of the program. A book signing will be held from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The book will include signatures from former greats Steve Kerr, Salim Stoudamire, Tom Tolbert, Pete Williams and current coach Sean Miller. A former player or two might show up, too.
The University of Arizona® Basketball Vaultâ„¢: The History Of The Wildcatsâ„¢, Rivera takes you through the century-plus history of Arizona basketball from the first game in the 1904-05 season through 2009-10, from Bear Down Gym to the McKale Center.
This detailed “scrapbook” contains never-before-published photographs, artwork and memorabilia drawn from Arizona’s athletic department and campus archives. Tucked into dozens of sleeves and pockets, fans will find reproductions of historic game programs, numerous postcards and photos. These fascinating replicas include a 1905 sheet of Arizona songs, a 1926 Fred Enke photograph, a 1933-34 team photo taken during an extended Midwest road trip, a 1946 NIT game program booklet, a 1948 Linc Richmond varsity letter certificate, a press pass from Arizona’s 1988 West regional victory over North Carolina, a 1997 national championship poster and an Arizona “1997 National Champions” replica felt pennant.
No Wildcats fan should be without this “home archive” of Arizona’s amazing basketball history.
“What a book and what a concept! Arizona is a special place and always will be for me,” wrote former UA great Sean Elliott in the afterward. “Great, epic games played. Great moments. And this book captures it all!”