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The Motherland, the Godfather, and the Birth of a Basketball Dynasty: American Efforts to Promote Basketball in Lithuania
International Journal of the History of Sport (2011)
  • Chad R Carlson, Eastern Illinois University
Abstract
The United States transported basketball to other nations around the world in many different ways and with varying degrees of success during the early decades of the twentieth century. In Lithuania, the efforts of Lithuanian Americans star Frank Lubin and other Americans in Lithuania proved wildly successful and wove basketball into the fabric of Lithuanian national identity. Throughout the late 1930s, these members of the Lithuanian community in the United States spent a great deal of time in their motherland and changed local perceptions of basketball to the point at which it became Lithuania's national pastime.
Keywords
  • basketball,
  • globalization,
  • Lithuania,
  • Frank Lubin,
  • Eurobasket,
  • FIBA
Disciplines
Publication Date
August, 2011
Citation Information
Chad R Carlson. "The Motherland, the Godfather, and the Birth of a Basketball Dynasty: American Efforts to Promote Basketball in Lithuania" International Journal of the History of Sport Vol. 28 Iss. 11 (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/chad_carlson/4/