As a young boy living in Scottsville in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Harold Kelley, who now lives in Glasgow, grew up hearing stories of “powerhouse” teams from small schools in southeastern Kentucky.
These were teams from such small towns such as Inez, Carr Creek and Hazard, during what Kelley refers to as the golden era of basketball during the mid-1950s in Kentucky.
Kelley, now a freelance photographer, has recently published a book about those basketball teams. The book, which is titled “Legacies of Kentucky Mountain Basketball,” is his first book.
The idea to do the book arose a few years ago after Bill Thomas, a Hardin County photographer who also happens to be Kelley’s mentor, suggested he do a photo project on legends of some type.
“I got to thinking of the legends of the little schools in southeastern Kentucky,” Kelley said.
He put the idea on the back burner until 2007 when he got an e-mail from a friend in Scottsville asking him if he had read a newspaper article about a gymnasium tour.
Kelley read the article online. It was about the gyms where the teams of the 1950s and 1960s that he idolized had played.
“I thought, ‘Well, if you’re ever going to do anything with this, either do it or don’t,’” Kelley said.
He decided to do a book featuring present-day photographs of the schools and their gyms, as well as accounts of the teams who played in the gyms.
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