The City Game tells the thrilling and heartbreaking story of the City College Beavers, which in 1950 became the only team ever to win the NIT and NCAA basketball tournaments in the same year.
The double-championship team was, by every measure, extraordinary. The City College of New York was known for intellectual achievement, not athletic prowess. Moreover, every single player was either Jewish or African-American; the coach was Jewish as well. Their greatest victory came against the heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats, a segregated squad who refused to shake hands with them before the game.
The following year, though, the team’s starting five were arrested for conspiring with gamblers to “shave points.” They were expelled from college and banned from the NBA for life; overnight they turned from heroes to pariahs.
Informed by interviews with every surviving member of the team, The City Game tells a different and more complicated story: of scapegoats, corruption, and how at least one other college – protected by police and powerful religious and political leaders — managed to escape the scandal unscathed.