114 episodes

I am your author and host, Rick Loayza. This is the blog and podcast where we bring to life some of the forgotten stories from basketball history.
I love basketball. I love watching it. I love reading about it. I love learning about its history. I am, for all intents and purposes, a basketball junkie. I’ve coached all three of my kids in youth basketball. In fact, I still coach my youngest each winter. Something just happened to me when I was 11 where I was bitten by the basketball bug. And starting then, I just couldn’t get enough of this amazing game.
And the purpose of this podcast and blog is to bring back some of the old stories from basketball’s history. I want to bring you a new story each week from the older days of basketball before there were 22 cameras and instant highlights on your device. Of course, any story from anywhere in basketball history is up for grabs. But I want the focus to be on those stories that are interesting and impactful but long forgotten.
I’ll be covering stories going all the way back to the invention of the game in the 1890s, to the barnstorming days of basketball in the 1920s and 30s, to the creation of the current NBA in the 1940s and beyond.
So, if you love basketball as much as I do, or you just want to hear a few stories from basketball’s past, then go ahead and subscribe to the podcast and come back to this blog to hear or read a new story each week.
For me, this is a labor of love as I get to work with my older son, Jacob Loayza, who serves as my editor and producer. Until next time…

Basketball History 101 Rick Loayza

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    • 4.8 • 12 Ratings

I am your author and host, Rick Loayza. This is the blog and podcast where we bring to life some of the forgotten stories from basketball history.
I love basketball. I love watching it. I love reading about it. I love learning about its history. I am, for all intents and purposes, a basketball junkie. I’ve coached all three of my kids in youth basketball. In fact, I still coach my youngest each winter. Something just happened to me when I was 11 where I was bitten by the basketball bug. And starting then, I just couldn’t get enough of this amazing game.
And the purpose of this podcast and blog is to bring back some of the old stories from basketball’s history. I want to bring you a new story each week from the older days of basketball before there were 22 cameras and instant highlights on your device. Of course, any story from anywhere in basketball history is up for grabs. But I want the focus to be on those stories that are interesting and impactful but long forgotten.
I’ll be covering stories going all the way back to the invention of the game in the 1890s, to the barnstorming days of basketball in the 1920s and 30s, to the creation of the current NBA in the 1940s and beyond.
So, if you love basketball as much as I do, or you just want to hear a few stories from basketball’s past, then go ahead and subscribe to the podcast and come back to this blog to hear or read a new story each week.
For me, this is a labor of love as I get to work with my older son, Jacob Loayza, who serves as my editor and producer. Until next time…

    Episode 106 - John Wooden's Lost Penny

    Episode 106 - John Wooden's Lost Penny

    When John Wooden was the coach of the UCLA basketball team, he had a ritual where he would "discover" a lucky penny in the locker room during his annual pep talk. Every single year, the same speech would be given and the same penny would be found. One year, however, Bill Walton noticed his coach planting the penny just before the speech, and decided that this year would be different, although the whole team would pay dearly for what he did....
    CREDITS
    Rick Loayza: Head researcher, writer, and voice
    Jacob Loayza: Editor, producer, and publisher

    MUSIC
    "Country Instrumental Music" by Joe Alfaraby
    "Horizons" by Roa

    SPORTS HISTORY NETWORK
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    • 18 min
    Episode 105 - Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, pt. 2

    Episode 105 - Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, pt. 2

    In this conclusion of our two-part story on Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Rick tells of his NBA career with the Bullets and the Knicks, including his championship run in 1973 with one of the most balanced teams in NBA history.
    CREDITS
    Rick Loayza: Head researcher, writer, and voice
    Jacob Loayza: Editor, producer, and publisher

    MUSIC
    "Disco Funk" by Jam Morgan
    "Horizons" by Roa

    SPORTS HISTORY NETWORK
    https://sportshistorynetwork.com/ (sportshistorynetwork.com)
    https://sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/ (sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/)

    FACEBOOK
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    BUSINESS CONTACT
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    • 19 min
    Episode 104 - Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, pt. 1

    Episode 104 - Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, pt. 1

    Earl Monroe is not only one of the greatest players in NBA history, but he also gained two distinct nicknames: “The Pearl,” and “Black Jesus.” The first one he received during his college days, but the second he earned for his flashy style of play on the blacktop courts.
    CREDITS
    Rick Loayza: Head researcher, writer, and voice
    Jacob Loayza: Editor, producer, and publisher

    MUSIC
    "Disco Funk" by Jam Morgan
    "Horizons" by Roa

    SPORTS HISTORY NETWORK
    https://sportshistorynetwork.com/ (sportshistorynetwork.com)
    https://sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/ (sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/)

    FACEBOOK
    https://m.facebook.com/Basketball-History-101-103801581493027/ (m.facebook.com/Basketball-History-101-103801581493027/)

    BUSINESS CONTACT
    bballhistory101@gmail.com

    • 19 min
    Episode 103 - Barnstorming's Greatest Team

    Episode 103 - Barnstorming's Greatest Team

    During the barnstorming days of basketball (1920s-1940s), it was crucial that a team stand out. While one way was just to dominate all competition, another was to showcase a particular aspect that was unique to the team. In a similar fashion to modern-day professional wrestlers, many barnstorming teams tried to tell a narrative of sorts, even if it meant playing up racial stereotypes. It was a strange yet exciting era of basketball history.
    CREDITS
    Rick Loayza: Head researcher, writer, and voice
    Jacob Loayza: Editor, producer, and publisher

    MUSIC
    "The Mediterranean" by Lyn Murray
    "Horizons" by Roa

    SPORTS HISTORY NETWORK
    https://sportshistorynetwork.com/ (sportshistorynetwork.com)
    https://sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/ (sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/)

    FACEBOOK
    https://m.facebook.com/Basketball-History-101-103801581493027/ (m.facebook.com/Basketball-History-101-103801581493027/)

    BUSINESS CONTACT
    bballhistory101@gmail.com

    • 16 min
    Episode 102 - When I Rebounded for Steve Nash

    Episode 102 - When I Rebounded for Steve Nash

    Once again, we here at BBH.101 have a more personal story to tell about basketball history. Rick and Steve Nash attended Santa Clara University together, and one day the Cleveland Cavaliers held a practice at the school's gym. Seeing his opportunity to prove himself, Nash started firing off shots in front of the Cleveland coach. Rick, who was friendly with him, decided to jump in and help out by grabbing Nash's rebounds.
    CREDITS
    Rick Loayza: Head researcher, writer, and voice
    Jacob Loayza: Editor, producer, and publisher

    MUSIC
    "Overcast in Aberdeen" by TeknoAXE
    "Horizons" by Roa

    SPORTS HISTORY NETWORK
    https://sportshistorynetwork.com/ (sportshistorynetwork.com)
    https://sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/ (sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/)

    FACEBOOK
    https://m.facebook.com/Basketball-History-101-103801581493027/ (m.facebook.com/Basketball-History-101-103801581493027/)

    BUSINESS CONTACT
    bballhistory101@gmail.com

    • 15 min
    Episode 101 - Dolph Schayes

    Episode 101 - Dolph Schayes

    One of the early NBA superstars, Dolph Schayes straddled two different eras of basketball. Before the invention of the shot clock, Schayes dominated the NBA, but once it was introduced he only soared to even greater heights. A twelve-time All-Star and the first player to score 15,000 career points, the man had a motor that never seemed to quit. With his jersey now retired in the rafters of the 76ers arena, Schayes left his mark on the game forever, both by his own achievements and by his son Danny Schayes, who went on to have an NBA career of his own.
    CREDITS
    Rick Loayza: Head researcher, writer, and voice
    Jacob Loayza: Editor, producer, and publisher

    MUSIC
    "Happy Days" by Chuck Sims
    "Horizons" by Roa

    SPORTS HISTORY NETWORK
    https://sportshistorynetwork.com/ (sportshistorynetwork.com)
    https://sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/ (sportshistorynetwork.com/podcasts/basketball-history-101/)

    FACEBOOK
    https://m.facebook.com/Basketball-History-101-103801581493027/ (m.facebook.com/Basketball-History-101-103801581493027/)

    BUSINESS CONTACT
    bballhistory101@gmail.com

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Rage Against The Meatchine ,

Great Basketball Podcast

Rick has a great voice for podcast/radio. The topic is fun and light, and just the right length. I listen at work and it’s a nice way to pass the time.

It’s a pleasure to hear someone so enthusiastic about Basketball share their love for the game and its history. Keep up the excellent work!

EZfoot1879 ,

One episode and I’m hooked!!

As a fan of the game, the concept of this podcast has me hooked. I am looking forward to future episodes.

Rick is well spoken and keeps the listener engaged with his content and insights.

Self-Employed ,

Best Basketball Podcast

This is hands down the best basketball podcast I have ever heard.

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