Bill Bradley

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Bill Bradley
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United States Senator
from New Jersey
In office
January 3, 1979 January 3, 1997
Preceded by Clifford P. Case
Succeeded by Robert Torricelli
Personal details
William Warren Bradley

(1943-07-28) July 28, 1943 (age 75)
Crystal City, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Ernestine Misslbeck Schlant
(m. 1974;div. 2007)
Education Princeton University (BA)
Worcester College, Oxford (MA)
Military service
AllegianceFlag of the United States (Pantone).svg United States
Branch/serviceFlag of the United States Air Force.svg  United States Air Force
Basketball career
Personal information
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolCrystal City
(Crystal City, Missouri)
College Princeton (1962–1965)
NBA draft 1965 / Pick: Territorial
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1965–1977
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
Career history
1965–1966 Olimpia Milano
19671977 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 9,217 (12.4 ppg)
Rebounds 2,354 (3.2 rpg)
Assists 2,533 (3.4 apg)
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

William Warren Bradley (born July 28, 1943) is an American politician and former professional basketball player. He served three terms as a Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey. He ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic Party's nomination for president in the 2000 election.

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Bradley was born and raised in Crystal City, Missouri, a small town 45 miles south of St. Louis. He excelled at basketball from an early age. He did well academically and was an all-county and all-state basketball player in high school. He was offered 75 college scholarships, but declined them all to attend Princeton University. He earned a gold medal as a member of the 1964 Olympic basketball team and was the NCAA Player of the Year in 1965, when Princeton finished third in the NCAA Tournament. After graduating in 1965, he attended Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, delaying a decision for two years on whether or not to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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While at Oxford, Bradley played one season of professional basketball in Europe, and eventually decided to join the New York Knicks in the 1967–68 season, after serving six months in the Air Force Reserve. He spent his entire ten-year professional basketball career playing for the Knicks, winning two championship titles. Retiring in 1977, he ran for a seat in the United States Senate the following year, from his adopted home state of New Jersey. He was re-elected in 1984 and 1990, left the Senate in 1997, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the 2000 Democratic presidential nomination.

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Bradley is the author of seven non-fiction books, most recently We Can All Do Better, and hosts a weekly radio show, American Voices, on Sirius Satellite Radio. He is a corporate director of Starbucks and a partner at investment bank Allen & Company in New York City. Bradley is a member of the ReFormers Caucus of Issue One. [1] He also serves on that group's Advisory Board.

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In 2008 Bradley was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. [2]

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Early life

Bradley was born on July 28, 1943 in Crystal City, Missouri, the only child of Warren (d. 1994), [3] who despite leaving high school after a year had become a bank president, and Susan "Susie" (née Crowe) Bradley (d. 1995), [3] a teacher and former high school-basketball player. [4] [5] [6] [7] Politicians and politics were standard dinner-table topics in Bradley's childhood, and he described his father as a "solid Republican" who was an elector for Thomas E. Dewey in the 1948 presidential election. [6] An active Boy Scout, he became an Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow. [8]

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Bradley began playing basketball at the age of nine. He was a star at Crystal City High School, where he scored 3,068 points in his scholastic career, was twice named All-American, and was elected to the Missouri Association of Student Councils. [4] He received 75 college scholarship offers, although he applied to only five schools [7] [9] [8] and only scored a 485 out of 800 on the Verbal portion of the SAT, [10] which—despite being likely in the top third of all test takers that year—normally would have caused selective schools like Princeton University to reject him. [11]

Bradley's basketball ability benefited from his height—5'9" in the 7th grade, 6'1" in the 8th grade, [8] and his adult size of 6'5" by the age of 15 [4] —and unusually wide peripheral vision, [4] which he worked to improve by focusing on faraway objects while walking. [12] [13] During his high school years, Bradley maintained a rigorous practice schedule, a habit he carried through college. [14] He would work on the court for "three and a half hours every day after school, nine to five on Saturday, one-thirty to five on Sunday, and, in the summer, about three hours a day. He put ten pounds of lead slivers in his sneakers, set up chairs as opponents and dribbled in a slalom fashion around them, and wore eyeglass frames that had a piece of cardboard taped to them so that he could not see the floor, for "a good dribbler never looks at the ball." [4]



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Playing at Princeton in 1964
A cast bronze statue of Bradley by Harry Weber, erected in 2014 outside Jadwin Gymnasium on the campus of Princeton University Bill Bradley Statue.jpg
A cast bronze statue of Bradley by Harry Weber, erected in 2014 outside Jadwin Gymnasium on the campus of Princeton University

Bradley was considered to be the top high school basketball player in the country. He initially chose to attend Duke in the fall of 1961. [15] However, after breaking his foot in the summer of 1961 during a baseball game and thinking about his college decision outside of basketball, Bradley decided to enroll at Princeton due to its record in preparing students for government or United States Foreign Service work. [16] [8] He had been awarded a scholarship at Duke, but not at Princeton; the Ivy League does not allow its members to award athletic scholarships, [15] [16] and Bradley's family's wealth disqualified him from receiving financial aid. [4] :13

Bradley's childhood hero Dick Kazmaier had won the Heisman Trophy at Princeton, and he wore #42 in his honor. [4] :73 In his freshman year, Bradley averaged more than 30 points per game for the freshman team, [17] at one point making 57 consecutive free throws, [18] breaking a record set by a member of the NBA's Syracuse Nationals. The following year, as a sophomore, he was a varsity starter in Butch van Breda Kolff's first year as coach of the Tigers. [19]

In his sophomore year Bradley scored 40 points in an 82–81 loss to St. Joseph's [20] and was named to The Sporting News All-American first team in early 1963. The coach of the St. Louis Hawks believed he was ready to play professional basketball. [18] The AP and United Press International polls both put Bradley on the second team, establishing him as the top sophomore player in the country; [21] Bradley also hit .316 as a first baseman for the baseball team. [20] The following year The Sporting News again named him to its All-American team as its only junior, and as its player of the year. [22] At the Olympic basketball trials in April 1964, Bradley played guard instead of his usual forward position but was still a top performer. [23] [8] He was one of three chosen unanimously for the Olympic team, the youngest chosen, and the only undergraduate. The Olympic team won its sixth consecutive gold medal. [4]

As a senior and team captain [24] in the 1964–1965 season, Bradley became a household name. [20] Only the third tallest on his team, [4] but called "easily the No. 1 player in college basketball today", [8] "the best amateur basketball player in the United States", and "The White Oscar Robertson", [4] he scored 41 points before fouling out of the game in an 80–78 loss to Michigan [20] and their star player Cazzie Russell in the 1964 ECAC Holiday Basketball semi-final at Madison Square Garden, then led Princeton to the NCAA Final Four [25] after defeating heavy favorite Providence and Jimmy Walker by 40 points. [20] The team then lost to Michigan in the semifinals, but Bradley scored a record 58 points in the consolation game to lead the team to victory against Wichita State and earn himself the Final Four MVP. [26] In total, Bradley scored 2,503 points at Princeton, averaging 30.2 points per game. He was awarded the 1965 James E. Sullivan Award, presented annually to the United States' top amateur athlete, the first basketball player to win the honor, [27] and the second Princeton student to win the award, after runner Bill Bonthron in 1934. [27]

Bradley holds a number of Ivy League career records, including total and average points (1,253/29.83, respectively), and free throws made and attempted (409/468, 87.4%). [28] Ivy League season records he holds similarly include total and average points (464/33.14, 1964) and most free throws made (153 in 170 attempts, 90.0%, 1962–1963). [28] He also holds the career point record at Princeton and many other school records, including the top ten slots in the category of total points scored in a game, [29] but likely could have scored many more points if he had not insisted so often on passing the ball, in what his coaches called "Bradley's hope passes", to inferior teammates closer to the basket; he only emphasized his own scoring when Princeton was behind [4] :46 or, as during the Wichita State game, his teammates forced Bradley to shoot by returning passes to him. [20] Van Breda Kolff often encouraged Bradley to be more of a "one on one" player, stating that "Bill is not hungry. At least ninety percent of the time, when he gets the ball, he is looking for a pass." [4] :46

Van Breda Kolff described Bradley as "not the most physical player. Others can run faster and jump higher. The self-discipline." [4] At Princeton he had three to four hours of classes and four hours of basketball practice daily, studied an average of seven hours each weekday and up to 24 more hours each weekend, [8] frequently spoke for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes around the country, and taught Sunday School at the local Presbyterian Church. When practicing he did not move from a location on the court unless he made at least ten of 13 shots, and could detect whether a basket was an inch too low from the regulation ten feet. [4]

Improving from his mediocre freshman grades, Bradley graduated magna cum laude [11] after writing his senior thesis about Harry S. Truman's 1940 United States Senate campaign, [20] titled "On That Record I Stand", [30] and received a Rhodes Scholarship at Worcester College, University of Oxford. His tenure at Princeton was the subject of Pulitzer Prize-winning author John McPhee's January 23, 1965 article "A Sense of Where You Are" in The New Yorker , which McPhee expanded into a book of the same name. The title came from Bradley's explanation for his ability to repeatedly throw a basketball over his shoulder and into the basket while looking away from it. [4]


Bradley's graduation year, 1965, was the last year that the NBA's territorial rule was in effect, which gave professional teams first rights to draft players who attended college within 50 miles of the team. [31] The New York Knicks—one mile closer to Princeton than the Philadelphia 76ers [4] —drafted Bradley as a territorial pick in the 1965 draft, but he did not sign a contract with the team immediately. [31] [32] While studying Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) at Oxford, he commuted to Italy to play professional basketball for Olimpia Milano during the 1965–1966 season, [20] where the team won a European Champions Cup (predecessor to the modern EuroLeague). [33]

Bradley dropped out of Oxford two months prior to graduation in April 1967, to go into the Air Force Reserves. After serving six months active duty as an officer (the requirement was four years active duty), he joined the New York Knicks in December 1967. The following year Oxford let Bradley take "special exams" and he graduated Oxford in 1968. (On March 6, 1967, Lyndon B. Johnson in a Special Message to the Congress on Selective Service, declared that he would be issuing an Executive Order that no deferments for post-graduate study be granted in the future, except for those men pursuing medical and dental courses.) [34]

In Bradley's rookie season, he joined the team late, having also missed the entire preseason. He was placed in the back court, although he had spent his high school and college careers as a forward. Both he and the team did not do well, and in the following season, he was returned to the forward slot. [35] [36] Then, in his third season, the Knicks won their first-ever NBA championship, followed by the second in the 1972–73 season, when he made the only All-Star Game appearance of his career. [37] Over 742 NBA games – all with the Knicks – Bradley scored a total of 9,217 points, an average of 12.4 points per game, and averaged 3.4 assists per game. His best season scoring average was 16.1 points per game in the 1972–73 season, during which he also averaged a career-best 4.5 assists per game. [37]

During his NBA career, Bradley used his fame on the court to explore social as well as political issues, meeting with journalists, government officials, academics, businesspeople, and social activists. He also worked as an assistant to the director of the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C., and as a teacher in the street academies of Harlem. [6] In 1976, he also became an author by publishing Life on the Run. Using a 20-day stretch of time during one season as the main focus of the book, he chronicled his experiences in the NBA and the people he met along the way. He noted in the book that he had initially signed only a four-year contract, and that he was uncomfortable using his celebrity status to earn extra money endorsing products as other players did. [38]

Retiring from basketball in 1977, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1983, along with teammate Dave DeBusschere. [39] In 1984, the Knicks retired his number 24 jersey; he was the fourth player so honored by the Knicks, after Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, and DeBusschere. [40] He is one of only two players, along with Manu Ginóbili, to have won a EuroLeague title, an NBA championship, and an Olympic gold medal. [41]


Politics was a frequent subject of discussion in the Bradley household, and some of his relatives held local and county political offices. He majored in history at Princeton, and was present in the Senate chamber when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed. Van Breda Kolff and many others who knew him predicted that Bradley would be Governor of Missouri, or president, by 40. [4] :42 He spent his time at Oxford focusing on European political and economic history. [6] In 1978, he said that congressman Mo Udall, himself a former professional basketball player, had told him ten years earlier that professional sports could help prepare him for politics, depending on what he did with his non-playing time. [30]

U.S. Senate

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Drawer of Bradley's former Senate Chamber desk (Bradley's signature is visible in the upper left corner)

After four years of political campaigning for Democratic candidates around New Jersey, Bradley decided in the summer of 1977 to run for the Senate himself, coinciding with his retirement from the Knicks. He felt his time had been well-spent in "paying his dues". The seat was held by liberal Republican and four-term incumbent Clifford P. Case. Case lost the primary election to anti-tax conservative Jeffrey Bell, who, like Bradley, was 34 years old as the campaign season began. [6] Bradley won the seat in the general election with about 56 percent of the vote. [42] During the campaign, Yale football player John Spagnola was Bradley's bodyguard and driver. [6]

In the Senate, Bradley acquired a reputation for being somewhat aloof and was thought of as a "policy wonk", [43] specializing in complex reform initiatives. Among these was the 1986 overhaul of the federal tax code, co-sponsored with Dick Gephardt, which reduced the tax rate schedule to just two brackets, 15 percent and 28 percent, and eliminated many kinds of deductions. [44] Domestic policy initiatives that Bradley led or was associated with included reform of child support enforcement; legislation concerning lead-related children's health problems; the Earned Income Tax Credit; campaign finance reform; a re-apportioning of California water rights; and federal budget reform to reduce the deficit, which included, in 1981, supporting Reagan's spending cuts but opposing his parallel tax cut package, one of only three senators to take this position. [45] He sponsored the Freedom Support Act, an exchange program between the republics of the former Soviet Union and the United States. [46]

Bradley was re-elected in 1984 with 65 percent of the vote against Montclair mayor Mary V. Mochary. [47] In 1988, he was encouraged to seek the Democratic nomination for president, but he declined to enter the race, saying that he would know when he was ready. [48] In 1990, a controversy over a state income tax increase—on which he refused to take a position—and his proposal on merit pay for teachers, which led the NJEA to support his opponent, turned his once-obscure rival for the Senate, Christine Todd Whitman, into a viable candidate, and Bradley won by only a slim margin. In 1995, he announced he would not run for re-election, publicly declaring American politics "broken." [9]

While he was a senator, Bradley walked the beaches from Cape May to Sandy Hook, a four-day, 127-mile trip each Labor Day weekend, to assess beach and ocean conditions and talk with constituents. [49] [50] Bradley was criticized for neglecting constituent services while in office. [51]

Presidential candidate

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Bill Bradley for President campaign logo used in various materials in 1999 and 2000

Bradley ran in the 2000 presidential primaries, opposing incumbent Vice President Al Gore for his party's nomination. Bradley campaigned as the liberal alternative to Gore, taking positions to the left of Gore on a number of issues, including universal health care, gun control, and campaign finance reform. [52] [53] On the issue of taxes, Bradley trumpeted his sponsorship of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, which had significantly cut tax rates while abolishing dozens of loopholes. He voiced his belief that the best possible tax code would be one with low rates and no loopholes, but he refused to rule out the idea of raising taxes to pay for his health care program, calling the idea of such a pledge "dishonest". [54]

On public education, he proposed to make over $2 billion in block grants available to each state every year. He further promised to bring 60,000 new teachers into the education system in hard-to-staff areas over ten years by offering college scholarships to anyone who agreed to become a teacher after graduating; Gore offered a similar proposal. [55]

Bradley also made child poverty a significant issue in his campaign. He promised to address the minimum wage, expand the Earned Income Tax Credit, allow single parents on welfare to keep their child support payments, make the Dependent Care Tax Credit refundable, build support homes for pregnant teenagers, enroll 400,000 more children in Head Start, and increase the availability of food stamps. [56]

Although Gore was considered the party favorite, [52] Bradley received a number of high-profile endorsements, including senators Paul Wellstone, [57] [58] Bob Kerrey, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan; [59] former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich; [60] former New York City mayor Ed Koch; former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker; and basketball stars Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson. [61] [62] [63] Bradley and Jackson have been close friends since they were teammates playing for the New York Knicks. Jackson was a vocal supporter of Bradley's run for the presidency and often wore his campaign button in public. [64] Jackson announced his acceptance of the position of head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers while Bradley was campaigning in California in 1999, and he was a "regular draw on the Bradley money trail" during the campaign. [65] [66] Bradley later called it a "great honor" to be the presenter when Jackson was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007. [67]

Bradley's campaign initially had strong prospects, due to high-profile endorsements and as his fundraising efforts gave him a deep war chest. However, it floundered, in part because it was overshadowed by Senator John McCain's far more attention-gaining, but ultimately unsuccessful, campaign for the Republican nomination; McCain had stolen Bradley's "thunder" on several occasions. Bradley was much embarrassed by his two to one defeat in the Iowa caucus, despite spending heavily there, as the unions pledged their support for Gore. He then lost the New Hampshire primary 53-47%. Bradley finished a distant second during each of the primaries on Super Tuesday.

On March 9, 2000, after failing to win any of the first 20 primaries and caucuses in the election process, Bradley withdrew his campaign and endorsed Gore; he ruled out the idea of running as the vice-presidential candidate and did not answer questions about possible future runs for the presidency. He said that he would continue to speak out regarding his brand of politics, calling for campaign finance reform, gun control, and increased health care insurance. [68] [69]

After politics

Later in 2000, Bradley was offered the chairmanship of the United States Olympic Committee, which he turned down. [70] In September 2002, Bradley turned down a request from New Jersey Democrats to replace Robert Torricelli on the ballot for his old Senate seat, which another former senator, Frank Lautenberg, accepted. [71] Oxford University awarded Bradley an honorary Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) in 2003, with a citation that described him in part as " outstandingly distinguished athlete, a weighty pillar of the Senate, and still a powerful advocate of the weak...". [72] In 2007 Bradley was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. This award is given in recognition of community service more than 25 years after a scout first earns the Eagle badge. [73] [74]

In January 2004, Bradley and Gore both endorsed Howard Dean for president in the 2004 Democratic primaries. [75] In January 2008, Bradley announced that he was supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary. [76] He campaigned for Obama and appeared on political news shows as a surrogate. Bradley's name was mentioned as a possible replacement for Tom Daschle as nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration after Daschle withdrew from consideration; the position went to Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius. [77] He has occasionally been involved in political matters, most recently consulting the Senate Finance Committee on tax reform along with former colleague Bob Packwood [78]

He has worked as a corporate consultant and investment banker. He has been a managing director of Allen & Company LLC, since 2001, was chief outside advisor to McKinsey & Company's nonprofit division, the McKinsey Global Institute, from 2001 to 2004, and is a member of the board of directors of QuinStreet and Starbucks and the private company Raydiance. Bradley is a senior advisor to the private equity firm Catterton Partners. [79] Bill Bradley is also a board member of, an online charity that connects individuals to classrooms in need. He is also the Chair of the Advisory Council for Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty. [80] [81] [82] Bradley is a Co-Chair for the Advisory Board of Issue One, [83] a non-profit whose goal is to reduce the influence of money in American politics.

Bradley is a member of the board of directors of the American Committee on East-West Accord.

Personal life

Bradley married Ernestine (née Misslbeck) Schlant, a German-born professor of comparative literature, in 1974. She has a daughter, Stephanie, from a previous marriage, and they have one daughter, Theresa Anne. [84] [85] [86] Bradley and Schlant divorced in 2007, and he lives with former LBJ Library director Betty Sue Flowers. [87]

Published works

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The 1972 NBA World Championship Series was the championship round played at the conclusion of the 1971–72 National Basketball Association (NBA) season. The Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Eastern Conference champion New York Knicks in five games. The Lakers got their first NBA championship since the franchise moved to Los Angeles from Minneapolis. It was a rematch of the 1970 NBA Finals that the Knicks had won in a full seven-game series.

The 1965 NBA draft was the 19th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on May 6, 1965, before the 1965–66 season.

Howard K. "Butch" Komives was an American professional basketball player who spent ten seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Buffalo Braves and Kansas City-Omaha Kings.

The 1969–70 New York Knicks season was the 24th season of NBA basketball in New York City. The Knicks had a then single-season NBA record 18 straight victories en route to 60–22 record, which was the best regular season record in the team's history. They set the record for the best start for the first 24 games at 23-1 before the Golden State Warriors surpassed it in 2015. After defeating the Bullets in the Eastern Division semifinals and the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Division finals, the Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games to capture their first NBA title.

2000 Democratic Party presidential primaries Selection of the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States in 2000

The 2000 Democratic presidential primaries were the selection process by which voters of the Democratic Party chose its nominee for President of the United States in the 2000 U.S. presidential election. Incumbent Vice President Al Gore was selected as the nominee through a series of primary elections and caucuses culminating in the 2000 Democratic National Convention held from August 14 to 17, 2000, in Los Angeles, California, but he went on to lose the Electoral College in the general election against Governor George W. Bush held on November 7 of that year, despite winning the popular vote by 0.5%.

The 1967–68 New York Knicks season was the 22nd season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the regular season, the Knicks finished in second place in the Eastern Division with a 43–39 record, qualifying for the NBA Playoffs for the second consecutive season. New York lost its opening round series to the Philadelphia 76ers, four games to two. Willis Reed scored 20.6 points per game and had 13.2 rebounds per game, leading the Knicks in both categories; Frazier had a team-high 4.1 assists per game.

The 1964–65 Princeton Tigers men's basketball team represented Princeton University in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1964–65 NCAA University Division men's basketball season. Butch van Breda Kolff served as head coach and the team captain was Bill Bradley. The team played its home games in the Dillon Gymnasium in Princeton, New Jersey. The team was the champion of the Ivy League, earning an invitation to the 23-team 1965 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

The 1976–77 New York Knicks season was the 31st season for the team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). In the regular season, the Knicks finished in third place in the Atlantic Division, and failed to qualify for the 1977 NBA Playoffs. Bob McAdoo, a mid-season trade acquisition, led the Knicks in points per game (26.7) and rebounds per game (12.7), while Walt Frazier had a team-high 5.3 assists per game.

<i>A Sense of Where You Are</i> book by John McPhee

A Sense of Where You Are, by John McPhee, profiles Bill Bradley during Bradley's senior year at Princeton University. Bradley, who would later play in the National Basketball Association and serve in the United States Senate, was widely regarded as one of the best basketball players in the country, and his status as a Rhodes Scholar playing in the Ivy League only added to his allure. Published in 1965, this book describes Bradley's rise to stardom at Princeton, then follows Bradley through the final year of his college career, culminating in Princeton's third-place finish in that year's NCAA Tournament.


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Party political offices
Preceded by
Paul J. Krebs
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from New Jersey
(Class 2)

1978, 1984, 1990
Succeeded by
Robert Torricelli
Preceded by
Ann Richards
Keynote Speaker of the Democratic National Convention
Served alongside: Barbara Jordan, Zell Miller
Succeeded by
Evan Bayh
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Clifford P. Case
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from New Jersey
Served alongside: Harrison A. Williams, Nicholas F. Brady, Frank Lautenberg
Succeeded by
Robert Torricelli
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Joe Biden
Youngest Member of the United States Senate
Succeeded by
Don Nickles