Pivot Man by Dick Friendlich, T59, 3rd Scholastic paperback printing, 1966, 250 pages. Text illustrations by George Meyerriecks.
DESCRIPTION: “By the final gun the fury in Vard’s veins had burned itself down to cold anger. He did not want to believe that Robinett would deliberately throw away points just to make another player look bad, even with the game safely won. He did not want to believe any player would be capable of that or that Curt disliked him so much.
But there was no room for doubt in Vard’s mind. Curt Robinett had declared war…let him beware!” (from the back cover)