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"Keep Eye on Ball: The Hashim Khan Story" Film Review

Updated on July 3, 2017

After First British Open Win in 1950

Hashim Khan, the Greatest Squash Player of All Time

Tonight I had the pleasure of watching a special showing of "Keep Eye on Ball: The Hashim Khan Story" about the greatest squash champion of all time. The showing was at the Roeper School in Birmingham, Michigan. The movie's producer, Beth Rasin, told the audience about the six-year process of making the movie which was directed by Josh Easdon.

The movie tells the amazing story about how a little Pashtun boy, born in 1916 or thereabouts, growing up in in an isolated village near Peshawar, British colonial India, now Pakistan, began playing squash on a British army base where his father worked and ended up becoming the greatest squash player in the history of the sport. At 93 he continued to play and teach squash in Denver.

After winning 7 British Open championships, and championships in India, Scotland, Australia as well Hashim Khan came In 1963 he came to the United States to work as pro at the Uptown Athletic Club in Detroit. A deciding factor was the education of his large family of eight sons and five daughters that he could not afford on the income of a squash professional in his native country. Because of his wife’s illness he moved to Denver in the early 1980’s where he became a professional at the Denver Athletic Club. His sons, his brother and other Khans have dominated world squash competition ever since.

Here is an excerpt from the brochure distributed at the showing of the movie in Birmingham tonight:.

"In 1951, a then-unknown squash player from the newly formed country of Pakistan won the British Open and changed the sport of squash forever.


"'Keep Eye on Ball: the Hashim Khan Story' is an historic film which brings to the screen for the very first time Hashim's story along with the history of squash and an intimate glimpse of the history of Pakistan and the Pashtun tribe, what it means to be a Muslim and the cultural juxtapositions of a Pakistani-American family."

"Rarely there come into our midst extraordinary athletes whose talents take them beyond the boundaries of their sport. Icons like Pele and Muhammad Ali...and Hashim Khan. An extraordinary champion who is now in his nineties, Hashims passion for squash has taken him on an eight decade journey corssing economic, geographic and generational bourndaries and transcending social, cultural and religious biases."

The producers of the film are seeking donations to enable them to finish and distribute the film throughout the world. Contributions may be made to support this special project as follows:

New York Foundation for the Arts

Fiscal Sponsorship Program

155 Avenue of the Americas 14th Floor

NY, NY 10013-1507

(Make your check payable to: New York Foundation for the Arts.)


Please find enclosed a contribution in the amount of $_________.It is my wish that this contribution support "Keep Eye on Ball: The Hashim Khan Story," a project that you sponsor.







Hashim Khan in Action at 92


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    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Mr. Khan, I'm honored to hear from you. I saw your father play an exhibition match against two opponents simultaneously at the Uptown Athletic Club in Detroit 30 or 40 years ago. (He won!)

      Very best wishes.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for your comment. Hashim Khan is an amazing squash player and athlete and his life story matches anything in Horatio Alger.

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      Harvey Gotliffe 

      8 years ago

      As a 27-year-old I learned to play squash at the Uptown Athletic Club in Detroit back in 1963, and was blessed with taking lessons from Hashim Khan. The 49=year-old master would run me around and no matter where i hit the ball, he was there to return it. When our lesson was over, I was dripping with sweat while he looked liked he had just entered the court.

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      Shaukat khan 

      8 years ago

      I never did beat my dad! He was one tough competitor!

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for your comment. Hashim Khan's life is quite a rags to riches story.

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      9 years ago from uk

      I was born in Pakistan and I remember a time when Squash was such a popular sport there (Jehangir khan was the hero of the day then)...those were good times.... Anyway, great's always nice reading about real life heros... so thank you for sharing!

    • Coolmon2009 profile image


      9 years ago from Texas, USA

      Great hub; never heard of this guy thanks for the education

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      It's a similar story. And absolutely true.

    • vrajavala profile image


      10 years ago from Port St. Lucie

      I will have to watch for that movie. sounds like Slum Dog Millionaire

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks! It's a heart-warming, rags-to-riches story.

    • magdielqr profile image


      10 years ago

      Wow! I really love this hub.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Yes he is. I watched him play an exhibition match in Detroit when he was around 75. His young opponents couldn't keep up with him.

      Tnx for your comment. Eat healthfully and get lots of exercise.

    • Lady_E profile image


      10 years ago from London, UK

      What an amazing man. I must admit I've never heard of him before but after reading your Hub, that's all changed.

      Cheers. :)

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      10 years ago

      My god, all those children and a Grand Champion too? Amazing, simply amazing Ralph. He has certainly seen a lot in his day hasn't he? I wonder what his diet is? His secrets to longevity and great living would be worth knowing. thanks for sharing. CC

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Ha! Ha! I accept your compliment.

    • jiberish profile image


      10 years ago from florida

      Anyone who can play squash at 93 deserves my respect. Thanks, this just shows what a well rounded guy you really are.


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