A Bit of Basketball Trivia, 1948

This came from a completely different place than yesterday’s basketball post. It’s a contract, and one so weird I was gobsmacked when I read it:

Honestly, it had never crossed my mind that we would have to bring our own bleachers! This is an earlier image, circa 1930s, but I’m fairly sure the layout was basically the same. I guess the thinking was that the seats that were already there were too far from the action.

Bonus: Loyal reader John Wolda blew my socks off with this picture from the game I wrote about yesterday. That’s Dean Smith with the ball.

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6 Responses to A Bit of Basketball Trivia, 1948

  1. Francis Eugene "Gene" Pratt, Rice Institute 1956 says:

    Gene Swinger is going for the basketball that Dean Smith is dribbling.
    I don’t recognize Rice #26.

    I never saw City Auditorium.

    The picture of “City Auditorium” fascinates me, noting the configuration of the court; the players lining up for the “jump ball” — which began each quarter back then (changed when either Alcinder or Chamberlain was playing); the width of the free throw lane, which was widened because of George Mikan (?sp) with the Minneapolis Lakers [sic]; the padded goal supports, etc.

    • Bill Peebles, Hanszen '70 says:

      My only memory of the City Auditorium (where Jones Hall is now) is that’s where Friday Night Wrestling happened.

    • Francis Eugene "Gene" Pratt, Rice Institute 1956 says:

      Houston City Auditorium
      http://www.scottymoore.net/houstonAud.html

      BTW: the last pic on that site shows (maybe) Ray “Red” West. He went to Humes High School in Memphis, TN, and was Elvis Presley’s friend — some said his “bodyguard”.
      He became an actor in Hollywood, along with Elvis, and even continued there after Elvis’ death. (I think: all my remembrances are subject to question.)

      “Red” and I played baseball on a team in Memphis in the mid 1950s. I spent that summer in Memphis, home from Rice.
      Elvis picked Rat up in his purple (or pink) Cadillac after a game one night. Everyone there (in Memphis or surrounding area) was excited, BUT I had never heard of Elvis Presley at the time.
      When I returned to Rice in the Fall, one of my apartment mates, George Randolph, informed me of who Elvis was — George even sang me all Elvis’ songs sans guitar.
      George, as all 1956 Owls remember, was Willene’s bartender and jack-of-all-trades at Kays’ Bar & Grill.

      “GONE IS OUR YOUTH AND THE SYMBOLS THEREOF”
      a remembered newspaper cartoon after Babe Ruth’s death.

  2. John Wolda says:

    That’s Gene Schwinger, our All American, reaching for the ball and #26 is “Buzzy” Bryan.

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