Reusse: Prep basketball, college football made 1960 wonderful

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 8, 2013 - 12:25 AM

Edgerton in basketball and the Gophers in football thrilled the state’s sports fans.

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bhbhbhbhbhSep. 7, 1310:46 PM

Patrick: Just one more reason why you are the best (sports) writer in the TC!!

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JMJohnnySep. 7, 1311:19 PM

Minnesota's Hoosiers. Well put Mr. Writer. Seems EVERYONE in my part of central MN was glued to their black and white's those three nights as Channel 11's Frank Buetel called the games. Seems there was always a Danube, Pemberton or Walnut Grove to root for back then, and occasionally one of them would reach the semi's. But the urban brutes from Richfield, Austin and Minneapolis Roosevelt would prevail in the end with their "recruited" talent and shiny uniforms. Not this time. This time, Kenny Jay beat The Crusher and the Kansas City Athletics beat the Yankees.

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wilburforceSep. 8, 1312:27 AM

Patrick, thanks for the stroll down Memory Lane! Being from Red Wing, my buddies and I had no love lost for our Big Nine brethren from Austin. We would have rooted for Edgerton against any other team anyway, but it was all the sweeter when they drilled the hated Packers. You are the best!

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dewarfSep. 8, 1312:33 AM

I saw all three of Edgerton's wins that March in Williams Arena and was a freshman at the U watching the Brown/Stephens led Gophers crush Iowa at Memorial Stadium. Yes, they were magical and most of us thought the football Gophers would continue to win national titles as they had in the past. Plus, in 1960 the Gophers were also NCAA champions in baseball. Basketball, Football and Baseball: it's what we lived for back then. And nothing was better than high school basketball and college football. Thanks for reminding us, Pat.

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since61Sep. 8, 13 8:12 AM

Those were the days when only one NCAA football game per week was on network TV. There was so much interest in the Gophers-Iowa game, however,that it was arranged for it to be shown on channel 2 - the "educational channel". There were no Ken Burns documentaries or British drawing room comedies on channel 2 in 1960; Public TV back then consisted mostly of extremely boring classroom lectures. If I remember right Rollie Johnson did the play-by-play. Shortly after the game ended a car drove by our house with its horn blaring and with a large sign on its side bearing the 27-10 final score.

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stayd22Sep. 8, 13 8:40 AM

Thanks for reliving some great memories for a kid who grew up in Minneapolis at the time. It is unfortunate that high school athletes today cannot enjoy the thrill of playing in or winning "one" state tournament with their neighborhood friends. Or how much fun football Saturdays at the U were with the band marching down University Ave playing the rouser, excited fans mulling around and Memorial stadium full for the game. The sports environment in Minneapolis has changed. It is certainly different... but not better.

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kinnickSep. 8, 13 8:51 AM

Pat,I was at the Nov.5th game and was rooting for the HAWKEYES,what a thrilling game! It's so sad that several generations grew up in Minnesota never knowing the thrill of Big Ten football. I'm from Iowa and have known most of my life who Bruce Smith is. Just for fun at work tomorrow ask 10 people who he is------you'll be shocked! Probably the saddest day of all is when Minnesota sat on its hands and watched Memorial Stadium torn down by the urging of Sid Hartman and company for the 'downtown boys.'

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dkinnspSep. 8, 13 9:11 AM

If only we had videotape of those games we could watch today. I still like to go to the microfilm newspapers from 1960 and relive those days as a 10 year old with my hand held transistor radio. Which has less likelihood, the general public becoming interested in the current format basketball tournament or the Gophers going to another Rose Bowl? I say no chance for either. :(

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richardthomesSep. 8, 1310:30 AM

Great article! I was only seven when Edgerton won but on their way home on Monday they stopped at our school (Arlington) and we all got out of class to see and honor them. Dick@Arlington

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prepguySep. 8, 1310:53 AM

Gerat article.growing up in the late fifties and early sixties the state BB tourney was the biggest sporting event of the year. I can tell by previous articles you have written regarding the tournament that you also have a special place in your heart for the boys tournament of the fifties and sixties. i still have the stories you wrote on Sherburn, Marshall and Cloquet.

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