Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Random Collectibles from Cornell Basketball History

Prior to 1989, Cornell played its varsity basketball games in Barton Hall where crowds of 9,000 strong would pack into the gym. Here are a few random photos of some collectibles from Cornell basketball history...

Above, a January 19, 1901 ticket stub to a Cornell-Yale game. In case you are wondering, it was Cornell's third season of organize varsity basketball. Yale triumphed 22-2.

A season program for the 1905-1906 team.

Another ticket, this one to a 1913 Cornell-Princeton game in Ithaca, with the Big Red winning 30-18.

Backed by All-Americans George Halstead (1913), Gil Halstead (1914) and Walter Lunden (1914) Cornell wins back to back Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League (EIBL) championships in coach Albert Sharpe's first two seasons. Above, an excerpt with team photo from the June 15, 1914 issue of the Cornell Daily Sun. The EIBL was the predecessor to today's Ivy League.

Game program between Cornell and Princeton for January 26, 1923.

Head Coach, Speed Wilson with his 1946 Cornell Big Red team.

The Big Red after they captured the 1954 EIBL championship.

As stated in this 1959 game progam, the Cornell-Columbia Ivy season opener is always a "key game."

A December 9, 1967 Army vs. Cornell scorecard. Cornell fell 73-59 in West Point. The Cadets were led by Mike Krzyzewski.

The Cornell media guide for the 1074-1975 season. The Big Red struggled to a 7-18 season.

A photo Ken Bantum ('85). Bantum was the 1985 Ivy League Player of the Year.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful, wonderful finds from the memorabilia, CBB...

That's Coach Roy Greene, who led the Red to the 1953-54 EIBL championship.

1967-68 was a great winter for Army and Cornell. CoachK was the lead guard. Bobby Knight was their coach. [Future Cornell Coach] Tom Miller was on the roster. Dave Bliss was an assistant to Bobby Knight.

Walt Esdaile averaged a double-double. The Red came out of the gate 8-1 with home wins over both the Orangemen and the McMillian/Dotson/Newmark-led Lions, and a later one over Ohio State in Cleveland. They swept Penn. With a fully-healthy Hank South, the Red might have challenged Columbia and Princeton for the top Ivy spot. The memories...

It's great to know that today's Cornellians have the privilege of knowing that kind of basketball excitement [and more!], too.

TJ said...

Great stuff here. Is it from the editors' collection? Just wondering. I love the early Basket Ball (2 words), just like Base Ball in its early days. Fun to see the language change. Keep the memorabilia coming if you can.

Anonymous said...

DUDE. Those backboards in the top picture look like the same ones they still use for intramurals. Can that be right?

Anonymous said...

Bring it back to Barton!