Friday, November 5, 2010

The Boys of '66: DeLuca and Cram

Above, Bob DeLuca ('66), a 1st Team All Ivy League selection in both 1964-1965 and 1965-1966 seasons. He also received honorable mention on the Converse All-America team in 1966. Below, Steve Cram ('66), a 1st Team All Ivy League selection in 1964-1965 and a Second Team selection as a senior in the 1965-1966 season.

The Big Red finished 19-5 (11-3) in '64-'65 and 15-9 (10-4) in '65-'66, both 2nd place Ivy League finishes.

8 comments:

BigRed1965 said...

These guys were terrific. First they were major cogs in a freshman team that came from behind to beat Syracuse freshmen starring Dave Bing, in Dec. 1962. Then for 3 years they were steady starters for the varsity. Cram was deceptively smooth under the boards, and DeLuca could hit the bombs or drive effectively to the hoop. Their classmates Garry Munson, forward; Bob Berube, swingman; and Bob McCready, forward, were all fine players too. As a '65er, I got to see them play together many times including in the great 70-69 win over Princeton in Jan. '65, before about 9000 in Barton Hall.

Anonymous said...

Best Cornell team not to win the Ivy. Won first 11 Ivy games in '65, before losing to Yale by 1 at home, then losing to Penn and Bradley-led Princeton, who finished 3rd in NCAA, on the road.

Anonymous said...

I think you're right. The 106-96 W over Syracuse in 1964-65 lacked the thrilling finish of that Princeton game, but it had its own cache, because we ran the Coach and the Mayor out of Barton. I don't think we ever swept the 'Cuse again.

Just to put the McNeil era into perspective, Cornell's Class of 1967 basketballers posted a career mark of 53-19 (.736). The Class of 2010's mark was 83-33 (.722). Different eras, different teams. Outstanding results for both.

On their last weekend, the 1966-67 team that beat Kentucky took a 10-1 record to Philly, beat Penn, and played 11-1 Princeton at Dillon Gym the next night for the championship. They didn't win it, but they were great, too!

We Class of 1960-somethings were treated to some great basketball by the Big Red.

Anonymous said...

Throwback game in Barton!

Anonymous said...

Yeah that would be amazing if Syracuse would come here for a throwback game in Barton but it would never happen since they dont like to have any away non conf games

Anonymous said...

We know it will never be Syracuse.

How about Army (Spiker?!?) or Colgate in a Barton throwback game? They were frequent non-conference visitors to Barton Hall.

BTW, I think I even remember Cornell beating Niagara with Calvin Murphy (coached by the legendary Frank Layden) at Barton Hall in the late 1960's.

harry '59 said...

Sam McNeil had some great players. I wonder how many were actively recruited and how many came to Cornell on their own.

The recruiting process was very different then from now

harry '59 said...

Sam McNeil had some great players. I wonder how many were actively recruited and how many came to Cornell on their own.

The recruiting process was very different then from now