Celebration and Rememberings of Small City Faribault in the Minnesota State Basketball Tourney
"Tom Weaver lives in the schoolboy celebrity'
s gay world of lockerroom nonsense and tournament championsh ips without being tilted by either." Jim Klobuchar 1965 March Minneapoli s Tribune commenting on MN Basketball State Tournament
This quote is from the 7th paragraph in this article by Jim- hope it is legible. The paper is deteriorating with the acid inherent in the paper. So I scanned it....grateful there is so much better understanding about gay men and gay athletes today. Less fear and terror for being attacked and losing our lives..
Back to 1965 ------
To set the stage, Faribault won the Region One Title the week of March 17- 20th 1965, with first a victory over Rochester John Marshall who had 17 straight wins, and were the Minnesota State Runner up in 1964, on Wednesday March 17, at Mayo Civic Auditorium. Final Score Faribault 71 Rochester JM 65. Back in Rochester Saturday March 20, Faribault played perennial powerhouse, Austin whose Big 9 Conference leading scorer, Wayne Lerud was held to 21 points by defensive ace, Jim Ohnstad Final Score Faribault 61- Austin 55.
During the weekend leading up to the State Tournament, some interviews happened in the town of Faribault.
Coming to the big city of Minneapolis. We stayed at the Curtis Hotel which was next to the Lemington Hotel back in the day. Here is the flyer that greeted us in the room, as kids from rural Minnesota. Note the skyline, where the Foshay Tower is still the tallest building in town.
Notice the venues for culture in the day...outdoor Baseball at Met Stadium before it was imploaded!
We played three games, three days in a row, Thursday March 25 against undefeated Virginia from the Iron Range, then, Friday March 26 in the semi finals, Luverne, the 1964 state champion with 35 straight wins, and in the finals Saturday March 27 Lake Conference power Minnetonka.
In the first contest, Faribault won 60- 50 over an undefeated team couched by Richie Olson who had coached the famous small town tournament champion, Egerton in 1960.
Most memorable to this player, was our victory over the state champion of 1964 in the semi-finals, something I could not quite believe at the time. Here is how our local Faribault Daily News captured the headline.....that Saturday morning.
One of the fun benefits was the ongoing celebration in Faribault.
This was published for the Sunday paper, which is traditionally a larger paper for families to read on the weekend. Jim Klobuchar had come to visit my hotel room in the Curtis that I shared with Paul Onkka our manager.
|Al Wold and me having a steak training meal together. He was a great mentor and coach. I very balanced and level headed guy.|