Arch Madness is Coming!

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

Arch Madness brackets outside of RL 3021, 2017. Credit: James Wethington.

Arch Madness brackets outside of RL 3021, 2017. Credit: James Wethington.

It is that time of year again! Arch Madness is back and we have a little bit of stiff competition. This year, the University Archives and Special Collections at the David L. Rice Library is challenging the USI Art Collection and the Lawrence Library to a showdown for the to find the “Coolest Artifact at USI”.

Over the next couple of weeks, we will present our “Meet Ya” guides to all of the artifacts in this year’s competition. Voting starts on March 12 through April 8, 2018. You can vote two ways: online through the David L. Rice Library Facebook/Twitter pages, and on amUSIngArtifacts, or in-person at RL 3021. Stay tuned for more information!

 

 

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You Know My Name: Bob Griese

Sonny Brown and Bob Griese. Brown was a photographer for the Evansville Courier. Griese is an Evansville native who went on to be an All-American at Purdue University and quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. He was named Evansville Sportsman of the Year at the Evansville Sports Award banquet May 13, 1968; this photograph might be related to that event, 1968. Source: Sonny Brown collection, MSS 228-0662.

Left to Right: Sonny Brown (Photographer of the Evansville Courier) and Bob Griese at the Evansville Sportsman of the Year, 1968. Source: Sonny Brown collection, MSS 228-0662.

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

In our final installment in our series, “You Know My Name”, we explore an Evansville native whom was numerous accolades in the college football and NFL: the one, the only, Bob Griese.

Born on February 3, 1945 in Evansville, Indiana, Bob Griese attended and graduated from Rex Mundi High School in 1963. He participated in three sports: football, basketball, and baseball (Indiana Hall of Fame, 2017). During his tenure at Rex Mundi, he received numerous honors such as (Indiana Hall of Fame, 2017):

  • All-City Honors in football, basketball, and baseball
  • All-State Honors in football and basketball

Among graduation from Rex Mundi, he decided to play football at Purdue University in 1964. He played at Purdue from 1964 to 1967. As a starter, he posted a record of 22-7-1 (Purdue University, 2017). During his tenure at Purdue, he received numerous honors such as (Indiana Hall of Fame, 2017):

  • Football All-American, 1965-1966
  • Big Ten Most Valuable Player, 1966
  • Heisman Winner Runner-Up, 1966
  • Won Rose Bowl, 1966

After finishing at Purdue, Griese turned his sights to the NFL. In the 1967 NFL draft, Griese was selected fourth overall by the Miami Dolphins. Under the leadership of Don Shula, Griese reached pinnacles that have gone unmatched since then. Griese retired in 1981 due to a shoulder surgery (Indiana Hall of Fame, 2017). During his term in Miami, we won numerous awards and championships such as (Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2017; (Indiana Hall of Fame, 2017):

  • Awards
    • Six-time Dolphins Most Valuable Player
    • All-Pro: 1971, 1977
    • All-AFC Team: 1970-1971, 1973, 1977
    • Two-time AFL All-Star
    • Six-time AFC-NFC Pro-Bowl: 1970-1971, 1973-1974, 1977-1978
  • Championships
    • Two-time Super Bowl Champion: VII (1972), VIII (1973)

After a stellar career, Griese retired in 1980, after twelve seasons. The Miami Dolphins retired his #12 jersey. A decade later, Griese was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1990 by his former coach, Don Shula (Pro Football Hall of Fame, 2018).

In the Sonny Brown collection at the University Archives and Special Collections, there are over thirty photographs of various high school events throughout Evansville, Indiana and surrounding Tri-State region.

References

Indiana Hall of Fame. (2017). Griese, Bob. Retrieved from http://www.indiana-football.org/?q=node/334

Pro Football Hall of Fame. (2017). Bob Griese | Miami Dolphins. Retrieved from http://www.profootballhof.com/players/bob-griese/biography/

Pro Football Hall of Fame. (2018). Bob Griese’s career capsule. Retrieved from http://www.profootballhof.com/players/bob-griese/capsule/

Purdue University (2017). Legends of Purdue football: Bob Griese. Retrieved from http://www.purduesports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/legends-griese.html

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You Know My Name: Mark “The Bird” Fidrych

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

Mark "the Bird" Fidrych signing autographs at Bosse Field. He played for the AAA Evansville Triplets of the American Association in 1975 before being called up to the Detroit Tigers. Bosse Field (1701 N Main St./23 Don Mattingly Way) opened in 1915 and is the third oldest ballpark still in professional baseball use, 1977. Source: Gregory Smith collection, MSS 034-1710.

Mark “the Bird” Fidrych signing autographs at Bosse Field, 1977. Source: Gregory Smith Collection, MSS 034-1710.

Our next entry in our blog series, “You Know My Name”, switches the America’s pastime, baseball. Evansville has a unique history with baseball such as Bosse Field, the third oldest baseball stadium in the United States, and hosting numerous baseball teams, such as the Evansville Otters and Triplets. We are highlighting former Evansville Triplets pitcher, Mark Fidrych.

Born on August 15, 1954 in Worcester, Massachusetts, played football, basketball, and baseball; however, “… [Fidrych] was not a star pitcher in high and was not offered any collegiate athletic scholarships, Mark caught the attention of both the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers on the strength of his hard fastball” Puerzer (n.d.). The Detroit Tigers drafted him in 1974; however, he played for the Tigers minor league Triple AAA affiliate, the Evansville Triplets (Maynard, 2009; Puerzer, n.d.).

Man talking to Mark "the Bird" Fidrych as he sits on the ground at Bosse Field. He played for the AAA Evansville Triplets of the American Association in 1975 before being called up to the Detroit Tigers, 1976. Source: Gregory Smith Collection, MSS 034-1300.

Mark “the Bird” Fidrych (left) sitting on the ground at Bosse Field, 1976. Source: Gregory Smith Collection, MSS 034-1300.

During his tenure with the Triplets in 1974, Fidrych posted “… an ERA of 1.59 and striking out 29 while walking only nine in 40 innings” (Puerzer, n.d.). In the minor leagues, he earned the nickname, “Bird” because of his physical stature and appearance (Maynard, 2009). The Detroit Tigers called Fidrych up from the Triplets and into the big leagues in 1976, proving to be a force to be reckoned. In his rookie year, “… he went 19-9 with a 2.34 ERA and 24 complete games” and won the AL Rookie of the Year (Associated Press, 2009). During his tenure with the Detroit Tigers, he won several awards such as (MLB, 2017):

  • AL Rookie of the Year, 1976
  • Tigers Rookie of the Year, 1976
  • AL All-Star, 1976-1977
  • AL Player of the Month, June 1976
Mark "the Bird" Fidrych at Bosse Field. He played for the AAA Evansville Triplets of the American Association in 1975 before being called up to the Detroit Tigers. Bosse Field (1701 N Main St./23 Don Mattingly Way) opened in 1915 and is the third oldest ballpark still in professional baseball use, 1977. Source: Gregory Smith Collection, MSS 034-1707.

Mark “the Bird” Fidrych at Bosse Field, playing for the Evansville Triplets, 1977. Source: Gregory Smith Collection, MSS 034-1707.

After a stellar rookie year, Fidrych’s career took a turn for the worse: in 1976, he suffered a cartilage tear in his knee and rotator cuff tear injury; moreover, his injuries forced him into early retirement by 1980. During his MLB career, his record was 29-19, 3.10 ERA in 58 games: he made one last guest appearance in 1999 for the last game held at Tiger Stadium (Maynard, 2009). Fidrych attempted an unsuccessful comeback in 1982 and 1983 with the Boston Red Sox; however, Fidrych passed away on April 13, 2009, after his body was discovered underneath a dump trunk (Associated Press, 2009).

For more photographs on Mark Fidrych’s career with the Evansville Triplets, check out the Gregory Smith collection in the University Archives and Special Collections’ online digital gallery.

References

Associated Press (2009, April 14). Ex-Tigers All-Star pitcher Fidrych dead at 54. Retrieved from

Maynard, M. (2009, April 13). Mark Fidrych, baseball’s beloved ‘Bird’, dies at 54. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/14/sports/baseball/14fidrych.html

MLB. (2017). Mark Fidrych. Retrieved from http://m.mlb.com/player/114102/mark-fidrych

Puerzer, R. (n.d.). Mark Fidrych. Retrieved from https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/a9b9cdb2

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Taking Care of Business: Double Cola

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

Who does not to crack a cold and pleasant carbonated beverage on a hot, summer day? It is sweet, sugary goodness! The next business we are going to discuss a prominent soft drink company: Double Cola. Throughout the years, Double Cola has produced and shipped numerous types of carbonated beverages all over the Tri-State and Southern United States.

Double Cola started in 1922, originally as Good Grape Company, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They were marketing their grape soda, Good Grape. In 1953, Good Grape modified their name to Double Cola. They began producing many types of soda and in various sizes such as (Double Cola Company, 2018):

  • Produced Ski starting in 1956.
  • First company to promote returnable 16-ounce glass bottles in 1957.
  • Produce Diet Way/Diet Double Cola (1962/1964), Diet Ski (1986), Oranta (1995), Cherry Ski (1996), Chaser (2010), and QUAD Energy/Minoku Coconut Water (2013).

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There have been many distribution centers and Double Cola plants throughout the company’s history. Chero Cola Bottling Company started in the 1920’s; however, later they became a bottling center for Double Cola for decades. Today, Royal Cola bottles and distributes Double Cola products to the Tri-State, alongside the Jasper plant.

At the University Archives and Special Collections, there are photographs available online from the Double Cola collection through the years of deliver trucks and the plant in Evansville. We have a Double collection, available for the public to use if needed. If you are interested in viewing the collection, please contact us at archives.rice@usi.edu.

References

Double Cola Company. (2018). Double Cola Company, 1922-Present. Retrieved from http://double-cola.com/history/

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You Know My Name: Jerry Sloan

*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.

Our next entry in our series, “You Know My Name”, we focus on a basketball coaching legend, Jerry Sloan. Considered one of the best coaches in NBA history, Sloan has humbling beginnings starting in Evansville.

In an unidentified setting, Jerry Sloan and Wayne Boultinghouse converse. The man on the left is thought to be Arad McCutchan. basketball coach of the University of Evansville Aces 1946-1977. Before his professional playing and coaching career, Jerry Sloan played basketball for the University of Evansville and led them to NCAA College Division national championships in 1964 and 1965. Wayne Boultinghouse was his teammate on the 1964 team and went on to be an assistant coach at UE, then head coach at Indiana State University Evansville (now University of Southern Indiana) and finally, head coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, KY. This photograph is likely in connection with a February 3, 1977 press conference in which Sloan was named to succeed McCutchan as UE basketball coach, and Boultinghouse declined to join him at UE. Six days later Sloan had resigned, 1977. Source: Gregory Smith collection, MSS 034-1467.

Left to right: Arad McCutchan (University of Evansville basketball coach), Jerry Sloan, and Wayne Boultinghouse (ISUE Basketball Coach), 1977. Source: Gregory Smith collection, MSS 034-1467.

Born on March 28, 1942 in McLeansboro, Illinois (Logan, 2016). Sloan grew up playing basketball for McLeansboro High School and gained the moniker, “The Fabulous Fox”: during his senior year, he scored 710 points out of over 1,800 points he scored during his career (Cole, 1961). Originally, he selected the University of Illinois-Champaign; however, he dropped out and shortly attended Southern Illinois University and decided to play at Evansville College (“It’s pays to play”, 1961).

During his tenure with Evansville College, he won numerous collegiate awards and one tournament record such as (University of Evansville, 2017; National Basketball Association, 2017):

  • Awards
    • Division II Men’s Basketball Champion (1964, 1965)
    • College Division All-America Teams (1963-1965)
    • 1965 Chuck Taylor Converse 1st Team All-America; Sporting News 2nd Team
    • NCAA Division II Elite Eight All-Tournament Team (1964-1965)
    • Division II Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1964-1965)
  • Records:
    • Rebounds in a Division II Championship Game (25)
    • One of six players to have his jersey number retired (#52)

After graduating from Evansville College in 1965, drafted the Baltimore Bullets as the nineteen overall pick, Sloan was only in Washington for one season. In 1966, an expansion draft was held for the newly created Chicago Bulls: he was drafted to the Bulls and stayed with the team until his retirement in 1976. During his playing career, he received several awards such as (National Basketball Association, 2017):

Awards

  • All-Defense First Team Selection (1968-1969, 1971-1972)
  • Nicknamed “The Original Bull
  • Team Record:
    • First Chicago Bulls player to have his number retired (#4), 1978

After retiring from competition in 1976 due to a knee injury, he chose another path in the NBA: he served as a scout (1976-1977), assistant head coach (1977-1979), and head coach (1979-1982) for the Chicago Bulls (National Basketball Association, 2017). He finally received a second head coach position with the Utah Jazz from 1988 until his resignation in 2011. As head coach, the Jazz won six division titles, made the playoffs seventeen times (1989-2003, 2007), and made it to the NBA Finals twice (1997-1998) but lost both times to the Chicago Bulls (Logan, 2016; National Basketball Association, 2017). During his tenure with the Utah Jazz, he received set numerous NBA records (National Basketball Association, 2017):

  • Records:
    • Fifth head coach with 1,000 wins
    • Winningest coach in Utah Jazz history (941-568)
      • Most wins with one NBA franchise
    • Second NBA coach to have 10 straight winning seasons with one team
    • One of three coaches to win 50 games over 10 different seasons

On the University Archives and Special Collections’ online digital gallery, there are over six hundred photographs over basketball in the Tri-State and in various communal societies. Located in the Gregory Smith, Sonny Brown, John Doane, Thomas Mueller, and others photographs collections relating to basketball.

References

Cole, E. (1961, February 5). Fabulous Sloan to Evansville. Evansville Courier and Press, pp. 1C. Retrieved from http://infoweb.newsbank.com/resources/doc/nb/image/page/v2:1425EEA2CB57B634@EANX-NB-14CFADA4570FD1BA@2437336-14C5D1C4F82D65F1@38?p=WORLDNEWS

University of Evansville (2017). Hall of Fame. Retrieved from http://aceshof.com/person/289/

It’s pays to play (1961, January 22). Evansville Courier and Press, pp. 5C. Retrieved from http://infoweb.newsbank.com/resources/doc/nb/image/v2:1425EEA2CB57B634@EANX-NB-14C5D19749A3B5A1@2437322-14C5CF7F9BBF0E79@32-14C5CF7F9BBF0E79@?p=WORLDNEWS

Logan, R. G. (2016, May 24). Jerry Sloan. Retrieved from https://www.britannica.com/biography/Jerry-Sloan

National Basketball Association. (2017). Jerry Sloan. Retrieved from http://www.nba.com/coachfile/jerry_sloan/

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