Indiana Basketball History Magazine - Winter 2011

 

Indiana Basketball History Magazine - Winter 2011

Indiana Basketball History Magazine - Winter 2011

An Improbable March to the SWEET SIXTEEN! The Story of the 1963-1964 Martinsville Artesians - By Mike Bex

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

THE INELIGIBLES

Many of my teammates and I had grown up together. We had played basketball with each other even before we attended first grade. Even as youngsters, we yearned for the time when we could wear the Artesian uniform.

We never missed an opportunity to play basketball - anywhere, anytime that we wanted to play. During the summers we always went to the city part to find a pickup game.

One hot, muggy night in the summer of 1963, we played together. But this night someone kept score. Worst of all this person reported the scores (without our knowledge and without our consent) to the Martsinville Daily Reporter. Back then organized off season basketball was not allowed. Our ignorance of the actual situation was no excuse. Our punishment was swift and seemed unusually cruel.

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