1964 Proviso East Pirate team had five Forest Parkers

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This 1964 Proviso East basketball team boasted in the Forest Park Review having five boys from Forest Park on the roster. It would be only five years later that Proviso East would earn its first of four Basketball State Championship titles

The caption beneath lists L to R (front) Mike Rizzo, manager, Forest Park; Lee Puryear, manager, Maywood; Mike Lyons, Maywood; Dick Conrad, Bellwood; Mike Green, Forest Park; Roscoe Watson, Maywood; John Meese, manager, Maywood; Joe Horwitz, manager, Melrose Park.  L to R (back) Coach Tom Millikin, Alan Kurtz, manager, Bellwood; Ron Gwin, Maywood; Paul Madsen, Forest Park; William Dubois, Forest Park; Ray Englesman, Maywood; John Hansen, Forest Park; Al Nuness, Maywood; Jim Neal, Maywood; Ed Meehan, Maywood and coach Thomas McGreal.

While some of these players went on to have successful futures in college basketball and coaching (Al Nuness, who coached at Minneapolis Central High School, was the basketball coach for the 7 time grammy award winning singer, songwriter and performer, Prince in high school).

The a young Jim Brewer would soon start the ball rolling toward the NBA future for Pirates and would be the first of twelve East basketball players to go on to play professionally for the NBA.  The Pirates who have played in the NBA include Jim Brewer, Sterling Brown, Dee Brown, Shannon Brown, Donnie Boyce, Jevon Carter, Michael Finley, Sherell Ford, Steven Hunter, Reggie Jordan, Jacob Pullen, and Glenn "Doc" Rivers.


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Jill Wagner  

Posted: July 23rd, 2019 9:37 AM

Thanks John Durkin, the 1964 Review had one other name misspelled, which I was able to correct before publishing. Appreciate the correction and your comment. Go Blue and White.

Kathie Wojtkiewicz Regennitter  

Posted: July 20th, 2019 9:25 AM

Louie Yates is not in this picture, but he's pictured in the 1964 Provi...

John Durkin  

Posted: July 18th, 2019 7:58 PM

Great piece of history. I Would like to correct the name of the manager from Bellwood was Al Kurtz not Hurtz. I was on the junior varsity team that year before making the varsity squad in 1965.

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