f/8 and Be There
Fred Lynch

State College 1961 basketball team

Posted Friday, March 11, 2011, at 7:30 AM

Jan. 4, 1961 Southeast Missourian

M.I.A.A. Conference tournament winners, now about the regular conference play. Well, the State College basketball Indians may give a tip-off as to their intentions Saturday night when the meet the Kirksville Bulldogs here. This shows the regulars with the trophy, the second in a row, won at the annual Christmas Tournament at Warrensburg last week. From the left are Joe Uhls, assistant coach; Charles Parsley, coach; Mike Lorch, Vivan Reed, Bob Rieche, Bill Giessing, Paul Blaine, Bill Jordan, Perry Kegley, Carl Ritter (holding trophy), Dawson Pikey, Les Hemmer, Ron Gray and Denzel Ratliff. Ritter and Hemmer were selected as members of the all-star team. (G.D. Fronabarger photo)


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  • Ole' "hog nuts" Joe Uhls looks a lot trimmer back them...

    -- Posted by Bearcat66 on Fri, Mar 11, 2011, at 8:53 AM
  • The heroes of our youth. Mere words can not describe the emotions this photo evokes or the Indian hysteria that swept through Cape in those glory days.

    Were there other teams/events subsequent to the Parsley era that rocked the town so regularly? What say those 60 and older who witnessed it all?

    Ed Neeble

    -- Posted by semowasp on Fri, Mar 11, 2011, at 10:53 AM
  • Obviously before integration in college basketball, at least at State College. BTW, when did SE first have a black player?

    -- Posted by Hawker on Sat, Mar 12, 2011, at 11:05 AM
  • Frankly, I couldn't care less about the answer to either question. I am interested in knowing what 2-4 year span(s) in the last 50 years long-timers believe surpass the level of positive emotion that characterized the town when the SEMO Indians coached by Charles Parsley played at Houck.

    -- Posted by semowasp on Sat, Mar 12, 2011, at 8:34 PM
  • Probably the Shumate years in the early 80's.

    -- Posted by Marion_Morrison on Sun, Mar 13, 2011, at 7:33 AM
  • I started following the Indians in the seventies. They were certainly integrated then...

    -- Posted by bobby62914 on Sun, Mar 13, 2011, at 4:27 PM
  • This period of history was before the civil rights movement and few black students had the opportunity to attend college even if they had been allowed in. In the early 60's black students attended black schools. They also rode at the back of the bus, sat in a special section at the theater, received their food at the back door of the restaurant, drank at seperate water fountains and generally were considered less than human. Ever wonder why they might have been bitter? Thank God most of this has changed.

    -- Posted by wolfwoman on Mon, Mar 14, 2011, at 9:15 AM