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Sweet Charlie, Dike, Cazzie, and Bobby Joe: HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL IN ILLINOIS Paperback – August 30, 2004
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I remember watching many of the state tournaments starting with Mount Vernon versus Chicago DuSable. We watched on our small screen black and white TV until we got a 19 inch color in 1973. As a teacher at Stephen Decatur, I attended the 1962 state tournament in Huff Gym and was beyond excitement as the Running Reds beat Chicago Carver and the great Cazzie Russell. I knew Coach John Schneiter and the starting five: Ken Barnes, Bulldog Johnson, Prentis Jones, Jim Hallihan, and Jerry Hill. My future wife and I chaperoned one of the student pep busses. The excitement and celebration continued on the ride home to Decatur. I recently visited Decatur and was disappointed that Kintner Gym no longer stands and the Running Reds are no more.
I was first attracted to the book by the mention of Bobby Joe in the title. I was his tutor during the second semester of my first year at Bradley. We met two afternoons each week as I coached him about writing a term paper. On one of the afternoons, he would be proudly wearing his Air Force ROTC uniform. Bobby Joe was a friendly guy. I enjoyed working with him. I am saddened that he passed in 2006 at the age of 70.
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fron the 60s. Good book.