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Monday, March 14, 2011

City College Men's Basketball Takes State Title: Never Forget!

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM

click to enlarge The unforgettable team of the century...
  • The unforgettable team of the century...

Let us now praise famous teams: The City College of San Francisco men's basketball squad did us proud over the weekend by taking the state title. The Rams went 32-1 this year, played scintillating ball, and, let's hope, its team members will continue doing so at top institutions across the state and nation.

This was, every story noted, CCSF's first state title since 1962. That got us to thinking: What does anyone remember about that famed '62 Rams squad? The answer, sadly, is not much.

Over at City College, there's no remnant of the team whatsoever online. The folks we talked to at the athletic department noted that all of the old basketball programs were lost in a recent move, so there don't appear to be any paper records, either. Is there even a box score for the 1962 title game lying around somewhere? It appears not.

In fact, on CCSF's men's basketball web page, it lists its title year as 1963.

Calls to the California Community College Athletic Association confirm that, yes, CCSF did defeat Citrus College in '62 -- just like it did this year. But the league didn't keep track of the players on the last title squad -- just coach Sid Phelan.

Folks at City College, the CCCAA, and Citrus College are tracking down that '62 box score at our behest. With luck, we'll get the names from CCSF's last star team soon.

In the meantime, here are the identities of of this year's heroes. Fame can be fleeting, it seems. Enjoy it, gentlemen.

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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