This story is something about Joe Roberts, a embellished basketball player who went from East Large to the NBA by means of Ohio Condition, and is the only starter from Ohio State’s 1960 NCAA countrywide championship group not in the school’s athletic corridor of fame.
But the story starts with Tom Beck, who died May 8 at age 89, and who received tribute in this space. Beck was a instructor and coach in the Columbus City Universities method. He obtained the Whetstone Higher soccer software up and managing after the school opened in 1961 and, as we observed, he could commence a keep track of application anywhere.
On Veteran’s Working day, my ideas had been with Beck – who was born the exact same 12 months as my late father, a fellow Korean War veteran. You know the form: support to one’s country is a responsibility and there’s no want to discuss about it.
Beck’s athletes knew him as an always-optimistic mentor and motivator. Beck’s colleagues had been informed that the person put up quantities. And he did it the “correct way.”
Beck gained additional than 200 dual- and tri-fulfills at Whetstone and Briggs. He experienced a condition runner-up staff at Briggs. He coached a number of unique state champions and was tapped for numerous regional and national invitationals.
On Beck’s passing, former New Albany mentor Roy Alt was prompted to create a letter to The Dispatch sports activities editor. Alt is however hoping the Ohio Affiliation of Observe and Cross Nation Coaches Corridor of Fame will however enshrine Beck, who has 2 times been nominated.
“In Korea on a evening mine-sweeping soirée, Tom’s squad was lit up by mortars,” Alt wrote. “Two Marines were killed, quite a few terribly wounded, and Tom wore a band of shrapnel around his neck for a lifetime. That alone was ample to punch his ticket.”
Not too long ago, there was in this space a piece about Chuck Ealey – who in the 1960s and ‘70s never misplaced a video game in significant university (Portsmouth Notre Dame) or college or university (Toledo). I wrote about about Ealey’s as well-long-delayed enshrinement in the College or university Soccer Corridor of Fame, and best justice.
One particular of Ealey’s schoolboy coaches was Dr. Chet Corbitt – who, not incidentally, was a up to date of Joe Roberts at Ohio State. Corbitt has his missions. A single of them was recognition for Ealey. Another is recognition for Roberts.
Roberts turned 86 on May perhaps 18, the day in advance of Tom Beck’s wake.
Roberts was, with perpetually underrated Dick Furry, the co-captain of the 1960 Buckeyes, who went 25-3 and defeat Cal by 20 points in the NCAA remaining. Roberts was a cerebral, functional, athletic and bodily electric power ahead. He had 19 points and 9 rebounds in the regional final and 10 details and 5 boards in the championship video game.
Roberts averaged 8.6 factors and 8.6 rebounds in excess of three years. When he, like the relaxation of coach Fred Taylor’s prices, wore a tie to class and graduated with honors, you did not want to deliver that weak stuff within. Roberts, 6 ft 6 and 235 lbs, would not have it.
The Tremendous Sophs of 1959-60 – Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek (RIP), Mel Nowell, Bobby Knight and Gary Gearhart – created it to 3 consecutive NCAA championship game titles. They won the title as sophomores, the initial year they ended up suitable. They shed to Cincinnati (with no Oscar!) in the 1961 and ‘62 finals.
It is generally speculated why Lucas, who dominated his era, did not insert a further one or two titles to his brilliant college or university profession. Accidents have been a element. Yet a larger variable may well be this: As authors Lee Caryer and Bob Hunter have pointed out, graduations in 1960 and ’61 sapped vital talent from all those teams.
After the championship year of 1960, the Buckeyes were devoid of their captains – Furry, a ferocious rebounder who subjugated himself to a sixth-gentleman job, and Roberts, whose brains and sinew sure together the commencing lineup. (And after 1961, they had been without having Larry Siegfried, RIP, an ice-cold scorer who went on to win five NBA titles with the Celtics.) Irreplaceable.
Like the 4 other starters in the championship calendar year of 1960, Roberts was drafted into the professional ranks. He performed four years in NBA, a calendar year in the ABA and was a player-coach in the semi-professional leagues (which includes for the Columbus Comets of the aged Japanese League).
And this is awesome:
The 1975 NBA Finals was the initially to function two Black coaches, Al Attles of the Golden Condition Warriors and K.C. Jones of the Washington Bullets, the prohibitive beloved. Attles obtained ejected early in Video game 4 for charging the court docket to protect his star (Rick Barry) – and Attles’ best assistant, a Black kid from the East Side by the title of Joe Roberts, was suddenly tasked with completing what is stays as the major upset sweep in NBA record. Which Roberts did.
The Warriors overcame an eight-level deficit in the fourth quarter and won the very first major trophy for the Bay Space. It was 40 decades before the Warriors gained a further ring.
Ohio Point out has however to win yet another basketball title.
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This report initially appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Ohio Condition basketball: Roberts key to staff with Lucas, Havlicek