Inductees The 1953-54 Bradley basketball team, coached by Forddy Anderson, was perhaps the biggest surprise team in BU history. Finishing the regular season 15-12, Bradley caught fire after receiving an atlarge berth to the NCAA tournament.
In order, the Braves whipped Oklahoma City, Colorado, No.4 ranked nationally Oklahoma and Southern Cal before falling to LaSalle and all-American Tom Gola 92-76 in the championship
Erratic through most of the regular season, the Braves did win eight in a row during one stretch, including wins over Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Arizona, Brigham Young, Iowa State and St. Louis. The team was ranked seventh in the final UPl poll.
Bob Carney, a two-time Helms Foundation all-American, led the Braves with 517 points and a 16.1 average and set an NCAA record that still stands by sinking 23 free throws out of 26 against Colorado. He was named to the all-NCAA Midwest regional team and the five man NCAA tournament team.
Dick Estergard, John Kent, Eddie King, John Riley, Harvey Babetch, Jerry Hansen, Lee O'Connell, Jack Gower, Lee Utt, Dick Petersen and Barney Kilcullen also played key roles for BU with Estergard averaging 12.3 rebounds.
The 1953-54 Bradley basketball team, coached by Forddy Anderson, was perhaps the biggest surprise team in BU history. Finishing the regular season 15-12, Bradley caught fire after receiving an atlarge berth to the NCAA tournament.
At age 50, Don Wyss concluded a sensational 35-year career in the Sunday Morning League, the nation's oldest semiprofessional baseball league. He began playing in the league at the age of 15 and for the next 35 years he set records which will never be broken: As a Manager he won eight championships; set astounding career statistics as a hitter, attaining a 35-year batting average of .307; led the League in all-time statistics of most hits, doubles, triples, at bats and runs batted in; and as a pitcher won the pitching honors in 1973 with an 11-2 record. In addition, he served as Vice-President and President of the League for many years.