Historical Photo: Nifty uniforms and a title to match

The 1960 state champion Crimson Bears' basketball team. Standing left-to-right: Coach Bill Ordway, Wayne Bruce, Jim Triplette, Alan Gray, Woddy Poor, Jim Brown, Roger Grummett, Cale Shuman, Dennis Shuman, Tom Blanton, Dennis Sperl, Stu Burness, Butch Brososky. Kneeling, l-r: Manager Mike Miller, Marilyn Hanna, Linda (Kvasnikoff) Callahan, Jody (Clark) Sloan, Jackie (Triplette) Honeywell, Jim Hamilton. If you have any information on this photo or any other early sports in the area or other historical tidbits please call the Juneau Empire Sports Editor, Outdoors Editor, or Online Editor. See daily historical photos on page A2 and in Sports. For more historical photos go to Juneauempire.com. The Juneau Empire is celebrating a "Century of the Empire" and is encouraging readers to submit old photos, comments or information on the areas rich history.

The photo selected today has, what I feel, the greatest uniforms ever. Seriously, ever!


According to Roger Grummett the team called them “candy-striped.”

Although the white uniforms, which featured red and black vertical lines, may have raised a local eyebrow or two when unveiled the team’s play did not.

The 1960 Juneau Bears went 21-6 in season play and then swept the Southeast Tourney for the championship, beating Sitka 73-51, Sheldon Jackson 85-56 and Haines 59-57.

Then, to really open some eyes, they took the All-Alaska High School basketball crown with a sweep of East Anchorage. Juneau won the best-of-three series by winning the first two games 62-52 and 53-42. Then the teams played a final game just for fun and the Bears won that game 70-45.

In that third game Roger Grummett scored 23 points, Alan Gray 14, Stu Burness 12, Dennis Sperl 8, Tom Blanton 7, Dennis Shuman 4, and Dale Shuman 2. East got 15 points from Roger Ellsworth, Mack McCoy 9, Tracy McGinn 7, Howie Williamson 6, Doug Bruce 2, Tom Kelly 2, Joel Wight 2, and Mel Robinson 2.

In game one Grummett had 19, Gray 17, Burness 14, Brown 4, Sperl 4, and Jim Triplette 4. In game two Gray had 14, Grummett 8, Burness 15, Sperl 9 and Triplette 7.

The rosters included, for Juneau, captain Alan Gray, Roger Grummett, Tom Blanton, Jim Brown, Dennis Sperl, Dale Shuman, Jim Triplette, Dennis Shuman, Stu Burness, Wayne Bruce, managers Mike Miller and Peter Rhymer and coach William Ordway.

East Anchorage featured Tom Kelly, Roger Ellsworth, Mel Robinson, Larry Owens, Mack McCovy, Tracy McGinn, Howie Williamson, Joel Wright, Marvin Dunyon, Larry Talbert, Jim Angell, Fred Handy and coach Earle Walker.

This title was coach Bill Ordway’s third Alaska crown since he arrived in Juneau six years prior. The Bears took the state’s top schoolboy honors in 1955, Ordway’s first year at the helm, and again in 1958.

My challenge to readers is this: What are your favorite uniforms, teams, players, sporting events, games, times or cheers.

I would like to make a list of readers favorite sporting memories from the area and, if possible, a sentence or two pertaining to why you think so. These favorite sporting memories will run in our 100th celebration issue.

Rack your brains readers, or challenge others selections.

I know one thing, these uniforms will be hard to beat!


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