Angoon 49ers - early 1950s

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2003

First Gold Medal team from Angoon: The Angoon 49ers pose for a picture taken in the early 1950s at the old Fifth Street high school gym in Juneau. This was the first Gold Medal team from Angoon and they called themselves the Angoon 49ers because they were old-timers at the time, Judy George wrote. They won a team sportsmanship award. They didn't have enough money for plane fares, so they came to Juneau on purse seiners and housed with friends or in the basement of the Presbysterian church where Dr. Walter Soboleff was minister.

The players are, from left standing, coach Matthew Fred, William John, David John, Joe Bennett, George Paul, George Jones and manager Patrick Paul. From left kneeling are Cyril George, Willie Jack, Gilbert Johnson, Richard Willard and Frank Jack. The three players still living are William John, Cyril George and Frank Jack.

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