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March Madness!!!

L-R Grater, Nurnberger, Roll, Burdette, Shelley, Thorn, Schanlaub, Crane, Goldsberry, Adam, Peare and Chadwick.

Here is  a picture of our own 1922 basketball team who were proclaimed “National Champions” at the tourney in Indianapolis. I believe that this tourney was the precursor to the N.I.T. tourney and Wabash was one of the very few invited to participate. That team was pretty spectacular and with the tourney in Indianapolis, well…March Madness was in full swing at Wabash!

Among the players on this great Wonder Five were Pete Thorn (16 letter athlete and winner of the John Maurice Butler Prize for academics), Alonzo Goldsberry (who would later coach at Wabash) and the tallest of them all – Maurice “Shang” Chadwick the namesake of our gymnasium. Shang funded the 1969 renovation.

Here is a little snippet telling about the dedication of the gym – at a home game with Butler!… From Some Little Giants by Max Servies, “The decade [1970’s] opened with the dedication of Chadwick Court on February 9, at half‑time of the Butler game…a complete remodeling job on the fieldhouse portion of the gym.  It included a new roof, new lighting, completely refinished floor, new scoreboards and newly painted exterior and interior.”

Best,
Beth Swift
Archivist
Wabash College