Thursday, July 28, 2011

Chester, IL to Carbondale, IL - 55 miles

We are heading to Carbondale, IL, home of Southern Illinois Uninversity (SIU). Their mascot is a Saluki. One of many famous "Salukis" is Walt "Clyde" Frazier.
Frazier became one of the premier collegiate basketball players in the country. He was named a Division II All-American in 1964 and 1965. In 1965, Frazier led SIU to the NCAA Division II Tournament only to lose in the finals to Evansville, IL 85-82 in overtime. In 1966, he was academically ineligible for basketball.
In 1967, with Frazier playing at point guard, SIU won the National Invitatitional Tournament (NIT), beating Marquette University 71-56. Frazier was named MVP of the 1967 tournament.
Frazier was selected by the NY Knicks in the 1976 NBA Draft as the 5th pick and played for them during which time he picked up the nickname "Clyde" because he wore a similar hat to  Warren Beatty who played Clyde Barrow in the 1967 movie "Bonnie &Clyde." He was named to the NBA All-Rookie Team in 1968. He was an NBA All-Star seven times (and was named MVP of the 1975 NBA All-Star Game), was named to the All-NBA First Team four times, the All-NBA Second Team twice, and the All-Defensive First Team seven times. With Frazier, the Knicks captured the NBA Championships in 1970 and 1973. After 10 years in New York, Frazier ended his career as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Walt Frazier's #10 jersey was retired by the NY Knicks on December 15, 1979.
In 1987, Walt Frazier was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with Pete Maravich and Rick Barry.
In 1996, he was elected to the NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

A real hero was Carbondale Resident, John Alexander Logan, Jr., a U.S. Army officer; who was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Philippine-American War.
Medal of Honor 1862-1869 Version

Rank and Organization: Major, 33d Infantry, U.S. Volunteers.
Place and Date: At San Jacinto, Philippine Islands, November 11, 1899.
Entered Service At: Youngstown, Ohio.
Born: July 24, 1865, Carbondale, Ill.
Date of Issue: May 3, 1902.
For most distinguished gallantry in leading his battalion upon the entrenchments of the enemy, on which occasion he fell mortally wounded.

Tomorrow we are off to Elizabethtown, IL and a Fish Fry being hosted by my roommate Marnie R.

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