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From our archives, 50 years ago

Gonzaga University basketball player Frank Burgess was named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press – and sports columnist Harry Missildine was peeved.

He wrote that Burgess should have been a first-team All-American. Missildine pointed out that Burgess was “leading the nation in scoring at the time the votes went in, and will be leading it, at all odds, when the season’s done.” Missildine was right. Burgess did end up leading the nation in scoring in 1961, with an astonishing 32.4 points per game. He won it on the last game of the season, by dropping 37 points on Idaho. Burgess still holds the Gonzaga record for scoring at 2,196.

Burgess turned out to be a success story in another kind of court. He went on to Gonzaga Law School, graduated near the top of his class, and was named a federal judge in the U.S. District Court in Tacoma in 1994. Burgess died in 2010.

By the way, there was nothing too shabby about being a second-team All-American. An Ohio State player named John Havlicek made it only onto the third team.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1899: Mount Rainier National Park was established. … 1990: More than 6,000 drivers went on strike against Greyhound Lines Inc. (The company, later declaring an impasse in negotiations, fired the strikers.)



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