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1963 Tigers...THE state champs
February 21, 2013 - Per Peterson
Glasses were in for athletes in 1963. Five of the members of the Marshall Tigers’ 1963 state championship team wore them on the court. Buzz cuts were a rage, too. So were canvas shoes, high socks and skin-tight uniforms that included belts. BELTS! Back in the day, coaches wore a suit and tie. They looked like they were either headed to a wedding or a funeral. That’s just how it was, and we should be envious. Coaches didn’t wear windbreakers or sweatshirts. Yesterday’s coaches make many of today’s look like slobs. No offense. We need to have a high school throwback night, like, today. Actually, it would’ve been more appropriate to have had one at Friday night's boys' basketball game when the city of Marshall honored the ‘63 state championship team 50 years after their historic season. High school basketball is a different beast than it was 50 years ago, on many different levels. For starters, Marshall High School wasn't A state champion in 1963, they were THE state champion. Today, there are four crowned every March. There are still big schools and small schools, only back then they were all part of one, big basketball stew. Winning a state title in your class is still a very big deal, but with no David-and-Goliath matchups in St. Paul, there's some romanticism lost because of all these classes. In 1963, Marshall played small schools and beat them (although it somehow lost to rival Luverne). It played big schools and beat them. The Tigers were true state champions, not just champions of their class. I only wish I could've been there to watch them.
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