These “seniors” were part of a men’s social club at the parish. Every March they ran a 16-team contest somewhat like a semi-pro tournament to raise money for the club. I can’t recall what year it was, but the Whitinsville A.C. showed up to play, and lo and behold, there stood this 6-foot-4 black player, the first to show in this tournament, and we all, all 700 fans, were witness to our “first slam dunks.”
As best as I can recall, he played under the name of Joe Montiero (sounds like a ringer’s name to me).
Chains became net, wood became glass, slam dunks started, but it took a while for the 3-pointer.
Five or six years after my graduation from this high school, this school, St. Mary’s of Worcester, went on to win the New England High School Championship in a major upset.
You know what, “Boots”? I think we had a hellava good time in our day.
Richard A. Astukewicz of Salisbury is a retired business manager.