Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Alcatraz and the notorious prison's sports history
Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/24/11 | Baxter Holmes

Posted on 09/29/2011 10:22:55 AM PDT by GSWarrior

As I wrote in Saturday's editions of The Times, there will be a one-on-one basketball tournament on Alcatraz Island Saturday night, featuring 64 players from the U.S. and abroad playing for $10,000....

Early prison code banned inmates from interacting with the outside world, but once a year, they played the World Series over the loudspeakers in the yard.

“That was the only time I was there when they were allowed to listen to any kind of radio program,” Heaney said

Then in the 1950s a radio system was installed for inmates to listen on headsets in their cells. That coincided with the rise of the University of San Francisco basketball team, with two future Hall of Famers in center Bill Russell and and guard K.C. Jones, that won NCAA championships in 1955 and '56.

Fandom at Alcatraz grew quickly as inmates eagerly tuned in to the games after dinner around 6 p.m.

(Excerpt) Read more at ...

TOPICS: History; Miscellaneous; Sports
KEYWORDS: alcatraz; basketball; ncaa
Fascinating article.
1 posted on 09/29/2011 10:23:05 AM PDT by GSWarrior
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: GSWarrior

Alcatraz......never had much of a swim team.

2 posted on 09/29/2011 12:00:17 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson