GLOUCESTER CITY- Steubings Appliance Basketball Team, the year would be around 1953 maybe 1954. They were one of the many teams that were sponsored by local businesses in Gloucester City and Brooklawn playing in the city basketball league.
Pictured (bottom row) from left unknown, Bart Rettew, Joe Battersby, Jan Ferry, John Rowand.
Standing-Coach Howard Becham, Jim Anzide, Rick Gonzales, Walt Dougherty, John Rocky Gianvito, Joey Smith, Harry Scarfe, and Coach Walt Carey.
Rick Gonzales, one of the players pictured, was asked what he remembered about those times?
"We played the games at Gloucester City High School, (which is now Mary Ethel Costello Elementary School) in the "'Old Gym" at first then the "new gym".
My best recollection was that Greg Robinson was the league high scorer with 73 points.
I was only able to score 43 points, but I did win the Walt Butler " Foul Shooting Medal."
I believe 1 medal was awarded for each team. Foul shooting was underhanded then.
I can't remember if Greg was on our team but not pictured or was he on another team.
The reason for confusion is because Greg was at my house every day and we called him a "Gunner".
Jim Anzide and I were average players. Rocky was new to the game and not very good at the start.
But everyone knew that once he caught on he would be better than any of us.
And that proved to be a true statement.
Tom Bowe and the fellow from North Broadway, who was a Gloucester City water meter reader were Referees.
Mrs. Higginbotham, Theresa Wachter, and Grace Tighe were the ladies that collected entry fees and sold candy for so many years to support the league financially.
Walt Burrows who became a Courier-Post sports reporter followed and reported on all Gloucester City sports.
He made all us kids happy when we saw our names in the Gloucester City News which was a very big deal and a lot of motivation."
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