Sunday, September 14, 2008

Identifying the players on the 1946-47 Madison Central High School Basketball Team

Madison Central High School 1946-47 Varsity Basketball Team: Photograph by Arthur Vinge, originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 19, 2008 (Image ID: WHi-45880)

The Wisconsin Historical society regularly adds photographs to its online collection of images, but sometimes the descriptions accompanying them are woefully lacking in detail. The above image of the 1946-47 Central High School is described as: "Group portrait of the Central High School basketball team and coach, including three African-American players, Al Dockery, Bill Withers, and James Weaver."

Why are the names of the other players omitted? Surely, if the photograph was published in the Wisconsin State Journal it was accompanied by a caption listing all the names. Since I don't have the time to go to the library and pull up a microfilm copy of the newspaper, I hope Central alumni (and anyone else who know's who's who) will supply the names of the players. Leave a comment or send an e-mail indicating the name of the player and the number he's wearing.

Also notice the boys peeking through the stairwell. Their names probably aren't in the newspaper caption, but it would be fun to know who they are, too.

1 comment:

Weaver said...

My uncles Jimmy/James weaver, Maury and Grandpa, William Weaver Sr. were all "Negro" graduates of Central high. Cool!
- Troya Weaver/Williams