Saturday, October 18, 2008

Joe Franklin (Class of 1964) inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Saturday evening

Joe Franklin (Class of 1964) was an outstanding basketball player at both Madison Central High School and the University of Wisconsin. But did you know that when he graduated from the UW-Madison, he was drafted by both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Dallas Cowboys?
That's one of the things I learned from Joe's brother Jerry tonight while we were standing outside the Marriott Hotel, taking a break from the long (more than 2.5 hours) round of announcements, speeches, videos, and rounds of applause that followed dinner at the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association's 31st Annual Hall of Fame Banquet. Joe sat through all the proceedings, except when he was called to the front of the banquet hall by WBCA executive director Jerry Petitgoue ("the winningest coach in Wisconsin basketball history") to accept a plaque honoring him as a member of the WBCA Hall of Fame, the first Madison Central High School player to be recognized by the organization.
Among the other players inducted into the Hall of Fame were Gary Armstrong of Madison La Follette (Class of 1970) and Max Walker of Milwaukee Lincoln (Class of 1962). Jerry, who was a sophomore when Central closed in 1969 remembered playing against Armstrong. Joe and Walker played together after college in the Continental Basketball League.

Close-up photo of Joe's award plaque. He also received a ring and a framed copy of the original drawing featured on the plaque.

WBCA 2008 Hall of Fame members pose for a group photo at the Marriott Hotel in Middleton. Madison Central High School alumnus Joe Franklin (Class of 1964) is in the back row, fourth from the left (wearing a brown suit); to his right is La Follette alumnus Gary Anderson (black suit and red tie); on the far left of the row is Milwaukee Lincoln alumnus Max Walker.

For more information about Joe's basketball career at Central and the UW, click on the image below, which is a scan from the banquet program booklet. Also read my previous post about Joe, written in February 2007, and Rob Hernandez's recent article in the Wisconsin State Journal.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

He doesn't look anything like the Joe Franklin I was looking for, but I enjoyed reading the story!

Anonymous said...

The real deal..... he is even a nicer guy, a better friend than he was a basketball player.
That says alot.

Glenn Walker said...

I enjoyed visiting my brother Melvin Walker at UW for two summers right out of high school. He played football and I had the priviledge of meeting Joe Franklin and other athletics. We played ball on the outdoor courts across from the school. It was great being around Joe and the other great UW athletics. I enjoyed seeing Joe pin it on the back board with two hands and dunking.