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Throwback Thursday: Bill Bradley.

On my various social networks I've been seeing a lot of young people doing "Throwback Thursday," where you post something from your childhood. As an amateur archivist, this idea appeals to me. Who wouldn't want to see an adorable photo of Scott Greenman as a toddler?

I've been seriously behind on scanning old programs, media guides and photographs (I have two boxes of 1960s and 1970s Princeton ephemera donated by a site member I'm embarrassed to say I still haven't touched) but a reader went crate-digging into his personal collection and captured a few items of interest that he said I could share for the first - and perhaps last unless someone wants to remind me weekly - "Throwback Thursday" on the site.

After the jump you'll find Frank Deford's December 1964 profile of Bill Bradley from Sports Illustrated, a January 1965 piece called "Two Once And Future Champs" also by Deford, the March 1965 story "A Whole Team Touched By Stardust," "Building The Bradley Legend" from Young Stars of Sport and two Princeton pages of the program from the 1965 NCAA East Regional.

Hopefully a nice treat for those who have signed up for our 2012-13 coverage early. Click on any image to enlarge.

"An Ivy Leaguer Is The Best":

"Two Once And Future Champs":

"A Whole Team Touched By Stardust":

"Building The Bill Bradley Legend":

1965 NCAA East Regional program:

George Clark said,

September 6, 2012 @ 11:55 am

Wonderful stuff...particularly for those of us who were inspired by Bradley when we were young. Frank Deford reports in his recent sportswriting memoir that he gained instant credibility with his Time, Inc., employers when he predicted superstardom for the the Princeton freshman from Missouri. Since freshmen were ineligible in those days no one outside of the Ivy League had any idea who Bradley was.

Jon Solomon said,

September 6, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

I've read a few of these before on-line but excellent to see'm with the original layout and images. I can't thank the person who scanned these pages and uploaded them for me enough! - JS

Steven Postrel said,

September 6, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

Great stuff. I think that's the only color photograph of Bradley in a black PU uniform I've ever seen.

BTW, it looks like the second article is missing a page--it goes from 18 to 21 and the subject changes abruptly.

Jon Solomon said,

September 6, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

So it is. I'll ask if there's a scan missing.

Here's the full text if you want to fill in the gaps:


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