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1982 Princeton program.

I pride myself on many things, one of which is my status as "king of the $0.99 eBay purchase." Here's the latest find, a program from Princeton's game against Penn at Jadwin Gym in the 1981-82 season.

Highlights from this 46 page booklet are scanned after the jump. Click on any image to enlarge.

Great photo of Pete Carril.

Wide shot of Jadwin above the table of contents.

Remind me to co-opt this tiny image from the scorecard for a future design.

Team photo. Check out Howie Levy's luxurious head of hair!

There are head shots and action images of all upperclassmen and a feature on sophomore guard Bill Ryan. Scans available on request.

One of many great ads. Not pictured: promotions for Scanticon ("A touch of Denmark comes to Princeton"), Computer Mart, Grover Lumber, Pilgrim Medical Group Abortion Services (?!), Tempting Tiger, Larry & Dave Disc Jockeys and Andy's Tavern.

Back cover. Another sharp graphic.

As for the game itself - Penn won its 10th straight, 46-43.

The Tigers held a 38-37 second half lead but despite going without a field goal for the rest of the night, the Quakers survived by three. Princeton cut a late deficit to one on a Gordon Enderle basket with 14 seconds to go before two Karl Racine free throws secured the result.

Penn would win the Ivy League by three games over Columbia (16-10 / 9-5) and the Tigers (13-13 / 9-5). Paul Little of Pennsylvania and Craig Robinson shared the honor of Ivy Co-Players of the Year.

Jim Waltman said,

April 5, 2010 @ 7:02 pm


Great find. I had a collection of every Princeton Basketball program from about 1973-78, many adorned with autographs from those teams and one with the giant teeth marks of Barnes Hauptfurer (forgive my spelling!), a great Tiger big man of that era. Alas my folks tossed 'em when I went "away" to college. (I haven't forgotten that I promised to search for the 1975 NIT program which I think I do still have somewhere in my attic.)


Stuart Schulman said,

April 5, 2010 @ 7:25 pm


If I find anything worth sharing in my attic I will either scan or mail to you.

I do not recall Lawrence Raphael getting into any varsity games that year, before his life was so tragically ended. Does anyone recall otherwise? Everyone else in that picture, I recall as having had at least a few minutes of action.

Jon Solomon said,

April 5, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

Thankfully my boxes of 1980s programs remain untouched at my folks'. Will continue to scan them slowly but surely over the summer.

The first game I can remember my dad taking me to involved a Robinson/Christel team, but I don't recall anything else about it.


Ps. Hauptfuhrer

Jon Solomon said,

April 5, 2010 @ 7:30 pm


Happy to take you up on that offer.

I don't know about Raphael's stats, but I can request the complete 81-82 team numbers if you want.


Barry Thostesen said,

April 6, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

As I recall, this was the year that starting center Rich Simkus broke his ankle fairly early in the season, and Craig Robinson was moved from forward to center, at 6' 6". Mike Sigl, a 6' 8" center from Union N.J., who came in the same year year as Simkus, had quit the team the year before and Levy was not yet ready to assume the starting center role.
Princeton played, in effect, with three 6' 6" forwards as their starting front line for most of the year,. (Robinson, Enderele, and Christel). Robinson did a very respectable job at center, considering the height disadvanatge he faced most of the time.

I don't think Raphael saw any varsity playing time that year as a freshman, but probably would have the next year after having spent his freshman year on the JV team transitioning to a guard position. His death was truly a great tragedy.

Will Scott said,

April 6, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

I offer a mean-spirited memory from this game, unsupported by fact checking!

I agree that Rich Simkus was out for much of that season, leaving me pessimistic
about Princeton's title chances. Still, I travelled from Maryland for both games with the archrivals. The first of these, at the Palestra, was decided by the unbelievable distance shooting of Penn forward David Lardner. In the Jadwin rematch, Lardner could not buy a basket. At a stoppage in play, a wag from the Princeton stands (not your correspondent) called out "Where's your shot tonight, Dave?" I can only dream of presenting such eloquent command of analysis, history, and Quaker needling as would be recalled some 28 years later...

Will Scott '77

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