Bill Baker to lead panel of sports standouts



MOUNT DESERT — Basketball was made for small-town America, and stories and memories of MDI basketball’s winning tradition will be celebrated at a Mount Desert Island Historical Society program on Thursday, April 16. “Hoops Around the Island: Basketball on MDI” will bring together a panel of basketball stars from 1950 to 2001 to talk about hard work on the court and the rewards it can bring to the players and their community. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Somesville Firehouse.

The Mount Desert High School Boys from 1951.—MDI HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Mount Desert High School Boys from 1951.—MDI HISTORICAL SOCIETY

MOUNT DESERT — Basketball was made for small-town America, and stories and memories of MDI basketball’s winning tradition will be celebrated at a Mount Desert Island Historical Society program on Thursday, April 16. “Hoops Around the Island: Basketball on MDI” will bring together a panel of basketball stars from 1950 to 2001 to talk about hard work on the court and the rewards it can bring to the players and their community. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Somesville Firehouse.

Sports historian Professor Bill Baker will open the program with a look back at the beginnings of basketball on MDI and how it developed from 1900 to 1950, from its roots in the YMCA to three highly competitive high schools – Pemetic, Gilman and Bar Harbor – with boys’ and girls’ teams and intense town rivalries.

The panel will discuss lessons learned on the court, the influence of basketball on other sports and how basketball has contributed to civic life. They’ll be asked, “Will basketball be as influential an island tradition in the decades to come?”

For information about the program, please call MDI Historical Society at 276-9323.  No charge to members of MDI Historical Society; suggestion donation for others is $5 adults, $2.50 under 17 years.

For complete story, pick up a copy of The Mount Desert Islander.

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