Farmington State Normal School men's basketball team, 1934

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The 1933-1934 basketball season at Farmington State Normal School was most memorable. Affectionately called the Blue and Gold Avalanche, sportswriters considered the Normal players “the greatest team in Maine and New England, and the cream of Maine amateur basketball.”

The team set Normal School records for most games played in the season (26) and won in a season (23), which stood for decades. In addition to playing local high school teams, their schedule expanded to include Maine School of Commerce, Portland YMCA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rhode Island State, Montpelier Seminary (Vermont), Philadelphia Colored Giants, and Keene Normal (New Hampshire).
Interest in the sport was so high there was also a men’s Reserves team that year, which played a season of regularly scheduled games against local teams for the first time.

Pictured here front row: John Harriman, Vincent Barrows, William Webber, Joseph Wagnis, Edward Maguire Jr. Back row: Errol L. Dearborn, George Prescott, Eldred Stevens, Thomas Connor, Richard Hall, and Charles Gillis.

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  • Title: Farmington State Normal School men's basketball team, 1934
  • Creation Date: 1934
  • Subject Date: 1934
  • Town: Farmington
  • County: Franklin
  • State: ME
  • Media: photograph
  • Dimensions: 17.2 cm x 12.2 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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