#21 MICKEY MANTLE AND THE BOSTON CELTICS & ST. LOUIS HAWKS IN PARSONS KANSAS


Steve Cooper never told me he was in a picture with Mickey Mantle. In the 50's & 60's, Mickey Mantle was the greatest baseball player in the world. I saw Mickey play for New York several times at Kansas City. Donnie Reel & I saw the Yankees play KC one sunday with me on crutches. Mickey Mantle holds the record for the most home runs in the World Series at 18. Steve was my best man when I married Barbara Tolman. Steve was dating Barbara's sister Helen. Barbara's sister Cathie was Parsons High School Football Queen in 66/67. You can see Cathie here in the next picture on page 3 in pictures 22, 26, & 28 and page 2, picture 89. You can see Barbara Tolman with Miss Kansas, also Miss America 1966 here in picture 26. Barbara was a cheerleader in high school at Pavillion, Wyoming a few miles from Yellowstone National Park, before going to PJC. Barbara, Helen, and Cathie's brother Floyd Tolman played football for the Vikings in the early 70's.

One day in october 1962 all of us Vikings Basketball players went to the Parsonian Hotel to hang out in the lobby and catch a glimpse of all the NBA World Champion Boston Celtics & St. Louis Hawks, like Hall of Famers Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Bob Pettit, Cliff Hagan,and Clyde Lovellette. Clyde led the 1952 Kansas Jayhawks to the NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP. They were in town for a basketball game at Parsons High School, thanks to PHS BB Coach Harold Johnson, who was a former pro basketball player. Johnson also took the Vikings to the State Tournament 11 times in 15 years from 1948 to 1963 against the largest class of schools in Kansas from Wichita, Salina, Topeka, and Kansas City. In the 70s' I taught school at Salina. You might also remember Harold as the State Farm Insurance man.


Reel To Reel Tape - KSBY FM Radio 93 3 (November 1970) (PT. 2) For more FM radio station programs go up to P3, Pic #4


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