Coach John Wooden… 50-Year Anniversary of String of National Championships

The late John Wooden’s family, grandson Tyler Trapani, granddaughter Cathleen Trapani and daughter Nan Wooden at VIPs Cafe in Tarzana, Calif., on Thursday, March 13, 2014. (Photo by Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News)

By Marion Algier – AskMarion

Today, Friday March 21st 2014, was the 50th anniversary of the start of John Wooden’s famous string of 10 National Hoops Championships over 12-seasons at UCLA. Coach John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins men’s basketball teams won 10 national championships in 12 season between 1963-64 to 1974-75.  They won their first 50-years ago today.

I was a UCLA student during that era, but was not a basketball fan.  I was, however, a John Wooden fan and the legacy Wooden left goes far beyond the court.  The “Wizard of Westwood” as he was nicknamed affected the men he couched and many others that were in his sphere of influence in life-changing ways. Wooden ultimately became viewed as a kind of sage for both basketball and life, a symbol of both excellence and simpler times.

Wooden’s key players include basketball greats like Lew Alcindor (Karim Abdul Jabbar), Lucius Allen, Henry Bibby, Keith Erickson, Gail Goodrich, Walt Hazzard, Marques Johnson, Dave Meyers, Kiki Vanderweghe, Bill Walton, Richard Washington, Sidney Wicks and Jamaal (Keith) Wilkes.

The Bruin’s final title under Wooden’s tutelage came in 1975.  Wooden was 64-years-old and retired soon thereafter.  Read more at “The Coach” – Coach John Wooden, the Wizard of Westwood.

Rich Clarkson/Sports Illustrated, via Getty Images

John Wooden is generally considered the greatest coach in college basketball history.

About Ask Marion

I am a babyboomer and empty nester who savors every moment of my past and believes that it is the responsibility of each of us in my generation and Americans in general to make sure that America is as good or even a better place for future generations as it was for us. So far... we haven't done very well!! Favorite Quotes: "The first 50 years are to build and acquire; the second 50 are to leave your legacy"; "Do something that scares you every day!"; "The journey in between what you once were and who you are becoming is where the dance of life really takes place". At age 62 I find myself fighting inoperable uterine Cancer and thanks to the man upstairs and the prayers from so many people including many of my readers from AskMarion and JustOneMorePet... I'm beating it. After losing our business because of the economy and factors related to the re-election of President Obama in 2012 followed by 16-mos of job hunting, my architect-trained husband is working as a trucker and has only been home approximately 5-days a month since I was diagnosed, which has made everything more difficult and often lonely... plus funds are tight. Our family medical deductible is 12K per year for two of us; thank you ObamaCare. But thanks to donations from so many of you, we are making ends meet as I go through treatment while taking care of my father-in-law who is suffering from late stage Alzheimer's and my mother-in-law who suffers from RA and onset dementia as well as hearing loss, for which there are no caretaker funds, as I continue the fight here online to inform and help restore our amazing country. And finally I need to thank a core group of family, friends, and readers... all at a distance, who check in with me regularly. Plus, I must thank my furkids who have not left my side through this fight. You can see them at JustOneMorePet.
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