The girls' team didn't get much coverage in
1957, and even when Marcia Dee scored
almost as many points as the opposing
team, they didn't get her name right.
The George Albert Draper Gymnasium opened in 1955. Up until then, high school and junior high basketball games
were played at the town hall. The 1956-57 season began with the Boston Celtics playing at the gym, and ended with
the Hopedale High basketball team completing their year undefeated after nineteen games.
game would be going back far enough. Since the first game with Northboro ended with a two-point win for Hopedale,
there was some concern about the second, but as you can see, it didn't even turn out to be close. As I recall, there was
a lot more worry about the second meeting with Southboro, but that concluded with the same score as the Northboro
game. All in all, a very exciting season, that ended with winning the Clark Tournament.
reduce the size enough to include the entire article. I could have joined separate pages together, but I think there's
enough here for you to get the idea of what the season was like. I may try doing a few of the pages over sometime to
see if I can get clearer copies. One page that printed out as a negative (a problem with the machine that seems to
occur after a dozen or so copies are made) was headlined, "Hopedale Not To Compete In Bay State Tournament." That
was printed the day after the Uxbridge game. The reason given was, "...in compliance with players' parents who feel the
cagers have played enough basketball for one season." Would that happen now? I don't think so.
was about Hank Aaron, who had been looking for a 100% pay raise for the next year. He settled for 50%. He'd be
getting $27,000 for the 1958 season. Another story said that Mickey Mantle's leg problems might keep him out of the
Hall of Fame.
It wasn't just that the game could be Hopedale's thirteenth win that
could be a worry for the superstitious in Hopedale. Considering the
first game between them, it looked like the team with the best
chance of putting an end to the streak was Southboro.
Front page, Milford Daily News - February 23, 1957.