Menlo-Atherton graduate Dave Newhouse, a longtime sportswriter and columnist, will be the guest of the Palo Alto Historical Association at Sunday's 2 p.m. program at the Palo Alto Arts Center.
He's scheduled to speak about a book he authored, "The Game Would Not End," concerning the 1962 Tournament of Champions (a.k.a Peninsula Basketball Tournament) title contest between Ravenswood of East Palo Alto and St. Elizabeth's of Oakland, played at the Stanford Pavilion (Burnham Pavilion), that was decided in five overtimes when then Ravenswood junior Nate Branch hit a shot from the corner as time was running out on another overtime period.
Branch went on to play for Nebraska and then, most notably, for the Harlem Globetrotters.
Newhouse, who also hosted a sports talk show on KNBR, is an excellent story teller with a keen eye for detail and for bringing his characters to life. He can also present the game with a historical backdrop.
The early 60s game, in many ways, represented the end of innocence in the United States. The Cuban missile crisis was still seven months in the future and any mention of Vietnam would have brought blank stares. The times were changing.
The final TOC was held in 1967. The newly-formed Central Coast Section began sponsoring postseason tournaments and the Pavilion went dark when Maples Pavilion officially opened in January of 1969. Ravenswood and St. Elizabeth's have since closed their doors.
The Association presents programs, free and open to everyone, seven times a year. They are typically held on the first Sunday of the month, October through May, at 2 p.m. From their website.