Sunday, May 20, 2012
Joe sent me this photo in an email a while ago, but I wanted to wait until the season wound down to share it with you so we could enjoy it without pesky games interrupting. Here's Joe's email with some background on this classic photo:
"It has been interesting to see some of the posts on you web site about the best shot blockers in Gannon history. Obviously, you can tell by the lists what time frame those fans began watching the Knights. Yes, John “Shanghai” Matthews is listed in the the Knights' record book for most blocked shots in both a season and career. And many thought he was Gannon's best shot blocker. Obviously, they never saw Glen Summors play. Unfortunately for Summors, blocked shots were not a statistic during his time at Gannon
"Simply stated, Summors (not Summers as some think) was the BEST shot blocker and the BEST player ever to wear a Gannon uniform (Jim Roddy notwithstanding, LOL). And I've been watching Gannon basketball since the 1957-58 season.
"Look at the attachment. It's from a schedule card that was printed for the 1969-70 basketball season. I took that photo during the 1968 Gem City Bowl when Gannon won the title by beating Mount St. Mary's 81-69. The photo shows Summors blocking a layup by Bob Riley in the championship game. Riley was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks and played briefly for them in the NBA. I've taken many photos over the years, but no sports photo was ever better than this one.
"Maybe you can put this on your web site and let the younger Gannon fans who never saw Summors play see the type of player he was."
Thanks, Joe. Have a great summer!