OUR BASKETBALL LEGEND
Did you know that Governor Tim Pawlenty signed an official proclamation declaring Saturday, March 27, 2010, "Edgerton, Minnesota Basketball Day"? Gov. Pawlenty chose this particular day because it was the 50th anniversary of Edgerton's 1960 boys basketball team winning the state title.
On that same day, the players from our 1960 team were honored during the halftime events at the boys 4A basketball championship game at the Target Center in Minneapolis, MN.
Why was Edgerton's win in 1960 a big deal? Because in 1960 there were no classes or divisions based on school size. Towns the size of Edgerton played much larger schools in towns like Minneapolis and St. Paul. In the final championship game in 1960, the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen beat Austin 72-61.
To celebrate this spectacular occasion, our local artist, Blair Wegener, created the following commemorative poster:
The posters were commissioned by our Chamber of Commerce and are available for purchase from Betty Huisken, Chamber Secretary, at Huisken's Market.
Tom Tomashek and Ken Kielty wrote a book about the events as well. It is titled "Edgerton: A Basketball Legend" and is available for purchase at several Edgerton businesses (and the Edgerton Public Library) for $10. Here's the prologue: "At a time when only one champion prevailed, the Flying Dutchmen of Edgerton - a town of approximately 1,000 residents in southwestern Minnesota - earned legendary status by winning the state's 1960 high school basketball championship. Nearly fifty years later, the mention of Edgerton still can evoke animated discussion about one of Minnesota's great Cinderella stories in any sport. Such a narrative is long overdue, so let the tale begin."
In addition to the legend details noted in the book above, a video was also produced capturing many of the exciting moments during the 1960 season. It includes memories of former players, coaches and Sid Hartman. It also includes "live" clips of the game and events surrounding the game. The title of the video is "EDGERTON: THE LITTLE TOWN THAT COULD". If you would like to watch the video, simply click on the arrow at the bottom of the video box below.