VOL. 8 | NO. 14 | Saturday, March 28, 2015
The Memphis News Almanac
This Week in Memphis History: March 27-April 2
By Bill Dries
1985: The NCAA Final Four basketball playoffs in Lexington, Ky., with the Memphis State University Tigers among the four top teams, along with St. John’s, Villanova and Georgetown.
(The University of Memphis)
The Tigers team of Keith Lee, Baskerville Holmes, Andre Turner, Vincent Askew, William Bedford, Aaron Price and John Wilfong – coached by Dana Kirk and recruited by assistant coach Larry Finch – lost to Villanova, which went on to beat Georgetown.
After a Sports Illustrated cover touting the Final Four teams featured photos of players from the other three teams, irate Tigers fans burned copies of the magazine in barrels set up in Handy Park on Beale Street.
Despite the loss, the Final Four appearance was a high point for Tigers athletics followed by a rapid decline, including Kirk’s departure a year later followed by his conviction and jail time on tax evasion charges.
It would be another 23 years before a Tiger team returned to the Final Four.
1974: Mortgage bankers E.R. Richmond and Co. were advertising two homes for sale in Belle Grove Estates near Fox Meadows Golf Course. The homes at 6117 and 6149 Live Oak Cove were valued at between $44,500 and $48,500.
1965: Folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary played the Auditorium the same year Bob Dylan went electric and the British Invasion was in full swing, following its first wave the previous year.
(Source: “Memphis Rocks” by Ron Hall)