Christmas morning always stirs up memories of sports-related gifts from those care-free adolescent days of decades ago.
There could be a shiny new and slippery basketball or football. Or, there might be a new baseball glove to break in before spring weather arrived.
Many probably remember the electric football game with little figures placed on a vibrating aluminum grid board. The trick was to figure out which ones would go in a straight line toward the end zone and not in circles.
For baseball enthusiasts, there was the All-Star “spinner” game with round player discs being placed on a board and a spinner stopping in a slot for a home run, triple, double, single, outs, etc. No. 1 was always a home run so Mickey Mantle’s slot would be much wider than that of Nellie Fox.
Electric train sets were popular years ago, along with family games like Scrabble and Concentration.
Computer and digital games are in style these days, but once in awhile it’s fun to dig out some of the old gifts.
The main local sporting attraction over the holidays used to be the Goshen High School boys basketball holiday tournament which drew good crowds until being discontinued about a decade ago.
The late Art Cosgrove, Goshen’s Hall of Fame coach, got the event started in December of 1961 with the Redskins defeating Middlebury 73-56 and Wabash 70-43 for the title.
Fred Hostetler scored 38 points in those two games for GHS, Randy Saal 34, Ron Miller and Charles Cotton both 28. Jim Gingerich, Terry Morgan and Mike Kettlebar were among other players.
Goshen’s great 1962-63 team, which observed its 50th anniversary this year, won the holiday tourney with victories over Wabash 63-39 and Fort Wayne Central 72-60.
Hostetler tallied 28 points in the tourney, Saal 27, Miller 25, Doug Smith 19 and John Corporon 12. The Redskins went on to post a 24-2 record and No. 5 state ranking.