Oscar Combs has been feeling froggy on Twitter today, teasing the Wildcat faithful after Tweeting out the above picture with the caption, “This little personal 1960 date book of Coach Rupp contains a wealth of fun stuff & great recruiting info.” While Oscar claims he ran across this rare gem in a box of junk dropped off in his office, I’m sure he had to show a few fisticuffs to land the most intriguing thing to cross my path in a long time. A name that I’ve uttered millions of times is one that I know very little about in a personal context, relying on a few video clips and stats to formulate a picture of the myth in my mind. Although Oscar isn’t giving us a full book report from this 53 year old notebook, the few things he did share are pretty cool.
A. Telephone numbers were weird; I’m not sure what New York sportscaster Lindsey Nelson’s strange code of CI-76548-EXT. 3623 really is. I’ don’t know exactly how to punch that in my iPhone, but if any person born before 1970 could inform me I’d appreciate it.
B. Like the current fearless leader of Big Blue Nation, Coach Rupp was a master of eating meat. 3.5 pounds of summer sausage probably didn’t last long, especially when he had to save room for the US Choice Sirloin from Horn’s Meats in Chicago. If the Illuminati connection between Rupp and Cal hadn’t been proved yet, this meat connection is empirical proof.
C. Rupp not only used this book to write down telephone numbers and make
meat grocery lists, he also used it while at work. The little black book traveled with him while recruiting, proclaiming Muncie Central’s Ron Bonham as the best player in Indiana in 1960. Bonham went on to play for the Cincinnati Bearcats before spending five years in the NBA, proving that Mr. Rupp was right all along.
The stuff inside this book would likely blow any fan’s mind. I can’t wait to see what else is inside.