'Only A Game''s Doug Tribou Tracks Down One Of '46 Harvard NCAA Hoops Squad's Last Surviving Members
March 14, 2012 at 4:33 PM (PT)
NPR and BOSTON UNIVERSITY News-Talk WBUR/BOSTON's weekly "ONLY A GAME" sports show Producer DOUG TRIBOU took the occasion of HARVARD making the NCAA men's basketball tournament this season to track down one of the last living members of the last HARVARD team to make the tournament, the 1946 squad.
TRIBOU found LOUIS DESCI, JR., now 89 years old and one of only 2 or 3 members of the 1946 team still living, but got turned down for the first proposed interview time because DESCI, living in ENGLEWOOD, FL, was planning to be on the golf course all day. Finally getting the still-active DESCI on the phone, TRIBOU talked to him about the unusual way he got into HARVARD (assigned there when BUCKNELL's V-12 officer's training program was phased out), beating arch-rival YALE, and making the then-8-team tournament, only to lose in the first round to an "excellent" OHIO STATE team at a smoke-filled MADISON SQUARE GARDEN. DESCI worked for the HARTFORD INSURANCE GROUP for 36 years after graduation.
A text version of the interview has been posted at the show's website; read it by clicking here. And TRIBOU has a separate piece at WBUR's website about HARVARD's basketball achievement and the issues that arise from it; read that piece by clicking here.