Montana State's Golden Bobcats: 1929 Basketball National Champions

Montana State's Golden Bobcats: 1929 Basketball National Champions

by Paul R Wylie
Montana State's Golden Bobcats: 1929 Basketball National Champions

Montana State's Golden Bobcats: 1929 Basketball National Champions

by Paul R Wylie


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Ashworth "Cat" Thompson and brothers Frank and Orland Ward didn't know what to expect when they left southern Utah in the fall of 1926. They arrived in Bozeman to play on the Montana State College basketball team under charismatic coach and fellow Utah native Ott Romney and Assistant Coach Schubert Dyche. Teamed with Montana products Brick Breeden and Max Worthington the following season, the core formed one of the best teams in the country. Despite Romney returning to Provo at the end of 1928, the Bobcats persevered in '29 under Schubert to win the consensus college national basketball championship, with Cat and Frank Ward earning All-American honors. Author Paul R. Wylie recounts the on- and off-court challenges and triumphs of the Bobcats' Golden team.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540251565
Publisher: History PR
Publication date: 03/07/2022
Series: Sports
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

About the Author

Bozeman author Paul R. Wylie graduated from Montana State College in 1959 with a degree in chemical engineering, followed by a law degree in 1965 from American University in Washington, D.C. After retirement as an intellectual property rights attorney, he set about researching and writing history, authoring Oklahoma Press's The Irish General: Thomas Francis Meagher (2007) and Blood on the Marias: The Baker Massacre (2016).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 John Ashworth "Cat" Thompson: Also Known as Ashworth Thompson, "Tommy" Thompson and Even Better Known as "Cat" Thompson, All-American Basketball Player 13

2 George Ottinger "Ott" Romney 23

3 Ott Romney Comes to Montana State as a Player 27

4 Onward to Billings: Ott Romney Becomes a Coach 32

5 The Great War 35

6 MSC Gets a New President and a New Gym 39

7 Schubert Reilly Dyche 44

8 The Development of Basketball in the United States 49

9 Ott Romney's Early Years as Montana State's Coach 51

10 Ott Romney Builds a Team at Montana State 54

11 John William "Brick" Breeden 56

12 The 1925-26 Bobcats: The Beginning of the Future 59

13 The Brothers: Frank Ward and Orland Ward of Parowan, Utah 65

14 The Recruiting of the Golden Bobcats 72

15 Trip to Montana 79

16 1926-27 Season 83

17 Max Worthington 89

18 1927-28 Season: Putting the Championship Team Together 94

19 The 1928 Conference Season 102

20 Ott Romney Leaves His Team after the 1928 Season 111

21 1928-29 Season: Stand Up and Cheer 116

22 The Bobcats Grieve over a Teammate's Death and Almost Lose Max Worthington to Rheumatic Fever 119

23 The Cook Painters Come to Town 122

24 The Bet of the Championship Season: "A Collection of Artists" 130

25 The National Championship Postseason 138

26 Decision Time for Cat Thompson 140

Epilogue 143

Notes 145

Bibliography 159

Index 165

About the Author 173

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