The Better Buffalo Sports activities Corridor of Fame introduced its latest class of inductees on Wednesday, and the 1958 UB soccer staff would be the first staff ever inducted into the GBSHOF.
The 1958 staff might be remembered as a lot for its dominance on the soccer discipline as for its unity off it. Following an 8-1 common season, the Bulls have been honored on “The Ed Sullivan Present” for successful the Lambert Cup — a trophy given to the very best small faculty program within the East. The consideration got here with an invite to play Florida State within the Tangerine Bowl — UB’s first bowl invitation. Nevertheless, the invitation got here with one situation: that UB’s two African-American gamers, Willie Evans and Mike Wilson, not attend the sport. With out hesitation, the staff unanimously voted to not play the sport, refusing to depart their teammates behind. The 1958 staff’s unified stance in opposition to racism was an awesome and principled motion, inspiring others and dignifying themselves, the college and all of Buffalo within the eyes of your complete nation.
“It’s wonderful. It by no means will get previous and it by no means will get previous to do the best factor,” mentioned the staff’s quarterback Joe Oliverio. “We’re so very happy with our teammates and particularly our mates, Willie Evans and Mike Wilson. That is the end result of numerous honors we’ve had. We miss our teammates and are considering of them now.”
9 members of the staff attended the announcement at RiverWorks, together with Oliverio, Nate Bliss, Dave Brogran, Ray Paolini, Joe Shifflet, Ray Skaine, Paul Szymendera, Charles Tyrone and Richard Vanvalkenburg.
This yr marks the thirty first class to be inducted into the corridor of fame since its inception in 1991 and brings the whole membership to 364.
This group joins a wealthy heritage of native Western New Yorkers, or those that starred in and across the Queen Metropolis throughout their enjoying days, who’re enshrined within the Better Buffalo Sports activities Corridor of Fame. The 2021 class will formally be inducted on Oct. 14 throughout the annual GBSHOF dinner within the Buffalo Niagara Conference Heart.