The “Cinderella Kids” of 1950 / The Miller City Wildcats
The "Cinderella Kids" of 1950
The 1949-1950 season of the Miller City Wildcats boys' basketball team is one of Ohio's great sports stories. First year coach C. Norris Simpson assembled an undersized group of farm boys and led them to 29 straight victories, including 11 tournament wins. The Wildcats played home games in "The Barn' which was heated by two pot-bellied stoves. (later the site of the Miller City Sportsmans Club). Sportswriters nicknamed the team the "Mighty Mites" and "Cinderella Kids", among others, because the underdog squad regularly beat bigger opponents. The Wildcats defeated the Eaton Eagles in the Class B state championship game on March 25, 1950 and became the only one of more than 1,100 teams in Ohio to end that season with a perfect record of all wins and no losses. Thousands of fans welcomed the state champs home to Miller City, then a village of approximately 150 residents.
The Miller City Wildcats
1950 Class B Boys state basketball champions.
29 winds, 0 losses
Standing L to R; Coach C. Norris Simpson, Donald Alt, Bill Ziegler, Roy Meyer, Jerry Kuhlman, Karl Inkrott, Vern Schroeder, Mel Lammers Kneeling. L to R; Joe Lammers, Junior McDonald, Frank Schroeder, Ralph (Skip) Meyer, Dick Barlage Team manager: Charles Warnimont Cheerleaders: Betty Lou Meyer,
"You have got to have the boys, and I had the boys"
-Coach C. Norris Simpson
Erected 2010 by Miller City-New Cleveland Community The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-69.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 6.289′ N, 84° 7.666′ W. Marker is in Miller City, Ohio, in Putnam County. Marker can be reached from Main Street. Touch for map. This marker is located on the Miller City-new Cleveland High school grounds in the northeast area of Miller City, near the main front entrance. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5400 Rd 13C, Miller City OH 45864, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Native Americans in Ottawa (approx. 7.2 miles away); Putnam County World War Memorial Clock (approx. 7.3 miles away); Putnam County Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.3 miles away); Frances Rappaport Horwich (approx. 7½ miles away); Artist Emerson Burkhart First Putnam County Government Seat / Court Houses (approx. 9.4 miles away); Home-In-The-Wilderness 1821-1870 (approx. 10.2 miles away); The Samuel Myers, Sr., Grist Mill 1834-1860 (approx. 10.2 miles away).
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