|Program for inaugural game on Ball Recreational Field, 1950|
|Muncie Central players cutting nets after sectional victory, 1950|
The new Muncie Central Athletics Films in the Digital Media Repository will help give new life to legends of past athletic seasons for fans and players who experienced them and give others a chance to watch games played by their parents and grandparents for the very first time. This online collection includes digital copies of 16mm films donated by the Muncie Central High School Alumni Association that document portions of Muncie Central Bearcats basketball and football seasons from approximately 1950-1974. Games of particular note for Bearcats fans include the inaugural football game played on Ball Recreational Field, Muncie Central’s 1950 basketball sectional victory, and the first basketball game played between Muncie Central and Muncie Northside. The films in this collection also provide glimpses into the high school playing careers of Bearcat basketball legends such as Bill Dinwiddie, Tom Harrold, Rick Jones, and Tim Kuzma.
|Muncie Central Bearcats vs. Cathedral Fighting Irish, 1965|
Fans of Muncie and Delaware County teams, North Central Conference (NCC) rivals, and other Indiana high schools that played against the Bearcats will also discover films of interest in this digital collection. Junior high school basketball games document the athletic development of Delaware County players from Delta, Kuhner, McKinley, and Storer. Burris Owls fans will find footage of their tightly contested 1967 basketball game against the Bearcats. Muncie Northside fans can get a glimpse of the Titans’ strong regular season play during their two-loss 1972-1973 season. Muncie Southside basketball fans will enjoy films of the Rebels’ 1968 defeat of Muncie Central and their overtime victory over the Bearcats in 1973. Fans of Muncie Central's conference rivals such as Anderson, Kokomo, Lafayette Jefferson, Logansport, Marion, and Richmond will find many films documenting the history of tough competition in the storied North Central Conference. Other high school teams are included in this collection and a complete listing of the teams identified can be found at the end of this post.
|Muncie Central Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), 1950s|
|Ball Brothers employees boxing jars in stamping works, 1950s|
So as the seasons change in Indiana and games move from the gridiron to the hardwood, take some time to explore memories of Indiana’s high school athletic past preserved in these films. You will discover the athletic legacy of the jump shots and unexpected jump passes, the blocked shots and pancake blocks, and the hard fought victories and defeats that have built high school athletic legends in Indiana. As you explore these films, we encourage you to leave a record by posting stories about your experiences at these games and helping us identify the opponents and dates we could not quite figure out. To do so, please leave a comment or tag at the bottom of the record in the Digital Media Repository.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-285-5078 if you have any questions about this collection or if you are interested in donating material that documents the history of schools or athletics in Muncie and Delaware County.
Teams identified in this collection include the following:
+ (Denotes Muncie and Delaware County Opponent)
* (Denotes North Central Conference Opponent)