Big 5 Stars to Gather at Wednesday's Doubleheader

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PHILADELPHIA - Many of the outstanding players who have represented the Philadelphia Big 5 over the last 60 years will be on hand and introduced during the doubleheader on Wednesday, January 20 at the Palestra.

Stars representing all five schools from six different decades will be introduced at timeouts during the La Salle-Temple game, and the Penn-Saint Joseph’s nightcap. The twin bill will tip off at 7 p.m., with the Quakers and Hawks scheduled to start at approximately 9:30 p.m.

“We believe it’s going to be a great night for Big 5 fans and having these former stars return is certainly an exclamation point to the festivities,” said Steve Bilsky, Executive Director of the Big 5. “The Big 5, itself, is a remarkable entity, unduplicated by any other city in America. To be able to celebrate 60 years with individuals who span its entire existence is truly wonderful.”

The former players will be available at a pregame media reception in Rockwell Gym (adjacent to the Palestra) beginning at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

Former players who have committed to returning at this time are as follows:

Penn: Ernie Beck, Stan Pawlak, Corky Calhoun, Paul Little, Ira Bowman, Ibrahim Jaaber

La Salle: Charlie Greenberg, Frank Corace, Jim Crawford, Lionel Simmons, Doug Overton, Yves Mekongo

Saint Joseph’s: Joe Spratt, Clifford Anderson, Pat McFarland, Rodney Blake, Rashid Bey, Marvin O’Connor

Temple: Jay Norman, John Baum, Ollie Johnson, Mark Macon, Aaron McKie, Lynn Greer

Villanova: Joe Ryan, Jim McMonagle, Keith Herron, Harold Jensen, Eric Eberz, Tony Chennault