The Better Buffalo Sports activities Corridor of Fame introduced its latest class of inductees on Wednesday, and the 1958 UB soccer workforce would be the first workforce ever inducted into the GBSHOF.
The 1958 workforce will likely be remembered as a lot for its dominance on the soccer area as for its unity off it. Following an 8-1 common season, the Bulls have been honored on “The Ed Sullivan Present” for profitable the Lambert Cup — a trophy given to the perfect small college program within the East. The glory got here with an invite to play Florida State within the Tangerine Bowl — UB’s first bowl invitation. Nonetheless, 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 workforce unanimously voted to not play the sport, refusing to depart their teammates behind. The 1958 workforce’s unified stance towards racism was an ideal and principled motion, inspiring others and dignifying themselves, the college and all of Buffalo within the eyes of your entire nation.
“It’s superb. It by no means will get outdated and it by no means will get outdated to do the fitting factor,” mentioned the workforce’s quarterback Joe Oliverio. “We’re so very happy with our teammates and particularly our buddies, Willie Evans and Mike Wilson. That is the fruits of plenty of honors we have now had. We miss our teammates and are considering of them now.”
9 members of the workforce 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 12 months marks the thirty first class to be inducted into the corridor of fame since its inception in 1991 and brings the overall 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 taking part in days, who’re enshrined within the Better Buffalo Sports activities Corridor of Fame. The 2021 class will formally be inducted on Oct. 14 in the course of the annual GBSHOF dinner within the Buffalo Niagara Conference Heart.