Utah also took the “mythical” title by beating St. Johns in the Red
Cross benefit game.Key word "mythical".It is a
fun, feel good story though.
Item # 1: This is a photograph of the Utes winning the 1947 NIT. That is Vern
Gardner carrying Vadal.Item # 2: This is more than a feel good
story. These Utes were made up of all Utah kids. They played all freshman
except for the late Fred Sheffield who was injured, but jumped center at the
start of each game. They were beaten out of the NIT Tournament which was the
biggest tournament in that time. They substituted for the Arkansas team, that
was in a tragic traffic accident, in the NCAA. They then earned the right to
come back to New York and play Dartmouth in the championship game, winning at
the buzzer. Dartmouth was an all-star team due to the officers training program
at that school. They beat St. John's on their home floor. A true tragedy
turning into a dream come true.
Great story. Great people. Great championship!