Explore the high points of the LaSalle University Explorers basketball program with this 1940s-1990s collection of autographs, photos, programs and more. Led by big man Tom Gola this small private school won the NIT Tournament in 1952 and the NCAA National Championship in 1954.
Autographs (with auction LOA from JSA): Tom Gola: 8x10 photo (“9-10”); (2) Lionel Simmons: ticket stub (“9-10”); photo card (“9-10”); 1/15/55 Program (EX-MT) from a double-header vs. Furman with St. Joseph’s vs. Lebanon Valley, multi-signed by (10) mostly St. Joseph’s players average (“8-9”) with (8) on the front cover and (2) interior
Photographs: (11) 8x10 publicity photos including several with attached “Department of Public Relations” blurbs attached average (EX to NM) with: (2) 1946-47 team photos; coach Charlie McGlone; (2) coach Ken Loeffler; and (6) players
Programs: (7) average (EX to EX-MT) with: 3/8/52 NIT first round vs. Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden; 3/10/52 NIT quarter-finals vs. St. John’s at MSG; 3/13/52 NIT semi-finals vs. Duquesne at MSG; 4/1/52 Olympic Trails finals vs. Phillips Oilers at MSG; 12/21-22/53 University of Kentucky Invitational Tournament (minor writing); 12/22/54 St. Joseph’s vs. Fordham (minor writing); 2/6/65 Palestra Illustrated
Press Materials: 1946-47 LaSalle College press book (VG-EX); 1954-55 LaSalle Explorers press guide (VG-EX); Spring, 1974 LaSalle Quarterly (EX); (10) assorted press releases and newsletters
Trading Cards: 1961 Fleer #51 Tom Gola in action (EX-MT); (2) Lionel Simmons: 1991 Fleer “Rookie Sensations” #1 (VG-EX), 1990-91 Skybox #364 (VG-EX)
Magazines: 1955 Dell Basketball with Gola cover photo (VG)