|1963-64 Kahoka Indians |
As my father began to talk to his students about the events of the second half, he gazed down to the date penciled in the upper right corner of the score sheet and then explained that not only was this no ordinary game, more importantly, it was no ordinary day. In fact, everyone had been confused since 12:30pm, which carried over into the evening events. The date in the book read November 22, 1963.
|Page 7 in the 1963-64 Memphis scorebook|
The game is memorable because around the same time that my father and his Kahoka teammates were arriving by bus in Memphis to prepare for the junior varsity and varsity games that evening, the Presidential plane, Air Force One, was also arriving at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington D.C. The aircraft had landed carrying both newly sworn in President Lyndon B. Johnson and the body of President John F. Kennedy who had been shot and killed earlier that day as his uncovered limousine drove through Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas.
|Memphis playing in Kahoka later in the 1963-64 season|
Ultimately the change to the score may have changed the outcome of the game. Who won the game? Why was the score changed? Who should have won? You would expect anger amongst the home crowd in protest and celebration amongst the Kahoka fans that made the trip to the game. Neither, which many of the players from both teams remembered, happened.
|Memphis players and scores|
|Kahoka players and scores|
|John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963)|