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Olympic gold medalist Davies ‘loses’ CBFO bet


Dick Davies, Olympic gold medalist as a member of the 1964 U.S.basketball team that beat the Russians in the championship game in Tokyo, certainly knows all about how to win.

But after throwing out the first pitch prior to season-opening action in CBFO Softball’s 5-to-7 year-old league Sunday, April 23, at the Northshore Fields, the Olympic Hall of Fame inductee lost.

Davies lost a bet with CBFO Softball commissioner Don Hutcheson that his “first pitch” would be a strike, or he’d give Hutcheson his Olympic watch. That’s after agreeing to throw the pitch behind his back.

With the pitch a bit out of the strike zone, Davies gladly gave over the watch, and Hutcheson announced that the league’s most valuable player at the end of the season would receive Davies’ gift to the league.

Davies, a guard who led LSU in scoring his senior year before graduating in 1961, is a former Olympic teammate of current New York Knicks head coach Larry Brown among other former college and NBA stars.

Reliving his Olympic moments, Davis said he enjoyed “looking down at number two,” the Soviet Union, during the medal ceremony after his U.S. team beat the Russians.

But Davies pointed to a special moment a few months earlier after the U.S. team traveled to Moscow and beat the Russians 73-59 during an exhibition tour. “It was just after the Cuban Missile Crisis, and they played the National Anthem, what a great feeling,” Davies said, adding that the Russian players were respectful during the anthem. “This was during the height of the Cold War.”

Residing locally, Davies moved to Tellico Village in 1994, where he has hosted former NBA stars such as Jerry Mullins.

 

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