Someone once said that history is written by
the winners. Alex Haley who wrote "Roots" is quoted as saying it.
But most likely this adage has an older derivation. I am not sure
that the “winners” always write history, particularly when the
“winners” are not the superior participants in the competition.
Case in point. I got together recently with two of my long term
Alderson boys, Allan Galloway and Rick Hughes and we began
commiserating about the old days. We came to the conclusion that for
every basketball game and every football game that we played in
three years at Alderson High School that the seniors of 1961 were
the best team on the field or the floor. Now there will be some that
will say "yes, but I remember that Alderson played Rainelle back in
the winter of 1961 in a basketball game."
I am glad that someone brings that game up. We played Rainelle in
the sectional basketball game at Rainelle in our senior year. After
much memory searching and analysis we have came up with the
unassailable conclusion that we were the best team on the floor that
night. Now there are revisionist historians that will say that
Rainelle ended up with more points on the scoreboard. A more
in-depth analysis clearly shows that the scoreboard results were
skewed because (1) the court was inordinately long and wide, (2) the
size of the gym created a depth perception problem that affected our
shooting, (3) Rainelle had the most hostile crowd, (4) they had a
very tall team led by big John Barker which negated one of our
strengths, and (5) very questionable refereeing. When all of that
was taken into account it became clear to us that indeed the best
team on the floor that night was Alderson High School. I am
convinced that if we went through every game that we ever played
that a through analysis would lead to the same conclusion.
At least in this case history was not written by the “winners”, who
rightfully were us, but the misinformed and those who were easily
swayed by all the glitter and glitz of the scoreboard. I forgot to
mention the official scorer who most likely took points away from us
and added points to the total of the Rainelle Rangers.
Now the more astute among you will determine that if we were the
best team ever night how is it occasionally, as with the
aforementioned Rainelle basketball game, did we end up on the short
side of the scoreboard. That just goes to show you that not everyone
is a trained historian that has put in the effort in to determine
what really happened 50 years ago. History is not written
necessarily by the winners but often by those still standing.
As an aside, Rick Hughes and I are prepared to file a gender
discrimination suit against the Charleston Distance Run committee.
When Rick ran into Laidley Stadium at the end of the race this year,
they called out his name and his hometown over the microphone. This
was not unusual. They do this for everyone. What was unusual is that
they also called out his age. We are absolutely certain that they
did not and would not have called out a woman’s age because any
woman would have gone bonkers. Hence, our gender discrimination