A man who after 62 years still holds the record for the most basketball points scored in a single game has a news poster of his big game go on display in the Pacific High School memorabilia trophy case.
Bob Myers scored 54 points in a 1956 game and to date no one has topped that.
Myers was recognized May 1 at the school, when PHS Activities Director Andy Herbst accepted a newspaper photo and story collage depicting the game of Myers’ record for the school’s memorabilia record case outside the gym.
The Pacific Indians 2018 basketball starters met with the former all star. Also on hand for delivery of the poster were Myers sons, Greg and Steve Myers, and Tom Sauvage, PHS principal and new assistant superintendent.
After recalling that the coach took him out of the game before the final whistle, Myers said he always hoped to see another PHS athlete break his record.
“I always thought somebody would break the record,” he said.
The graduating players he spoke with had already concluded their season so none of them would have a chance to break the record, but many of them voiced doubts that it would happen.
“It’s crazy,” said Tom Hennessy, a senior and PHS varsity basketball starter said, shaking his head. “That record is not going to be broken.”
Herbst said his department is launching a historical records program to collect stories, photos, medals and cups of PHS athletes, like Myers, who broke records.
The Pacific High School Student Council purchased 10 scoreboards to display the records that will be set up at the school.
Herbst said he hopes other former PHS athletes will share their records, news stories and trophies for the display. The memorabilia will remain the property of the former athletes and their families and will be returned to them after a rotation in the exhibit.
“We want to pull together the data and create a touch screen of old photos and microfilm of the athletic history of the school,” he said. “We will include interviews with coaches and players.”
Herbst said the touchscreen exhibit will offer a virtual archive of PHS athletic history. Visitors will be able to touch an icon on the screen and pull up a display on an individual, sport or game.
Projected cost of the touch screen is $20,000, which may take several years to raise, Herbst said.
“Quite a bit of coverage is available on the track and field accomplishments in the 1920s,” he said. “We hope to find records of athletes in the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.”
The framed news poster containing Myers’ big game is on display in the cabinet outside the new gym.